In the USA today it is Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed annually on November 11 which honors military persons who have served in the United States armed forces: army, navy, air force, marines, and coast guard. There are stories to … Continue reading Veterans Day: Military Memories
Today is November 8. I have always celebrated it as my wedding anniversary. However it has been brought to my attention that today has other special significance: It’s NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY. For you those of you cappuccino aficionados here’s a … Continue reading National Cappuccino Day
Unicorns are very ‘in’ these days. So is fairy dust and glitter. These things are cutesy and girly. But… if we’re a grown up and have a home to manage REAL DUST is no fairy tale. No forest creature is … Continue reading The Olim Files #26: Fairy Dust, Pixie Dust, or just Dust
I’ve always loved mint. From Girl Scout Mint Thins to Fannie Mae Mint Meltaways to Junior Mints my mouth waters just thinking about any one of those delectable items. In my quest to modify my lifestyle (aka diet change) I discovered the most divine mint smoothie recipe and it’s uber healthy too! I modified a recipe called Keto Mint Smoothie found on Elana’s Pantry website. Disclaimer: I’m neither keto nor vegan nor any named special diet. I just look for recipes that sound yummy that fit my food choice criteria. I saw ‘mint’ and knew I have to give it … Continue reading Divine Mint Smoothie
Hi. Karen the Klutter Koach here. In my excitement to publish my post I kinda forgot to add the title. Oops! I’m re-sending the link with the title if the title is what grabs your attention. If I were a WordPress guru I would know there’s a better way to fix this…but at this juncture I’m not sure how to do it. Live and learn. https://theklutterkoach.com/2019/10/24/10704/ -Karen Continue reading The Battle Against Junk Food Food
“You can’t have it!” Regardless of what ‘it’ is, this statement may bring out the rebellious teen or Veruca Salt tantrum in us making us to want ‘it’ even more. On the flip-side, imagine being presented with an array of options and asked which you’d like. Most likely a choice would be made without further ado. In the context of food options, this is what’s happening in my household. Here’s the quest: I’m going to war against sugar and the junk food culture. Yikes, Karen! Are you nuts? If this is your first thought then read on… I have some … Continue reading The Battle Against Junk Food
We’re made it to the end of the long, hot summer vacation and it’s BACK TO SCHOOL. Here are some suggestions as a mom and (former) classroom teacher. Since kids generally have to choose between socializing and eating they will … Continue reading The Olim Files #25: Best Snacks for School
I debated whether Storage Space or Lack of Storage Space would be the better title, as the latter is more accurate. Unlike the phone pop-up reminder “storage space almost full…manage your storage in settings” we don’t need a reminder that … Continue reading The Olim Files #24: Storage Space
Moving is often both a STRESSFUL and EMOTIONAL experience. My family has moved four times in the past nine years so I know all too well. Prior to a move and the brain has a zillion ‘tabs open’ so it’s … Continue reading Moving Checklist: The ‘OPEN FIRST’ Box
There are all kinds of clutter: physical, emotional, and cyber. The easiest one to tackle is CYBER CLUTTER. With the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger you can do a quick clean up of an inbox or … Continue reading UNSUBSCRIBE, LEAVE GROUP, DELETE
Baby, it’s hot outside. Maybe not fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot but hot enough that I thank the Almighty that air conditioning was invented and grateful ours works. Regardless if one is having fun in the sun or chillaxing indoors with a mazgan … Continue reading The Olim Files #23: Summer Sizzle
The saying “A picture says 1000 words” came out before the advent of modern technology. So if a picture can say so much then what about a video? When I was a classroom teacher starting my career in 1993, I … Continue reading The Klutter Koach: A video clip!
Whether or not you watched the popular Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo people worldwide are drawn to the trend of downsizing and living with less. “Does this spark joy?” is the basic concept of the Konmari method. Jokingly people talk about chucking their vacuum cleaners, scales, or family members but on a serious note there is a method to the madness. Continue reading The Joy of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
It is so easy to overspend when shopping. It is said one should shop with cash, shop when not hungry, shop with a list. Even when I do all the above, the temptation is still there. The bottom line is to conjure up the willpower before the cashier rings everything up. Here is my shopping victory from last week. Here is what I DIDN’T buy: a Playmobil firetruck, a Magna doodle, a craft kit, a puzzle, a Shavuot craft. Next store: Mike and Ikes, fruit chews, frozen spinach, ice cream, chocolate milk, ice pops, pomegranate syrup, and chocolate covered rice … Continue reading How to Save Money When Shopping
If you have enjoyed reading my BLOG POSTS, there is a new drop down menu for the categories! Stay turned for more user-friendly updates! In WordPress you have to chose a category. A web designer recently informed me of the … Continue reading The Klutter Koach BLOG is now more user-friendly!
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Jewish Standard Time’ (JST for short) which means running ‘fashionably late’ for just about everything. Is this acceptable? Yes or no depending on the situation. After making aliyah you will encounter a few new TIME RELATED changes in the way things are done. Depending on your lifestyle, you may love these changes or they may drive you batty. WEEKEND. Typically, in the Western mindset we have a WEEKEND which is Saturday and Sunday. Once arriving to Israel there will be a bit of a shift. Friday is often a half-day of work and school. On … Continue reading The Olim Files #22 Time is Relative
I love when a home radiates the personality of the homemaker. Whether a color scheme, the decor or that je ne sais quoi, everyone’s home is unique. Millions of dollars can be spent on decorating or minimal dollars can be spent … Continue reading Frugal and Eco-Friendly Decorating
Let’s compare some THEN AND NOW details of my life. THEN: Prior to making aliyah my husband and I lived in a small house, had four children (KH), and two cars. NOW: 9 years later after making aliyah, my husband and I live in a small apartment, have six children (KH), and don’t own a car. THEN: My main income came from teaching Spanish to English speakers and after aliyah my main income came from teaching English to Hebrew speakers. NOW: I am a business owner of THE KLUTTER KOACH offering home organizing, de-cluttering, downsizing and moving services to Bet … Continue reading The Olim Files #21 The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part IV
Once upon a time there were only sports coaches. Nowadays there are sports coaches health coaches, life coaches, business coaches and more. Since I’m a master at organizing, I became a CLUTTER COACH (spelled Klutter Koach, K for Karen). I … Continue reading Are you OVERWHELMED by clutter?
Whether Chanukah, summer, 4th of July, or other holiday/season, how often do we live in the moment and enjoy what is happening NOW? A Facebook group I follow posts seasonal images, nature pics, and Who remembers ___? like “Who Remembers grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup?” (I DO!!! and I would love one right now… except for the fact it is Passover and I can’t have bread…). I am intrigued by the sage wisdom and the variety of viewpoints posted in the comments. Today is April 25 and a photo of a decorated pine tree captioned ‘8 months until Christmas’ … Continue reading Living in the Moment