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.
Special tchatckes/collections like our Lladro figurines
Towels, bedding, blankets
Special toys like Legos and wood blocks
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”.