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
Shmutz and grime ends up everywhere. If you have the right cleaning tools, then cleaning becomes easy and not such a bothersome chore. You probably already own them and if not, you can spend only a few dollars and you’re … Continue reading 3 must-use cleaning tools that you probably already own
There are 28 days in February, at least this year. Take one category per day and you will be on a good path of your decluttering journey. No, you don’t need to go in order. No, you don’t have to … Continue reading 28 things to easily declutter from your home
I am writing this to give myself my own advice. If you, dear reader, can benefit from this advice also, then I am glad to be of assistance. IT’S FRIDAY MORNING. The dishes are piled, the remnants of yesterday’s children’s … Continue reading Dealing with Friday Morning Pre-Shabbos Overwhelm
Whether you did/didn’t have Corona, are/aren’t getting vaccinated, it’s important to pay heed to how clean your home is to kill germs. I was recently introduced to a British reality show (no longer running) called How Clean is Your House? … Continue reading How Clean is Your Home? A list of surfaces to sanitize
A butterfly flew past me while I was on route running an errand. 🦋 It’s quite unusual to see a butterfly around here, especially one in mid-January. At first I thought it a figment of my imagination and then realized … Continue reading Butterflies, Diamonds, Mindset and Corona
I’ve always loved the quote “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” though I’d replace “trash” with “giveaways”. Good, useable items one person no longer needs can be exactly what someone else is looking for. My involvement with the distribution … Continue reading “The Becky Box” and Donated Clothing
The balagan of 2020 has had me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s one thing to be flexible, but when every second is a potential fight-or-flight, its very unsettling It feels safer to be at home, insulated within the coziness … Continue reading Thoughts on Socializing in 2020
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era
My family spent 36 days in quarantine. No, that wasn’t a typo. While not easy for anyone, I think it was most difficult for my teens compared to my younger kids. My teens are 13, 15 and 18 and their … Continue reading Quaranteening: Tips for Quarantine with Teens
Body shaming has gotten much publicity. It’s hurtful, wrong, and nobody’s business how you look. Today I got shamed by a stranger, not for how I look, but for what I said, or rather for what I didn’t. For me, … Continue reading Body shaming, language shaming, just don’t!
We just moved. Sort of…but not really. We did a pseudo move by acquiring a bunk bed entailing coordinating transport, removing furniture from two rooms, removing non-furniture items, and re-organizing. The re-organizing is still a work in progress and while … Continue reading How a bunk bed saved us from moving
Today I went on a decluttering frenzy. It felt fantastic to reclaim the space and get a boost of joy at the same time! After 34 days in quarantine, it was time to raise the standard from survival mode to … Continue reading My Post-Quarantine Decluttering Frenzy
My family has been in quarantine for 30 days. Of the seven of us, the four who tested positive have been officially “released” from quarantine and considered “recovered”. The three who tested negative for having been “exposed” to the rest … Continue reading Post-Corona Recovery: How I’m feeling and what’s changed
My family is on Day 20 of quarantine. By popular request, I’m writing a follow-up post to I’m Corona positive. What they don’t tell you and what to expect. Everyone has expressed concern about how I’m doing so here is … Continue reading I’m Corona positive. What they don’t tell you and what to expect. Part II #TheStoryContinues
I’m Corona positive. How did it happen? Who’s to say…the germ found me and invaded. I’m recovering, thank G-d but I didn’t think it would be like this. It’s not the horror story of symptoms we’ve been indoctrinated into fearing … Continue reading I’m Corona positive. What they don’t tell you and what to expect.
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