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
1Clothes left lying around as if they’ve just been taken off100
2Leaving the futon bedding set out permanently92.6
3=Half-drunk cups of coffee, etc left lying around92.3
3=Frozen foods, canned goods over one year past their sell-by date92.3
5Not doing the washing up until the items are needed for the next meal90.0
6Clothes, books, etc scattered all over the floor83.5
7Vegetables rotting in a corner of the fridge83.3
8Washed clothes left hanging up, not bothering to fold them away70.5
9Freezer cabinet almost completely iced up64.7
10A number of rusty umbrella skeletons around the front door58.9
11Still-filled removals boxes lying around57.1
12No rubbish bins54.7
13No fixed place to put things when they are finished with50.6
14Collections left scattered about the place48.3
15Stacks of magazines40.6
16=Empty sweet packets filled with other rubbish40.5
16=Almost no items for smart tidying40.5
18Tangles of unidentifiable cables40.2
19Out of season shoes left at the entrance35.0
20Empty electrical goods, etc, boxes wastefully saved up33.8
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