What Type of Cleaner are You?

Whether you are considered a “neat-freak” or perhaps the one to always leave your dishes in the sink, anyone can place themselves into a specific category of cleaner.

When taking a closer look at the cleanliness scale, we found that there are various types of cleaners: Clean and Organized, Organized and Messy, Disorganized and Clean and Disorganized and Messy. Perhaps you can identify with one or multiple categories. Or perhaps you don’t know what type of cleaner you are at all. We examined these types a little closer to help.

Clean and Organized

The ideal clean and organized person keeps a tidy space. It is one where everything has it’s own place, and there is a schedule made in order to maintain this level of clean.


– You may find this type of cleaner dusting a neatly stacked pile of color-coded books in their living room

– Dishes are always immediately washed after they are used

– Beds are made after waking up

– They may keep a schedule to keep them on track with cleaning tasks assigned to specific days and times

Pros and Cons

Well the obvious benefit is that everything will always be clean. Clean and organized people can maintain a neat and comfortable space for themselves and any visitors. The potential problem is when cleanliness becomes an obsession. Some people are clean and organized by nature while others feel a compulsion to have everything in a specific place. This may cause tension when living with other people who do not share the same compulsion. Also, cleaning may overload your schedule and become more of a chore than a lifestyle.

Organized and Messy

While these characteristics seem contradictory, there is room for both if you are this type of cleaner. An organized and messy cleaner likes things a certain way but does not always pay attention to every detail to maintain cleanliness.


– Ignoring laundry that is piling up on the floor until laundry day

– Making lunch the night before but skipping making the bed in the morning

– Filing away papers in a binder that is used as a coaster the next week

Pros and Cons

Being organized is helpful in order to stay on track and not lose important belongings. However, being messy can overtake the organization you have worked hard to maintain. At times it may feel like taking one step forward and two steps back.

Disorganized and Clean

This type of cleaner may be the most relatable. Disorganized and clean people are not obsessed with having everything in the right place, but simply want things to be clean enough to feel comfortable.


– A closet full of clothes where nothing is categorized, but everything is on a hanger

– Going through a cleaning frenzy but accidentally tossing an important piece of mail that was in a pile of trash

– Running late to a meeting on recently moped, shiny floors

Pros and Cons

Again, the space will be clean which is important. However, without a schedule the cleaning may not always be consistent. Cleaners like this may end up misplacing important items without even realizing it.

Disorganized and Messy

There are plenty of these types of cleaners, or I suppose “non-cleaners” out there. This is a lifestyle that is hard to break because there are often no schedules or habits formed to maintain a clean environment.


– Not washing dishes because there is no place to put them when they are clean

– Keeping clothes in the dryer until you need to wear them

– Letting trash overflow because you forgot to take the bins out for the garbage truck

Pros and Cons

Unfortunately there are not many benefits to being disorganized and messy. Unless you are using time not spent cleaning to get things done, an environment such as this will actually slow productivity. If one thinks of cleanliness as a reflection of themselves, they may be more inspired to spend more time cleaning.

There is no wrong or right type of cleaner. However, no matter where you find yourself on this scale, you can always make changes that will lead you to a clean lifestyle. The goal is to create a comfortable environment that enhances your life.