Note: This story originally appeared Thursday, November 17, 2005
The medicine cabinet: Bandages, aspirin, vitamins and condoms are OK. Antidepressants, anti-fungal cream, Preparation H and anything with the word "vaginal" are not OK.
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The bathroom: Guys, think toilet paper. Gals, maybe some magazines. Both should make sure surfaces are clean, including the bathtub. Don't just close the shower curtain - you know people are nosy!
The fridge: Have on hand a six-pack of beer, a bottle of wine and a non-alcoholic beverage. Clear out rotting food.
The living room: Hide the shabby couch with a nice blanket. Hide self-help books and bills. Limit candles to one or two. Add flowers.
The bedroom: Some nice (clean!) sheets with at least a 225-thread count. Add a lamp for softer lighting. If you're older than 25, remove the posters.
Sources: match.com and Patti Feinstein, America's Dating Coach
-Andrea Lorenz/The Star