Written By Kirsten Moodie
How Messy Each Personality Type Actually Is
There are common misconceptions that people with a judging preference are naturally organized, and perceivers are complete slobs. This is fairly untrue, but each type does have their own approach to organization. Some types are messy, while others live in organized chaos. Here is how messy each personality type actually is.
INFJs dislike dirtiness, and will likely be very clean and put together people. Their perfectionist tendencies can come into play when it does come time to clean. INFJs do however have the occasional clutter in their rooms, it is more like an organized chaos. They know where everything is, but it might appear messy and disorganized to others. Everything has an intentional place, but it doesn’t always appear neat and organized to an outsider’s perspective. INFJs like their personal space to be their own, and often don’t care if others have complaints about it. They also keep their appearance rather clean and tidy, but might have intentionally disheveled hair. They enjoy putting a little personality into their style, but also enjoy being clean. INFJs are never dirty, but they don’t mind the occasional clutter in their environment- as long as it is their OWN clutter.
ENFJs are often very organized people, and enjoy keeping things neat and clean. They dislike things being messy, especially when they have guests over. ENFJs will entertain often, and because of this they prefer to keep their home looking as neat as possible. They might have certain areas that are more disorganized, but they keep those hidden away from people. They can live in the occasional organized chaos, but they try to save this for their bedroom and private places where people cannot see. They always try to keep their appearance as clean as possible, but might have a few messy quirks. Overall though, ENFJs are clean and tidy people and enjoy keeping things visually attractive to others.
INFPs are often rather messy when it comes to their bedrooms. They dislike wasting time on organizing and prefer to leave things how they are. They have other activities they would much rather be spending time on, and so their cleaning habits often fall behind a bit. INFPs might have certain things that are organized, like their books or music collections- this usually pertains to something they are deeply passionate about. Something that the INFP values immensely, will be more organized than the random things in their room. They simply live too much in their own inner minds to focus on keeping their room tidy. INFPs might go through short bursts where they feel a strong desire to clean and organize- but this usually fades away and their room will become messy again in a week’s’ time.
ENFPs can often be messy, and don’t mind living in a cluttered environment. They do however, hate being surrounded by dirty or unpleasant sights and smells. ENFPs will be more than capable of picking up after themselves, and will clear out anything that would make their surroundings gross. They simply do not have much desire to keep things organized, and will likely toss their clothes or empty water bottles on the floor. If things start to become too messy after a long time, the ENFP might make a mental game of cleaning things up. They can appear organized to some people, but for the most part ENFPs don’t mind a little mess in their lives. They simply have so many other things running through their minds, that it is easy to become distracted.
INTJs have a tendency to be messy, but they are rarely dirty. Their minds are constantly running through different thoughts, which can cause them to dislike cleaning all that much. They often have a place for everything on their desk, and will remember that pair of scissors that they placed under that specific piece of paper. INTJs often know where everything is, and might live in what appears to be an organized chaos. They like their appearance to be rather put together and organized, especially if they are going to be seen by other people. Their room or desk however, will be a bit more messy and cluttered. The INTJ often knows where things are though, and might not even consider their surroundings to be all that disorganized. They don’t let things get too out of hand, and will dislike anything gross or unsettling in their presence.
ENTJs are organized in some ways, but messy in others. They will often keep things organized so that they know where everything is- but might forget to pick up a few scattered pieces of paper in their bedroom. If it is important to keep something organized- like in their work environment- the ENTJ will make sure that it is well put together. They know how to organize well, they just don’t always feel like it is necessary. When it comes to the ENTJs personal space, they might let things slide for a while, especially if they have other things they believe to be more important. Their minds are constantly running through a million different thoughts and ideas, which often causes cleaning to become less important.
INTPs can become rather messy, especially since they live so much inside of their inner minds. They can go days without picking up after themselves, simply because they forget about the physical world around them. When the INTP goes into hardcore thinking mode, it is difficult for them to recognize the mess around them. This can become frustrating for the INTP when they do take notice of their messy surroundings. It might even force them into sporadic cleaning modes, where they attempt to organize and fix everything in their physical surroundings. INTPs simply dislike having to focus on things like cleaning, because they have so many other thoughts filling up their head space. The INTP might require that one specific space be clean at all times, and this is likely the space where they work.
