Clean Based On Your Personality Type
Title: Clean Your Home Based on Your Personality Type
For many, having a clean home comes easy, but for some, it’s a constant battle. If you struggle with cleaning and decluttering, it’s probable that your personality plays a big role in your cleaning habits and style. Whether you’re a clean-freak or a pack-rat, your Enneagram type (take the free quiz here) plays a big role in how you tackle housekeeping. The Enneagram is a personality test that will label you as one of nine different types. Your Enneagram type influences your career choices, relationships, and preferences. It can also have a lot to do with how you clean your home. You clean your home based on your personality type. Let’s take a look at how each Enneagram type can maximize household cleaning tasks.
Type One – The Perfectionist
“A job worth doing is worth doing well.”
Ones are known to be naturally tidy and organized. They love to be organized and you will often find things color-coded and labeled. There may not even be much left to clean! If your cleaning is already done, consider finding ways to organize your closets, cabinets, or drawers to make them more efficient instead of cleaning them out and simply reorganizing. Or, if you have spaces that are clean, consider reorganizing them so you’ll reach for the nicer items first, like that expensive pair of shoes you never wear.
If you’re a One, you may also consider taking on a “fixer-upper” project, such as repurposing a piece of furniture or doing a full room renovation to feed your desire to improve the world around you.
Type Two – The Helper
“I will just do it”
Twos are naturally caring, giving, and people-pleasing. A home for a Two is a warm, loving place to retreat to for themselves and those that they love. Cleaning as a family might be difficult because Twos will naturally take the most challenging task for themselves, or try and complete the entire task alone.
Since Twos love to entertain and provide welcoming spaces, focus your attention on areas that people gather around the most, such as the living room, kitchen, or entryway. Focus on details that typically aren’t part of your regular cleaning routines, such as laundering pillow covers, throw blankets or curtains. And don’t feel guilty asking others in your home for help! Assign everyone a task that they can accomplish during your cleaning session.
Type Three – The Achiever
“I can hear the germs screaming out in pain”
Threes are ambitious, adaptable, energetic, and image-conscious. Motivated to distinguish themselves from others, Threes are similar to Type Ones in that their space may already be incredibly clean and presentable.
If you’re a Three, it may be that your home is clean, but you feel like you don’t have the time to deep-clean it the way you’d like to because it doesn’t seem like productive time. Or, in an effort to stay on-trend, you may have purchased clothing or other items that you didn’t love as much as you thought you would. It’s OK to get rid of those items! Additionally, if someone is helping you clean, try not to be overly critical of their cleaning work.
Type Four – The Individualist
“There is a method to my madness”
Fours, the least common of the Enneagram types, are known for being unique and non-conformist. Typically Fours have nontraditional spaces and favor the unique and unusual. If you’re a Four, you may enjoy more unique, or even environmentally friendly cleaning products as you tidy your home.
Fours are often focused on the moment. To balance out the ability to always be fully present, Fours benefit from time-blocking when tasks need to be done. Schedule cleaning tasks into your calendar and find time slots during your day. Try and overestimate the amount of time you’ll need to complete a task so you can keep your schedule flexible.
Type Five – The Observer
“It’s not that big of a mess”
Fives are natural minimalists, often accidentally and not on purpose. Known for being economical and independent, the home of a Five is a simple, peaceful retreat that often lacks unnecessary clutter.
Fives love to downsize. Having less stuff means less obligation, less energy expended, and less to clean. If you have an area of your home that could use some minimalizing, it would be a fulfilling chore to tackle. Even better? Find systems that allow you to utilize your space even better!
Type Six – The Skeptic
“I need details first”
For a Type Six, cleaning is usually an all or nothing chore. Six’s are known to stuff items into closets and drawers and then avoid cleaning them out. Anxious by nature, Six’s love systems. If you’re a Six, you may benefit from utilizing a cleaning checklist in order to get the task done.
