The 5 S’s Japanese technique used to maintain a tidy house

Constantly keeping a neat and tidy house can be even harder that it sounds. It requires work and dedication. Luckily, there is a method that can help simplify the process of getting all your chores done, and this is by using the method of the 5 S’s. Let’s find out what they are!

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Coming directly from Japan, the 5 S’s have been established in order to create an effective routine for household cleaning, while trying to minimize the work and effort needed. And as the name implies, there are five steps one has to follow to find you home clean, sanitized, and in perfect order.

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The 5 S’s technique

The steps prescribed in this method are as follows: seiri (classify), seiton (order), seiso (clean), seiketsu (systemize), and shitsuke (discipline). Now let’s take a closer look at each one of these steps…

The first step, classification, requires that we identify the things that could be superfluous or unnecessary in our home. In this phase, we can take stock of all the items we own, and what we don’t need can just be throw out or donated.

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Seiso, the second step, requires us to rearrange everything that we have decided to keep, this way every item has its place.

The third step calls for a daily schedule of chores. By adhering to this schedule a few hours a day, we avoid finding ourselves overwhelmed by household tasks on the weekend. This way, maintaining a clean and tidy house is never that much of an undertaking.

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Moving on to the fourth step, we now must get into the habit of putting away the objects that we use each day. By doing this, we don’t accumulate clutter, and we easily keep order in the home.

And lastly, we have the ”discipline” phase. This step requires us to take on the habit of making sure that each area of the house is kept in a clean and orderly state.

Now that we have gone over each step, the next thing to do is to put the whole process into practice. Give it a try, and you will see how effective this method can be to having a well-maintained home.

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