The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture

As I write this, I’m sitting in my 3-bedroom (4 room) Israeli apartment. Looking around my home, I’m taking note of what remains from our move nearly 11 years ago.
1. dining room table

2. antique dry sink

3. vintage (possibly antique) buffet with a hutch

4. wicker foldable screen

5. free-standing coat rack

That’s it. Yup. Nothing else. Prior to moving we sold/gave away our bookcases, couches, Lazyboy recliners, an antique armoire, and dressers. We brought all the beds, and little by little replaced them with the more narrow and practical Israeli counterparts.

Furniture from the USA is bulky and heavy. If you move into a house, it may fit, but if you’re trading a house for an apartment, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised how furniture can overwhelm and take up tons of floor space.

For the inquiring minds, other non-furniture items still in our possession since making aliyah:

Wall art and framed photos, of which only 25% got hung. We are allowed to hang things in our apartment, but I don’t have the proper drill for cement walls covered in drywall.

Photo albums

Special tchatckes/collections like our Lladro figurines

Favorite books

Towels, bedding, blankets

Special toys like Legos and wood blocks

Special memorabilia

Our China (we use real dishes during the week and China on Shabbos). Note-we’ve lost a handful of pieces since we moved and no longer have a complete set

Silverware, Shabbos items like kiddish cups, candle sticks, challah board, etc.

Favorite tote bags and backpacks

large plastic drawers and large plastic storage containers

plastic stackable storage shelves (from Home Depot)

Winter coats for myself and my husband (all kids things have been outgrown). They are LL Bean are phenomenal quality… and yes, it gets cold in winter.

high-quality water bottles

pots and pans, but only the ones in good condition

folding chairs, set of six but kept in storage. We use the stackable plastic Keter ones instead.

Besides a few other odds and ends, that’s it. Everything else we bought here if we needed it.

There is no “one size fits all” formula on what to take, but as a general rule of thumb, less is more. In regards to furniture, if something is scaled small enough and sentimental, bring it. Your big sectional couch, say goodbye.

Questions? Need a neutral party for advice? Contact me. Don’t stress too much….it’s just “stuff”.

Published by Karen Furman

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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