The Klutter Koach Newsletter Premier Edition: Issue #1

I’ve been wanting to create a newsletter for some time now…and procrastinating.  I had my sights on using a service like MailChimp but the technical aspects kept me from moving forward…..So I took a BABY STEP and wrote a newsletter the “old fashioned way”…in the form of an email.  

 I decided to paste the content on my blog so here it is and I’m so excited to share it. The pretty multi-color highlights didn’t copy to the WordPress format…but it’s still the same chatty and engaging content so keep reading. 


I read a great piece of advice about taking the first step and how the rest will follow. They say the first step is often the hardest. Do you agree? I do!

 The story used the example of someone who needed to exercise but wouldn’t.  

 The person was given the directive “Just put on your exercise clothes but don’t exercise.”  What do you think that person did? Do you think they listened? No-they put on their exercise clothes and walked around the block. 

 When questioned why, the person replied “Since I was already dressed, I may as well do something besides sitting at home in my exercise clothes.”  In my situation, I clicked the “COMPOSE” button as my first step and this email is what transpired.


This is BIG NEWS.  While there may come a time when I might take advantage of this if there is something I can’t get locally (98% of things I can with the exception of my Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and my Mabel’s Labels from Canada).

I CAUTION YOU not to make unnecessary purchases, free shipping or no free shipping…everything that enters your home needs a place and maintenance.

 Which leads me to BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY. 🛍

If you have been making lists, planning purchases, and comparison shopping then by all means take advantage of the deals.  

 However…just like the free shipping from Amazon…shop wisely. If these notable days on the consumer calendar lead to impulse purchases and overspending, best wait to shop another time. Everything that enters your home needs a place and maintenance and this the prospective from a home organizer.  Your financial choices are not my jurisdiction.  I’m concerned about the “too much stuff” and how it affects your living space.


We recently had some wild, windy weather.  

For days on end, the wind sounded like ocean surf. This is great if you want white noise but not great when every surface becomes covered in dust.  I would wipe down my laptop and within hours, it was coated again.  

 A week later, I’m still dusting…and it’s a real pain in the derriere (pardon my language).  The fewer things there are on surface areas, the easier it easy it is to do get the dusting done… That’s all I have to say about that…other than maybe consider doing some decluttering if there’s too much stuff (ahem…I digress)…


In Israel, we were still enjoying summer-like temperatures until last week. Then came the wild, windy weather and a big drop in temperature at night. My folks in Chicago already had snow in October so I shouldn’t complain.

 If you have summer clothing and winter clothing all jumbled together in the closet, I propose setting aside a chunk of time to do some sorting. 

 To transition, an adult’s wardrobe between seasons is simpler than a child’s wardrobe but the premise is the same.  Here’s a blog post I wrote called 10 Easy Steps to Transition a Child’s Wardrobe Between Seasons  


Speaking of clothes, here’s an Illustrated Guide to Donating Used Clothing. NOBODY wants clothes that are ripped, stained, faded, pilly, or damaged. It doesn’t matter if it’s free or even 1 shekel.  Damaged clothes go into the trash/bin/clothing recycling receptacle.  Everything else is donatable.  


The Olim Files is my blog series of over 20 blog posts aimed at helping olim master everything from slang to buying school supplies  

 Many enjoyed a recently updated post called Pumpkin-Spiced Latte which illustrates symbols you will encounter (or not) in Israel this time of year and they aren’t what you think…


One factoid about me is that 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 what I eat and how I feel.

I am a big fan of mint chocolate and chocolate with peanut butter so do have my vices….😋

I modified a recipe I found on Elana’s Pantry and renamed it Divine Mint Smoothie.because it was so delish. Maybe I’ll be a food blogger one day…In the meantime, I’ll share a recipe here and there.

Here’s what I put into my smoothie:

  • handful of kale
  • half can of coconut cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • a banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips

Directions: Blend everything except the chocolate chips.  When smooth, blend again with the chocolate chips. I was in mint heaven…and I got some greens into me. The sweetness of the banana canceled out any bitter taste the greens may have had so if you’re also trying to up your fruits and vegetable intake give this a try.


Even though my business is called The Klutter Koach, I deal with more than just clutter. SERVICES OFFERED

Home organizing / Downsizing / Decluttering / Packing/ Unpacking ️ ++PLUS++ I remove your unwanted items and freecycle them to individuals and organizations.

REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE ORGANIZED OR NOT ORGANIZED being short on time, energy, or motivation is what keeps us from starting and/or finishing projects.

If you can dedicate 2-4 hours of time, I will ENTHUSIASTICALLY and NON-JUDGMENTALLY help you get those home organizing projects checked off your list. Closets, clothing, kitchens, playrooms & more 🙋

 Thanks for reading the Premier Issue of The Klutter Koach Newsletter 😊

Forward this email to friends or family who you think might appreciate the content.

All the best,

Karen aka The Klutter Koach






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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