The Aliyah Files #15: 5 Items to buy the first week after of arriving in Israel

In previous blog posts I have advised what NOT to bring on aliyah. This issue of the Aliyah Files focuses on items I recommend purchasing once you arrive in Israel.

  1. Kum kum (coom coom)-an electric kettle to heat your water for a quick hot beverage.                                                                                                                 kum kum
  2. Squeegee-use this to wipe down your counters.  Procedure:  To clean your counters pour water onto the counter.  Then squeegee dirty water into the sink.  Maybe I should do a video demonstration…                                                    squeegie
  3. Sponja stick/rags/bucket-necessities for washing your floor.  Say goodbye mop.  Goodbye Swiffer.   Pour water and soap on the floor.  Swish around with the sponja stick which has a squeegee on the end.  Squeegee dirty water into the drain the floor or out the door.  Dry with a rag.  (Hmm…video demonstration part II… ?)                                                                                                                                                           sponga-stick
  4. Clothes drying rack-take advantage of solar power and also save electricity.  Hang your clothes outdoors to dry.                                                                                                   drying-rack
  5. Lice comb-Eeeww.  Yes, a lice comb.  Kids are NOT sent home for having lice.  Check frequently.  I highly recommend the Assy 2000.  Yes, a very dumb name but a great product to have in your possession.                                                                                                                                                                                                         DCF 1.0
  6.  Major appliances-Apartments/homes do not come with washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, or stoves.  Until these items have been left by a previous owner or tenant, you need to purchase your own.  appliances

Thanks for reading and happy shopping.

Welcome to all the new and soon-to-be new arrivals!  Please share this post if you found it helpful.  Follow my blog so you don’t miss any new posts.


June 17, 2018


Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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