Dating is hard these days, so when you finally hit it off with someone they’re secretly assessing to see if you’re wifey/husband material. Make sure your apartment isn’t the deal breaker.
First thing’s first - furniture. I mean REAL furniture, that matches. Your college futon is a surefire way to stay single forever. You need to upgrade to an actual couch with a coffee table (you might as well throw in an arm chair while you’re at it)
If you really wanna impress your date, accent your new couch with some throw pillows or a blanket. It’ll make your apartment feel more welcoming. And your efforts won’t go unnoticed, caring about the small details is attractive.
Another must-have for your apartment is proper storage, like shelves and bookcases. Your date tripping over the stacks of books and cds on the floor isn’t a good look. Clear the clutter.
So your date wasn’t appalled by your furniture (good job). Now it’s time to pull out the real charmer material. You need pictures. Of friends, family, your dog, whatever. Your date will be relieved to see you have a normal social life, plus it adds a nice personal touch to your place.
Last but not least, you need to make sure you’re apartment has good lighting. If you’re apartment is too bright, your date’s gonna think they stepped into a dentist's office. That’s definitely not the vibe you want to go for. On the other hand, if your place is too dark it’ll just come off creepy. Get a few table or standing lamps so you can set the mood.