NewlyNested: Passover Cleaning
a blogumn by Debra Goykhman
Passover, my favorite holiday has just arrived. Most people don’t favor Passover– your diet changes, the holiday requires lots of cleaning, and an extremely long meal with a big story that usually gets dragged out even longer every year. Traditionally you are supposed to clean your house before the holiday—a bit of a religious spring cleaning. My mother always kept Passover, but my father didn’t, so she would have a clean corner to keep kosher for Passover food. It looks like my house has become no different than my mothers. My husband has no interest in keeping to a matzos and boiled egg diet for the next week, so I don’t really need to do a spring cleaning for the holiday. However, traditions have become born within me so I feel that no matter what I still must embark on a spring cleaning process. Cleaning once every spring is a time for me to reflect on my years past and to reorganize until next spring. It’s a little bit like a New Year resolution for me.
Now with a new three-bedroom house (as opposed to a small apartment), two dogs and a husband, I find myself lost and overwhelmed with the cleaning and reorganizing for the year. I often feel like my nest is a metaphor for my life—sporadic, unorganized, and all over the place. So what is a girl to do? My mother never taught me how to clean or organize. I could always organize a desk, but a house– that’s a whole other story. My worst problem is I don’t have enough furniture to store all my stuff in! No matter how much I clean, I still feel like my home looks a mess.
My best solution to cleaning is to:
1. Just use the Roomba (a must buy!). We received it as a wedding gift and I questioned if it would be useful beyond maintenance. I’ve decided that it is good enough for me. It can be my abused housekeeper that works overtime whenever I want.
2. Only clean one room per day. That way I won’t be spending more than an hour a day cleaning.
3. Blast the music and dance while I do it!
I have also gotten the advice to make sure to clean every week. I don’t doubt that it does save time over the long run, but every month just sounds better to me. I just can’t imagine cleaning every weekend when there is a beach to go to.
The furniture is where I need your help. Do you know of cheap organizational furniture that is a must-buy? Anyone have any cleaning shortcuts?
I hope you have a wonderful holiday whether you celebrate Passover or Easter!