Tory B. Nagel



Do you consider yourself a tidy person? I used to think I was, but all that changed the more I researched and snooped. My friend and fellow Brandcenter classmate, Elyse Jolley, let me scour her apartment and I learned how she exemplifies being tidy. People who are tidy are truly neat and clean. Dust is hard to come by in a tidy person’s apartment and their closets or private places are handled with as much care as their more public ones. People who are tidiers appear to be clean on the surface. Maybe their book shelf is organized because it is in the living room where guests lounge. However, if you were to open their closet or look under their bed, you’d find clothing and items on the floor or sliding off hangers.


  1. Eylse had her bed made and there was no clutter to be found. Even when I looked under her bed I found it was empty except for a steak knife she keeps there for self-defense.

  2. Her books were organized by color and her plants were well watered.

  3. In front of her mirror was displayed a small post card with a quote that reads: “Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not good enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.” (Brené Brown)


  1. The lack of clutter in Elyse’s room told me she cared about keeping her apartment clean, but I wasn’t convinced she was tidy instead of a tidier until I look under her bed and saw how empty and clean the floor was.

  2. The combination of her apartment being well lit and her books organized told me she would likely score highly conscientiousness in the OCEAN personality assessment.

  3. There was a lack of genre diversity in this collection communicating the owner is likely on the lower end of the openness indicator meaning they’re likely to prefer to be certain rather explore the unknown.

  4. The Brené Brown quote on Elyse’s mirror serves as a self directed identity claim. This simply means that this quote placed in a personal location that Elyse sees every day signals how she wants to regard herself and what values she wants to embody. If the quote was on a larger poster in a more public place in her house it would be considered an others directed identity claim. These claims are often in main parts of the house that guests see and are used to signal how the owner wants others to perceive them.