When I started to get myself organised with jobs around the home I set up a daily schedule and weekly schedule. But what about those jobs that don’t need to be done that often? How often do you clean the oven? When should you clean the ceiling fan? When did I last declutter the pantry? The solution, I discovered, is to keep a Zone Cleaning Schedule.
I was first introduced to the concept of cleaning by zones from flylady.net a couple of years ago. In this system, you separate the house into zones and tackle a different zone each week for deep cleaning.
My husband was working shifts at the time and I thought that the zone system would work well along side his shift pattern. I could organise a schedule where I was cleaning the bedroom area on days when he was on day shifts and the opposite end of the house on the days when he was on night shift.
Then I created a checklist of what needed to be done in each zone. I did quite a bit of research from other cleaning schedules and checklists so that I wouldn’t forget anything. I also wanted to find out how often different things should be cleaned.
Zone cleaning schedules are a great way of keeping track of what needs to be done. This can also help if you are a procrastinator (like me!) or if you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
My Zone Cleaning Schedule
Today I’m sharing with you the zone cleaning schedule and checklist that I have come up with for my house. Everyone’s situation is different. What you clean and how often will depend on what your house is like and how you use it. For example, I don’t have a window in my dining area so I don’t need to put ‘clean the window’ on that list. You might have areas of your house that you don’t use so often, like a guest room or formal dining room. So you may not clean that area as often as you clean your family room or kitchen.
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Create your own Zone Cleaning Schedule
I also believe that our cleaning schedules and systems may vary depending on the culture and climate we live in. Someone living in a dusty climate with whitewashed walls will have a different cleaning system to someone living in a cold climate with fancy wallpaper and a wood burner.
So, my plans will not work for everyone, but hopefully will give some guidelines – and maybe some motivation for creating your own system!
As with all plans, they can be altered when needed and adapted to your changing situation.
I’ve also created a spreadsheet where I can tick off each month what I have done so I can keep a record.
Hope you like my printables! What system do you use for deep cleaning? Do you spread it throughout the year like this or have a big spring cleaning session. If you have a zone cleaning schedule I’d love to know if you have any tips on how it works for you.