It’s Tips and Tricks Tuesday! This week I’m sharing 5 steps to achieving a more organized space. I learned about the process called “5s” in my Industrial Engineering class, “Design & Analysis Methods for Systems Improvements”. My instructor, Leslie Potter, enlightened me to the topic of workplace organization and got me excited to go to class and learn how the 5s process, as well as many other techniques, can make a work environment more efficient. Now being in my field of engineering, majority of Industrial Engineers go on to work in a manufacturing facility, so a lot of examples and scenarios in school revolve around that. I looked at it from a Professional Organizer perspective. The techniques can so easily be translated to home organization!! So, let’s zero in on the 5s process.
5s is a Japanese method for workplace organization. It relates to five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke. These translate to sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain.
Give these 5s steps a try. I hope they work for you to achieve a little more order and organization in your space. Please feel free to leave a comment about your experience! I’d love to hear about it!!
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!