OK, I’m now less than a week out and feeling, uh, afflicted. Last week I was on planes four out of five days. I’m also dealing with some unusual stress following a car accident in January, as well as some minor medical concerns.
Perhaps trying to juggle pre-Passover burdens + life realities puts us in that place of not enough time – eating matza to recall having no time to let bread rise is one thing, but slogging through the two weeks before this Passover has been quite a reenactment of aiming to achieve the impossible.
Since my last update, I have
- cleaned a giant stone from the yard to use for kashering.
- attempted to kasher our biggest metal pot using the stone. arguably this wasn’t effective because I didn’t kasher the stove first.
- soaked some glass cookware in the bathtub (I read that you’re not even allowed to do this with glass cookware but I’m doing it anyway.)
- thrown away all the chametz in the fridge, as well as all expired non-chametz in the fridge
- put all the chametz in the freezer on the top shelf
Stuff I still need to do (and have done in some form in the past)
- run self clean cycle on oven
- Clean fridge and microwave
- clean pantry
- clean cupboards
- boil metal utensils
- pour boiling water all over counters and sink
- tape cabinets
- Get out the disposable stuff to use during the holiday
- shopping for more disposable stuff and for some kitchen stuff to replace
Additional stuff I want to do this year
- cover surfaces (countertops, etc.)
- handle freezer in some fashion (in the past I’ve marked it “do not use” at best)
- put the stove grates in the self-cleaning oven
- accomplish some organizational tasks
- wait the 24 hours after cleaning the sink to pour the boiling water over it
- do an actual “search for chametz” – this is probably not happening in the traditional way this year given that I’m away for work from Tuesday until Friday morning
… maybe I’m not *supposed* to feel completely clean and organized even at the end of this process?