Pharoah in Pajamas

Oh my goodness, why is the Klutter Koach bringing up this classic children’s Passover song? It isn’t Pesach yet…first comes Tu B’Shevat and then Purim THEN Pesach.

Well, last week’s Parasha of the week had to do with leaving Egypt.

As I went though each child’s weekly questions from school, I’ll admit my mind drifted to thoughts of “Oy! It’s almost Pesach.  Soon it will be only cleaning, cleaning, shopping, shopping, and cooking cooking cooking!”.  Thankfully, I switched gears and said to myself “This year is going to be easy.”.

Easy???  How can anyone think this will be easy.  Time consuming, yes.  Difficult, no.  I have my shopping lists from previous years; we’re been the military police regarding taking food in bedrooms; I’ve decluttered so much to know there is no excess in my way and would have seen any stray chometz in the process; I’ve completed my Pantry Challenges (you can read about those if you haven’t already) Yep, I’m good to go.

For the rest of you….well.  I sensed panic.  I could hear the collective thoughts of “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I don’t know where to start.!!! I’m already overwhelmed!!! I can barely deal with the Shabbos dishes!!”

So, the Klutter Koach is here to offer some Pearls of Wisdom:

  • If you have a Master List or Folder with Pesach notes, get them out.  I save my cleaning lists, my shopping lists, and my menus from year to year.  Why re-invent the wheel?  If you lose papers, then do it on your computer and make a file called ‘Pesach 2015/ 5775’.  If you want to do it on paper get yourself a folder and label it ‘Pesach 2015/ 5775’.
  • Take a peek in your cabinets and freezer.  See what you have.  Start using things up. If you really want to get into the spirit, make some meal plans and then pull out those items as needed.  For example:  “Oh look!  In my freezer I have an apple kugel, some meatballs, challah, and soup.”  Sounds like a meal to me.   Or here’s another:  “Hey!  I’ve got a can of tomato paste and some lentils.”  Find an onion.  Cook up some lentil soup in case the Blizzard of 2015 goes for Round II.
  • Avoid shopping for other food items unless they are perishables or items you use weekly.  If you buy less noshei and chazzarei your food bill will be lower and so will the numbers on the bathroom scale.  Besides, if you start using up your baking supplies to concoct some homemade goodies, not only will you be reducing what is in your pantry but avoiding lots of unnatural and unhealthy ingredients found in the store-bought products.
  • Declutter a little bit each day.  Occasionally I’ll post on my Klutter Koach  Facebook page what I’ve gotten rid of that day.  Yesterday was a pillowcase that had ripped beyond repair and a used coloring book.  I chucked a bunch of advertiser thingys that show up almost daily in my mailbox.  That was it.
  • Breathe.  Think good and it will be good.  If you go into Pesach with a plan, you will feel so much more organized and prepared.  Unlike Pharoah, you will be sleeping in the middle of the night, not awake cleaning nor stressing.

Thanks for reading.

-Karen

The Klutter Koach

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