I have thoroughly enjoyed working through my Homekeeping Binder because it has been time to make some changes as our family is in the next season of our lives. Quick recap before we head into one of the easiest ways to keep your house clean and in order. We have talked about Morning, Evening, Weekly, and Daily Schedules and our Weekly Home Blessing. The next sheet in my binder is my Zone list. This breaks down the areas of my home into weekly cleaning so I am not overwhelmed with the whole house at once and it truly takes care of spring cleaning throughout the year. Now when spring comes I don't have a huge list of chores to be taken care of because we have been doing it in small chunks throughout the year.
My routines along with the Weekly Home Blessing maintain order so on weeks when I can't get to the areas of the home on the schedule it is okay and not a concern because we have order over chaos. By keeping routines it opens up the door to hospitality so ministry can take place in our home. When you are not living in chaos you tend to have more time to minister to your family and to others outside your family.
When we say we are not an organized person (I am not naturally an organized person – my husband is and I continue to learn much from him) we seem to make it an excuse for why we live in disorder. As believers, our homes should reflect the Lord that we serve. They should be an example of order and beauty. This doesn't take finances to do this – it takes discipline. Soap is cheap and we have time available each day to tidy and keep order in our homes. We should desire our homes to be a haven for our families to come home to. So ladies if this is an area you have been neglecting I encourage you to show your love and care for your family by rolling up your sleeves and getting organized enough to have order and beauty in your home.
My home is broken down into five zones. I am working in a different zone each week. You may only need four zones but Flylady uses five so I use five.
This week I am in Zone four – I still follow Flylady's weekly schedule and am signed up on her email list to get updates on the current zone I am in.
I have a sheet in a page protector with the above zones listed and each zone then has its own sheet with the tasks broken down for each room. Since I am in Zone four we will use that one as the example for today.
Here is exactly how my sheet is laid out (please don't get overwhelmed with this next part but stay with me to the end of this post)