The Pesach (Passover) Binder

 

 

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For those of us who celebrate Pesach in our homes, preparation can be a daunting task.  I want to introduce you to my Pesach binder system in the hopes that it can ease some of this year’s stress and set you up beautifully for the next year.

  1.  Acquire and clearly label a 3 ring binder “Pesach Binder”
  2. Acquire and label dividers ” Pesach Prep Schedule”,” Pesach Shopping List”, Pesach Purchase for Next Year”, “Pesach Master List”( for all of your Pesach stuff in storage), Pesach Seder Checklist”, “Pesach Recipes”and “Notes”.
  3. Download templates from link below. Print (make sure to print extras) and insert into binder.
  4. Fill in various templates.  Be sure to note what you used this year at the end of the holiday so you can adjust your shopping next year.  I also like to have an itemized list on my storage boxes so I can easily find items.

Make sure to keep your binder in a place you will remember and not packed into a box going back into storage! Most of all have a wonderful holiday!!

Pesach Shopping Inventory

Pesach Master List

Pesach Prep Schedule

Pesach Purchase for Next Year

 

Perfectly Imperfect

I always am keeping an eye out for organizational tips to share with my readers, especially ones that are in 15-20 minute intervals. So when I came upon this Houzz post in my email inbox, I was looking forward to linking you to it. However, as much as I think these are some great ideas, the photos troubled me. I was concerned that the level of perfection in the images would feel discouraging  to my readers. Lo and behold this past Sunday’s Boston Globe had an article addressing just that! So I encourage you to read the Houzz tips and those from the Globe, but keep in mind that your home can be organized even if it doesn’t look like a page from a magazine.

 

 

 

 

No Pantry, No Problem

In my adult life I have never had a kitchen with a pantry. Although, some of my kitchens have probably been the size of of a small pantry! In my current kitchen, I have one cabinet that is dedicated to food storage (not including the lazy susan cabinet, but that needs a post of its own!).

I have fought this cabinet for years.  How can I fit everything in there? What are the best containers? Is there anywhere else in this kitchen I can store food!!! And then one day it hit me, you can’t make something into something it’s not, including your kitchen cabinet.

With this new mindset, I revisited the food storage issue.  My first step was to remove everything from the cabinet and sort items into categories. I decided that only items used frequently and are opened should stay.  All other items will be moved to shelves in the basement storage area.  That also included unopened packages of frequent use items. I then returned my open frequent use items to the kitchen cabinet according to their category.

This means when I need pasta, canned beans,or tuna I have to make the trek downstairs. But it also means that I can see and find the the opened snacks, nuts, pasta and peanut butter right away. The take away lesson for me was accepting the storage  space I have and making that work versus trying to make a cabinet into the comprehensive pantry I wanted it to be. We all have space constraints, but with a little creative thinking and strategy you can come up with solutions that work for you.