Zone Cleaning: The Super Simple Guide

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you look at your cleaning to-do list? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of people find cleaning to be daunting, especially if they don’t have a plan. That’s where zone cleaning comes in. Zone cleaning is a simple way to break down your cleaning into manageable tasks so that you can get the job done without feeling stressed out.

Super Simple Guide To Zone Cleaning

Zone Cleaning refers to cleaning your home in a specific way by combining certain rooms in your house into specific zones and then tackling them strategically. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do zone cleaning and provide some tips on making it work for you. So read on and get ready to tackle your housecleaning like a pro!

Cleaning Supplies That You Need To Have

  1. Cleaning Caddy – I always use a cleaning caddy to hold all of my cleaners, dusters and rags. This way I can move easily from one room to the next and always have the items I need.
  2. Handheld vacuum – having a small handheld vacuum makes sweeping up messes or cleaning off the couches easier than hauling the large sweeper around the house.
  3. Swiffer Wet Jet – mopping is so much faster with this. The liquid is ready to use and clean up is super easy by just ripping off the one time use pad and throwing it away.
  4. Toilet Cleaning Stamps are a great way to keep your toilets cleaner for longer, saving you time each week. Just stick one on the side of the bowl and it cleans every time it flushes.
  5. Swiffer dusters (and with an extending handle) are great for dusting electronics, fans, bookshelves, light fixtures and more. Each duster holds a lot of dust and allergens so they don’t need to be replaced very often.

Zone Cleaning: What are the zones?

Zone cleaning has become more popular in a way to strategize your home cleaning by combining a few rooms in your house into a dedicated zone to tackle. It focuses on the main rooms in the home that have high traffic.

This list will be a general guideline based on main rooms in the home but if your home does not have every single one of these rooms (multiple bathrooms, porch, etc) or if it has additional rooms like a den, feel free to customize your zone list.

Zone cleaning typically breaks down your house into 5 main zones:

Zone 1 – Entrance Area, Dining Room, Front Porch

Zone 2 – Kitchen, Pantry, Laundry Room

Zone 3 – Non-Master Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Zone 4 – Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, Closet

Zone 5 – Living Room, Family Room/Den

Below, we will go into more detail on how to clean each zone.

How Often Should I Be Zone Cleaning?

How often you go through and clean each of these zones is completely up to you and what your life and time allows.

Some people may find it best to clean one zone each day and clean 5 days a week. Or you can do all of your cleaning in one day and focus on one zone at a time before moving to the next one. Or even done one zone each week.

Feel free to try out zone cleaning in different timings and ways and stick with what way works best for you and your family.

Zone 1: Entrance Area, Dining Room, Front Porch

When it comes to zone cleaning your home, zone 1 is the most important. This is because zone 1 includes some of the areas that are most visible to people entering your home. As such, it is important to keep this area clean and free of clutter.

Zone 1 includes your Front Porch, if you have one, the Entrance Area or Foyer and your Dining Room.

By having a tidy, clean and welcoming Zone 1 will help create a positive atmosphere for you and your guests as you enter the house.

Some items that might be kept in zone 1 that make the area look welcoming include: a welcome mat, a place to hang coats, and a spot for shoes, etc. In addition, zone 1 should also be kept tidy and dust-free.

Here are some tasks for tidying and cleaning this zone:

Front Porch

  • water plants if they need it
  • if you have furniture on the front porch, wipe them clean of any dirt or dust
  • sweep the porch

Entrance Area

  • straighten up the shoes on the shoe rack/area
  • make sure the coats are hanging neatly
  • vacuum the entrance carpet

Dining Room

  • keep the dining table clear of clutter
  • wash the table cloth when needed
  • dust wood furniture

A good way to zone clean your home is to start with zone 1 and work your way out. This way, you can ensure that your home always looks its best.

Zone 2 – Kitchen, Pantry and Laundry Room

Zone 2 includes one of the busiest yet most loved rooms in the home, the kitchen. This zone also includes a pantry room, if your house has one, and the laundry room as some homes have the laundry area near the kitchen. If your laundry area is in another spot of the house, that’s fine too.

Zone 2 includes the Kitchen, Pantry cabinet or room and Laundry Room.

As the kitchen is used so much every day, it also can quickly become the most dirty and cluttered room in the home. The biggest eye sore of a kitchen is usually the sink, so keeping the sink clean and organized can make the whole room look cleaner.

This can also be said about the pantry and laundry areas. Both can become popular “throwing” areas where we toss dirty clothes into piles or boxes of food items onto a shelf. This leaves these areas looking very unkept and messy.

Even though there can be a lot of tasks needed to tidy and clean this zone, if you only spend a few minutes each day, it can make a huge difference.

