Moving is Hard!

Last summer I thought we had to move.  Luckily, we were granted another year in the same apartment.  However, now the apartment is for sale by owner (we rent, not own).  We aren’t moving tomorrow, but it’s going to happen the near future.  I’m totally OK with needing to move.  What I am NOT OK with is needing to straighten up every five seconds for real estate agents.  It’s hard work!

Picture this:  summer vacation, kids home coming and going all day long.  Wet towels, sand, bathing suits, laundry piles, dishes.  It should be chillax time, but Tornado Boy  (“Imma, I’d rather be a tzunami”) and his partner in crime Hurricane Boy (aged 3 and 7) create a balagan faster than Superman flying faster than a speeding bullet.  Here’s what my living room looks like at this moment (gasp!) This took about three room balagan.jpg Note: This is not clutter because I know where everything goes.  It’s just not put away yet.  (Anyone else’s kids leave have the underwear in the pants inside out, or is it just mine?)

This is what needs to happen before an agent arrives again this afternoon: living-room-after-balagan.jpg If anyone has more energy than I, please volunteer yourself to straighten.

Since I can see there are no volunteers and the young draftees are not available at present it is a DIY project.

When people ask me at the completion of a job “Will my space stay this way?”  The answer is “Yes, but you have to maintain it.” Space doesn’t maintain itself.  You have to maintain the space. Another example:

Child to parent: Do I have to brush my teeth today?

Parent: Of course! 

Child: But I brushed them yesterday.

Parent: Of course you did, but that was yesterday, not today.

It’s the same thing.  Straightening up is a constant replay of before-after-before-after scenes.  You gotta keep on top of it.

Though inconvenient to have to stay on-top of things (given the laid back nature of vacation) I’m literally having potential clients walk through my door, so it’s a win-win situation.  “Hi, I’m Karen, locally known as the Klutter Koach.  You’re moving? Here’s what I do and here’s my card.”   Reply: “Oh, yeah.  I’ve seen you around town and your posts on Facebook.  I totally need to call you!”

So, moving is hard.  Packing, unpacking, setting up home. Need someone to get you out of “Aarrrggghhh! I’m totally overwhelmed!!!”.  That’s me.  Believe me, I can relate.  Been there.  Done that.  Soon to be doing that again.

Thanks for reading.

Karen, The Klutter Koach

August 1, 2018


Have you missed an issue of the Olim Files?

#18 Welcome to Israel!

#17 Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality

#16 Over-the-Counter-Medication

#15 What to Buy as Soon as You Get Off the Plane

#14 Essential Hebrew Part II

#13 Essential Hebrew Part I

#12 Color and Home Decorating

#11 Snack Attack

#10 Autumn Symbols

#9 The First Week of School

#8    The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies

#7  To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question

#6 Making Pesach in Israel

#5  Doors, Light Switches,Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

#4 Small Appliances

#3 Israeli Closets

#2 Cleaning Products

#1 Housekeeping 101 in Israel

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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