She's cleaning for Passover- what is that about? She's working on a made-up 3 week deadline, she's some kind of masochist?
Cleaning, cleansing- fear, a little pain, effort and centering process, creating a growth in appreciation that is far beyond exponential. What, it can't be done another time? Yes, it can be done ANY time with good effect. A sailboat can be plunked in the water at any time too, and fully enjoyed, but the purpose of a SAILboat is to use the wind as available.
What kabbalists anywhere will tell you about holidays is that special energies exist at certain times (most humans regardless of background would I think agree) and that there are ways humans can, well, not exactly harness but use those energies to their best advantage. The best advantage of course is always to move humankind toward true love for one another- all souls. Heaven on Earth.
Many different cultures and different religions have interesting and beautiful ways of celebrating, forming spiritual work toward a better world. Oh? Spiritual work is a celebration? Yes. If it isn't, you're not doing it right!
As I have lived my own life, lessons haven't always been fun. In my true lessons there is anger, pain sometimes humiliation. Why? I'm not doing it right. Well, none of us does. It's the very reason we have come to the planet- to learn to love truly & freely ourselves & each other, letting our ego "selves" learn to take a back seat, freeing our soul selves to rule as is correct. A sticky wicket to be sure. THE sticky wicket for all earthbound humans.
So, on to Passover. The cleaning is in part a preparation for the energies of the holiday itself, including diet. Cleaning for Passover begins right after Purim- a "let it all hang out" event, to be sure. All of the holidays are connected, with special relationships to one another. I may attempt to share my take on that in the future- for now, let's start where we are.
Plans are drawn up, there is scheduling & rescheduling as adjustments are needed, so that nothing is missed. Passover cleaning goes beyond spring cleaning, I that now who does it is attempting to remove any trace of "Chametz" (any foodstuff that has the same characteristic of ego, a tendency to swell). There are halachic lists of what chametz is exactly- you can go google that if you care. It's not just leavened bread though- it's many different things. When cleaning, a splatter may be found on the wall, cake batter- that has to go. Doorknobs & handles may have a coating of chametz ingredients unseen to the naked eye. Carpet is supposed to be steam cleaned, so that any tiny particles of chametz (if they were not sucked up into a vaccuum or steam cleaner) are rendered null by the steam process. Books, in fact, are supposed to be cleaned page by page. Now I don't know anyone who does that, but it is supposed to happen. The meditation for this rigorous cleaning process is to remove all hidden aspects of ego within one's self, diminish the desire to receive for the self alone to nothing, or as close as that as possible. The work of this cleaning meditation is daily exhausting, a long process, physically & mentally demanding, and oddly- a lot of fun. One awesome byproduct is that you end up with a really clean home/car/workspace. The other of course is that you've cleaned up your ego. It can be used by your soul for the power of good, and clears the way for the true you, with your soul in the driver's seat, to join others of the same mind toward the best possible existence. I remember as a teen in the 80's, there was an epic effort made, the first of its kind, by Bob Geldof and a number of famous musicians to get together to record an album for charity, "Feed the World". According to all reports, the saying at that session was "Leave your ego at the door." Similarly, the Passover preparation moves the ego to the backseat, attempting to put it in park. When the holiday comes in, we ask it to remain there for the duration.
Enter: Passover Food Items- What is eaten on Passover?