Are you one of the multitude who’ve hopped on the downsizing bandwagon and purged your closet keeping only what sparks joy? The Konmari craze of decluttering exploded worldwide with Netfix’s show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. If you have been … Continue reading I’ve Konmari’d My Clothes…Now What?
I had to say goodbye to Michael. Not my dad Michael but to Michael Kors. We had a great relationship. At least my feet did. With his shoes. I actually have to plead ignorance because I was oblivious to his … Continue reading I KonMari’d my MKs
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is known as the New Year of the trees. This day marks the season in when the earliest-blooming trees Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. This year … Continue reading The Olim Files #20: Tu B’Shevat and Midterm Report Cards
Did you ever do the activity in school where you had to pretend you were stranded on a desert island or lost in the woods? You had only a limited number of items with you and the point of the … Continue reading The Art of Re-Purposing
Cold and flu season has arrived. For some (like yours truly) allergy season is year-round and the allergens just change from mold to pollen to ragweed to dust. Whether cold, flu, or allergy similar complaints prevail with the stuffy nose-sneezing-achy-coughing … Continue reading Be Prepared: It’s Cold, Flu, and Allergy Season
Maybe it’s just in my home, but kid coats always seem to end up strewn across floor. Or on the couch. Or dropped in the doorway. There’s a coat tree for the taller family members, but what about the little people? … Continue reading Problem: Kid Coats on the Floor
I’m an observer and a listener. In public spaces, cyber or actual, I hear different people repeating the same conversations regarding their cleaning help. Besides the comments of “not reliable” and “Does your cleaner speak English?” I’m privy to one … Continue reading Cleaning Ladies Aren’t Organizers
I was in the produce section at the grocery shaking my head in dismay at the prices I lamented it was cheaper to buy potato chips than fruits and vegetables. My friend, a fellow shopper, replied with a question “Would … Continue reading The Olim Files Files #19: Eating Healthy on a Budget
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After publishing The Olim Files #10 Pumpkin-Spiced Latte, one of the kids came home with a Krembo. I had forgotten… Continue reading The Olim Files #11: S’Mores, Meet Krembos
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What images do you associate with the word “autumn”? I think of leaves in stunning hues of red, orange, and yellow, scarecrows, pumpkins, and big plump turkeys. Or perhaps you envision tall leather boots,… Continue reading The Olim Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte
The chocolate called to me. As did the the cookies, the challah, the salmon, and the beef stew. The cheese didn’t call, it hollered. My taste buds love this stuff. My waistline does not. I would like to say my … Continue reading The Chocolate Called
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to different eating programs. Whether it is no sugar-no white flour-no meat-plant-based-Keto-McDougall-Macrobiotic-candida-South Beach-or the sea food diet (I see it, I eat it). I have come to the conclusion that everybody=every body is different and there is not a one-size-fits-all diet for everyone. I thought I had created for myself a new diet called the 80/20 Diet, but after doing an internet search found the concept already exists. What is boils down to is eating healthy 80% of the time and 20% of the time foods I should avoid. For me I feel … Continue reading The 80/20 Diet
Here is a wonderful and true post-Yom Kippur story. I’m a minimalist which means I don’t have clutter or excess in my home. This is mainly because I have 8 people in small three bedroom apartment and have no extra space for non-necessary items. I’m also against excess consumerism and only purchase what we need. With that said, I can confidently say my apartment lacks storage space. The only thing left to maximize space would be to climb the walls with shelving. As I straightened up this week I decided two things were needed that would really make a big … Continue reading Have Faith. G-d Listens
Each holiday has it’s own flavor. Rosh Hashana has always been one of my favorites. It’s not exclusively the taste of apples and honey on my tongue but the spiritual taste of the holiday. Throughout the entire month of Elul … Continue reading A Spirtual Taste of Rosh Hashana
One of the many things I am passionate about is not wasting things. In our home we try not to waste food, water, or electricity. In regards to food, we prepare foods the family likes. We encourage taking smaller portions and having seconds or thirds if more food is desired. Nobody minds leftovers, but sometimes they lose their appeal. Usually Tuesday or Wednesday is when I take inventory of what’s leftover in the fridge. Here’s what I made this week with what needed to be used up: vegetable platter: zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, and radishes. Kept out on the … Continue reading Using up Leftovers
I’ve had many people ask me for a daily home organizing challenge. I happily complied and have been posting them on my Facebook page. Then it dawned on me not all Klutter Koach followers are on Facebook. Hence, I will post the challenges here. Each one takes 15 minutes or less. I practice what I preach so I am also doing the challenge right along with you. Here is what we’ve done thus far: August 10: The Purge Purge Empty out that purse, bag, or backpack. Throw out trash, put non-necessary items where they belong, refill the bag, and you’re … Continue reading The Klutter Koach’s Daily Home Organizing Challenge
I wish summer reality would be like the nostalgic memories of my youth: refreshing water activities , cold treats, fun outings. I cling to these images while I shvitz in hot, humid weather while multi-tasking, managing squabbling children and afflicted with itchy bug bites. However, these petty summer nuances can dissipate in an instant. Illness, terror attacks, and even someone’s kvetching can put these smaller issues into perspective. When trying to process distressing events the only place to turn for solace is to Hashem (G-d). Only the Master of the World is there to hear me. How does one connect … Continue reading The Best Freebie of All: Prayer
Last summer I thought we had to move. Luckily, we were granted another year in the same apartment. However, now the apartment is for sale by owner (we rent, not own). We aren’t moving tomorrow, but it’s going to happen … Continue reading Moving is Hard!
Welcome to all the new olim who arrived on this morning’s Nefesh B’Nefesh flight! 100 °F weather is probably making you wonder what you’re getting yourself into, but don’t dismay. The temperature does cool off… eventually. My biggest aliyah tip of the day is to stay hydrated. Water, juice, water with petel, shlookim, artikim, juicy fruits, more water. If you don’t know all the terms I mentioned find some downtime and read the back issues of The Olim Files. A few more tips: air conditioning, sun hats, visors, sunblock, more water, taxi splurge (this was the best 15 shekel I … Continue reading The Olim Files #18: Welcome to Israel!
Warning! Warehouse club mentality is hazardous to your aliyah. Let me explain what this means. It means don’t buy in bulk or x-large quantities ever again. THERE IS VERY LITTLE STORAGE SPACE IN ISRAEL. I REPEAT: THERE IS VERY LITTLE … Continue reading The Olim Files #17: Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality