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I have written lots of posts about Pesach, but it seems that I have never linked this article by Ruchi Koval on her blog "Out Of The Ortho Box": How to Clean for Pesach (Passover) in One Day.

I encourage you to read the whole article, but the basic points not to do that I take out for myself are:

  • Don’t do sorting, re-ordering or re-arranging of any items at the same time.
  • Don’t clean rooms, where you are sure that chametz is never taken, e.g., basement, bathroom, children’s room. As a child I was never allowed to have food in my room. Only specific places in the house are for eating, others are not. And only specific times (meals) are for eating. Be consistent. This also helps to avoid weird smells and forgotten half-eaten chocolate bars in random places all over the year.
  • Even in rooms where chametz is taken, don’t clean places where chametz is never going to get, e.g., where you keep clean clothes, clean dishes, bookshelfs, behind furniture.
  • Don’t clean windows, curtains, walls, outside of furniture, etc. Traces of chametz are bitul anyway.

What still needs to be done:

  • Empty out pockets of used (!) backpacks, bags, suitcases, jackets, trousers, etc. I always do that over the year anyway, when I put away things, e.g., a suitcase after a trip or winter jackets when spring comes. So there should not be so many things in use at any one time.
  • Look for non-food chametz items in bathroom and "art projects".
  • Vacuum all rooms for crumbs, maybe a bit more thorough than usually, but don’t go crazy.
  • Clean thoroughly: Kitchen, dining room, couch, any place food is kept.

Remember: Pesach cleaning is not spring cleaning. Dust is not chametz!!

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