a place for everything and everything in its place

a place for everything and everything in its place


  • This phrase is advisory in nature which talks about things being stacked neatly and should be put back in its place when one is not using that particular item.
  • It has been in use to make a person more organized in his life.
  • It is the orderly form of storing things.

Example Sentences

  1. She is a strict mother and teaches her children to make a place for everything and have everything in place.
  2. For a bachelor it is usually difficult to have a place for everything and to put everything in its place.
  3. In my office we do a lot of paperwork. Before the end of the day, we find a place for everything and put everything in its place. This is a very strict rule and is required to be followed by all.

The origin of this phrase is associated with many notable people in history including Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Mrs. Isabella Beeton. It has been used in a story which was published in 1799 called ‘The Naughty Girl Won’ by the Religious Tract Society. In the Oxford Book of Quotations it is mentioned that the phrase has been in existence since the 17th Century.

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