Have you ever reached into your toolbox for a small Phillips-head screwdriver only to realize you were going to have to dig through the entire toolbox to find it? Maybe you muttered something to yourself and vowed to become better organized. After all, think about how much time is wasted time after time having to search the whole toolbox to find the wrench, nail, or drill attachment you need? If everything was kept in its designated spot, so much time would be saved—not to mention constantly repeated hassle.
Now, compare a toolbox to a warehouse. When it comes to the benefits of being organized, aren’t they almost the same thing? A warehouse will run more efficiently and be a more pleasant place to work if it is well organized.
If you are not already familiar with 5S practices, the workplace-organizing method, it is definitely worth learning about it. Here, to whet your appetite for 5S, are some methods of arranging the tools and materials in your toolbox so that you can avoid wasting time on useless tasks that would be unnecessary if everything was better organized—and in this case we are actually talking about warehouses.
STEP #1: Pallet Jack Parking
Do workers have to regularly hunt around for the pallet jack? That’s a time waster. Mark its home base with a sign.
STEP #2: Mark Pallet Areas
One of the best techniques for organizing warehouses is to mark pallet locations. How much time is wasted because the pallet areas are not arranged optimally and clearly marked? Also, improved organization can save warehouse space.
STEP #3: Bubble Wrap Area
Bubble wrap has a tendency to wander. Why not designate its place with a sign?
STEP #4: Give Your Forklifts Some Traffic Signs
Forklifts can crash into walls or pedestrians, which is not healthy for anyone! Traffic signs will help.
STEP #5: Identify the UPS Shipment Area
In a busy warehouse, it can be easy to mix up UPS, FedEx, and other carriers’ shipments. Prevent this by marking each of the shipment areas prominently.
STEP #6: Where Does the Mop Bucket Belong?
Ordinary tasks such as searching for a bucket can waste time. Use a sign to show where the bucket goes. A sign also makes it clear when someone has forgotten to return the bucket, which no one would realize otherwise. The same principle applies to other objects.
STEP #7: Identify Where Trash Cans Belong
In some workplaces, the trash cans are constantly migrating from place to place, meaning people have to waste time hunting them down. Use a sign to remind everyone where they belong.
STEP #8: Designate Areas That Need to Be Kept Clear
Tired of having to remind workers “Don’t leave boxes in this area!” A visual signal will help. Mark the floor with the message “KEEP CLEAR.”
STEP #9: Give Ladders a Home
Nobody will have trouble finding a ladder if the ladders’ home locations are labeled. Otherwise, finding one always involves searching high and low.
STEP #10: Create a Pedestrian Aisle
Worried about your pedestrians wandering into areas where they don’t belong? Mark a pedestrian aisle.
This guide has illustrated 10 easy steps to organize your warehouse that will cut down on unnecessary effort and create a more pleasant, visually self-explanatory place to work. How terrific it would be if our home toolboxes were this well sorted and arranged!
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