Mickey Cleans Up Build Site Everyday

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Hi there,

Our company keeps trying to improve our work performance on site.

Mickey, our company director, is enthusiastic to do so using the “5S” method, which was originally created in Japan as a part of “Kaizen


5S Methodology

5S refers to:

  • Sort
  • Set in order
  • Shine (Clean)
  • Standardize
  • Sustain (Keep doing the above actions)

If we taking these 5S actions on site all work will go very smoothly and safely as there is no obstacles to work (follow this link if you want to know more detail of 5s) .

The point is that every trader on site needs to be involved in doing 5s otherwise its effect will be limited so Mickey go to the sites everyday and teaches 5S to our sub-contractors.

Mickey Goes To Clean Up On Site Everyday

If you can just tell other people what to do without any actions they will probably do not follow your instructions.

So Mickey just goes to the sites every morning to perform 5S and show our subs how good 5S is to improve their work performance.

He usually arrives at one of these site before 7am and start to sort out everything on site himself.

Then he sets all things in order and clean up the entire site.

Now the site is clean, tidy and organised, and easy for everyone to work.

Here are a couple of examples of different sites where he cleaned up and organised.

He tries to let our subs do these actions in the same way as he does (Standardize) .

He goes to the same site again and again to do 5S and also let our subs do everyday (Sustain).


Now our contractors are gradually going to understand the importance of 5S and start improving their work quality on site.

Mickey’s goal is to let all of our subcontractors naturally perform 5S on all the sites so that he does not have to go to clean up everyday.




会社の社長であるミッキー(岡部)は日本で生まれた”改善”の一部である”5S”を使用した改革に, とても情熱を持って率先して取り組んでいます。



  • 整理
  • 整頓
  • 清掃
  • 清潔
  • しつけ
















Amazon OkuchiArchitectural Designer
Qualification: Degree of Architecture Studies and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (University Of Auckland) ; 2nd Grade Cad Technician (Japan)
Family: Extremely lovely wife, wonderfully kind mother in low, awesomely hardworking chickens, surprisingly lazy cat and unbelievably naughty dog.

I love architecture and design so much that I have been to so many buildings and places around the world such as Sydney Opera House in Sydney, CCTV building in Beijing, Empire State Building in New York, Royal Palace in Bangkok, Houryu-Ji in Nara, etc. However, the residential building attracts me the most. For nearly 10 years I have visited heaps of local and historical homes around New Zealand which I feel the builders’ great workmanship as well as occupants’ life.

From this experience my aim is to design and provide the comfortable and affordable houses with the spirit of Japanese workmanship that people enjoy and improve their quality of life.

In this blog I write my everyday experience of work to show what is a designer’s work and how it goes at Japan Homes.

Any comments or questions are very welcome.
Please let me know!