Free Zone Cleaning Printables: How to Get Started

If the thought of spending a whole day deep cleaning your whole house makes you feel overwhelmed, zone cleaning might be a better option for you.


In this post, I'll show you how zone cleaning works.

I'll share some free zone cleaning checklist printables, and show you how you can create a custom zone cleaning printable that fits your specific home and lifestyle.

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What Exactly Is Zone Cleaning?

Incase you are still wondering what this concept is.

Zone cleaning is basically dividing your house into five areas called 'zones' and focusing on deep cleaning that zone for 15 minutes everyday, which amounts to almost 2 hours a week.

This system of cleaning popularised by The Flylady, helps you stay on top of often forgotten cleaning tasks around the house and makes cleaning a lot less overwhelming.

I mean... 15 minutes everyday? I spend longer than that on my phone so sign me up!

Let me tell you why I even considered the zone cleaning method in the first place.

I am usually very thorough with my cleaning and I have an 'all or nothing' approach to everything I do. 

My husband on the other hand has more of a 'done is better than perfect approach.' I observed over time that when it comes to cleaning, even though I am more thorough, my husband's frequency was what actually made a difference to our housekeeping routine. 

Meanwhile I would get overwhelmed at the level of detail with my cleaning routine that I gave up before I even had a chance to begin.

This is why the idea of zone cleaning became such an attractive option.

The Fly lady method eliminates the overthinking and the overwhelm. You set a timer for 15 minutes and simply deep clean whatever is on the list.

That's it! You end up staying on top of your daily chores, create a routine and get a lot done in much less time. 

I really like the sound of that and I know you do too!

FlyLady System

Flylady, also known as Marla Cilley, created this cleaning system almost 22 years ago, and it very popular on Pinterest.

The basic idea is to divide tour home into five cleaning zones, which are spread out over the four to five weeks in a month.

Since most months only have one to two days in the first and fifth weeks, those zones are typically the least time-consuming.

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Flylady Zones

Example of the FlyLady's Zone Cleaning Schedule:

Zone

Days 

Rooms

Zone 1

First few days of the month till Sunday

Entryway, front porch, and dining room

Zone 2

First full week of the month

Kitchen, pantry

Zone 3

Second full week of the month

Laundry room, office, extra bedroom, bathroom

Zone 4

Third full week of the month

Master bedroom (including its bathroom and closet)

Zone 5

Last few days of the month until Monday

Living room

 If a particular zone doesn't match up to the layout of your home, or you live in a small space.


Don't worry, keep reading and I'll show you how to customise your zones to fit your specific needs.


Note: if you have let things go for a while and your environment is a little chaotic, spend the first week decluttering before you even attempt deep cleaning.

As the FlyLady says, you cannot clean chaos.

Instead of jumping into zone cleaning, set a 15 minute timer to declutter everyday.  

Free Zone Cleaning Printables

As promised, here are your free zone cleaning pdf file printables for personal use.

I have also included an empty fillable zone cleaning printable to that you can fully customise it for your weekly cleaning routine. 

It's best to print them out and laminate them so they'll last a long time! You can tick things off with a dry erase marker. 

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empty fillable

How To Customise Your Zone Cleaning Printable

As I mentioned earlier, the Flylady zones will simply not work for everyone but the concept is gold and you can make it work for your home regardless of the size.

If you live in a studio apartment, you might only need two zones and if you live in a mansion, you might need 6 or more zones. 

I don't believe one particular system works for everyone. Every system should be customised to fit you and not the other way around.

I live in a 4-bedroom house and here's how I am breaking up my own zones

{READ: Moving In? You’ll Need This Free Cleaning Checklist! }

Zone-Cleaning Zones for 4-Bedroom House

  • Zone 1: Entryway, front porch, and understairs drawers

  • Zone 2: Kitchen, Laundry Room & Dining Room

  • Zone 3: Main Bathroom and toilets

  • Zone 4: Master Bedrooms, Guest bedroom & Kids Bedrooms

  • Zone 5: Living room and study

If I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment, here's how I would divide my weekly zone cleaning :

Zone-Cleaning Zones for 2-Bedroom Apartment

  • Zone 1: Entryway, and guest toilet

  • Zone 2: Kitchen and living room

  • Zone 3: Main Bathroom and guest room

  • Zone 4: Master bedroom and closet/wardrobe

  • Zone 5: Living room

Do you see how I created the zones?

