The saying “A picture says 1000 words” came out before the advent of modern technology. So if a picture can say so much then what about a video? When I was a classroom teacher starting my career in 1993, I … Continue reading The Klutter Koach: A video clip!
I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning above and beyond preparing for Passover. It’s SPRING CLEANING and a lot of surfaces are in need of attention. Some surfaces are so detailed that a q-tip is the best cleaning tool. Some surfaces have shmutz in such tiny crevices that a toothpick is the only way to scrape it out. Some places are so high I need something tall to stand on . In all cases, for maximum cleaning effectiveness, MATCH THE TOOL TO THE TASK. When in doubt what IS the best tool, ASK. Find your resources: friend, neighbor, WikiHow, Google. … Continue reading #1 Cleaning Tip for Spring 2019
Have you ever heard that the saying that things often get worse before things get better? Think: childbirth. Think: Kitchen in the midst of being turned over for Passover. When you are in the middle of either of these scenarios … Continue reading Playroom Makeover: Before & After
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
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
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!
I should be in the kitchen cooking for Shabbos. I should not be writing a blog post, however I had two moments of organizing inspiration today. The need to share is overtaking the logic of prioritizing what I should be … Continue reading Friday Mussing: Mixmatched Socks and Reusable Bags
The school year ended a few short weeks ago, yet the stores are already starting with the back to school displays. I cannot think about back to school…it’s only July. Whether you avail yourself of the early-bird sales or not … Continue reading School’s out for summer. What do I do with all those papers?
Years ago I saw a plaque that stated “My House Was Clean Yesterday. Sorry You Missed It.” For us “yesterday” is the equivalent of 300 seconds. With an active toddler at home, it takes approximately five minutes to go from … Continue reading “My House Was Clean Yesterday. Sorry You Missed It.”
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My last post a few mere hours ago was on the topic of planning for a big meal. As a follow-up, let’s talk about clean up. Who’s washing the dishes tonight, or any night for that matter? In my household, it’s usually me, me, and me. However, The Klutter Koach is training her small army of little Furmans and they are all in various stages of learning these skills. Even my 3-year old can clear his place and bring his cup, plate, and silverware to the sink. Yes, he REALLY does this. Gotta start… Continue reading Who’s washing the dishes?
A few weeks ago I re-arranged my kitchen cabinets. It is been a very efficient and user-friendly system since. Now a different area of the home is out of balance and needs a solution: the boys’ clothing storage situation. Perhaps … Continue reading Repurposing Storage Space
“Is your home very organized?” is a question I often get asked. The short is answer is “Yes, basically.” Let me break the question down into different components of what people are really asking me: Q: Is your home cluttered? … Continue reading Organized Chaos
Problem: The endless balagan of papers, projects, art, things to sign and what to do with them. Solution: Create a system to manage incoming papers. Storage options see-through drawers handled carrying cases generally used for art projects extra large … Continue reading Organizing Your Child’s School Papers
Are you old enough to remember the Atari game Pitfall? Basically, you were in the jungle running and leaping over bottomless pits and other obstacles trying to reach a treasure. You could only advance if you learned what NOT to … Continue reading “I must get organized!” A tale of pitfalls
Less is Best Less the Mess. A house full of little boys. Up to the top of the cabinet went some toys. Most up, some below. What happened then? Goodness me oh my– nobody started to cry. The choices were few, but they had plenty to do. They started to play. Clean up was so much easier this day. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I can always rotate their things. I’m glad the day is though, Now goodnight all, goodnight to you. Thanks for reading. Karen aka The Klutter Koach July 15, 2016 Continue reading Less is Best–a poem
Have you ever heard the saying “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”? What happens when things don’t have a place? You have a mess. Chaos. A ‘balagan’. This was the situation in my home. The problem was not clutter, but not having a place for things to go was causing a huge headache. There were coats, backpacks, and shoes everywhere. I tried a few different things to solve the problem. Nothing worked. Until today. I digress momentarily to tell you about the book I’m reading with one of my classes. It’s called Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A boy named … Continue reading A Place for Everything
Karen Furman Loves Uncluttered spaces Tables that are cleared of junk Toys under control Entry ways that are inviting Removes unwanted items from your home as part of my service to you Konmari is one of my techniques Organizing is my passion And Clients are very pleased with my services Happy to help Check out my blog posts for organizing tips and my Pearls of Wisdom. Thanks for Reading, Karen aka The Klutter Koach Continue reading THE KLUTTER KOACH, a poem
In 1989 I graduated high school. One pre-university ritual was (and still is) is to shop for things for the dormitory room. One popular organizational item at the time was the plastic milk crate. They were square in shape and made of hard plastic. I remember agonizing over color choices and quantity. After spending an inordinate amount of time trying to decide, I selected four crates: two in electric blue and two in slate blue. Those durable crates lasted longer than my four years in college. They were purposed and re-purposed again and again throughout the years. They held everything from clothes, to books, to scrapbooks, to canned … Continue reading The Story of a Blue Milk Crate
Having the right tool makes all the difference in the world. Can you imagine having to shovel a 3- foot hill of dirt with a teaspoon? The task would take forever. However if someone interrupted you and handed you a shovel, the job would get done much more quickly and efficiently. Having a proper tool makes all the difference in the world. Here are a things i few things I want to give an honorable mention to: pop-up laundry hampers-They hold all the dirty clothes without having to look at Mt. Laundrymore. key tags-When we moved into our apartment we were … Continue reading Using the right tool for the job