What Is House Shame?

The feeling of house shame—sometimes also called “housebarrassment”—is precisely what it sounds like: a deep sense of discomfort when it comes time to introduce your home to others. House shame, much like body shame, is something many people worldwide have dealt with, long before there was a name for it.

Unfortunately, the prevalence of house shame appears to be on the rise. So we reached out to several experts to figure out why we all occasionally blush at the idea of opening our front door to visitors.

We discovered that house shame has an array of causes—and thankfully, solutions. Read on to learn how you can turn those negative emotions into empowerment.