Your Dream Kitchen: A Guide for Every Personality Type
The kitchen can be anything from the main room of the house to merely decoration, but no matter how you feel about this space, it’s gotta work for you! Luckily, our book delivers some universal as well as type-specific ways to help you organize your kitchen so you can function smoothly within it. Here is how each Pixie personality type should set up their kitchen!
Organic Structures and Smart Structures (ENFJ, INFJ & ENTJ, INTJ)
Pixie Type Organic includes the idealists of the world. Their type correlates to Myers-Briggs Types ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP, and INFP. Organic Structures (ENFJ and INFJ) prefer structure and planning, while the Organic Freedoms (ENFP and INFP) can take life as it comes and prefer less planning.
Smart Pixie Types are clever and inventive, the architects of change in this world. They are analytical, driven and set a high standard for everyone. While Smart Structures (ENTJ and INTJ) prefer structure and planning, Smart Freedoms (ENTP and INTP) take life as it comes.
Organic Structures and Smart Structures are guilty of keeping everything on their countertops! A few things are fine, but they should definitely find a home for the things they don’t use everyday. They also tend to hold onto every piece of tupperware or food container they come across. Odds are they have a bunch of mismatched lids and containers in a drawer somewhere. Sort those out and use the ones that don’t have a matching lid to organize items in the fridge.
Organic and Smart Freedoms (ENFP, INFP & ENTP, INTP)
There are a lot of similarities between Organic/Smart Freedoms and Organic/Smart Structures but the biggest difference is that where Structures enjoy planning, Freedoms do not. Freedoms will need a bit more help keeping their kitchen straight than their Structure friends. They should definitely look into getting pot racks and open shelving. Freedoms don’t mind visual clutter and it will be much easier to keep things sorted when they can see them. This goes for the waste basket as well. Resist the urge to hide it in a closet or drawer.
A junk drawer is not a sign of failure. These personality types (Freedoms) need them! They should designate a space for all the things that go in the “I’ll probably need this someday” category.
Classic (ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFJ & ISFJ)
Classics make up almost half of the American population (46%) and value tradition, hard work, and loyalty. They finish what they start, and are rarely described as slackers. They love being organized and always try to create routine and structure in their life. A Classic’s kitchen is the one that looks like it is straight out of a magazine: no clutter, no mess, and a hidden wastebasket. Appliances will be properly stored in a cupboard and not on the countertops. You won’t see any open shelves or glass cabinets here either because Classics (Myers-Briggs types ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFJ, and ISFJ) don’t like visual clutter.
While this level of order and appearance is tough to maintain, it’s worth it for a Classic and there are some things they can do to make it a little easier. First, they should routinely go through their pantry and toss out any expired items or clutter like plastic forks and chopsticks from the last chinese takeout. Once they’ve got everything cleared out, they should follow the FIFO rule (First In, First Out) to stay on top of things. When the pantry is finished, focus should switch to the fridge- using bins and containers to keep things sorted. The goal is to make items easier to find so that digging around in the morning to find string cheese for the kids’ lunches is no longer necessary.
Fun (ESTP, ISTP, ESFP & ISFP)
Funs are easy-going, sometimes adventurous, and adept at living in the moment. However, they are also firmly grounded in reality and the practical details of life and work, which means bills get paid and work gets done even if items get misplaced or the Fun Pixie Type never had a formal To-Do list. Focused on the here and now, Funs get things done but are flexible about the when and how — thriving at improvising in the moment to solve problems and meet deadlines.
A Fun’s kitchen is reflective of their easy-going nature. Things don’t typically have a permanent home the way they do in a Classic’s kitchen. A Fun (Myers-Briggs Type ESTP, ISTP, ESFP, or ISFP) thrives in a kitchen with open shelves and a hanging pot rack. They are not bogged down by clutter so don’t mind appliances sitting on the countertops. If using open shelves, Funs should invest in matching dishware to make the space look a little more put together. Take a cue from Classics and invest in some refrigerator bins. They may seem excessive but they really help in keeping everything sorted!
Kitchens can be tricky to maintain, but with these tips, you should be on your way to a ‘well-oiled’ cooking space no matter your personality. Not sure of your Pixie Type? Take the quiz here!