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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware
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
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
You’re in Israel or made aliyah and have tummy trouble. Here’s what you can take for diarrhea, gas, and stomach ailment. Continue reading The Aliyah Files #29 Got Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?
In celebration of Superbowl LIV here are 54 things you can easily declutter from your home. Continue reading Superbowl LIV and 54 Items you can Easily Declutter from your home
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 … Continue reading How to give your room a facelift without spending any money
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 … Continue 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
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?
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!
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall
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 … Continue reading The Klutter Koach BLOG is now more user-friendly!
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling
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
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!
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte
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 replacing them with the more narrow and space-saving Israeli counterparts. Here’s a walk down Memory Lane: The ultimate in flinging is to make Aliyah. We are G-d willing making Aliyah with NBN August 18. We have had four Sunday yard sales in a row. While there … Continue reading The Ultimate in De-cluttering