As a homeowner, you know that maintaining order and cleanliness around the house is a never-ending task. The solution to organizing all of your cleaning duties? It’s called zone cleaning, and at EcoClean, we swear by it.
Zone cleaning is a method that breaks down big cleaning jobs into smaller, more manageable tasks. Keeping your home looking and feeling fresh has never been so stress-free! Continue reading to find out how it’s done.
The 5 Zones of Zone Cleaning
To focus on major living areas, divide your home into 5 zones.
- Entrance, front porch, and dining room
- Kitchen and pantry
- Main restroom and one extra room
- Primary bedroom, bath, and closet
- Living room, den, and/or family room
Every week, work to declutter a different zone. Every month, repeat. Try not to rush – the goal is to focus on one zone at a time, so this could take a few months. Once you’ve fully decluttered an area, you can begin deep cleaning. But first, let’s cover the basics of when and how to declutter. Keep reading.
The Art of Decluttering
Every object in every space should bring you joy. If an item no longer makes you smile, it’s time to get rid of it. The trick is to start small – just spend 15 minutes per day clearing out one zone, that’s it!
Begin at the room’s entrance so you can work in a clockwise direction. When you’re ready, set a timer for 15 minutes (not a minute more) and get rid of things that you don’t love or need by throwing them out or donating them.
Once your timer goes off, just relax. It’s likely that you’ll want to keep going, but really, save it for another day. The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out, so take it slow and you’ll reap the rewards in no time. Consistency is key!
Zone Cleaning Checklist
When space is free of clutter, it’s much easier to keep it clean. After you’re finished decluttering a zone, use the checklist below to help you detail clean with efficiency and diligence.
For every zone, start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor.
- Dust fans, vents, and light fixtures (get those cobwebs!)
- Clean walls and doors
- Wash curtains and windows
- Straighten up shelves and cabinets
- Wipe down countertops and mirrors
- Scrub sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets
- Clean appliances (inside and out)
- Clean closets and drawers
- Dust and polish furniture
- Dust baseboards
- Wash rugs
- Vacuum, mop, and wax floors (don’t forget about underneath the furniture!)
Again, don’t try to accomplish all of this at once. Let your timer be a guide as you tackle one area of one zone at a time. Slow and steady wins the race! To learn more about these methods, we recommend checking out The Fly Lady.
After you’re satisfied with the look of your 5 zones, you can concentrate on other areas like the garage or basement. We promise that you’ll see a sparkling clean difference in your home within the upcoming months.