The Aliyah Files #5: Doors, Light Switches, Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

After you have arrived to your new home, you will soon discover a few things that need a brief explanation.  These things will seem odd at first but will then seem second nature. Doors.  Made of metal or wood.  The front door and mamad (safe room) door are metal. Other doors are made of wood. TheContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #5: Doors, Light Switches, Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home”

The Aliyah Files #4 Small Appliances: What to Bring and What to Buy

One question that comes up over and over is about which items to bring to Israel and which items to leave behind.  Regarding small appliances, my advice: BRING NOTHING Sell these appliances and pocket the money to buy new or nearly new items once you arrive.  The big problem with bringing small appliances from theContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #4 Small Appliances: What to Bring and What to Buy”

The Aliyah Files #3: No Closets?! Where do I keep my Clothes?

There aren’t closets in Israel. What?! NO CLOSET? We have Aronot (ah ro NOTE) in the which is the plural of Aron (AH ron). This is not to be confused with the boys name Aharon (AH ha ron).  You have probably heard of an Aron Kodesh, which houses our Holy Torah.  An Aron is aContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #3: No Closets?! Where do I keep my Clothes?”

The Aliyah Files #2: Recommended Cleaning Products to Buy in Israel

Time to clean your house, wash dishes, and do laundry.  Say goodbye to your favorite standbys and hello to the following items. Natural Products:  For the folks who like using natural products this is for you: lemon juice=מיץ לימון, vinegar=חומץ, and baking soda/ sodium bicarbonate=סודה לשתייה.  For real lemons, besides the ones at the grocery store, youContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #2: Recommended Cleaning Products to Buy in Israel”

The Aliyah Files Issue#1: Housekeeping 101 in Israel

I made aliyah in 2010.  Moving overseas is a huge adjustment.  Besides integrating into a new culture, learning a new language, finding work, finding schools for the kids, there are million small changes to be made.  One of these changes is learning to keep house Israeli style. Ditch your mop and head to your local grocery or hardwareContinue reading “The Aliyah Files Issue#1: Housekeeping 101 in Israel”

The L.L.Bean Backpack Post

The Klutter Koach (me) is very much into the three Rs:  reduce, reuse, and recycle.  If something can be re-purposed or re-used, I’m all for that.  So when I purchase something, I look for quality because I don’t like having to replace things.    When it comes to purchasing backpacks, L.L. Bean is the best.  Not onlyContinue reading “The L.L.Bean Backpack Post”

The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part III–6 Years Later

It’s been six years since our move from the USA to Israel when I wrote ‘The Ultimate in De-cluttering’. This was before I officially called myself Klutter Koach.  I am happy to say we wisely selected the items we brought with us.  The one thing I would have done differently was to have ditched theContinue reading “The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part III–6 Years Later”

The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part II

For those of you who just read The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part I, here is the sequel The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part II.  I’m sending both on the same day so nobody needs to be waiting in suspense.  Also, we’ve been rearranging our apartment to make better use of the space.  My hope is toContinue reading “The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part II”

The Ultimate in De-cluttering

I wrote this in 2010 prior to making aliyah.  For those who are in the process, you may find this helpful.  For those of you who have already done so, I think you can relate.  It has been almost six years.  My only semi-regret was bringing the American beds as we have ended up replacingContinue reading “The Ultimate in De-cluttering”

The Pot Roast Story

Have you heard the famous story about the woman who cuts the ends off her pot roast before putting it in the over?  If you haven’t already, here it is: A newly-wed man would watch his wife would cut an inch off from both ends of meat for pot roast before putting it into the oven.  When heContinue reading “The Pot Roast Story”

My Journey to Alternative Health and my Crazy Diet to go along with it

Title sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  Bet it got your attention.  Probably should have capitalized more of the words, but what the heck, I just didn’t feel like it. If I have to put up with people’s horrible grammar, spelling, and text abbreviations, a few lowercase letters will do no permanent damage in the grand scheme of things. Once uponContinue reading “My Journey to Alternative Health and my Crazy Diet to go along with it”