The Traveling Sisterhood: Fire the Merry Maids and Throw Out Your Chore Charts! Zone Cleaning for Kids is What Every Family Needs!

Wednesday, January 27

Fire the Merry Maids and Throw Out Your Chore Charts! Zone Cleaning for Kids is What Every Family Needs!

Update: You can get the DVD, erasable flip chart (my kids love this), laundry chart, dry erase marker, and labels for $14.99 if you sign up for Educent's e-mails via the instant $10 off coupon. If you're already subscribed, it's still a great deal at an extra 15% off and free shipping with the code GIVEJOY thru 12/2! Works for the downloadable version, too!

The other day we decided to take a week off school and teach the kids how to properly clean. Not that our house is exactly a mess or anything... but as a homeschooling mom, cleaning does get pushed to the side more often than I'd like to admit.  Around the same time, I noticed the Zone Cleaning Program on Educents.  When I also noticed it's made by the same people who make Times Tales, I was definitely sold! 

After Zone Cleaning came in the mail, I chose a day for our Cleaning Extravaganza.  It could not have gone more perfectly!  My kids have had chores since they could talk, pretty much, but Zone Cleaning has taught them how to be more thorough, to actually clean in a way that doesn't need to be re-cleaned by me, and it is just a godsend! 

I cannot imagine a more well spent $20! I am not even kidding--my house looks stellar and my kids have that feeling of accomplishment, knowing they've worked hard and done an amazing job.  I've tried chore charts and reward systems but this is by far the easiest and the most all-encompassing.

 The booklet includes a simple visual representation of each step to a clean room. I like that they can check off what needs to be done as it is done - it keeps them from forgetting anything and gives them a sense of accomplishment each time they check something off.  (I'm not kidding--even my older kids count off those checks and brag about them!)

The rooms included are bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. There are spaces for you to write additional items which is helpful for me, as well. I like that it assigns a day each week to extra jobs like dusting or wiping chairs and cabinets. That way nothing gets out of control, one chore at a time.
As a busy mom, this is just what I needed!  Cleaning is less of a burden now, and it's a blessing to be able to look around at a clean home and to relax without feeling like something more needs to be done.  A wonderful way to start a new year!

 Who's it for?
Any parents who want their kids to do their chores with a happy heart.... the right way!  My kiddos are 8-11, ages I think are ideal for this program, but it could definitely be used with kids as young as 6 through the teen years. 

How Much is it and What Do You Get?
 The cost is $19.95 and you get:
  • A fully-laminated flip chart, allowing for all sections to be checked with a dry-erase marker and/or customized by Mom or Dad with a wet-erase marker.
  • Instructional DVD that walks children through the process, demonstrating the correct way to complete each task. The DVD also gives parents tips on how to best utilize the program.
  • Dry-erase marker.
  • Basket labels used for cleaning the bedroom.
  • Kid-friendly Cleaning Solutions E-Book filled with frugal, non-toxic cleansers you can make yourself.

"This fun and unique chore system is designed to help children visually and systematically work through cleaning the kitchen, living room/entry, bathroom and bedrooms independently and with ease." 
♥Love it!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Educents for providing me with this product to review!


  1. This looks great! This is something I think my kiddo's would like and I desperately need! I love how you did a break down of what you get!

  2. This is a great idea. I needed this when my children were young and I think they would have liked it too.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

  3. Oh that is such a neat idea! Our little one is 5...but turning 6 soon! I am going to have to try this with him! I think it would work so much better!

  4. Thanks for posting. Based on your review I went ahead and ordered. It came today and I am excited to get started. I did want to point out however that you only get one flipbook, not two. I should have read the details more closely on the Educents listing and not just relied on your post's description. I thought the second book was missing from my package until I went and double checked the site and then your blog. My bad, but you might want to update so others don't make the same mistake I did.

    1. I'm so sorry for the confusion. I meant the laundry chart if you add that on would make two charts for $15. Otherwise, you couldn't use the $10 off $25 purchase coupon. Fixing it now. :)