Here are some tasks for tidying and cleaning this zone:

Kitchen

  • clean the dirty dishes in the sink
  • If you have a dishwasher, move all dirty dishes from the sink to there and run when it is full
  • empty the trash bin when full and take the garbage outside
  • if you keep a mail or bills spot in your kitchen, make sure it is tidy and you can keep track of what items still need to be addressed and throw out any unneeded ads or spam mail
  • clear any clutter off of the counters
  • spray and wipe down the counters everyday with a general purpose cleaner
  • refill and paper product items like napkins or towels
  • wipe away any splashes or spots on appliances
  • clean up any spills in the fridge
  • throw away anything old or expired from the fridge
  • replace sponges, towels and rags when needed
  • clean inside of the microwave. It can be very helpful to use a plate cover over food to reduce splashing

Pantry

  • keep your pantry a quick straightening. If you want to pull everything out and put it back in an organized way, that is totally up to you. At the very least, have everything placed in a way that it is easy to read labels and find what you need.
  • Keep a list on the pantry or fridge for items that you need to add to the grocery list as they run out

Laundry Area

  • keep all dirty laundry in baskets. it may be a helpful time saver to have one basket for each type of load you run, so you don’t have to spend time later sorting through all of it
  • keep any cabinets or shelves of detergent, etc. tidy and clean

Zone 3 – Non-Master Bathrooms and other Bedrooms

Zone 3 will focus on Bathrooms and Bedrooms that are not the master bathroom and bedroom, those will bein Zone 4. As houses can vary drastically on the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, this zone could be a small or large zone for you.

This may include a guest bathroom that would be the main one used when guests are over, even if it is just a powder room. And the bedrooms could belong to one or more children or be a guest bedroom that is rarely used.

This zone is the most customizable of all five zones based on your house set up, family size and lifestyle. Below will be a basic guideline of ways to clean and tidy these rooms, but please customize it to your life.

Here are some tasks for tidying and cleaning this zone:

Bedrooms

  • make beds each morning
  • wash sheets and pillow cases weekly
  • declutter appropriately (clothes in laundry baskets, toys on the floor, table tops, etc.)
  • dust furniture and electronics

Bathrooms

  • clean toilets or use Toilet Cleaning Stamps to save you time
  • wipe down sinks and counter tops
  • if there is a shower, clean the tile, tub and liner
  • refill and have extras of consumables handy (soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • replace dirty hand towels with clean ones
  • empty the garbage can often
  • use an air freshener of some sort to battle odors
  • declutter medicine cabinets, shelves or counter tops as needed

This is a general list of tasks since your number and type of bedrooms and bathrooms can vary from home to home so pick what tasks make sense you to. And you can always add additional tasks to this list to accommodate your needs.

Zone 4 – Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, Closet

Zone 4 includes the Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom, which are mostly likely the most widely used bedrooms and bathrooms in your home. This zone also includes the clothing closet in the master bedroom.

This task list will be very similar to zone 3 as the rooms are also bedrooms and bathrooms but the amount of time each task may be different in this zone then in the last.

Here are some tasks for tidying and cleaning this zone:

Master Bedroom

  • make bed each morning
  • wash sheets and pillow cases weekly
  • declutter appropriately (clothes in laundry baskets, toys on the floor, table tops, etc.)
  • dust furniture and electronics

Master Bathroom

  • clean toilet or use Toilet Cleaning Stamps to save you time
  • wipe down sink and counter tops
  • if there is a shower, clean the tile, tub and liner
  • refill and have extras of consumables handy (soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • replace dirty hand towels with clean ones
  • empty the garbage can often
  • use an air freshener of some sort to battle odors
  • declutter medicine cabinets, shelves or counter tops as needed

Closet

  • If you keep laundry baskets in the closet, keep them tidy and take them to the laundry area to wash when they are full
  • straighten drawers and hanging clothes
  • straighten up shoes on shoe rack
  • if you have a vanity, keep it tidy and organized
  • put away all clean clothes where they belong

Zone 5 – Living Room, Family Room/Den/Office

You are almost done! We are on the last zone, Zone 5 which includes the Living Room and Family Room/Den if your house has both.

Depending on if your house has a family room, den or other similar room, this could be a smaller zone or a larger one for you. Regardless of how many rooms you have in this zone, the tasks will focus on decluttering and dusting here.

Here are some tasks for tidying and cleaning this zone:

Living Room

  • Straighten books/bookcases/movies, etc.
  • tidy and declutter tabletops
  • dust wood furniture and electronics
  • vacuum carpet/sweep hard floors
  • use a disinfecting wipe on remotes, controllers, etc.
  • tidy up the couch – put cushions and blankets on couches neatly

Family Room/Den/Office

  • If the family room has furniture and items similar to the living room, follow that list as well
  • for offices/desks – straighten and tidy up the desk surface
  • go through any drawers and tidy up as necessary

Get Started On Your Zone Cleaning!

I hope this guide has helped you figure out what tasks can be done to zone clean your home through cleaning a few rooms together at a time. As every person’s home and life is different, feel free to customize the lists of tasks to fit your lifestyle and needs.

By only taking a few minutes or day or a few hours a week to zone clean, you should very quickly find your home more tidy and clean!

FAQs

Does Zone Cleaning work for working Moms?

Absolutely! I truly believe zone cleaning can work for everyone as it is open to complete customization to fit your available time and lifestyle.

How do I set up a cleaning zone?

This cleaning zones listed in this post is a guideline but you can definitely group your home’s rooms together different based on the number and types of rooms you have. Try to group them together to keep the amount of time it would take to tidy and clean each zone around the same amount.

What is the difference between zone cleaning and task cleaning?

Zone cleaning includes a list of tasks to do in each room and zone. The main difference is that just task cleaning means to run around the entire house doing either one room at a time or one task at a time. Zone cleaning is set up more efficient and take less time to complete the same tasks.

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