Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part II

WORD IS the rabbis are saying not to “go crazy” with Pesach cleaning this year.  I can’t quote the sources so check with your L.O.R. (local orthodox rabbi) and what you need to do or not do.  While I never have been one to go overboard there is still what to be done in myContinue reading “Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part II”

Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part I

Hi everyone. I hope you are all surviving, managing, and coping given the restrictions of social distancing and other guidelines to keep everyone safe.  Getting ready for Pesach has always been a challenge with its never-ending to-do lists and hard work in getting the home ready.  Now, many of us are #HomeAllTheTime and still needContinue reading “Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part I”

Introducing VIRTUAL ORGANIZING & COACHING by The Klutter Koach

Need home organizing or decluttering? Many folks around the globe have been sent home, quarantined, or otherwise been relegated to going nowhere.  If you’re stuck at home and overwhelmed not only by the corona situation but by a cluttered environment THERE’S A SOLUTION.  I can’t help with the restrictions, but I CAN HELP WITH THEContinue reading “Introducing VIRTUAL ORGANIZING & COACHING by The Klutter Koach”

Purim Checklist

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 this checklist different from all other checklists? Because this list addresses the ORGANIZATION ASPECTS of Purim and being organized will INCREASE JOYContinue reading “Purim Checklist”

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 #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way

When I made aliyah we moved to Karmiel in Northern Israel. Karmiel had a very small Anglo population so my neighbors were all native Israelis.  While not having English-speaking neighbors was a challenge, these neighbors helped me acquaint a new culture as well as indoctrinate me to the ways of Israeli-style home management.   MultipleContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way”

How to give your room a facelift without spending any money

One way to give a room a facelift is to straighten up the bookcases. As you can see from this After & Before of a bookcase, an organized bookcase has appeal.  The disorganized may cause stress and who needs more stress? Here’s how to make your bookcase look awesome STEP 1 Remove all non-books thatContinue reading “How to give your room a facelift without spending any money”

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 Secret to Happiness

Sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t know the secret to happiness.  HOWEVER, I recently discovered TWO THINGS which have made me much happier. NUMBER ONE The first was an inspirational message I saw: “Turn your “have to’s” into “get to’s.”  It’s an attitude we can all use every day to view our lives throughContinue reading “The Secret to Happiness”

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”

TUESDAY TIP: How to keep your tichels tidy

TUESDAY TIP If you’re into tying tichels than this tidy tip is for you. Purchase a package of shower rings and attach them to a hanger. Then hang your tichels/ scarves/pashminas etc. from the rings. This scarf solution both practical and inexpensive. No room in the closet to hang? Use the back of a doorContinue reading “TUESDAY TIP: How to keep your tichels tidy”

How to clear your closet and declutter clothing

👚👖 We all have clothes in our homes that aren’t worn anymore: 👕 Outgrown kid things 💃Sizes we are no longer fit into 👘Styles we don’t enjoy wearing 👢“Mistakes” such as wrong size bought 🥿items that Match Nothing 👕 Clothing that is Itchy, Rides Up, Rolls Down, and Other Annoyances All these clothes TAKE UPContinue reading “How to clear your closet and declutter clothing”

If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast

SUNDAY STORIES A client called me and said “My entire house is very organized except for my playroom. I call it ‘THE MONSTER’. So I went to slay the monster because that is what I do; which is tackle messes that most people find overwhelming. The steps in the process are: sort downsize/declutter organize. ThereContinue reading “If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast”

The Klutter Koach Newsletter Premier Edition: Issue #1

I’ve been wanting to create a newsletter for some time now…and procrastinating.  I had my sights on using a service like MailChimp but the technical aspects kept me from moving forward…..So I took a BABY STEP and wrote a newsletter the “old fashioned way”…in the form of an email.    I decided to paste theContinue reading “The Klutter Koach Newsletter Premier Edition: Issue #1”

Who is The Klutter Koach?

Hi and thanks for clicking! LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MYSELF. I’m Karen Furman aka The Klutter Koach, which is Coach spelled with K for Karen, not ko-ach (strength). I’m not sure if it’s my signature BLUE GLASSES (which were once gray) or my friendly demeanor but when I meet people they say ‘Oh-you’re theContinue reading “Who is The Klutter Koach?”

Veterans Day: Military Memories

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 be shared and remembered and those which will remain only in the hearts and mindsContinue reading “Veterans Day: Military Memories”

National Cappuccino Day

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 reason to go get yourself a cuppa. I must admit I’m more of a teaContinue reading “National Cappuccino Day”

The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!

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 going to come to sweep the house. At the moment dust (the real stuff, not theContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!”

Divine Mint Smoothie

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 recipeContinue reading “Divine Mint Smoothie”