The Appeal of Closed Cabinets and Doors
Relatively short post here, hopefully will prompt discussion and comments.
People are typically very fond of their closed off storage spaces in workplaces (ranging from factories, to offices, to hospitals). Keeping things in drawers and behind cabinet doors is the norm and people often put up a fight when you suggest 5S and visual management practices of organizing things and keeping them exposed and visible.
Let's put aside special cases such as chemicals that have to be kept in closed cabinets for safety purposes.
My question: is this tendency “nature” or “nuture”?
Nature: Is this somehow ingrained in our DNA to want “visual cleanliness” OR
Nurture: We are taught (at home or in the workplace) that stuff should be hidden behind doors.
I'm not asking how to get people past that or how to deal people's resistance to open storage, but you can also comment on that.
Final thought: Properly organized and “5S-ed” supplies should not “look messy” even with the doors off of cabinets.