Features of filthy rooms that would make you run a mile


goo Ranking asked their panel what features of the home of someone who cannot tidy up would make them run a mile if they saw it. That’s a bit of a long-winded title, so I was very tempted to go for the much simpler “Tidying FAIL” as a headline!


Over the 29th of February and the 1st of March 2012 1,175 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.0% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 29.3% in their thirties, 24.1% in their forties, 10.6% in their fifties, and 9.5% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

About number 20, my wife told me that if you have to get goods repaired, you must have the original box. That sounds like an old wives’ tale, but at least our old cardboard boxes can be hidden away in our trunk room.

Ranking results

Q: What features of the home of someone who cannot tidy up would make you run a mile if you saw it? (Sample size=1,175)

Rank   Score
1 Clothes left lying around as if they’ve just been taken off 100
2 Leaving the futon bedding set out permanently 92.6
3= Half-drunk cups of coffee, etc left lying around 92.3
3= Frozen foods, canned goods over one year past their sell-by date 92.3
5 Not doing the washing up until the items are needed for the next meal 90.0
6 Clothes, books, etc scattered all over the floor 83.5
7 Vegetables rotting in a corner of the fridge 83.3
8 Washed clothes left hanging up, not bothering to fold them away 70.5
9 Freezer cabinet almost completely iced up 64.7
10 A number of rusty umbrella skeletons around the front door 58.9
11 Still-filled removals boxes lying around 57.1
12 No rubbish bins 54.7
13 No fixed place to put things when they are finished with 50.6
14 Collections left scattered about the place 48.3
15 Stacks of magazines 40.6
16= Empty sweet packets filled with other rubbish 40.5
16= Almost no items for smart tidying 40.5
18 Tangles of unidentifiable cables 40.2
19 Out of season shoes left at the entrance 35.0
20 Empty electrical goods, etc, boxes wastefully saved up 33.8
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