So what is this quiz all about?

Well, when it comes to decluttering, it is helpful to consider how best we can accomplish these goals for our homes. We often need to change our habits so that we can live our lives with less clutter surrounding us. You may find that you are good at decluttering but other members of your family are not! Or you may want to be able to declutter but just can’t seem to be able to do it alone.

Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies

Author Gretchen Rubin came up with the quiz which we are going to share with you. We think is a brilliant way of working out how we make ourselves to do what we want and others!

Through extensive research, Gretchen Rubin found that people fall into one of four different categories of tendency (“The Four Tendencies”). Each has a distinct impact on how you become motivated to accomplish tasks and goals.


You can identify your tendency by understanding how you respond to expectations. These are divided into inner expectations (e.g. keeping a New Year’s resolution, wanting to start decluttering or to go the gym) and outer expectations (e.g. meet work deadlines, answer an email from a friend or your partner asking you to declutter).

It is really helpful to understand how your mind works (and those of other family members!) when it comes to decluttering.  Are you someone who needs to be held externally accountable in order to accomplish these projects? Or do you just need to believe in the value of what you are doing? Perhaps you need a routine to do it? Or maybe you just need to work out if you want to do it or not!

The Four Tendencies are:

  • Obligers: deliver if someone else expects them to do something but if no-one else is counting on them then they struggle to keep personal resolutions (i.e. they perform best when there is external accountability).
  • Questioners: need to understand the reasoning behind why they doing something and it has to make sense to them. If it seems unnecessary to them, then they are likely to not do it (i.e. they need a logical reason). As a result, they can be held back by “analysis paralysis”.
  • Rebels: resist meeting any expectations and often defy them! They do what they want, when they want to do it. If there is an outside expectation for them to do Y, then they will probably do X! Source of freedom, choice and self-expression is important to them. 
  • Upholders: readily meet all outer and inner expectations and thrive under structure and deadlines. However, they can struggle with flexibility e.g. if a deadline is brought forward and their plans have to completely change.

Here's the quiz...

You can take the short, FREE, test here: to find out which category you fall into! It takes about 10 minutes to complete and answers are confidential.

Let us know which category you fall into! Was it a surprise?

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