Hi and thanks for clicking! LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MYSELF. I’m Karen Furman aka The Klutter Koach, which is Coach spelled with K for Karen, not ko-ach (strength). I’m not sure if it’s my signature BLUE GLASSES (which were once gray) or my friendly demeanor but when I meet people they say ‘Oh-you’re the organizer lady’. Yep. That’s me.
I’m a mom to six kids ages 4-20. Before you start doing mental math and thinking I look too young to have a 20-year-old, I will tell you to add fifteen years to the age you think I am and then a few more. I live with my husband and darlings in a small one-floor apartment. There are three bedrooms, a salon (living room/dining room), a kitchen, and small storage located in a different part of the building. (I’m 48 if you were still wondering.) Since I NEED everyone plus their stuff to fit, I’ve become the master of living in small surroundings and maximizing space and want to help others do the same.
I moved to Israel in 2010 from the USA. At the time I was a SPANISH /ESL teacher for middle school and high school students. Additionally, I was a newly practicing MASSAGE THERAPIST. I enjoyed different aspects of both professions. One thing about massage I love was the transformation that took place within the hour. A client would arrive in pain and leave relaxed “like jello”. In teaching, I enjoyed the flexibility and creativity of the work. I did lots of hands-on projects and arts integration. I liked getting to know my students and meaningful creating lessons with long-range impact.
In regards to being an organizer, I’ve been doing this sort of thing since 1st grade when I used to go around the classroom straightening everyone’s desks. It’s said that if you want to go into business, take a talent you have and use it. Since managing a classful of students was something I no longer wanted to pour my energy into, I started my organizing business.
“IS YOUR HOME ORGANIZED?” I get asked this all the time. Yes, it is. Does it get messy? Yes. It would not be normal if it didn’t get messy or dusty or heaps of laundry/dishes that need attending to. The difference is that after playtime is over or Mt. Dishmore is conquered everything has a place. It’s just the manpower to do it all that starts to fizzle after a long day so it’s not always picture-perfect if someone were to pay a surprise visit. The meme below summarizes this experience.
On a personal note, I love to read. I enjoy going to the library and perusing the shelves for new material. Interestingly enough, I don’t own a million books because I don’t have the space to keep them. I have about two shelves of my favorites and that’s it.
I enjoy arts and crafts and often peruse Pinterest for ideas on what to do with the materials I have on hand. One day the kids and I collected acorns and pinecones in the park and found crafts to do with them.
I do most of my cooking from scratch. My newest venture is cutting down on sweet foods, processed foods, and animal products. (See my blog posts under the category Food/Diet) I’m not vegan, paleo, macrobiotic, or any other named eating program but am trying to strike a balance between mood and food. I am a big fan of mint chocolate and chocolate with peanut butter so do have my vices.
The last important factoid is that I rarely use one-time items. We use cloth napkins, reusable microfiber cleaning cloths, ‘and real’ dishes. I’m a big second-hand shopper especially when it comes to clothes. This has a large impact on my business philosophy of freecycling (rehoming) where I find new homes for the giveaway items my clients have decluttered. They feel good that other people can use their stuff plus it keeps usable items out of the landfill.