Zone Cleaning lists help me tackle deep cleaning in different areas of my home. I can work on areas over a few months rather than spending a lot of time in one area while neglecting the other areas. To get started on zone cleaning, give yourself about 6 months to work through the lists.
Daily and Weekly Cleaning Lists are the backbone of my regular cleaning routine. Even during busy times, I have a daily minimum to keep the house tidy. Getting the daily minimum cleaning tasks down on paper again in February has been a huge help. I feel like I’m in control of my daily cleaning again.
With the daily minimums back under control, it was time to work on my deep cleaning lists for each area of the house. Way too many years ago, I created my zone cleaning lists thanks to the FlyLady. They worked wonderfully when my kids were younger, but over the last year or so as I moved towards electronic planners, I couldn’t find a way to handle my cleaning reminders, especially my zone cleaning online.
Zone Cleaning Lists
Essentially, zone cleaning divides your home into 5 zones with one week assigned to each zone. Because I have 3 children’s bedrooms plus other areas beyond the basic zones, I added them to the basic outline to fit my particular homekeeping needs.
- Week 1 – Dining Room, Basement, and Laundry Room (Dining Room Detailed Cleaning List Jan – June) (Dining Room Detailed Cleaning ListJuly – December)
- Week 2 – Kitchen and Front Porch (Kitchen Detailed Cleaning List Jan to June) (Kitchen Detailed Cleaning list July – December)
- Week 3 – Bathroom, Landing, Children’s Bedroom, and 2nd Floor Bathroom (Master Bathroom Detailed Cleaning List Jan – June) (Master Bathroom Detailed Cleaning List July – December)
- Week 4 – Master Bedroom and Office (Master Bedroom Detailed Cleaning List Jan – June) (Master Bedroom Detailed Cleaning List July – December)
- Week 5 – Living Room, 1st Floor Hallway, and Back Porch (Living Room Detailed Cleaning List Jan – June) Living Room Detailed Cleaning List July – December
How to Plan Zone Cleaning
Once a month, I do the deeper cleaning in each zone. I took the FlyLady’s lists and modified them to fit my needs. Then I created a 2-page yearly list for each zone broken down into months. This way, I would know which months I covered all the cleaning tasks in a zone, which ones I missed because of other priorities, and which had minimal cleaning.
I don’t do all the items on the zone cleaning lists. If I can wash curtains once or twice a year, I’m happy. Some rooms need to have their walls cleaned on a regular basis like the kitchen. I’ve never cleaned the basement walls, and probably never will.
During some months, I only have a few days at the beginning of the month to clean the dining room zone or a few days at the end of the month to clean the living room zone. Since these zones tend to remain cleaner than the kitchen zone for example, I just catch up with the zone cleaning the following month.
Paper or Electronic
For now, I am updating my zone cleaning lists on paper which I keep on my kitchen counter. About 2 years ago, I tried to use FlyLady through Cozi. At the time, the FlyLady lists were static on Cozi; I couldn’t modify them to fit my home’s needs. While writing this post, I found out I can change the lists. While I am happy with my paper lists, I will take another look at Cozi to see if I could use it once I have my lists finalized. My preference is always for electronic planning if it works with minimal fuss and saves me from printing paper.