An example of something shipshape is a room where every last item is in its place and there is not a speck of dust to be found.
Origin of shipshapeShort for obsolete shipshapen, arranged as a ship should be : ship + shapen, past participle of shape.
(comparative more shipshape, superlative most shipshape)
ship +"Ž shape; of nautical origin, based on the obligation of a sailor to keep his/her quarters arranged neatly and securely against the inevitable turbulence at sea. It also implies a neat and efficient packing to fit into the limited space typically allotted to service members aboard ship.