Our homes and the way we take care of them are often considered a direct reflection of ourselves, for better or worse. Though we all would love to say we’re tidy people, we know that’s not always the case. Where some people feel they can’t function unless everything is dusted, there are others who don’t mind letting the dishes sit in the sink for a few days. Regardless of which side of the line we fall on, we all have our reasons for why we do the things we do.
While your cleaning habits may not directly reflect who you are as a person, it can still be interesting to see where we stack up compared to the people around you. Below gives you an idea of whether you’re on the neater or messier side of things, based on your zodiac sign.
1. Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
You aren’t just neat—you’re a full on clean freak. No one would put it past you to do a white glove test on all your surfaces even after you just diligently scrubbed them. You like everything to be organized, in its place, and absolutely clean. No one will ever catch your home a mess if you have anything to say about it.
2. Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
You have a thing for appearances, and your home is no different. You make a strong effort to take care of yourself, and your home is an extension of that, because you just can’t relax if everything around you is a mess. You make sure that everything looks nice and tidy, because you want to be able to relax and not give anyone a reason to judge you, period.
3. Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
You’re dedicated and hard-working in everything that you do, and that doesn’t change when it comes to your home life. While you might not prioritize housework over business work, you still have a strong desire to keep things organized and in their place, because you refuse to allow anything within your control to remain in chaos.
4. Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
You like to keep to yourself, and in doing so, many could speculate that you would be on the messier side, because you’re not out to impress anyone, right? However, you like the space you reserve for yourself to be taken care of since it’s your own private sanctuary from the rest of the world. You might be a little more invested in your personal hygiene than your household, but that doesn’t change the fact that most of the time, your place is going to remain in a pretty clean state.
5. Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
You are all about comfort, but not just your own; you want people who come into your home to be comfortable as well. While you have your days where you prefer to sit and relax rather than scrub every surface in sight, you usually keep your home in some type of order. At bare minimum, you ensure that it’s not too difficult to do some spot checks if someone unexpectedly stops by. You want your home to be open and welcoming, and part of that concept for you is to make sure your things aren’t super messy.
6. Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Anything can go either way for you, Aries—it just depends on what’s going on in your life. You won’t necessarily prioritize housework over going out with your friends, because life is short and you want to experience it as best as you can. However, you do tend to get a little restless at times, especially when you’re just sitting around at home. So it’s not uncommon for you to pull a full-on cleaning spree if you find yourself becoming bored. Overall, your place still stays in pretty great shape, but even if things start to get a but cluttered, it won’t be too long before you take care of it in one fell swoop.
7. Leo (July 23 to August 22)
You do like to make a good impression, but you usually leave that to your own personality. You aren’t someone who lives in filth by any means, but your home is most likely cluttered and a little unorganized. Your life tends to be so fast paced (always something to do or someone to see) that making sure everything is in order doesn’t always make top priority. You still have a presentable home, and it can easily be cleaned without too much hassle, but you struggle to make the time to do it.
8. Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Much like a Leo, you have a lot going on, though this usually applies to the thoughts in your head. You do try to take care of yourself for the most part, but if it comes down to housework or working on your latest idea, there isn’t a contest about which wins out. Given your unconventional nature, you don’t feel the need to try to impress anyone, but you still have that energy burst every now and then to clean things up, even if the main motivation is to help clear your mind.
9. Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
You always have good intentions—you really do. You might find yourself starting to do some laundry, but then you get a phone call. Or you begin doing the dishes, and a notification pops up that you have to read. Before you know it, another day has passed and things are still pretty haphazard in your home. This tends to be the norm for you, unless you’re hosting an event in your home, which gives you the motivation you need to get things in order. But otherwise? Life just has too many distractions, and it’s likely your attention will be fixed elsewhere besides keeping everything tidy.
10. Libra (September 23 to October 22)
It might feel a little strange seeing you on the other end of this list, but we know it’s true. You are known to be drawn towards beautiful things, but that doesn’t mean you are constantly keeping everything in tiptop shape. You enjoy pampering yourself, no doubt, but you aren’t super stressed about keeping everything around you pristine. Much like Gemini, you’ll pull out all the stops to make things shine if you’re hosting an event. But it takes a full on production to get you to really consider it.
11. Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
You always strive for things to be comfortable and relaxed, so it’s not a surprise that this mindset applies to your cleaning habits as well. You don’t mind things being unorganized or all over the place because it gives you a small amount of chaos, which you honestly tend to thrive in. You would rather grab a book or settle into binge-watching your favorite TV show before you feel the desire to fold some towels. Although, if you did both at the same time, that could be a good step in the right direction.
12. Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
You think certain things in life are incredibly important, such as independence, adventure, happiness, and humor. Yet you’d have to search the list pretty hard to find anything about keeping your home neat. You’re usually so busy planning your next adventure that you’re rarely at home anyways. You figure, why clean something that’s just going to get dirty later on? While you could stand to spend a little more time keeping your home in order, it’s unlikely that it will ever be something you work hard at maintaining.
Lacey Ramburger is a freelance writer based in Owensboro, KY. She is the author of a poetry book, Being Whole, and dozens of articles. Her areas of expertise include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), relationships, and astrology.