In a few days it will be Purim. There are couple organizing challenges I want to address. If you only do a few, that’s OK. This list addresses organizational aspects of the holiday.
TUESDAY March 27
- Purge your refrigerator. Get rid of any forgotten leftovers or produce. If there are empty condiment bottles, trash them. If you encounter any science experiments growing in the back of the fridge, be happy to have discovered them before Pesach cleaning.
- Choose a shelf in the refrigerator for perishables and drinks that will be used for Purim only.
- Use a shopping list and shop ASAP. My husband recounted that Monday evening the local Osher Ad grocery store was packed with shoppers. Keep in mind that a chik-chak shopping trip probably won’t happen. Stay positive while you shop even if you are feeling annoyed because it’s the month of SIMCHA and HAPPINESS. Why make the other shoppers feel grouchy- they are also prepping for the holiday.
- Designate a basket or bin to contain costumes. I use a large plastic storage bin. Kids will be dressing up multiple times during the week for carnivals or school parties. By putting all costumes in one place, you will know where to find them.
- Select a place for borrowed items. If you have borrowed a costume or other item, put them in a special place so they won’t get mixed in with your own belongings.
- Map out a delivery route for Purim day. Whether walking, driving, or using public transportation, make a plan of attack on how you will be delivering your mishloach manot.
- Gather noisemakers and Megilas. Put them in a container so they will be ready and waiting for Wednesday night Megilla reading. I use see- through bins for all the holidays, so my items are all conveniently in what we refer to as “The Purim box”.
- Check times for Megila reading. Post them on your fridge, message center, send yourself a Google Calendar reminder, send a family WhatsApp, etc.
- Have cash on-hand. Go to the ATM or make a withdrawal from the bank so you have money for matonos levyonim and tzedakah collectors.
- Have disposable plastic or paper goods on-hand for meals. I do my share in saving the environment, but this week I am going to use throw-away items as much as possible because there is so much to be done without spending all day washing. The counters will be cluttered up already without adding stacks of dirty dishes.
- Decide what the non-fasting members of the family will eat during the fast. Make it simple.
WEDNESDAY March 27
- Clear off a counter or set up a card table. This is where delivered misloach manot packages will be put on Purim day.
- Gather supplies for misloach manot. I use a big blue Ikea bag or one of the large Osher Ad reusable bags. We stash the bags in a corner or closet so they are ready for assembly after Megila. Some people like to have these made in the days before Purim. We cook popcorn, hotdogs, and fries so we prepare our food items the early Purim day.
- Label a large box, basket, or gift bag with everyone’s name. The purpose of this is to have a place to put goodies that show up and (ideally) avoid fights as to whose things are whose. If you assemble your goodies at night, use another cleared off flat surface as your work station.
- Set out a pad of paper and pens. If things tend to show up when you are out and about, if someone is home, they can write down who came by and what it was.
- Empty the trash. Trash fills up quickly.
Purim Day. Thursday March 28
- Put out healthy nosh. Cut some apple slices, dried fruit, hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter and jelly mini sandwiches (or whatever else your family likes). The purpose is to have ‘grab ‘n go’ options beside candy and junk food. Do this at the same time breakfast is being prepared
- Have a trash can and broom easily accessible. Prepare for chaos and mess throughout the day, but having these tools on hand will make cleanup easier if you can do a little here and a little there.
- Have tentative schedule posted or notes on your electronic device. What time is Megila reading? What time does the seuda start? What time is the Rebbe having students stop by? etc.
Here I will stop listing. Add any other items you want to include to this list. Thanks for reading and PURIM SAMEACH
Karen Furman. Home Organizing Solutions in R/BS
February 27, 2018