Pesach Cleaning is NOT Spring Cleaning

This past week the local weather experienced summer-like temperatures. Days like these put me in spring cleaning mentality after a long, cold winter.

With Pesach cleaning on the radar, note there is less than a month until Pesach (which is a different preparatory experience from spring cleaning).

On a basic level, the difference between the two types of cleaning is that Pesach cleaning involves removing all traces of chometz (leavened products) and covering all surfaces that have come in contact with chometz while spring cleaning is airing the home out from the winter, cleaning, and decluttering.

During last week I did a bit of both kinds of cleaning: Pesach cleaning and spring cleaning.

Here is my list of accomplishments of the week of that Flylady refers to as “Ta-Das”

  • Laundered coats, hats, and gloves
  • HONESTLY determined which winter items “sparked joy” and I want to keep for next winter
  • Began phase one of freezer and pantry cleanout (this is a process which takes me at least two weeks)
  • Started culling infrequently used items from the kitchen cabinets and putting them into large plastic storage containers in preparation for “turning over the kitchen” (changing over everything used in the kitchen from items used year-round to items used exclusively for Pesach)

My biggest Ta-Da was a most difficult decision: to re-home almost all the stored children’s clothing I originally wanted to save. In combination with the items I decluttered from my wardrobe and the kids clothes, there were 5 full bags. Were speaking tall kitchen white with a drawstring variety.

It was not an easy decision because the brain plays the “What if…?” game. However, I feel at peace with this decision. Additionally, the freed up space is an additional bonus.

This week’s missions are to carry on with the kitchen-culling, paper sorting, and to-do list-making.

Work a little each day and give yourself a pat on the back for all your Ta-das. With Babysteps (Flylady talk again) Pesach cleaning and spring cleaning will get done.

Thanks for reading.


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Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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