Home Cleaning: The Secret of a Clean Home

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I don’t know about you, but when I look around my house I see so much work to be done. A lot of us go and work out of our home but there is still so much to do within the home that it can feel like an overwhelming task to keep it maintained.

Many years ago I discovered Zone Cleaning. I had found this site FlyLady.net and it changed the way I looked at cleaning.  The Fly Lady has some amazing ideas of organization and cleaning tips and it inspired me to do something like that in my home. So I created a checklist and would clean an area of my home for 15 minutes each day and you know what, my home began to become more clean and manageable. I think the Fly Lady had many other concepts and ideas but what I came away from her principles is that anyone can do anything for 15 minutes. Just set a timer and declutter something (or in my case, clean something) for 15 minutes, and then stop when the timer goes off!

So if you’ve ever felt like you’re drowning in clutter or spending way too much time cleaning, then it’s time to discover the magic of zone cleaning. Get my Zone Cleaning Checklist to kick you off in the right direction. Get it here.

So, what exactly is zone cleaning, you ask? Well, think of it as breaking down your cleaning tasks into manageable chunks based on different zones or areas in your home. Instead of tackling the entire house all at once, you focus on one specific area at a time, making the process much more manageable and less intimidating.

Now, before you dive headfirst into the world of zone cleaning, let’s break it down step by step so you can get a better understanding of how it works and how it can revolutionize your cleaning routine.

Step 1: Assess Your Space

The first step in zone cleaning is to take a good look around your home and identify the different zones or areas that need attention. This could include the kitchen, living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, and any other spaces that tend to accumulate clutter or dirt.

Once you’ve identified your zones, take note of the specific tasks that need to be done in each area. (I’ve created this Checklist for you to help make the process easier). For example, in the kitchen, you might need to clean the countertops, clean the oven, and organize the pantry. In the living room, you might need to dust the furniture, vacuum the floors, and clean the skirtings.


Step 2: Create a Schedule

Next, it’s time to create a cleaning schedule that works for you and your lifestyle. Decide how often you want to tackle each zone – whether it’s daily, every second day (or a time schedule that fits into your lifestyle where you can do 15 minutes of cleaning regularly).  Then allocate which zone you will tackle first, and go systematically through your Zone list.

For example, you might decide to clean the kitchen on Mondays, the living room on Tuesday, and the bedrooms on Wednesday.  The key is to find a schedule that fits seamlessly into your routine and allows you to stay on top of your cleaning tasks without feeling overwhelmed.

Step 3: Gather Your Supplies

Before you get started with zone cleaning, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand. This might include cleaning products, microfiber cloths, sponges, a vacuum cleaner, mop and any other tools you need to get the job done.

Having your supplies readily available will save you time and ensure that you’re fully prepared to tackle each zone as efficiently as possible. Plus, there’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a cleaning task and realizing you’re missing a crucial item or cleaning product!

Step 4: Dive In

With your zones identified, schedule in place, and supplies at the ready, it’s time to dive into zone cleaning!

Put your timer on for 15 minutes and start with one zone and focus solely on completing the tasks associated with that area.   Check off each task you do in that zone and when the 15 minutes is up, finish the task you are on.  You will be surprised at what you can accomplish within 15 minutes. 

The idea is that next time you go to that Zone you keep going through your checklist and the result will be that the surfaces of those zones will have been touched at some point within the month/cycle of completing the zones.

The key to zone cleaning is to stay focused on one area at a time and avoid getting distracted by tasks in other zones. This will help you work more efficiently and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once.

Step 5: Maintain Consistency

Consistency is key when it comes to zone cleaning. Make an effort to stick to your cleaning schedule and tackle each zone on the designated days or times. This will help prevent clutter and dirt from piling up and ensure that your home stays clean and organized on a regular basis.

If you find that certain zones require more attention than others, don’t be afraid to adjust your schedule accordingly. For example, if the kitchen tends to get messy more quickly, you might decide to clean it more frequently than other areas. The goal is to find a balance that works for you and allows you to maintain a clean and tidy home without feeling overwhelmed.

Step 6: Celebrate Your Success

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate your success! Zone cleaning is all about making the cleaning process easier and more manageable, so take pride in the progress you’ve made and the effort you’ve put in to keep your home clean and organized.



In conclusion, zone cleaning is a game-changer when it comes to maintaining a clean and organized home without feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand. By breaking down your cleaning tasks into manageable chunks and focusing on one area at a time, you can streamline the cleaning process and make it a more enjoyable experience.

So why wait? Grab your supplies, download the cleaning checklist, and dive into the world of zone cleaning today. Your future self will thank you for it!

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