Months back, I thought of cleaning up my bathroom counter, to declutter and rearrange things so I could know where everything was, but I left it as a formal ceremony to procrastinate on doing. It wasn’t until I had a burn on my arm that needed immediate tending that I realized, wait, where are my bandages? Where’s my burn treatment? What do I do for burns? The bathroom decluttering process won’t be as slow going.
5S revolutionized the way I professionally work but it’s cumbersome for me to remember the nuances and particularities in my personal work. This 3S is more of a riff than tribute, since I’m beginning to realize that I sort through collections of things the fastest in three main stages: stage, sort, then sell. Staging means bringing everything together. Sorting is the process I’m learning about almost daily. Selling, then, should be the easiest part, right?
I’d never seen moldy coffee before. But there it was. An innocent example showcasing the disrepair that place was when I arrived, and not to brag, but I cleaned that place up quite well. Between that, my time moving furniture, knolling, 5S methodology, and philosophizing on the psychological dependencies of clutter, I’m becoming better at cleaning up the crap… I mean, clutter. Let’s run through six ideas I came up with while cleaning my workbench.