The idea of dividing up a home into “Zones”, came from Richard and Linda Eyre’s book “Three Steps to a Strong Family” I read many years ago. I loved this idea because I have a lot of children like the Eyre’s do and it has passed the test of time for our family year after year.
What are Zones and how do they work?
Basically you divide up your home into areas or Zones. Each member of the family will be assigned to a Zone (or Zones) and it is their responsibility to keep that area clean and orderly. My children sometimes have more than one Zone and some have only one, but everyone has a Zone to be a steward over. One year I came up with a brilliant idea to name the Zones by color: Red Zone, Blue Zone, etc. Soon I realized that everyone became confused and forgot which color went to which area of the house. It was a flop. So to simplify, I scrapped the color code idea and went with the names of the home area: Living Room Zone, Hall & Dining Room Zone, Kitchen Zone.
Here are the Zones of my home to give some ideas:
Living Room Zone: living room, entry, front porch
Office Zone: office/piano room
Family Room Zone: family room, office nook, dining nook
Laundry Room Zone: laundry room, hallways, mud room
Kitchen Zone: kitchen, outside patio
Bonus Room Zone: bonus room, hallways, stairs
Garage Zone: garages
Family Room Zone: family room, table area, theater room
Exercise Zone: exercise area, stairs, hallway, laundry room
Playroom Zone: playroom, treehouse room
Storage Zone: storage rooms