A method of creating a self-sustaining culture that perpetuates an organized, clean and effective work place.* English words approximate the Japanese original text.
Simplify (Seiri): Clearly distinguish between what is needed and what is not needed to perform a given work process.
Straighten (Seiton): Organize those things that are needed, making it easy for users to locate, use and return them.
Scrub (Seiso): Clean all aspects of the area, including floors, machines and furniture.
Stabilize (Seiketsu): Maintain and improve the first three S's in addition to personal orderliness and neatness.
Sustain (Shitsuke): Achieve the discipline of habit of maintaining the correct 5S procedures.
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