Those resonated so much with me that I felt I ought to share them with you!
"In former times, wealthy people who had large houses also had many servants who did their every bidding. Today, we seem to be caught in a trap. The average modern home is larger than formerly. Furniture, utensils and clothes are much more plentiful. However, we do not have all the servants they did, so most of the chores fall on the housewife. [My note: most of us also live at a much faster pace and have more additional obligations].
As a result of this, the pressure of pre-Pesach cleaning has reached unnecessary and overwhelming levels. The housewife often becomes overly nervous, unable to enjoy Pesach and perform the mitzvos of the Seder night [my note: because she is so tired she falls asleep before Seder is over. This always happens to my mother-in-law.]."
While doing the Pesach arrangements, of course we discover many nooks and crannies that should have been cleaed/dusted/organized, but until this moment, were not. It doesn't mean we ought to do it all before Pesach! My solution, when time runs short, is to compile a list of post-Pesach tasks, to be dealt with at a more leisurely pace.
Or, to summarize this, dust is not chametz!
"Some women have a habit of taking a bite of matzoh, then running back and forth to the kitchen taking a few more bites in between. In this way, it takes them too long to eat the matzoh, and they do not fulfill the mitzvah properly. The same is true about the wine [and other Seder atributes]. Therefore, do not leave the table until you have finished eating the required amount. Sit like a Queen! [My note: this can be difficult to do if you've been on the edge for a fortnight before Pesach. The cleaning race is over, but you find it hard to relax]."
So, if time is pressing, Pesach cleaning can be separated from spring cleaning. Cleaning windows is good, but no one said this must be done a week before Pesach!