With the kids back in school, I’m starting my deep cleaning and decluttering for the holidays. If you’re new to deep cleaning, grab a copy of my deep cleaning worksheet that I shared in June 2014 and make your own list for the different areas of your home. Want the lists already made for you? You can grab a copy of those below, too!
One of my biggest stresses as a mom of 5 is staying on top of the deep cleaning. Breaking my home into zones for zone cleaning helps me to keep my home relatively clean and organized. With the help of the FlyLady, I was able to create a detailed cleaning list just for my home.
I used to spring clean every spring, and go crazy for a few weeks with the deep cleaning. I don’t have that kind of time anymore. In fact, spring is one of my busiest times of the year between gardening, volunteering, and school stuff. I am more successful spreading my deep cleaning tasks out over 6 months time instead of a frantic 2 weeks.
What Is Zone Cleaning?
Zone cleaning is an approach to deep cleaning your home by breaking it up into 4 to 5 zones. With one zone per week, you can focus as much or as little time on the areas depending on your schedule. Zone cleaning allows you to thoroughly clean your home over a year’s time instead of trying to tackle everything at once during spring cleaning.
How to Create a Detailed Zone Cleaning List
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.
My 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 home keeping needs. I like to group one room with lots of cleaning jobs with 1 to 2 other rooms which need less deep cleaning.
I took the FlyLady’s lists and modified them to fit my needs. Then I created a 2-page yearly detailed cleaning 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.
Free Zone Cleaning Lists Just for You!
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