Does Zone Cleaning Work – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Does Zone Cleaning Work? Over the past several months, I have giving you Zone Missions that take you through your house each month. We start with the Front Porch, Entry Way, and Dining Room in Zone 1 the first week of the month. The second week of the month, we detail clean and declutter in the Kitchen. The third week of the month, we move to the Main Bathroom and One Extra Room. The fourth week of the month, we work on the Master Bedroom (kids work in their rooms). If a month has five weeks, we spend that week decluttering and detail cleaning in the Living Room. By consistently working in the Zones, you should not need to do a deep, “spring” cleaning or “fall” cleaning. You utilize the Extra Room in the third week of the month, to work in other areas, so you should be able to work your way around the house each month. I try to change some of the zone missions, but I realize that dealing with clutter on the flat surfaces in your kitchen will always be a need. Let me know how you are doing with Zone Cleaning.
Here are your Zone Missions for the week for Zone 3 – Main (Master) Bathroom and one Extra Room

Monday – Declutter the Bathroom cabinets, counter, and drawers (15 minutes)

Tuesday – Deep clean your tub/shower

Wednesday – Wipe the fixtures in the bathroom, baseboards, and vacuum the exhaust vent

Thursday – do a 15-Minute Room Rescue in the room of your choice

Friday – Finish decluttering in your bathroom or do a 15-Minute Room Rescue in the room of your choice or declutter your linen closet


  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
Spread these out over the course of the week. Put a note on each day of the week with one or two of these per day.

7 Parts of the Weekly Home Blessing Hour from The FlyLady:

  • Quick Dust
  • Sweep/Mop
  • Purge Magazines or Paper Clutter
  • Change Bedding
  • Empty Trash
  • Clean Windows/Mirrors
  • Vacuum
  • Plan one fun activity for this week.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
Family Fun: Have some outdoor time with your children today. Play. Do some nature journaling. The point is to add some movement to your day.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Lay anything out that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at


Does Zone Cleaning Work – Getting Organized — 2 Comments

  1. You have very well planned cleaning and organizing routine! I wish that I can follow one. Zone cleaning is something that I am trying for some time and for me it is working pretty good. My problem is that it is really hard to keep sticking to any schedule or cleaning routine. Thanks for sharing your way of tackling housework! Greetings!

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