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
I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning above and beyond preparing for Passover. It’s SPRING CLEANING and a lot of surfaces are in need of attention. Some surfaces are so detailed that a q-tip is the best cleaning tool. Some surfaces have shmutz in such tiny crevices that a toothpick is the only way to scrape it out. Some places are so high I need something tall to stand on . In all cases, for maximum cleaning effectiveness, MATCH THE TOOL TO THE TASK. When in doubt what IS the best tool, ASK. Find your resources: friend, neighbor, WikiHow, Google. … Continue reading #1 Cleaning Tip for Spring 2019
On Monday G-d decided that I was to have a vacation day. Not vacation like ‘hey I’d like you to go sit on a beach and soak up some rays’, but ‘hey I’m not sending you a client today-I have other things planned for you.’ Hence, with all the kids not home it was the perfect day to get a jump on my Pesach cleaning. I decided to tackle the refrigerators. Yes, that is plural. We have two. Many families have one refrigerator and often an extra freezer. We have two refrigerators because in Israel you buy your appliances, even … Continue reading How much time does it take to clean a fridge?
To me, Pesach cleaning is not a daunting task. However if the term ‘Pesach cleaning’ is the all-encompassing phrase that really means ‘shopping, cooking, cleaning, spring cleaning, and turning over the kitchen from non-Pesach to Pesach’ I get overwhelmed. I’ve written … Continue reading The Truth About Cleaning for Pesach
Spring Cleaning is typically the time of year folks go through their closets and weed out clothing they no longer want to keep. With good intentions they would like to donate the castoffs for others to use. A very noble … Continue reading An Illustrated Guide to Donating Used Clothing
Soon it will be Purim with much to do to prepare. If you haven’t already discovered the sanity-saving benefits of using a checklist, here’s the perfect opportunity to try one out. Why is my checklist different from all other checklists? … Continue reading Purim Checklist 2019
Have you ever heard that the saying that things often get worse before things get better? Think: childbirth. Think: Kitchen in the midst of being turned over for Passover. When you are in the middle of either of these scenarios … Continue reading Playroom Makeover: Before & After