The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses

The school year is coming to a close. As the final weeks are being counted down, another thing I’m counting the amount of money flying out of my wallet and wishing the money tree would sprout more bills. Here are some unexpected expenses to expect: field trips (tiyulim)- some are included in the annual fee,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses”

The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware

Whether making aliyah or moving house, the volume of kitchenware is something to consider before shlepping all your things from one home to another. In many dwellings, storage space is inadequate. In others, while adequate storage, the kitchen design has me shaking my head wondering “What in the world was the designer thinking?” making itContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware”

The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era

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 envelopes, bags, drawers, boxes, and albums. If the mere thought downsizing this collection CAUSES ANXIETY,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era”

The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home

  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 recommend doing a book purge prior to packing so you are only bringing books youContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home”

The Aliyah Files #29 Got Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?

You’re in Israel or made aliyah and have tummy trouble. Here’s what you can take for diarrhea, gas, and stomach ailment.

How to give your room a facelift without spending any money

One way to give a room a facelift is to straighten up the bookcases. As you can see from this After & Before of a bookcase, an organized bookcase has appeal.  The disorganized may cause stress and who needs more stress? Here’s how to make your bookcase look awesome STEP 1 Remove all non-books thatContinue reading “How to give your room a facelift without spending any money”

The Aliyah Files #27 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains

When I’m achy and miserable I want relief.  I also want TLC, soup, and a hot beverage but that can’t be bought at the pharmacy.  So what OTC meds can one find at a pharmacy in Israel that are equivalent to the familiar brands we know and trust from the USA?  Here’s an Illustrated GuideContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #27 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains”

Who is The Klutter Koach?

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 theContinue reading “Who is The Klutter Koach?”

The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!

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 to come to sweep the house. At the moment dust (the real stuff, not theContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!”

The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School

We’re made it to the end of the long, hot summer vacation and it’s BACK TO SCHOOL. Here are some suggestions as a mom and (former) classroom teacher.  Since kids generally have to choose between socializing and eating they will choose socializing.  Think Grab ‘N Go. In Israeli schools here is a morning meal approximatelyContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School”

The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall

Having ample storage space is an extremely common dilemma regardless if have lots of stuff or lean toward minimalistic tendencies.  Unlike pop-up reminders on our phones that say “storage space almost full…manage your storage in settings” we don’t need a reminder that our space if full. What we need are solutions. After 9 years inContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall”

The Klutter Koach BLOG is now more user-friendly!

If you have enjoyed reading my BLOG POSTS, there is a new drop down menu for the categories! Stay turned for more user-friendly updates! In WordPress you have to chose a category.  A web designer recently informed me of the difference between CATEGORIES and TAGS.  Having over 200 categories isn’t something one should do…hence IContinue reading “The Klutter Koach BLOG is now more user-friendly!”

The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Jewish Standard Time’ (JST for short) which means running ‘fashionably late’ for just about everything.  Is this acceptable?  Yes or no depending on the situation.  After making aliyah you will encounter a few new TIME-RELATED changes in the way things are done.  Depending on your lifestyle, you may love theseContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling”

The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV

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 and I live in a small apartment, have six children (KH), and don’t own aContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV”

Moving is Hard!

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 the near future.  I’m totally OK with needing to move.  What I am NOT OKContinue reading “Moving is Hard!”

The Aliyah Files #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication

No matter where on the planet we find ourselves, there will be occasional headaches, stomachaches, and other minor discomforts.  If your favorite standbys for these ailments have been Tylenol, Pepto, or other OTC medications you are going to need to know the lingo of Israeli OTCs.  I can only speak for the American brands, soContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication”

The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

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, warm cozy sweaters, and hot pumpkin-spiced latte.  I’ll break it to you gently, but things are a bit different here inContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte”

The Ultimate in De-cluttering

I wrote this in 2010 prior to making aliyah.  For those who are in the process, you may find this helpful.  For those of you who have already done so, I think you can relate.  It has been almost six years.  My only semi-regret was bringing the American beds as we have ended up replacingContinue reading “The Ultimate in De-cluttering”