Monday, March 5, 2012
Plannin' for cleanin'
Now, I will be honest with you. Pesach preparations have always been a daunting task for me. No matter how well I prepare and how hard I try to work beforehand, the last days before the holiday are always a mad race against the clock. Not in the least, of course, because chametz (leavened bread) is eaten until the very last, and crumbs have a tendency of spreading. Close to the end I begin wistfully thinking how nice it would be if we were all gluten-intolerant, and would never eat wheat.
So, I might have said this before, but... when doing a lot of cleaning, it's easy to get carried away and say it's "necessary" to do this, and that, and that. But this year, in order to survive, I really feel I must separate cleaning and getting rid of chametz. The two don't always overlap.
So, which spring-cleaning tasks have nothing to do with chametz?
Bathrooms - bathrooms should be clean and bathroom cabinets orderly, but it doesn't mean this must be necessarily accomplished before Pesach to a degree of perfection. My family never eats in the bathroom, so even if it gets messy, it's free of chametz.
Closets - if I have no time to re-organize the closets before Pesach this year, I will not feel guilty about it. So long as I only let clean clothes in and check the pockets, I should be fine.
Windows and shutters - while on the inside, there's still the remote possibility that some little sticky finers got some chametz between the window and its frame, on the outside this most certainly didn't happen. I won't lose sleep over dusty windows.
Bookshelves - I'm not going to flip through every book in the house. None of us eats and reads at the same time.
Sprucing up the garden - yes, there's a lot of junk to throw away, and I should dig up some more gravel to make a neater path, but it doesn't have to be done before Pesach.
Does it mean none of these things will get done? Not at all; I have this list saved here, and will return to it when the holiday is over and the pressure recedes.