One of the best ways to gain control over Pesach is through lists. I already talked about the shopping list in my previous post, but there are other lists I recommend:
- Pre-Pesach preparations: this is a list of everything that needs to get done- buy matzah, order dog food, get haircuts, get the cars washed, etc. By having this list you can spread out your purchases over the next month and you can also plan do do certain tasks before the prices go up. For example, in our neighborhood, the price of a car wash doubles and I cannot use my discount card for the wash. Let’s not forget the lines! This week, I washed my car without waiting on a long line and at a price I feel comfortable with.
- Cleaning areas: this list helps me gain track of each area I need to clean. It doesn’t really save you money, but it helps you gain control over your time.
- Master calendar: From Shushan Purim on, I use a master calendar on my refrigerator and list all appointments, Pesach chores, tzaharon hours, etc. I schedule cleaning tasks as well as list dinner options. Since I already know what chametz is in the house from the last mission, I can plan out my meals for the next few weeks and prevent the last minute pizza order. Busting your budget on takeout now is not smart- save it for your Pesach tiyulim.
- Pre-Pesach chores: I have an unfinished list of chores that need to be done before Pesach- cleaning cabinets, laundry, making KLP/chametz signs for the cabinets, etc. FOR THE KIDS. For each chore that a child does, they write their symbol (arrow, check) for each time that they do that chore. Each symbol equals one point. When Pesach comes, we assign a monetary value to each point and allow the kids to trade them in for cash or activities (e.g. 10 agorot per point, 20 points=ice cream, 50 points=movie). We have found this to be a great motivator and the kids have fun collecting points. Of course, the more help you have from family members, the less you spend on cleaning assistants and day care activities.
You can find all of these lists on the “Organizational Tools” page.