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6 Ways to Use Lean & Six Sigma at Home

By Ron Pereira Updated on July 12th, 2007

Here are some ways to use Lean and Six Sigma methods away from the office.

  1. Sort clothes according to color and place them into different bins eliminating the need to sort.  When the bin is full wash those clothes.  Don’t wait for all the bins to fill up.  That would be so mass production.
  2. Organize kitchen cabinets in such a way as to minimize walking to and from dishwasher.  Also, ensure commonly used items (cups, silverware, etc.) are close to each other.  This way you eliminate excess motion.
  3. Place socket protectors so children can’t put their fingers in.  This is perhaps the most important form of error proofing you will ever do.
  4. Similar to number 3, kid proof cabinets so your kiddos can’t get into stuff they shouldn’t be getting into to.
  5. Place a few dozen plastic cups throughout yard when sprinklers are running so you can determine if some zones are being over-watered / under-watered.  Adjust times accordingly thus reducing this variation.  Perhaps your grass will be greener and water bill cheaper.
  6. 5S your closets and most importantly your garage (I need help with my garage if anyone is bored).

How many more can you think of?

  1. Mark Graban

    June 1, 2007 - 9:41 pm

    Isn’t it leaner to wash everything together in cold, reducing the time required to batch up? With the right detergent, quality is still good, and you save a bit on heating water.

    Maybe this isn’t practical in a household with kids?

  2. Ron

    June 2, 2007 - 12:34 am

    Mark, I need to check with the chief washing officer of the house on this one. Stay tuned.

  3. Suwandi

    June 9, 2007 - 8:50 am

    Maybe, we can also put several Tupperware and Post-It notes in the chiller. So, whenever we run out of certain vegetable or fruit, we can directly take the post-it notes when you do your grocery-shopping 🙂

  4. Ron

    June 9, 2007 - 2:26 pm

    I like that idea Suwandi! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Adam

    January 20, 2015 - 11:29 pm

    Most people have a “Tupperware” cabinet filled with tops and bottoms that most of the time you never have joined together until you need them. Even you need them you have to constantly look for the top to a certain one. This can be eliminated by numbering them, each top has the same number as the correct base. Leave a stick note with the last number used in 5 the inside of the cabinet door. When you take them out of the DE it will almost automatically put then together per number. And you’ll know how much Tupperware you have.

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