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it’s a 5S and kaizen kind of day

My fellows are off on an adventure, so I’m taking advantage of the quiet and delving into a 5S session for my art studio. A perfect time to finish putting it all together. It’s just a kaizen kind of day.

What is 5S?

5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. “Seiri means to separate needed and unneeded materials and to remove the latter. Seiton means to neatly arrange and identify needed materials for ease of use. Seiso means to conduct a cleanup campaign. Seiketsu means to do seiri, seiton, and seiso at frequent intervals and to standardize your 5S procedures. Shitsuke means to form the habit of always following the first four Ss.”*

Kaizen?

“Kaizen was created in Japan following World War II. The word Kaizen means “continuous improvement”. It comes from the Japanese words 改 (“kai”) which means “change” or “to correct” and 善 (“zen”) which means ‘good.'”**

First step — seiri . . .

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*Source: An Introduction to 6S, by Don Roll (http://www.vitalentusa.com/learn/6s_article.php)
**Source: What is Kaizen? (http://www.graphicproducts.com/tutorials/kaizen/index.php)

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