Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In the Zone… cleaning lists

I have had so many requests, both on here and on my YouTube channel, for my cleaning lists and on which days I do them.
So I thought I would share them in detail.
I don't know how to do a pdf, so get out your pens and note pads ladies ;)

Now before we start, I want you all to know that I got the zone idea from
She adapted the idea from Pam and Peggy, the ladies that originally came up with this system.
I would suggest you go and check her out for her lists and ideas.
I don't follow her site anymore. Her site has changed and I find it confusing (not a hard thing to do to me). Plus most of the emails sent to me, were advertising for her products, which I don't have.

Okay onto the Lists :)
I love lists…I know many will say "You need a list to clean?!"
No, but its more fun this way ;)
Here is my Weekly Home Spritz Up
I do this every week. I try to make this happen on Monday, but most times it doesn't work out this way.
So I break this down to do a chore or two a day.
For the porch and basement..this is just a quick pick up, not a total clean.

Once a week I work in a zone.
My dining room is the most organized and clean room in my home, as we don't use it that often, so this room is a quick one for me.
The most clutter I have in this room, is a few things thrown on the dining room table…or the cabinet where are bills are kept.
Because of this, I added more rooms to this zone.

I added the front and back entrance to zone 1.
My front entrance is part of the living room and is hardly used, so that isn't a big job.
I do have my Front closet that houses our coats, recycles and a shelf full of odds and ends, that I should tackle when this zone comes around again.

This one is self explanatory…probably the lest favourite zone in the house, because it is the one that should stay the cleanest as food preparation is done here.

I have a small bathroom and I keep up with it daily.
I don't do this list daily, but it do wipe down the bathroom daily.
I will let you in on a little secret on how I keep up with this room daily.
I wash my face with a disposable face wipe twice a day….then I use this same face wipe and wipe down the bathroom counter or the floor around the toilet. The face wipes remind me of those cleaning wipes, but less harsh with the chemicals.
It takes 3 seconds to do this.

Because Zone 3 doesn't take the whole week to do, I have added another room to that zone.
I don't do both of these…actually the Office should be added to my Dining room (Zone 1) as my office supplies are in a cabinet in the living room…nothing wrong with changing things up to suit our ever changing needs.
I sometimes add my Craft room to the extra room in this zone….but not lately, lol.

Another self  explanatory zone.

And the last zone :)
I added my Rec Room to the Living room zone.

So there you have it all of my zones for the month.
I work in each zone for one week and then go to the next zone the next week.
But the end of the month, you have done all of the zones and you have done you whole house.
It is easier to complete these tasks once your rooms are organized though.
I don't always get each task completed in my zones, if that is the case, I will start with the unfinished task the next time that zone comes around.
That is another reason I like to keep my lists in a page protector of some kind, because then I can use a dry erase pen or crayon and check off the tasks that I have completed.

I did a video explaining in more detail…if you would like to watch the video on my YouTube channel, just click the link "Tracy's Treasures24"

Put on some fun upbeat music and go tackle a zone :)

I hope you all had a very Creative and Organized day ;)

Tracy :)


  1. Your lists look very thorough. I have a list of zones that I use for Spring Cleaning, which I will start next week. Now that we are empty nesters, I have a lot less cleaning to keep up with - yay!

  2. I am in awe of your lists!! I seriously wing it when I clean!! You are so organized!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. I love lists, but I don't know if fun ones like yours would be enough to help me keep our house clean, Tracy! ;)

  4. I need to get into a Love your lists, I may need to try this ;)

  5. OK now this I like. At first I thought you were doing a zone a day! Phew! But now realise you do a zone a week, now that I could work with. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Great lists, once I'm organized I will try this myself. working on one room at a time.

  7. You are one organized lady! Lists always help me too!

  8. Good Evening Tracy, great idea to clean in sections, love the organization.

    Hugs Diane

  9. Good Evening Tracy, great idea to clean in sections, love the organization.

    Hugs Diane

  10. The lists themselves make me think cleaning could be fun. LOL! I just keep reminding myself it's exercise, especially on those days when I really don't feel like it. LOL!

  11. Whatever system works for typy aND keeps you motivated, right? I tried looming at her website before too and it confused me. I ended up finding a weekly routine on another site, that even worked in grocery shopping. I love it!

  12. Mmmm, I love lists! Love the zone structure and your lists are great. I am always forgetting to clean something. :p

  13. You know what, there is nothing wrong with lists. I personally love them because then all that stuff is not on my mind. I also like crossing things off once I have finished them. It sounds like you are pretty organized, which is great. You even organized it into rooms, which I thought was really clever. It looks professional, too.

    Clifford @ ETCPads


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