Zone cleaning is an easy way to deep clean your home year-round on your schedule. You can work on all areas in your home over a few months rather than spending a lot of time in one area while neglecting the other areas. My house cleaning checklists cover 6 months at a time, allowing you to track finished tasks.
January is the perfect time to create a zone cleaning system with customized house cleaning checklists. Christmas decorations are tidied. There are no major holidays on the calendar until Easter. The kids are back in school. Spring sports haven’t started. You can work your way into a deep cleaning routine that works for your family’s schedule.
Have a Daily/Weekly Cleaning Routine First
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.
Before you start zone cleaning, have a daily/weekly cleaning routine in place first. You need a system for keeping the kitchen tidied, the dishes washed, the bathroom clean, the laundry done (no mountains of laundry), and the floors reasonably clean. Your family needs to help with this regular cleaning. They contribute to the mess; they’re part of cleaning it up. Include chores for kids in your regular cleaning routine, and keep teaching them more advanced chores as they get older.
House Cleaning Checklists for Zone Cleaning
Zone cleaning divides your home into 5 zones with one week assigned to each zone. You rotate through the zones each month. 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.
I don’t do all the tasks 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.
- 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
Create Your Custom House Cleaning Checklists
Start with a basic deep cleaning list for each room and modify it as needed. Here’s a list to get you started:
- Move furniture and vacuum
- Wipe down baseboards and molding
- Wipe fingerprints from the walls
- Wash curtains and any other linens in the room like sofa covers
- Steam clean the rug
- Wipe the dust off the ceiling fan
- Give the plants a quick wipe with a wet rag (water only)
- Vacuum the cobwebs
I put together a worksheet for you to start creating your detailed zone cleaning lists for you home. Print one page out per zone, and group your rooms together into 4 to 5 zones. If you use 5 zones, use a room that requires minimal cleaning for the 5th zone. Use the bottom part of the worksheet to add in specifics for each zone for your home.
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