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13 Very Personal Details Your House Reveals About You

What your home might say about your personality, political affiliation, and sex life.


Your chances of being burglarized

According to an analysis of more than 1,000 burglaries, your home is likely to be a target if it has a sliding glass door or single-pane windows. These are easy for burglars to pry open or break.

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If you’re anxious

Most people—even those with clean, organized houses—have hidden messes under their beds or in their closets. If you’re one of the few who don’t, you may be an anxious person. Social scientists say the more anxious people are, the more they try to control their environment.


How well your kids read

A 2014 study found that the number of books in your home is by far the most important predictor of your child’s grade-level reading performance—more than your income or education level. Students whose homes had at least 100 books read one and a half grade levels above those with fewer books in the house. Next, read about things that can make your home look more expensive.

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