The Aliyah Files #38 Love Thy Neighbor

One notable change for many families making aliyah is the type of dwelling they are moving to. The most drastic change and adjustment is to move from a single-family home to an apartment. Granted, some apartments may offer a decent amount of space including a yard, mirpeset (porch), parking, space, or machsan (storage room), butContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #38 Love Thy Neighbor”

Pesach and decluttering (or not) and why. What I decluttered this week

Many people combine spring cleaning and decluttering during the Pesach-cleaning process. It’s a logical concept, but I would like to remind everyone there are 50/52 weeks of the year for decluttering, which is an ongoing process, not a yearly event. The mitzvah is to look for chometz.Nevertheless, in the cleaning process, I found a fewContinue reading “Pesach and decluttering (or not) and why. What I decluttered this week”

Pesach Organizing Tips 2022

It’s that time of year again – preparing the home for Pesach. Here are 7 quick tips that may make things easier. 1. Pretend you are a contestant on Master Chef. Instead of a mystery box of ingredients, your meals will be created using what you have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. This will bothContinue reading “Pesach Organizing Tips 2022”

Saving and Reusing Plastic Bags from the Perspective of a Home Organizer

Do you save bags? Most friends I know do. Many clients do. I do. But at what point does this bag collection become out of control? When you have a bag of bags, and you need to put the bag of bags into another bag of bags, and soon you have an entire cupboard filledContinue reading “Saving and Reusing Plastic Bags from the Perspective of a Home Organizer”

The Aliyah Files #37 Seasonal Wardrobe Rotation

It’s November and the temperture in my region has been 80s during the day and lower at night. If accurate, the weather forecast predicts a good ten degrees lower tomorrow. Hooray! as I’m not a hot-weather gal. In the meantime, I’m waiting for the right time to put the summer clothes away and take outContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #37 Seasonal Wardrobe Rotation”

The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses

The school year is coming to a close. As the final weeks are being counted down, another thing I’m counting the amount of money flying out of my wallet and wishing the money tree would sprout more bills. Here are some unexpected expenses to expect: field trips (tiyulim)- some are included in the annual fee,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses”

The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware

Whether making aliyah or moving house, the volume of kitchenware is something to consider before shlepping all your things from one home to another. In many dwellings, storage space is inadequate. In others, while adequate storage, the kitchen design has me shaking my head wondering “What in the world was the designer thinking?” making itContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware”

The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe

Might and Maybe are dangerous words to use in moving. Items given this designation fall into the blackhole of possibilities and good intentions. Putting it bluntly, most of these possibilities will NEVER happen. Think back to March 2020 when the world was on lockdown. Think of all the possibilities where ‘might’ and ‘maybe’ came intoContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe”

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.Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture”

The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era

In the pre-digital era of photos, you may recall dropping off rolls of film to the nearest photo processing establishment and eagerly anticipated their return, hoping that pictures weren’t blurry or otherwise disappointing. These long-ago prints are now stockpiled in envelopes, bags, drawers, boxes, and albums. If the mere thought downsizing this collection CAUSES ANXIETY,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era”

The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home

  Jewish homes have lots of books.  Marie Kondo’s suggestion of a 30-book limit just doesn’t work for us, so when it comes to packing up bookcases prior to moving there’s a lot of work to be done.  I highly recommend doing a book purge prior to packing so you are only bringing books youContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home”

The Aliyah Files #29 Got Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?

You’re in Israel or made aliyah and have tummy trouble. Here’s what you can take for diarrhea, gas, and stomach ailment.

The Aliyah Files #27 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains

When I’m achy and miserable I want relief.  I also want TLC, soup, and a hot beverage but that can’t be bought at the pharmacy.  So what OTC meds can one find at a pharmacy in Israel that are equivalent to the familiar brands we know and trust from the USA?  Here’s an Illustrated GuideContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #27 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains”

The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection

DO YOU LOVE BOOKS? I do, plus I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm.  As much as I love books I don’t own every book I’ve read nor have kept every book I’ve bought. Gasp! Is it sacrilegious to give away books? No, it isn’t. If you’re making aliyah or even just moving across town, this is oneContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection”

The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School

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 choose socializing.  Think Grab ‘N Go. In Israeli schools here is a morning meal approximatelyContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School”

The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall

Having ample storage space is an extremely common dilemma regardless if have lots of stuff or lean toward minimalistic tendencies.  Unlike pop-up reminders on our phones that say “storage space almost full…manage your storage in settings” we don’t need a reminder that our space if full. What we need are solutions. After a decade inContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall”

The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!

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 (air conditioner) I have one word of advice: DRINK! I should clarify: DRINK WATER. SkipContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!”

The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling

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 theseContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling”

The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV

Those making aliyah in the next future should be taking a long hard look at their belongings deciding what to bring.  As a HOME ORGANIZER AND DECLUTTERING EXPERT, I have a few things to say on the topic. While some olim move into duplexes or houses, many olim are moving into apartments or smaller livingContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV”