When it comes to cleaning your home, the long to-do list can become overwhelming. One way to make the cleaning process easier is to use zones. You will pick four areas of your home to focus on each week. Instead of trying to clean the entire house from top to bottom every week, you will work on only one zone at a time. This way, you will develop an easy-to-stick-to routine that will get your home looking great with little effort. The following is an example to help you see your house in cleaning zones.
Zone One: Kitchen, Laundry Room, and Pantry
This zone will be one of the most satisfying to take care of, so conquer this one first. In the kitchen, you will thoroughly wipe down your counters and all surfaces, including the appliances. Deep clean the floors, windows, and breakfast table. Clean your oven, microwave, and inside the dishwasher. Yes, the dishwasher. People often neglect this chore because it would seem that the inside of the dishwasher is always clean. On the contrary, it can get dirty, so cleaning it monthly can be very helpful and quite easy. Put a cup of vinegar in a glass in the top rack of the dishwasher. Scatter a tablespoon of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and allow it to run empty on a regular cycle.
In the laundry room, remove any clutter that may be hanging around. Sweep and mop the floors, and put away any additional laundry that hasn’t made it to its proper place yet. Vacuum the lint trap and wipe down the top of the washer and dryer.
In the pantry, quickly look through the shelves to see if anything has expired or is no longer worth keeping. Organize your spices, straighten your cans, and line up any cereal or other boxed items. Clear anything that may be on the floor, such as bulk groceries. Also, sweep and mop the floor.
Zone Two: Bathrooms
Zone two will be a deep cleaning of the bathrooms. This week, you will focus on scrubbing showers, bathtubs, and sinks. Clean out under the cabinets and discard any expired items. Refill soap dispensers, jars of cotton balls or cotton swabs, and any other items you use daily. Wipe the mirrors and faucets and remove any leftover bits of soap from the soap dish. Scrub the inside and outside of the toilet and the floor around it. Finally, mop the floor and dust the walls, vents, and shelves.
Zone Three: Family Room, Dining Room, and Living Areas
This zone will take care of your main living areas. In each of these rooms, sweep and vacuum the floors and dust all surfaces. Dust the light fixtures, tops of the doors, and the moldings. Vacuum the furniture and the area rugs, and dust the blinds and window treatments. Wipe down the windows and windowsills. In the dining room, polish or clean the dining room table and spot treat any spills on the chairs.
Zone Four: Bedrooms
Finally, you will spend a week working on all the bedrooms. This is an area where you should be able to rely on the help of your family. Have your kids keep their rooms tidy so that you can easily get in to do your deep cleaning. In each room, strip the beds and wash the sheets and pillowcases. Vacuum the carpet, blinds, and window treatments. Straighten the closets, dust the shelving, and reorganize areas that are cluttered with clothing and other items. Also, dust the ceiling fans if you have them in the bedrooms.
Some of these examples may not apply to your home, but the guide can help you see how the zone cleaning system works. After you begin cleaning this way, you will find that you can get into a management routine, leaving your home clean and tidy. Visit the iRazoo blog for more home management tips.