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Zone Cleaning for Kids

This school year has kept us busy, but it’s time to get back into our chore routines. The kids have been very good about doing chores when we ask them, but I’d like to teach them to be a bit more independent with chores. I’m hoping that by creating a rotation system of chores the children will become more independent with their chores and take pride in their “zones” each week. Zone Cleaning is not a new idea, I first heard about Cleaning Zones from FlyLady.

The basic idea is to split up your home into zones. Each week you focus on deep cleaning one zone. I love this method and have used it for almost 10 years. I thought that since it works so well for me it might work well for the children.

Zone Cleaning for Kids

Choose the Zones That are Right for YOUR HOME

Every home has its own ZONES. There is no one-size-fits-all method to creating zones for your home. You may want to create zones based on the spaces in your home or you may want to divide your chores by type. Below I’ll show you some examples of each ZONE method:

By Room

  • Living Room
  • Bathroom
  • Dining Room
  • Entryway / Porch
  • Bedrooms

By Chore Type

  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Windows
  • Washing
  • Deep Cleaning

 

Fill in each zone with appropriate Chores

Once you decide on a Zone Style that will work for your family/home you need to add the specific chores to each zone. I try to keep it to 5 chores for each zone. If you’re new, this will allow you to ease in with just one chore each day. You can then label each task “daily” if it’s a daily task or label it with the day of the week that the chore should be done.

Our bedrooms are each of our responsibility and we usually take time on Saturday to clean our rooms. Every few weeks we have a major bedroom cleaning session too.

 

Example zones with chores

By Room

Livingroom

  • DAILY – Fix blankets and pillows
  • DAILY – Put away items
  • DAILY – Clean up shoes
  • MON  & THUR- Dust surfaces
  • TUE & FRI – Vacuum

Bathroom

  • MON & THUR – Wipe counter and sink
  • TUE – Shake out rug and sweep floor
  • WED – Swish toilet and wipe clean
  • THUR –  Bring towels to laundry
  • FRI  – Empty trash

By Chore Type

Vacuuming

  • MON – Living room
  • TUE -Entryway and Hallway
  • WED- Kitchen
  • THUR – Living room
  • FRI – Entryway and Hallway

Dusting

  • MON – Living room
  • TUE – Dining room
  • WED – Family room
  • THUR – Office
  • FRI – Hallway and Entryway

It will take you a while to iron out the details of your zones. You may find that your children just aren’t ready to vacuum on their own.

Find creative chores for your kids

One of my pet peeves is our shoe pile by the door, so I decided to add “tidy up the shoes” to one of our zones. Is there a chore you don’t like? You’ll be surprised how much your kids enjoy wiping down the baseboards (do people really do this often?!) Give it time and leave room for changes.

Rotate the zones

Every Monday we will switch zones for the week. We started with 2 zones and worked with the kids until the mastered those zones. Yes, the bathroom zone is the least favorite but everyone has their turn. We are flexible when we have busy evenings but for the most part, the kids know what they need to do after school before they can play. We also have a little after school routine that we follow. If you’re interested I have a handy printable After School Routine Chart you can print out.

 


 

Do you think Zone Cleaning would help with your children? Leave a comment or head over to Facebook to join the conversation.

 

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