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!
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.
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
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
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
Sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t know the secret to happiness. HOWEVER, I recently discovered TWO THINGS which have made me much happier. NUMBER ONE The first was an inspirational message I saw: “Turn your “have to’s” into “get … Continue reading The Secret to Happiness
Hi and thanks for clicking! LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MYSELF. I’m Karen Furman aka The Klutter Koach, which is Coach spelled with K for Karen, not ko-ach (strength). I’m not sure if it’s my signature BLUE GLASSES (which were once gray) or my friendly demeanor but when I meet people they say ‘Oh-you’re the organizer lady’. Yep. That’s me. I’m a mom to six kids ages 4-20. Before you start doing mental math and thinking I look too young to have a 20-year-old, I will tell you to add fifteen years to the age you think I am and … Continue reading Who is The Klutter Koach?
Today is November 8. I have always celebrated it as my wedding anniversary. However, it has been brought to my attention that today has other special significance: It’s NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY. For you those of you cappuccino aficionados here’s a … Continue reading National Cappuccino Day
Unicorns are very ‘in’ these days. So is fairy dust and glitter. These things are cutesy and girly. But… if we’re a grown-up and have a home to manage REAL DUST is no fairy tale. No forest creature is going … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!
Whether a holiday, age, or season, how often do we live in the moment and enjoy what’s happening in the here and now? There’s a Facebook group called Garden n country that posts seasonal photos, nature pictures, and a “Who … Continue reading Living in the Moment
Things can be overwhelming especially when there is a lot on our plate. Sometimes having a friend, a buddy, or a ‘koach’ gets us past the feeling of overwhelm and allows us to move forward. A poem: I have so … Continue reading Overwhelmed
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 a 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
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
I must confess. I don’t like cucumbers. Neither do I like peppers. Considering they are both healthy and inexpensive I tolerate them though don’t prefer them. If I find these vegetables in a salad, I may eat them or I … Continue reading Be True to Yourself
Job loss is unfortunately part of life. I sensed this event was forthcoming but now it’s reality. Gam zu la tova (this too is for the good). I know a window will open somewhere. Just help me find the Windex so I can locate the window. If there is one thing to be learned from my first office non-teaching experience it is OK to be a non-coffee drinker in a world of coffee drinkers. Others may think me odd for not participating in coffee culture, but what’s a girl to do? I will unapologetically drink a green smoothie with spirulina … Continue reading Life Lessons
I was blissfully enjoying a six month hiatus from Facebook and loving every minute of my detachment from social media. Except for one thing: I sorely missed the support and guidance from a group for mothers of special needs children, support I was not receiving from any other source. For this reason alone I reactivated my account. I rejoined two other groups I had found useful, so just in case anyone sees my name there I feel I need to disclose my participation, as not to be a hypocrite. I haven’t forgotten about any of the reasons why I deactivated … Continue reading Facebook Reactivated… Temporarily