If you actually thought you were going to get that here you obviously are not a long-time reader.
I mean, seriously.
But there is a method to my Pesach-Prep madness. (And it is madness, trust me). A couple of weeks before the actual holiday (like yesterday, in this year's case) I figure out when the kitchen is going to be changed over from Chametz to Passover. I then work backwards. I'd give you the details, but to be honest, it's really not that effective.
One excellent thing that got us started this year: Isaac saw a vacuum cleaner on sale and bought it. When he came home, he immediatedly took it out of the box and spent hours vacuuming behind beds and sofas. Which is why I encourage him now to buy any home appliance he wants to.
I am clever enough to write a list every year at the end of the holiday of things I do and don't need to buy for the next year's holiday. (Gila, who inspired this post actually keeps all her lists and has a kind of time capsule of all her previous Passovers). I don't have lists for previous years, but the list contains things like, "Buy another pan for dairy" and "Don't need another turkey baster, you already have three". One memorable year, I think it was after 9/11 and I thought the world's end was imminent (I still do, actually), I titled the list "Pesach, 2003. If we make it till then."
Back to the list, delivered to you exactly as I wrote it last year:
Pesach 2010, Be'ezrat Hashem (G-d willing--I see I'm still not taking chances)
Need: 1 sharp knife for dairy
1 measuring cup
a milk pitcher (our milk comes in bags, not containers)
ONLY 1 potatoe starch
2 bags of ground nuts
3 containers of oil
DO NOT BUY COLD CUTS. NOONE EATS THEM.
3-4 bags of matzoh meal.
WE DON'T NEED
glasses (uhm, yeah, we do. We broke all our chametz glasses early this year and had to take the Pesach ones down).
wine glasses. You buy them every freaking year.
sucra-lite yellow poison packets for coffee.
alumininum to cover sink.
I helpfully added this to myself:
Baila, don't be such a dumba** next year and read the list BEFORE you shop.
And on the side, an addition from Orli:
Don't forget to buy Orli lots and lot of clothes for Pesach.
Which reminds me how much I hate taking my girls shopping.
What's on your list?
(If you really need some Passover tips, you'd do better, here).
Yachdus is hosting Haveil Havalim here.
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