How to Organize Based on Your Personality Type
For some people, getting organized and staying that way seem to be a natural talent they were born with. But for the rest of us? Getting organized can be a daunting, near-impossible task. To help motivate your spring-cleaning mission, we’ve identified five personality types—from the creative to the perfectionist—and outlined some guidelines to make the overwhelming—but totally necessary—job of tidying up easier to tackle. Keep scrolling to determine your personality type and get the tips that will work for you.
As someone who is a free spirit and visual thinker, keeping everything in your life neat and orderly can be a serious challenge that goes against your natural, go-with-the-flow instincts.
Organization Suggestions: Since a standard to-do list is unlikely to keep you focused, channel your creativity and use a decorative pin-board or chalkboard wall to keep your tasks at the forefront of your mind. Organize closets by color and use a color-coded system to keep files and cupboards orderly. Since creative types tend to be emotional, utilize meaningful baskets and bins for storing items and consider using open shelves and boxes to keep your favorite items visible.
You have a tough time letting go of items even if you haven’t used them in years, which leads to overstuffed closets and cluttered files. Certain pieces hold sentimental value, making it hard to even put them out of sight.
Organization Suggestions: Utilize the KonMari method, which is centered around the idea of keeping items that spark pure joy in your life and getting rid of anything that doesn’t. Particularly useful when going through closets, cupboards, or dressers, this Japanese method encourages you to hold items in your hands and think of the memories they spark. If they aren’t positive and joyful, in the donation bin the clothes, dishes, or knickknacks go.
You excel at delegating and leading, so taking charge of organizing your own space may seem like a challenge as supervising is more your thing.
Organization Suggestions: Just like in life, schedule and prioritize your tasks and tackle one at a time and take a few moments every day to keep your desk and workspace clear and orderly, so you can tackle pressing issues with a clear head. Consider delegating certain tasks to family members or roommates to ensure everything gets handled. For example, your roommate may be in charge of keeping the linen closet and refrigerator in order, while the laundry room and pantry are your responsibilities.
You tend to put off working on less-than-enticing tasks or prefer to avoid housework all together even though you know it’s necessary evil. Because you procrastinate, you’re likely overwhelmed with how much you think there is to do and delay tackling your to-dos even more.
Organization Suggestions: Create unavoidable deadlines for yourself to ensure your tasks get accomplished. Offer to host your book (okay, wine) club at your home to motivate you to get your living room tidy and organized in time. Make a list of items to tackle and start with the task you detest the least. Once you’ve found yourself in organization mode, it won’t be as painful to begin working on other tasks you’ve been avoiding.
Because you tend to be a visually motivated person by nature, you likely have an inherent desire to be organized but could use some help getting, and more importantly staying, there.
Organization Suggestions: Storing less attractive but necessary items out of sight will help keep everything else in your home in tip-top shape. Utilize matching storage boxes to keep items uniform and orderly. If sorting one particular space (say, a closet) feels too overwhelming, subdivide into smaller tasks to tackle one by one, like starting with a pile of messy sweaters or finding a proper space for each of your shoes.
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