Thursday, January 23, 2014


In an effort to be more hospitable and to be able to willingly welcome friends and family into our home on a weekly basis, we've set up some cleaning zones:

Zone 1- Monday - Bedrooms

Wash area rugs
Straighten up makeup
Straighten drawer cabinets
Polish Furniture
Clean cobwebs
Wash mattress pad/dust ruffle
Flip mattress
Empty trash
Wash windows
Cull some books from bookcase
Straighten bookcase
Clean under the bed
Straighten drawers
Rearrange videos/games/books

Straighten the top shelves
Arrange the shoes
Dust shoe bookcase
Clean cobwebs
Straighten desk
Put away stray items
Sort out-grown clothes

Dust shelves
Organize books
Smoke Alarm

Zone 2 – Tuesday - Living Room/Library, Office

Clean cobwebs
Clean windows
Straighten bookcases
Wash ornaments and knick-knacks
Clean out end tables
Wipe fingerprints from walls
Polish furniture
Clean Piano
Organize Music books
Clean instruments
Clean under cushions
Move furniture and vacuum
Wash lights and light switches
Wash floor

Office /Library
Clear off the desk surfaces
Throw away pens that don’t work
Sharpen pencils
Throw out all the trash
File papers
Straighten one drawer at a time
Toss out old receipts from over 7 years
Clean off the monitor screen
Fill printer caddy with paper
Establish a place for current bills
Vacuum under desk and the whole room
Dust furniture
Clean windows
Remove cobwebs

Check supplies of paper and printer cartridges
Stamps and envelopes
Water plants

Zone 3 – Wednesday - Great Room

Clean fish; change filter
Clean cobwebs
Clean windows
Straighten and dust bookcases
Water plants
Clean out tables
Wipe fingerprints from walls
Polish furniture
Clean out videos/ clean TV
Clean under cushions
Clean out fireplace/ ashes
Move furniture and vacuum
Wash floor
Clean Kitty Litter Box

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

1: Monday - Bedrooms
2: Tuesday - Living room – Library, Offices
3: Wednesday - Great Room
4: Thursday - Bathrooms
5: Friday - Entrance/front porch
6. Saturday - Kitchen /laundry room

 Zone 4 – Thursday – Bathrooms

Scrub Tub/Shine fixtures
Scrub and shine sinks
Scrub toilet
Wash area rugs
Scrub floor
Straighten drawers/ cabinets
Clean medicine cabinet
Throw away empty bottles
Check for cobwebs
Empty Trash

Upstairs bathroom

Sweep/scrub  floor
Straighten drawers/cabinets
Clean shower/tub stall
Wash down outside of toilet
Clean inside of toilet
Throw away empty containers
Empty Trash
Check supplies

Zone 5 – Friday – Entrance/Front Porch

Start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor.
Clean cobwebs
Dust window sills and front door
Wash window
Clean switch plate of hand prints and walls if needed
Put plants in to the shower and give them a good rinse.
Straighten the coat rack
Sweep vacuum or mop the floor
Add your own personal touches to make it more welcoming.

Front Porch
Sweep down cobweb and spider webs
Sweep off porch furniture.
Sweep the porch.
Throw away any dead plants.
Prune back unruly bushes from the entrance.
Repot planters if necessary (in summer)
Refill bird feeders.
Wipe off tables, banisters, and light fixtures.
Get rid of unwanted items.
Add your own personal touches to welcome friends and family

Zone 6 – Saturday – Kitchen/Laundry

Empty fridge/clean thoroughly
Clean microwave inside and out
Clean stove/oven
Wash canister/knick-knacks
Straighten drawers/cupboards
Wipe fingerprints off walls
Wash inside windows
Clean fan/vent-a-hood filters and hood
Scrub down cabinet fronts (only a few at a time)
Clean light defusing bowls (glass globes over light bulbs)
Clean under sink/throw away old rags
Clean pet dishes

Laundry room
Wipe down the top of the washer and dryer
Clean the gunk from under the washer lid
Clean out the dryer vent
Throw out empty bottles and boxes
Empty the garbage can
Check supplies of laundry detergent, softener, spot remover
Sweep and mop the floor
Remove the cobwebs
Put away all clothes
Look behind appliances for odd socks

 I really don't care if our house is perfect.  What I care about is that I want our home to be welcoming, to be a place where visitors are comfortable and relaxed.  I want to be able to love others and to be able to demonstrate the love of Christ to them.  A clean and organized environment is part of that.  A welcoming heart matters most.

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