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Pesach is Coming! Pesach is Coming!
So Purim is over (I'll post about that later) and now starts the mad-rush to get Pesach cleaning accomplished. Hah! I say again, HAH!

For the last couple of years, I've had a lovely spreadsheet in Excel detailing each room that needs to be cleaned, what specific tasks should be approached, and preferred order.

This year, we're in a bigger house, but more importantly, there is a small child in the house which is completely throwing me off. I can't figure out how to go about cleaning for Pesach with him in the house.

I mean, he's great, but even though I only feed him in his high chair, he is a crumb monster and crumbs get dragged everywhere, no matter how hard I try to hose him off after meals. Plus there are his toys! Toys that go in his MOUTH!

Argh. So a few questions to those of you who have kids:
  1. How do you limit the chometz-spreading by your toddlers?
  2. How much do I have to worry about his toys?
  3. I usually try to get my kitchen done a little on the early side so that I can do some cooking ahead of time. I'm afraid, however, that if I do that, I'll be limiting Julian's already-limited food choices. How do you work around this?
  4. At what point do I say, "enough's enough, I've done my best" this year? I mean, I'm always very thorough, but I also am not sure how much extra stress I can take this year. Maybe that's a question for my rabbi.

Somehow, this year I just can't get my brain around how to do it. Sigh.

I'm going to cross-post this to aishet_sheretz to get some input from a broader audience.

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allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: March 29th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to cross-post this to </a></b></a>aishet_sheretz to get some input from a broader audience.

You posted it in your journal twice.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 29th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually fixed that immediately after I posted it the second time. I believe the second one is gone.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: March 29th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
My usual great timing.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: March 29th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might also consider the newsgroup/mailing list, soc.culture.jewish.parenting. (Which is scj-parenting@shamash.org... I'm a moderator there).
From: lola100 Date: March 29th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the first year I am even cleaning my house. I usually just move out the whole time. So let's go one by one:

1. VERY HARD. So I did the upstairs first (all the bedrooms are clean) and I am waiting to do the rest when it gets closer. But I don't have to cook - I will only be home chol hamoed. So you have a bigger problem.

2. My sister in law soaks her toys in the tub. If you can't get to all of them, clean some of his favorites and sell the rest.

3. Again - I don't have this problm this year, but when we were younger, my mother was all "turned over" more thatn a week brfore pesach. We ate out a lot, or ate outside, or in the car. WE loved it, it was fun for us.

4. Deffinitely a question for your rabbi.
From: lola100 Date: March 29th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
EDIT - don't actually SELL his toys, sell it with the chometz.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 29th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, yeah, I've been frum long enough to have known what you meant!
From: lola100 Date: March 29th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figured. That was more for people who read your journal who are not ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 29th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah. good point.
stone_ From: stone_ Date: March 29th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
This year we are abandoning house and home for Pesach.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 29th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that seems a popular option. Which would be a great option for us, except we can't afford it.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: March 29th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, interesting things to think about -- I'm already panicing enough about this whole moving right before Pesach thing... I'm thinking that all the cupboards are going to get taped shut and we'll eat on paper.
magid From: magid Date: March 29th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I eat on paper for Pesach (pretty paper, if possible, but definitely disposable). It makes things a whole lot easier.
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: March 30th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that toddlers are the reason that there's the prayer about all of your chometz turning to dust.

From: gittygiggles Date: March 30th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
let me knwo what ppl say.

i dont plan on worrying about asher's toys b/c i'm a heathen
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: March 30th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
>> How do you limit the chometz-spreading by your toddlers?

Well, I can't answer that, but I can tell you one thing *not* to do.

A few years ago, I was baby-sitting regularly for one particular family. One year, they enlisted their cleaning lady to help with Pesach preparations. For some reason I cannot fathom to this day, the first room to be de-chametz-ified was the kids' toyroom. (They had a 2-yr-old and a 4-yr-old at the time, both of whom had an appallingly large number of toys.) Since all the toys had already been wiped down, part of my job was to make sure the kids' faces and hands were clean. Given the ages of the children (and the fact that they were exceedingly fond of oatmeal and cereal), I think you can imagine what a nightmare it was. Chasing mischievous pre-schoolers aroung with wipes in hand is ... well, it's exhausting.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: March 30th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
>> part of my job was to make sure the kids' faces and hands were clean.

Oops, meant to say (by way of further explanation) that part of my job was to make sure the kids' faces and hands were clean whenever they went into the toyroom.
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