You want to do what makes the most sense but make sure that zone 1 and 5 take the least amount of time.

If you can't find a zone cleaning printable that meets your needs, you can create your own.

Remember I have created an empty fillable template above so you can write out your own zones.

This is a living, breathing document. If you try a zone and it doesn't don't work for you, try grouping different zones. 

Here are some great ideas for customising your zones: 

  1. Group similar zones together. Bathrooms and toilets can be one zone, all the different rooms, another zone etc. 

  2. Group by area or floor. If you have a two or three story house, the ground floor can be one zone and the 1st floor another zone

Tips For Using A Zone Cleaning Printable

  • Don't attempt to switch your habits the first time you attempt this. Set realistic goals for your zone cleaning. Don't expect that it will work instantly.

  • You don't have to complete every task in the zone to consider the cleaning week successful.

  • Declutter first before attempting zone cleaning. You cannot clean clutter! 

  • Use a timer or a 15 minute podcast to stay on track.

  • Reward yourself for completing tasks.

  • If you have a larger house, loop your zones. Instead of following a 'monthly' plan, follow a weekly plan. When you are done with all your zones, simply start again from zone 1 regardless of what day of the week

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Free Zone Cleaning Apps

If you are not a paper and pen girl and would rather use a free app for your zone cleaning, here are some apps that might help:

  • FlyLady Plus: This free app contains flylady’s detailed cleaning list and it was created by FlyLady herself.

  • Sweepy: This free home cleaning scheduling app can help you track your chores and generate a zone cleaning schedule. It even allows you compete with others for a spot on the leaderboard.

  • Tody: This is another free app that allows you create a fully customisable zone cleaning schedule. It even makes it into a fun game to keep you motivated.

Troubleshooting Common Zone Cleaning Problems

As someone who is only just starting to incorporate this system as well, I know you are bound to run into some issues.

I discussed this system with my husband and he let out a slight chuckle.

I know exactly what that meant... "Are we going to follow through?" That's why I wanted to take some time to address some issues that I know are bound to come up.

1. To make it work, be kind to yourself and set realistic goals. If you are up at the crack of dawn and come home late, you might not have 15 minutes to spare every single day. In that case, I say, do what you can and don't expect to hit a perfect streak every single day.

2. Customising it can be very time-consuming, as I found in my case that there were different cleaning tasks that simply did not work for my own home. So take out as much time as you need to customise it to your specific needs.

3. Don't expect it to feel good. Don't ever think you are always going to feel like cleaning. That's what discipline is. It's removing your feelings from the equation and doing what's in front of you. The best part is that you only have to commit to it for 15 minutes. 

3. Stop it if it doesn't work for you. Seriously! Not every system will work for everyone. If waiting to do some spring cleaning works better, do that! The best option for you might even be hiring a cleaner to do a deep clean once a week. Don't let any system make you feel like a failure. 

Final Thoughts on Zone Cleaning

I really hope this post has helped you to better understand the concept of zone cleaning.

Zone cleaning is a fantastic way to bring order to your home without spending hours cleaning every day. It's no wonder that it's so popular on Pinterest.

However, it's important to remember that zone cleaning is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Feel free to adapt it to your own home. If you find that 15 minutes is too long to commit to cleaning each day, or if you don't enjoy the system, don't be afraid to do something else.

The most important thing is to find a cleaning system that works for you and that you can stick with.

Zone cleaning can be a great way to save time and reduce stress. But it's important to remember that it's just a tool.

Find a cleaning system that works for you long term.

Sending you lots of love and I hope you are able to find something that works for you!

Happy Cleaning!

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Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!