There are people who keep their things in a prim and proper manner. They take good care of their stuff and use it with care.

Is there a single word to describe them?

  • anal-retentive :)
    – CodeAngry
    Oct 2, 2014 at 21:21
  • A good steward. Oct 3, 2014 at 3:45

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The word neat meshes well with adjectives prim and proper mentioned in the question. From en.wiktionary, neat has a sense, among others, of “Having a simple elegance or style; clean, trim, tidy, tasteful”.

Also consider fastidious and persnickety. From en.wiktionary, fastidious means “Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness”. Also from en.wiktionary, persnickety means “Fastidious or fussy”.


Such a person would be organized.

From Oxford Dictionaries:

1.1 Able to plan one’s activities efficiently: she used to be so organized


  • I worked for a guy who said that he loved employing pregnant women because they were so organized and efficient.
  • This is my major preoccupation at the moment: forgiving myself for not being efficient and organised and sensible.
  • After one and one-half years in her current position, she finds that she has learned to be more organized and efficient with her time, which gives her more time with the patient.

Organized is a very broad term, and can be used to indicate a person who is adept in managing several things- be it things/belongings, time, life etc.


Words that came to my mind:

  • Organised
  • efficient
  • precise
  • fastidious
  • methodical
  • thorough


1 a person who looks after the passengers on a ship, aircraft, or train and brings them meals. • a person responsible for supplies of food to a college, club, or other institution. 2 an official appointed to supervise arrangements or keep order at a large public event, for example a sporting event. • short for shop steward. 3 a person employed to manage another's property, esp. a large house or estate. • a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something: farmers pride themselves on being stewards of the countryside.

  • You should cite where you retrieved your definitions from -- eg. which dictionary -- and maybe include a sentence or two as an example of how to use the word in an appropriate fashion. Oct 2, 2014 at 23:16

Fastidious Curatorial Conservationist

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