Thriving on a sense of security, a system will help any Six alleviate any sense of anxiety or worry that cleaning might bring on. If you’re concerned about your cleaning materials, consider using a multi-purpose cleaner that will tackle many jobs in one convenient product.
Type Seven – The Enthusiast
“Don’t look under the bed”
Sevens are energetic, scatter-brained, and spontaneous. The home of a Seven is typically eclectic and reflects their distractible nature. Downsizing and minimizing as a cleaning strategy would likely be difficult for a Seven as they tend to collect items as their interests come and go.
If you’re a Seven, try and use a downsizing method that eliminates unnecessary items and clothes by only keeping the best quality items, your most favorite items, and necessary items that you always need on hand.
Sevens often fear being deprived. To make cleaning more fun, find some interesting cleaning products in cool scents and blast some fun music.
Type Eight – The Challenger
“You call this clean”
Enneagram Type Eight individuals are known to be assertive, decisive, and self-confident. As “go big or go home” personalities, cleaning may turn into a day or weekend-long undertaking. Eights take pride in their homes as they view a house as a physical representation of hard work and independence.
An Eight would benefit from having a game plan before cleaning their home. If you’re an Eight, start the cleaning session with a short meditation session to visualize how you want your cleaning time to go and how you want to get the job done.
Type Nine – The Peacemaker
“I will get to it when I get to it, don’t judge me”
Nines strive for harmony and peace in their environments. A nine will likely take good care of their belongings but can become complacent, shoving items they don’t have a personal connection to in closets or under the bed.
Often prioritizing their own comfort over pushing themselves, a Nine would benefit from creating short, actionable cleaning to-do lists. By choosing three to four things that need to get done each day, a Nine will finish the list feeling accomplished but not overburdened.
Do any of these types seem familiar
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I’m a nine. My living space is comfortable and inviting. Just don’t look in the basement. That’s where we toss everything so we don’t have to see it! Now cleaning the basement is an overwhelming task.
I’m a perfectionist, but just don’t have the time I’d like. So my reality looks more like The Peacemaker, lol. Interesting read, thanks!
I see a little bit of me in all of these! I can’t decide! lol
Funny and so true! I love looking into different personality types and how it affects how people do things.
I am part of a FB group that studies Enneagram personality an I’m a perfectionist…its exhausting sometimes but you post is right on@@
Sounds like a cool FB group. It’s amazing what one can learn from our personalities.
I’m a 5 and my husband is a 6. Gets ugly around here at times! Not really, but it does get challenging when I want to downsize and he wants to shove it in a closet. **sigh
Haha I have a grown son living at home that does that. It’s so hard not to just go clean his room and toss stuff while he’s gone. lol
Oh goodness, I think I am most of them. No wonder I never get anything done – or I finish it all!
Ohhhh, I am DEFINITELY number one – The Perfectionist! This is really neat information.
I don’t know which one I am. When we sold our house I kept it in incredible shape but now that we have a new house it is not nearly as clean!
Great ideas! Love the descriptions!
Fascinating! I’m a one and am a professional organizer, so my cleaning style definitely matches my enneagram type!
I’d be the peacemaker now. Managing chronic illness comes before the house these days. And, making sure what has to be done, gets done.
I’m definitely number one! I have such a hard time letting my kids help clean without going back and re-doing it. I’d like to think I’m slowly getting better at this, but who knows.
It is hard but it becomes easier once they learn and you can totally walk away and not even take a second look. It’s so worth it. lol
When it comes to cleaning, I’m a nine – let it slide!
Took the quiz and it is spot on! Now I can make sense of how to tackle the cleaning! Thanks!
I could definitely see how personality would play a role in cleaning.
Love this approach to cleaning!
I’m a 2. Pretty accurate!
I think I’m a number 9. My house needs a good cleaning but I never seem to have time.
This was a fun post! I’m most like a Two.
Oh, I’m definitely a 2, The Helper. I love having people over. We could really use more tidying up in the social areas. And Yes, I really do need to get my kids helping me DAILY.