Kaizen is a practice invented at the Toyota factories to bring business processes to perfection with a minimum of funds for the organization of production. So the principles of no large warehouses, no permanent quality control at every stage of the work and no monitoring the process of looking were formulated. Including the 5S system, from which usually the study and implementation of kaizen begins.
[blockquote]5S: Sorting, organizing, keeping in order, standardization, improvement – the principles on which the perfect work is based.[/blockquote]
5S – is a tool of organizing the workplace for effective performance of the functions.
Cleaning under the principles of Kaizen is to give certain results. You must receive more space, daily activities will be carried out more easily, and keeping the house clean will become a natural habit. Kaizen means endless pursuit of perfection, so do not expect that already after one spring cleaning your home will shine. Kaizen is implemented gradually and takes time.
The purpose of cleaning is not just to make the house clean. The main task is to create a space in your home, which will be convenient and easy to clean. You don’t have to do much for it, but you have to think much about it. The speed and comfort of cleaningwill depend on your decisions.
All you need for the cleaning is colored stickers (they will serve as a kanban – object marker), enthusiasm and willingness to change the usual order. Let’s start with the system 5S.
This is a clear division of things into the necessary and unnecessary ones, and you need to quickly get rid of the unnecessary ones.
Take it into your hands any thing and answer a few questions:
- Do I really need this thing?
- Do I need this thing here?
- How often do I use it?
- When did I use it for the last time?
If the thing is needed in this place, it is often used, and should be at arm’s length, then mark it with a green sticker. Necessary things that are rarely used mark with the yellow sticker.
If the thing is not needed in this zone, put it to where it should be. If you do not know where to put it right now, stick an orange sticker and put in the middle of the room. If you have not used the thing for more than six months, mark it with a red sticker.
What to do with the things marked with red? At best – throw them out. Throw out junk and debris without pity!
2. Keeping in order or the systematization
The necessary things should be stored so that you can quickly find and use them. It’s ergonomics in its purest form, only your experience and your practice are here to help.
It’s very simple to heck whether a thing is in a proper place. If you constantly find it in another place, it’s just not it’s place. Your task is to find for every thing a space to which it will be convenient to return. When the thing is comfortable not only to take, but also to put it back, it means that you do everything right.
If the items are used together, keep them close. For example, a box of jewelry fits well on the top shelf, but you use it every day, so you need to reach out to the upper shelf. So, this place is not suitable.
Do not be afraid to spend money on high-quality functional furniture and tools. Good furniture is a half of your success.
[blockquote]Don’t hurry, Kaizen is gradual changes rather than revolutionary ones.[/blockquote]
3. Keep it clean
Think over the steps that help you every day to keep the house in order. For example, if you have many rooms, it makes sense to put a trash bin in each of them. If you don’t want to put unnecessary papers in the garbage, just drop them in the basket under the table.
[blockquote source]Such “lifehacks” that reduce our work seem easy decision for the lazy. But even if you are ready to rush to clean floors at any moment, they will save you time.[/blockquote]
Terms of cleaning and cleanliness should be mandatory for all, and successful solutions should be standardized and applied in practice. Fix the responsibilities for each one in the house for working area.
Standardize the system of incentives: if someone offers a new ergonomic solution, he deserves to be awarded. Especially it’s a good way to work when it’s necessary to stimulate children. Children’s fantasy is the best source of customized solutions, even when it comes to cleaning.
The principles of the system should become a habit, so that you want to make the house better with every cleaning. Include in the budget plan upgrading and repairing your furniture. Evaluate the results with before and after pictures.
[blockquote source]Kaizen Principles are not new. They are based on common knowledge and experience. But they are included in a single system, which we all somehow already use (or at least try).[/blockquote]
So it is possible to improve the workplace, and yourself constantly. This is the philosophy of kaizen in action.