Cleaning up after Pesach can be a very tiring job and one we are not always so good about doing right away, especially with Yom Tov often ending late at night. Of course, putting the kitchen back in order has to be done, but sometimes packing everything up and putting away our Pesach bins takes longer!
No matter when you turn back over, there are some things that must be done each year! Here is my checklist of the necessities:
∞ Wash all the Pesach dishes and pots and pans, etc.
∞ Take all the Passover supplies back downstairs. (Put them back in their boxes and bins.) This includes the kids’ seder supplies’ box and kids’ Pesach toys’ box.
∞ Uncover the counters. If you use a reusable covering, be sure to clean it and take this down with your Pesach supplies.
∞ Pack up any unopened leftover non-perishable Pesach food. Be sure to note what is left on your grocery list form. I have a column for what is left from the year. Also make notes of any groceries that you didn’t use as much as you purchased or that you had to buy more of. Adjust the quantity to buy next year if you had too much left over.
∞ Move the opened leftover non-perishable Passover food out of the pantry or whatever cabinet you were storing it in (to make room for your regular items). Be sure to wipe the cabinet or pantry out.
The rest of the house:
∞ Catch up on your laundry.
∞ Bring up the non-Pesach stuff to put your kitchen and dining room back together.
Make notes for next year:
∞ Make notes on your menu from this year of what you liked, didn’t like, etc.
∞ I also like to add the names and locations of recipes we liked to our Menu Ideas list so we will remember them for next year.
∞ Make notes on your Pesach Prep Checklist of any things you would like to change for next year.
- This might mean cleaning or preparations that need to be done sooner or differently.
- Also make note of any new household items you purchased this year (add this to your inventory) or any items you want to get next year (add this to your wish list).
∞ Update your grocery list with any changes you made from above.
∞ Reprint your new Pesach Prep Checklist and file in your Pesach prep binder. See my post: It’s time to start thinking about Pesach! for details.
∞ Make a plan for the coming week to eat up any Pesach leftovers.
– 52 Week Challenge Week 16: After Passover review and SBB update (www.organizedjewishhome.com)
– Cookie-ing up some matzo (rantingchef.com) – great recipe to use up your leftover matzah
Thanks for the link! I got everything put away last night in between loads of laundry. And today, we made breadsticks! 🙂
I also find it really helpful to note how much of what we used (and how many guests to compare). My shopping list includes how much I bought of each thing (all in an excel book), and then at the end of Passover, I note what is left so I have how much we went through. That way, net year, I won’t buy 10 dozen eggs – I know we only went through 5 dozen. Saves money and precious space. And we can minimize waste that way, too.
Great idea. I will add that to my checklist! We always keep track of what we have left so we know what to buy next year, but that is a good idea to think about what you used, too, so you don’t buy too much! I recommended your site to a friend the other day who is homeschooling her frum kids, too. I hope she checks it out. Have a great day!