Rules to help keep the house tidy like the Japanese

In addition to minimizing utensils, the Japanese also have a way to clean and store things scientifically, making the living space very clean and tidy.

Arrange the house neatly in the Japanese way based on the very famous 5S concept, with 5 steps including: Sort (Seiri), Arrange (Seiton), Clean (Seiso), Care (Seiketsu), Prepare ready (Shitsuke).

The Japanese have a very famous 5S rule, applied in the organization of living and working spaces. Photo: Tokyo Life.


Screening is the first and most important step in organizing a living space, whether it’s a closet, a kitchen, a bedroom, or an entire house. That is the step you cannot skip if you want a sustainable organizational solution for living space.

To take this step, first, you need to consider the extent of your living space below:

Level 3: The house has many empty boxes, jars, etc., the floors are messy, the cabinets are full of things.

Level 2: The house isn’t too messy, but the drawers are full of stuff that hasn’t been used for a long time.

Level 1: Home makes you feel comfortable and safe because everything is clean and in the right place.

If your home is on a 3 or 2 level, it’s a sign that you need to get screened. This job requires getting rid of things you haven’t used in a long time. This helps to bring the house back in order.

Screening is done by area. You take the entire thing out of the storage area, put it in a corner, return the empty storage space. This helps give you an awareness of how much you’ve accumulated over time and what you haven’t used in a long time. Then you filter items into three categories: essential, unnecessary, souvenir.

Essentials are useful things that you use every day.

Unnecessary items are items that are no longer valuable to you, for example, a shirt that is too big for you to fit even though the color is new, or a set of dishes you find no longer suitable for the current kitchen space.. .

Souvenirs are items that are no longer used but have a lot of meaning, for example someone gives you a brocade bag that you really appreciate but never used due to inappropriate style.


After sifting through, you can get rid of a large number of unnecessary items and dispose of them in different ways. With the essentials kept, you categorize them by function, frequency of use, and location. This will help you arrange your items in the right place in the storage cabinet. For example, in the kitchen, the dishes used every day will be left outside the cupboard, while the spare bowl is placed inside, serving when the family has guests…

With unnecessary items, you can categorize them as gifts/gifts, liquidation items, and trash cans.

With souvenirs, you put them in a separate box, seal it, keep it for a while and then open it to see. If you find among them, something that doesn’t really have much commemorative value, you can discard it.

Marie Kondo, the author of the book The art of arrangement and organizationsaying that although some items are not useful, keep it, if it gives you a feeling of happiness, makes you smile.


The cleaning includes cleaning the storage space, making sure there is no dust, cockroaches, bugs… Cleaning and disinfecting are very important if you want to have a safe and hygienic living space.

After the cleaning process, you can arrange your furniture in order, ensuring that the space is neat and tidy.

Take care

Care is the maintenance of that cleanliness and order for a long time. This includes always keeping things tidy, putting things in the right place, not leaving them indiscriminately, always keeping the rooms in the house clean. In addition, you should not buy things without thinking and then stock them up full of cabinets.


“Shitsuke” – Willing to remind you to always perform the above 4S voluntarily, without the need for reminders. You need to adopt an orderly and clean lifestyle as a habit, a willingness, a willingness. When you become aware of the need to protect your living space, you will be able to inspire your family members and apply this.

A neat and tidy house will bring you peace of mind and comfort. Whether you like to admit it or not, the “clean house is cool” rule will make you a much happier and more productive worker.

Thuy Linh (According to Letsenjoyhome)


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