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If you struggle to keep your home clean and organized, then you’ve got to try zone cleaning!

As busy moms, it can be hard to find the time to keep our home clean, organized, and clutter-free, which is why I am over the moon that I discovered zone cleaning.

If you struggle to keep your home in tip-top shape then you’ve got to try this cleaning method which has been popularized by the Fly Lady.

Once you put a simple zone cleaning schedule in place you’ll never be embarrassed by some unexpected company again…

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What is Zone Cleaning

Zone cleaning is a simple yet effective way to clean, declutter, and organize your home without overwhelm.

Basically, you divide your home into zones and spend just 15 – 20 minutes tackling one cleaning task a day in each zone for 1 week in addition to your regular cleaning schedule.

Then the next week you move on to the next cleaning zone and do the same, and so on in rotation.

On week 1, you might tackle your kitchen and focus on 7 areas that need the most attention to either clean or organize.

So you might spend one day organizing your pantry, the next cleaning the oven, then another day wiping down your cabinets, and so on.

Then the next week you move on to a different zone or room in your home such as cleaning and organizing your bedroom.

You might clean out one closet for 15 – 20 minutes one day, dust bedroom furniture the next day, then wipe down baseboards with a good cleaner such as Grove Collective all-natural cleaners the next day.


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How To Get Started With Zone Cleaning

The first thing you’ll want to do when starting out with zone cleaning is to determine your zones.

Typically these zones would be rooms in your home. So the kitchen would be one zone, bedroom another, and so on. 

Next, you’ll want to consider which seven areas to focus on cleaning for the week. Then the next week you move on to another zone.

Zone Cleaning Schedule Tasks


Rotating your cleaning tasks

Now some rooms, such as your kitchen may have more than 7 cleaning tasks that need your attention. 

That’s ok, you’ll want to stick with just 7 problem areas the first week, then you can tackle the next set of chores the next time you work on that zone.

The easiest way to make sure you hit every problem area in your home is by creating a list of tasks for every room, or zone, in your home.

Then simply rotate through each task during the weeks that you are focusing on that particular zone. 

You might also find that you really don’t need to do certain chores every time.

For example, if you organized your chest freezer last month and you keep it organized, you really don’t need to do this every month.

Instead, add these tasks to your schedule every 3 or 6 months (depending on your situation).

Zone Cleaning Schedule

Once you have all your chores listed out by zone, I suggest you schedule your tasks so you always know what needs to be done. 

You can buy a simple wall calendar and just write down what needs to be done during the week in each zone. 

Or you can just use a simple checklist to hang on your refrigerator or keep in your family command center (like I do), and mark each chore off as you complete them.

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Zone Cleaning Schedule Printables

You should also start with your biggest problem areas first so you see improvements quickly to encourage you to keep at it. 

You can even get your kids to help out by adding simple tasks to their chore chart that they can easily do on their own.

Zone Cleaning Tasks By Room

Below are some common zone cleaning tasks by room to give you ideas to come up with your own cleaning schedule.

These are just examples and you should create a list of things to clean and declutter based on your needs since everyone’s homes and family lives are unique to them. 

Kitchen Zone Cleaning Tasks

Clean oven

Organize pantry, fridge, and freezers

Clean light fixtures

Declutter and organize drawers

Clean under large appliances

Wipe down small appliances

Wipe down baseboards

Clean dishwasher

Wipe down cabinets

Dust & wash blinds

Organize dresser drawers

Bedroom Zone Cleaning Schedule

Rotate mattress

Wash area rugs

Declutter nightstands

Organize closets

Wipe down baseboards


Clean light fixtures

Purge clothes you no longer wear

Dust and wash blinds

Sweep or vacuum under the bed

Wipe down cabinets


Bathroom Zone Cleaning Tasks

Column 1

Organize the linen closet 

Clean showerheads

Organize under sink storage and drawers

Wash wall around the toilet area

Column 2

Clean and disinfect sinks and vanity

Wipe down baseboards

Wash bat mats

Dust and wash blinds

Living Room Zone Cleaning Schedule

Wash baseboards

Clean light fixtures


Dust and wash blinds

Vacuum furniture

Sweep under furniture

Clean or dust decor

Wash curtains

Laundry Room Zone Cleaning Tasks

Run the clean cycle on your washing machine

Clean baseboards

Declutter and organize storage areas

Refill cleaning supplies

Clean dryer vents

Wipe down cabinets

Entry Way Zone Cleaning Schedule

Organize the coat closet

Wash or replace area rugs

Wipe down doors and handles

Pressure wash outdoor welcome mat 




Benefits of Zone Cleaning

  • Once you’ve gone through every area of your home, it’ll be quicker and easier the next time around.
  • It helps to avoid the overwhelm when you do your yearly spring cleaning.
  • Your home will always be neat and company ready, avoiding embarrassment when someone decides to pop in for a visit.
  • The easy 15 – 20 minute cleaning sessions are doable even on your busiest days.
  • You’ll have a calmer, more peaceful home environment without all the mess and clutter.

Bonus: You can even earn some extra cash decluttering your home by selling things you don’t need or want anymore.

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