Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part I

Hi everyone. I hope you are all surviving, managing, and coping given the restrictions of social distancing and other guidelines to keep everyone safe.  Getting ready for Pesach has always been a challenge with its never-ending to-do lists and hard work in getting the home ready.  Now, many of us are #HomeAllTheTime and still need to find a way to pull this off.  I’m here to help.  I’m not going to post a calendar and what to do each day, but instead, I’m going to share what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.

Cleaning with kids

The key is #ProgressNotPerfection.  Nothing has to be perfect, just do your best.  In general, I write, rewrite, edit, edit, and edit some more before I hit the publish button…and even then I may have missed a mistake.  I notice it, I fix it.  Life goes on. The same goes for your cleaning efforts. Do your best and move on.

The first thing to do is SWEEP.  Sweep until you feel like Cinderella.  Sweep after each meal. Sweep after each snack.  Move the couch sweep (or vacuum).  Move things that you can move and sweep. Even if you sweep 100 times today, you’ll do it again tomorrow but you must STAY ON TOP of it.  If you have more than one broom and dustpan locate them in the high traffic areas.

Clear some clutter

I am a big fan of getting rid of clutter as well as saving the planet by freecycling giveaways.  I am now going to go against every fiber of my being and tell you NOT to get rid of your clutter.  Because of regulations, thrift stores cannot accept donations at this time (at least the ones where I know the owners have publicly announced it).  If you have a pile of clothing of the same lot meaning all girls sizes 4-6 or all women’s XL then if you know someone who could use that and is able to accept it then reach out and check if they are able to collect it or have it dropped off.  If this isn’t a possibility then do what I am doing and find an out of the way corner where you can stash your giveaways until further notice.

The KITCHEN is the area in my home that takes the most time and effort so I’m starting there.

Wipe Down

Combine your chometz cleaning with sanitizing your kitchen.  Empty out drawers.  One at a time or you’ll find yourself overwhelmed and with a balagan on your hands.  Kids can help with this. Even my 5 year old has gotten psyched with this part.  Granted he may spend as much time wiping as playing with the contents but that doesn’t matter.

tools to use

  • microfiber cleaning cloths
  • dish soap
  • q-tips
  • toothpicks
  • magic eraser
  • sponge
  • cleaning shpritz to sanitize after the shmutz has been cleaned

where to clean

  • drawer pulls
  • drawer handles
  • rim of the drawer
  • size of the drawer
  • cabinet front

Since we are sharing electronics in my home I need to pass my computer to the next person.  Here’s a video I put up on YouTube on the start of my kitchen cleaning with kids afoot.

Small bites of time and not big chunks is how this will get finished.

Take care and stay safe and healthy!

Karen, The Klutter Koach


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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