ENTPs can be a bit messy, especially when they are more focused on work or other important things. ENTPs simply live inside of their own minds, and are constantly running through new ideas and possibilities. This can cause things like cleaning to seem rather trivial, and so the ENTP will often have a rather messy room. They don’t mind cleaning from time to time, but will likely just sift through the chaos in order to find what they need. There is a difference between dirty and messy, and most ENTPs are just messy. They do best if they have someone in their lives who can help keep them organized, since the ENTP likely doesn’t want to do that themselves. If they have to keep a certain space organized for work, the ENTP will be capable of doing this.
ISTJs are often very organized people, and dislike being around mess or clutter. In order to remain focused and comfortable in their surroundings, the ISTJ likely needs things to be organized and clean. If someone around them is messy, the ISTJ will probably find themselves constantly picking up after them. They don’t mind going a short while with things being a little disorganized, but will likely go through bursts of cleaning when this happens. When the ISTJ has people over, they will feel a need to clean up their surroundings. They simply do not want people thinking that they live in a messy environment.
ESTJs can be very organized people, but can be messy as well. They enjoy keeping things where they can easily get to them, and because of this they often prefer cleaning themselves. The ESTJ might become frustrated if someone else decides to organize for them, since they won’t be able to easily find their important items. ESTJs can sometimes live in organized chaos, but they always know where everything is. This only happens when they are under stress though, since the ESTJ strongly prefers to have a clean and tidy environment. They especially hate having company over and not having their home in perfect condition.
ISFJs prefer to keep their lives as organized as possible, especially if they have family around them. They want everything to be tidy and appear nice to others. ISFJs dislike mess, and might feel responsible if things are not kept clean. They often take it upon themselves to keep their environment spotless, and will rarely mind cleaning up after others. Their natural desire to make their loved ones happy, can often cause the ISFJ to resort to cooking and cleaning as a way to show their affection. Being able to keep a nice and clean environment for the people they love, is a great accomplishment for the ISFJ. They also keep their appearance very clean and well put together- since they believe that this is important.
ESFJs prefer to keep things in their life as organized as possible, but might struggle with this from time to time. They know how to organize, and often keep their important items put together perfectly. ESFJs have a tendency to take on too many tasks in hopes of pleasing their loves ones, which can cause certain things to fall behind. Their bedrooms might be a bit messy and disorganized, simply because the ESFJ has a million other things they are tending to. They will however, focus on cleaning up after their loved ones in order to make them happy. ESFJs simply become distracted by the many things they need to get done, which can cause certain parts of their lives to appear less organized. They will make sure that their home is perfectly clean when they have guests over though, and dislike feeling like anything is out of order.
ISTPs often have a system that works very well for them, and this can either be organized or messy. They enjoy keeping their environment put together in a way that they personally understand. They know how they want things done, and often dislike if other people try to mess with that system. ISTPs enjoy having their own personal space, and do not want people to invade that space. Their environment might be messy, but they always know where they have placed everything around them. The ISTP will likely have an organized work environment though, and likes keeping everything in its place. ISTPs keep their physical appearance rather clean and often dislike nastiness. They simply know what they like, and don’t want other people messing that up for them.
ESTPs are not the most organized people, and often allow things to become extremely cluttered. They usually know where everything is, and can quickly find their needed item under a pile of clothing. ESTPs simply do not focus their energy on keeping things tidy, especially since there are so many other more important things to do. They rarely feel inspired to keep their environment clean, but might go through spurts of aggressively organizing. They know how to organize, especially when it comes to items that are very important to them. The ESTP likely knows where they want everything placed and can be a bit meticulous about this. They simply have other important things to focus on in their lives, and can become a bit disinterested in organizing and cleaning their homes.
ISFPs are rarely organize people, and prefer to have things I bit more chaotic. Their minds are always running through a million different thoughts, which causes the ISFP to become easily distracted. They simply don’t care to keep their bedrooms clean and tidy, and will often know exactly where they placed everything. ISFPs will keep their appearance looking nice though, and enjoy dressing up from time to time. They dislike having their environment be dirty and gross, but do not mind mess at all.
ESFPs like to keep things looking nice, especially when it comes to their physical appearance. They want to look nice to others, and will keep themselves looking very put together. ESFPs also prefer that their home look clean and tidy when they have visitors over, and will often hurry to pick up right before people show up. ESFPs do however, struggle with keeping their bedrooms clean. They simply have so many other things on their minds, and often do not care about cleaning up after themselves. Their rooms can often become complete chaos, but they often suggest that they know where everything is. ESFPs can sometimes struggle with throwing things out, especially if they hold sentimental value to them.