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:
- How do you limit the chometz-spreading by your toddlers?
- How much do I have to worry about his toys?
- 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?
- 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.