A Practical and Productive Principle

Yesterday, my parents and I started out our long-overdue “spring” cleaning project. As we went along with the task, we recalled the “5S” principle in maintaining cleanliness and orderliness posted in the cottages of Teachers Camp, Baguio City, where our church annually conducts a religious observance. Aside from the virtue of simplicity, another way to improve our quality of life is through Japan’s smart and effective 5S Principle.

“5S” is a slogan developed in Japan by Hiroyuki Hirano for daily workplace management. Although originally designed for offices and business establishments, this methodology can also be applied at home. You may be familiar with this principle already but it’s always good to have a brief review from time to time:

1. Seiri : 整理 (Sort)– Eliminate all the unnecessary materials and classify the necessary ones.

2. Seiton: 整頓 (Systematize or Set in order) – Have a place for everything and everything in its place for quick and orderly retrieval and storage.

3. Seiso: 清掃 (Sweep or Shine) – Clean the area thoroughly and regularly.

4. Seiketsu: 清潔 (Standardize) – Ensure uniform procedures and setups throughout the operation.

5. Shitsuke: 躾 (Self-discipline or Sustain)– Practice this method daily and make it a way of life.


Often referred to as the Secret to Japanese Success, the “5S” principle has always been encouraged in the workplace. It is a proven and practical way to increase productivity so it’s wise to make it a habit. 🙂

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