As you perhaps remember, this year I decided to undertake Pesach cleaning much earlier than usual; in past years, I didn't even begin anything before Purim, while this year I declared "Pesach mode" right after Tu B'Shvat, which gave me about a month of extra preparation.
So, what has been accomplished in that month? Less than I expected, but still a considerable amount of work:
- Bathroom cabinets in both bathrooms
- Closets, ours and the girls', have been rearranged
- All the shutters (and we have a lot of windows, thus, a lot of shutters)
- Our second freezer has been cleaned and organized, with all non-kosher-for-Pesach products banished
- The stockpile cabinets have been given an overall make-over, and divided into three sections: kosher for Pesach, non-kosher-for-Pesach-but-not-chametz, and chametz. The latter will be disposed of before Pesach.
- A menu plan was made, ensuring that if we follow it, on the eve of Pesach we'll only have kosher-for-Pesach products at home - without wasting food.
... Also, I did a number of this-and-that, such as thoroughly cleaning the washing machine, laundering some extra things that won't be in use before Pesach, giving the stove a thorough pre-clean, and such like. As I said, it is far less than I expected to do, but it's a start.
We will see how well this holds to the reality test, which is the stress levels right before Pesach. Will they be lower this year? Only time will tell, I suppose.
And now, off to clean!