Use the adjective tidy for something that is neat and clean. If your desk were more tidy, you would be able to find your computer.

Tidy (or tidy up) also means “to clean up” and is also a noun for a container for small objects, like scraps or sewing materials. These senses of tidy have a formal or even old-fashioned note. (We’re more likely to say clean, organize, or bin now in everyday conversation.) A less informal use is as an adjective, meaning “large.” If you can put the word tidy before your profit or the sum in your bank account, it’s a good thing.

Definitions of tidy
  1. adjective
    marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
    “a tidy person”
    “a tidy house”
    “a tidy mind”
    free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits
    giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
    clean-cut, trig, trim
    neat and smart in appearance
    neat, orderly
    clean or organized
    showing care in execution
    neat and tidy
    shipshape, trim, well-kept
    of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder
    slicked up
    having been made especially tidy
    neatly arranged; not disorderly
    uncluttered, unlittered
    having nothing extraneous
    neat and smart in appearance; well cared for
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    not neat and tidy
    dirty, soiled, unclean
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
    marked by an absence of due or proper care or attention to detail; not concerned with cleanliness
    blowsy, blowzy, slatternly, sluttish
    characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women
    cluttered, littered
    filled or scattered with a disorderly accumulation of objects or rubbish
    disheveled, dishevelled, frowzled, rumpled, tousled
    in disarray; extremely disorderly
    disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy
    in utter disorder
    frowsy, frowzy, slovenly
    negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt
    messy, mussy
    dirty and disorderly
    lacking neatness or order
    lacking neatness or order
    lacking stiffness in form or posture
    rambling, sprawling, straggling, straggly
    spreading out in different directions
    not properly maintained or cared for
    not neat and smart in appearance
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  2. adjective
    (of hair) neat and tidy
    synonyms: kempt
    neat and smart in appearance; well cared for
  3. verb
    put (things or places) in order
    Tidy up your room!”
    synonyms: clean up, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy up
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    make, make up
    put in order or neaten
    clean, clean house, houseclean
    clean and tidy up the house
    G.I., GI
    clean in preparation for inspection
    thoroughly clean the entire house, often done only once a year
    type of:
    bring order to or into
  4. noun
    receptacle that holds odds and ends (as sewing materials)
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    a container that is used to put or keep things in
  5. adjective
    large in amount or extent or degree
    “a tidy sum of money”
    synonyms: goodish, goodly, healthy, hefty, respectable, sizable, sizeable
    large or relatively large in number or amount or extent or degree
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