The winter holidays offer an occasion to spend quality time together with friends and family. But not everyone is keen on having people gather at their place.

A survey recently conducted by SpareFoot found that 40 percent of Americans have avoided hosting people because they were embarrassed about how cluttered their homes were. Messy millennials are even more likely to shun company because of the chaotic state of their abodes with 59 percent saying they have avoided hosting duties.

Perhaps this is due to wanting to avoid nagging from parents and older family members about their organizationals habits. Baby Boomers are least likely to avoid company because of their messy homes, with only 24 percent saying they’d rather host dinner at Aunt Betty’s place instead. Among Gen-Xers, 41 percent have avoided having company because of their clutter.

It isn’t just millennials shirking from entertaining. The same survey found that having children also has an impact on your desire to have company, with 57 percent of parents admitting to avoiding company because of clutter, compared to 40 percent of Americans over all.

Of course having company over is a struggle for a lot of people, no matter their age or family status. Facing the judgment of relatives, trying to impress them and doing the hard work of planning and rearranging can take a toll on even the most gregarious of party planners.

But some people just can’t deal. The SpareFoot survey found that 2 out of 5 Americans feel like preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner is more stressful than going to the DMV.

As the holidays approach, check out our infographic below to see more of our survey results.

Who knows? Maybe you will get inspired to clean up your home and have your first holiday party at your place.

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Methodological Notes:
The SpareFoot Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,010 nationally representative U.S. adults, ages 18+, between July 6 and July 11, 2017 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of U.S. adults. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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Alexander Harris
  • http://www.TheSeanaMethod.com/ Seana Turner

    I just overheard someone today telling someone else that he is, “nowhere near ready to be hosting Thanksgiving.” I loved the response I heard: “I don’t call it hosting. I just saying I have people over.” Getting rid of clutter is always a good idea. Having a less-than-perfect space should never keep us from inviting people in our homes. Most people are relieved to be in a home that doesn’t make them feel badly in comparison:)