In the (now dreamlike) days spent working at the office, our open floorplan revealed a glaring fact: My desk mate was organized; I was not. Her monitor rested on a neat stack of color-coded books. Mine, caught in a web of dusty chords, was a rest stop for frantically-written sticky notes and old drawings. The files on her desktop lived in labeled folders lining the edges of her screen. My desktop housed a constellation of old screenshots, article drafts and meme fodder. The stark comparison made me question why I was so messy, and if there was anyone or anything I could blame for my chaotic tendencies. Enter, astrology: our elemental guide to human nature. Namely, why some of us crave multi-step plans while others can’t see past the clutter. Below, the three most organized zodiac signs and why they’re so adept at keeping it together.
(Psst: Your astrological traits involve twelve celestial bodies, not just your sun sign. To discover your entire planetary portrait, check out your birth chart.)
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22): The Helper
Virgos are often cast as the binder-carrying control freaks of the zodiac, but it’s not nearly that simple. At heart, Virgo is committed to helping others. They’re tweaking your lemon loaf recipe to make it a touch healthier, editing your cover letter and rearranging your furniture to allow for better energy flow. The earth signs are eternally asking, “How can I make this better?” And when it comes to organization, detail-oriented obsessed Virgo knows the hardwood floors could always be cleaner and the handwriting neater. Guided by Mercury, the cosmic symbol of learning, thinking and idea exchange, Virgos have frantically thought through every possible outcome of their day. Their racing inner dialogue is pacified by planned outfits and grammatically perfect to-do lists. (And you can’t unwind at yoga class if you don’t schedule it, right?)
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19): The Achiever
Surprise! Another grounded earth sign tops the list of organizational pros. Efficiency is the name of the game with Capricorn, and they know success starts with a large-scale plan. Why waste time sleeping when you can wake up at 5 a.m., whip up a (heavily caffeinated) breakfast smoothie and listen to an informative news podcast? Governed by Saturn, the stern planetary disciplinarian, Cap shines when building systems, timelines and shamelessly high standards. Messy spaces and crowded inboxes threaten to slow Capricorn’s lifelong marathon toward their goals. When it comes to achieving their highest ambitions, winging it isn’t an option (but there’s always room for Cap’s self-deprecating humor along the way). Meal-prepped burrito bowls, anyone?
Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20): The Empath
As the dreamy creatives of the zodiac, it might come as a surprise to see Pisces among the ranks of sock folders and spreadsheet lovers. But these water signs are empaths, meaning they’re highly sensitive to shifts in their environment. When their siblings argue over a stolen shirt, Pisces feels the fiery tension within the room and within themselves hours after the fight has dissipated. So when their surroundings are cluttered (see: tower of dishes hanging out in the sink), intuitive Pisces feels emotionally cluttered. As one of the four mutable signs, Pisces is constantly moving and changing. Think of them as flowing water that shapeshifts to fit the narrow stream or vast ocean it inhabits. Pisces needs structure to stop themselves from spilling out from all sides. Organization isn’t a means of establishing routines or setting goals, but as a necessary practice for Pisces to clear their mind and exhale.