Keeping on top of housework is hard enough to fit in to our busy lives as it is, and I’m sure you find it just as difficult (and as daunting) as I do to deep clean the entire house from top to bottom in one go!
Enter Zone Cleaning.
I discovered zone cleaning from Flylady, and as always, I tweaked it until it fit into our family life. At the beginning I followed her method, and I am not going to lie – it almost killed me. So here is how we do it:
What is zone cleaning?
Zone Cleaning is where you divide your house into different areas, and each week you tackle a different area.
How you divide your house is going to be completely personal to you because you are going to have a completely different layout to other people.
You could decide to divide it into upstairs, downstairs, bathroom, kitchen. Or, you may decide to do one or two rooms as a zone, so Zone 1 would be the living room and playroom, zone 2 – Kitchen, Zone 3 – Bedrooms etc.
You then share those rooms over a certain number of weeks and each week you clean that weeks zone.
Week 1 – Zone 1 – Kitchen
Week 2 – Zone 2 – Bedrooms
How you have divided your zones, and how often you want to clean those zones is all completely up to you.
We have 9 rooms in our home, and each room in a zone, so our house gets done over 2 months.
You may feel like you couldn’t possibly go two months without cleaning your windows or you may feel that cleaning your windows every two months is way too often. That’s fine. It’s personal preference and that is the beauty of making your own zones.
Remember, the house gets a surface clean every week – it is just the deep cleaning that is done every 2 months. (You can read more about that here)
Another way of dividing your zones could be task oriented, so instead of each zone being a room, it could be a task. For example:
Zone 1 – Feather Dust
Zone 2 – Clean Skirting boards
Zone 3 – Windows
Why Zone cleaning?
I am all about anything that makes my life easier, and zone cleaning does just that. It can fit into any schedule and it can fit around any house shape, size, layout or family.
Zone cleaning makes cleaning feel less overwhelming, and I am definitely here for that!
The top three reasons I love it?
- I never have to do a big Spring Clean because those tasks are done every two months.
- Doing zone cleaning every 2 months (as well as weekly cleaning) means that cleaning takes hardly any time at all. I don’t have to scrub for hours because it was only two months since it was last done.
- It’s automated. I know that the second week of the month I am deep cleaning the bathroom, I don’t have to think ‘What needs the most cleaning?’ I just ignore everything else and just do the bathroom. Zone 2 is also going to come around again, so if I miss that week for whatever reason I can just move on to Zone 3 the next week because I can do the bathroom the next time it comes around.
When should I zone clean?
That is completely up to you.
I try and do ours on a set day (usually a Wednesday, sometimes a Thursday) because it just works the best for me.
It might work best for you to do it on a weekend if you work outside the home or you might just fit it in as and when you can – whatever works the best for you.
You can work around the kids when you are doing it, and the more you do it, the quicker it gets!
How do I start?
The best way to make a start is to walk around your home room-by-room with a notepad.
- Make a list of all the rooms in your house.
- For each room, write a list of all the cleaning tasks you have to do in that room.
- Decide what your zones are going to be.
- Get cleaning!
It really is that simple.
How do I keep track of the weeks and what to clean?
I usually just write down the zone for that week on my weekly todo list and I have cleaned them so many times I know what to do without checking but at the beginning I did write out the tasks too (mainly for the joy of checking them off!).
Here are some ideas:
- Write them down on google calendar and automate them for every 4 weeks or every 8 weeks depending on what your zones are going to look like.
- Write them on your calendar.
- Use an app. At the beginning I did use the ‘Home Routines’ app, which I still love. You can write all your zones and the tasks on there and it will tell you which week which zone you need to be cleaning!
Have you tried zone cleaning? Let me know in the comments if you do!