This is my Cleaning Creation Plan of Seven Zones!
I used to use a card system to track cleaning, with dailies, every other day, weekly, every other week, etc. However, I found out that emergencies happen and I did not want to wait until the next time the card came up to clean an area. So, cards did not work for me. I gradually moved to a zone system for deep cleaning.
I begin by tidying the zone area. Then I work from the ceiling to the floor. Do cobwebs need clearing? Do walls need wiping? What is the purpose of this room? Are there things in this room that do not belong here? Do books and possessions need to be reassessed, sorted, and inventoried? I can work a zone in as little as 15 minutes in a day, if I have an hour great. The next day I pick up where I left off. I stay with a zone each available day until it is completed and then I can move to the next zone. Some zones can be completed in a week, others will take much longer. It all depends on consistency and how much time you give yourself each session.
The Sanctuary Master bedroom and bedrooms are Zone One. Why start here? We need a place of sanctuary that is non-oppressive. A place where rest can happen and where we can feel invigorated by its beauty when we arise to start the day!
Lumber Rooms The under the stairs Mechanical Room, the Larder, Closets, Drawers, and storage shelf areas are Zone Two. What do I mean by lumber rooms? Lumber rooms are where things are stored when not in use. We need to clean out the lumber rooms of things that no longer matter, so that seasonal things can be moved there and out of crowding other rooms.
What is a Mechanical room? The room were the furnace, water heater, and water softener (ionic exchange unit) are kept is the Mechanical room.
What is a Larder? A larder is a cool room (such as a pantry) for storing food.
Creative Work Workshop, Art Studio, Office are Zone Three. We need the creative areas in order, because it is there we create solutions, fix, and mend things. If they are not in order, things found needing attention while doing the zones, will just pile up. However, if tools are easy to find and the work space available, it often only takes a few minutes to fix something and avoid a pile up.
Curb Appeal Entrance and foyer, as Zone Four. What is the curb appeal? What do people see coming to the front door, is it inviting?
Living Rooms Then the living room and family room are Zone Five. This is our main area to read in, discuss as a family, and entertain quests.
Sustenance Rooms Then the dining room and kitchen as Zone Six. The kitchen and dining areas are places to gain sustenance.
Necessity Rooms Bathrooms are Zone Seven. Bathrooms are places of necessity to freshen up ourselves.