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
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
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.