Whether you’re moving cross-town, cross country, or internationally, MOVING IS STRESSFUL. I’ve moved 8 times in the past 20 years and done all the above. So here some first-hand tips of DO-S and DON’TS to help with your move in … Continue reading Moving soon, need to pack, and don’t know where to start? Here are some Do-s and Don’ts of Packing
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, … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV
Apologies to William Shakespeare on the slight adaption of his famed quote. To bring, or not to bring (belongings on aliyah) is the next big question after deciding where to live and when to move. This question repeats itself over … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #7: To Bring or Not to Bring, That is the Question
There are many conversations and news articles about the effects of Covid 19 aka Corona Virus and its effects on people making aliyah. The numbers are going up -I say this ambiguously – as it can mean both numbers of … Continue reading My Career Switch, Aliyah, and The Klutter Koach
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home
Mazel tov! August will be my family’s 10-year Aliyahversary, meaning ten years ago we left our life in America and moved to Israel. I can’t believe a decade has passed and it seems like just yesterday we boarded the plane. … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids
Does social media cause stress? Without any official case studies or further ado, I will wholeheartedly answer in the affirmative. YES, social media can cause stress. I’ll speak for myself. There’s enough stress in my life and don’t need more. … Continue reading Does social media cause stress?
Ok, I like this Nirvana song (even if I can’t understand most of the lyrics) but I really love the message of the title. COME AS YOU ARE. BE YOURSELF. There are great quotes “Being yourself, everyone else is taken”. … Continue reading Come As You Are
BIG NEWS. Top news stories change quickly whether it was the great pre-Pesach egg hunt, butter sightings, or news of schools re-opening (in Israel) after Corona lockdown. NOW the exciting news is IKEA is opening near Bet Shemesh. But before … Continue reading IKEA is opening nearby but before you go shopping READ THIS
Do you have lots of loose coins in your purse or wallet? Or money collecting in a jar? Consider DECLUTTERING them as well as DONATING THEM TO A WORTHY CAUSE at the same time. HATZALA BET SHEMESH SAVED MY HUSBAND’S … Continue reading Got Loose change? Declutter & Donate
Yesterday, May 14, was my birthday. Since Corona restrictions are easing up, my exciting birthday outing was to the pharmacy for a prescription refill of allergy medication. Woo-hoo! Considering pollen abounds and I’ve been miserable without this pill, I was … Continue reading 4 Tips for Keeping Your Home Organized During Coronavirus
Ok, this title may not rank me in SEO but I kind of liked it and hope it caught your attention. I don’t know about your email inbox, but mine has been exploding with mail like Gremlins in water. A … Continue reading A Decluttering Project to do Sitting On Your Derriere: Conquering Inbox Clutter
There seems to be an egg crisis. Supermarkets are out of eggs and as soon as the eggs are restocked they’re gone in a flash. Cries of panicked ‘Where can I find eggs? Does XYZ grocery have eggs? WHO HAS … Continue reading Egg Shortage? No worries – you can still have yummy meals with or without eggs on Passover
Show me a mom who doesn’t have kid drawings, photos, and other memorabilia piling up somewhere or multiple somewheres around the house. With much certainty, I can presume the majority of this stockpile isn’t organized. Ok, moms if you’re looking … Continue reading Got Kid Memorabilia? Scrapbook it! No Supplies? No worries. Here’s how.
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 … Continue reading Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part II
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 … Continue reading Preparing for Pesach while being Stuck at Home with Kids. The Kitchen Part I
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 … Continue reading Introducing VIRTUAL ORGANIZING & COACHING by The Klutter Koach
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? … Continue reading Purim Checklist
You’re in Israel or made aliyah and have tummy trouble. Here’s what you can take for diarrhea, gas, and stomach ailment. Continue reading The Aliyah Files #29 Got Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?
In celebration of Superbowl LIV here are 54 things you can easily declutter from your home. Continue reading Superbowl LIV and 54 Items you can Easily Declutter from your home
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way
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 … Continue reading How to give your room a facelift without spending any money