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!
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
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
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
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
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!
Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t know the secret to happiness. HOWEVER, I recently discovered two things which have made me much happier. The first was an inspirational message I saw: “Turn your “have to’s” into “get to’s.” You don’t … Continue reading The Secret to Happiness
September 2017 was the first September since 1993 I did not enter a classroom to teach. In Klutter Koach terms, I de-cluttered the teaching profession from my life. I had been wanting to do this for years and after last school … Continue reading De-cluttering Your Home and Your Life
Ever since I received the news of our impending move (which thankfully has been pushed back a year) I have been on a quest to tackle every item in my possession to decide if it is worthy to be packed in a box. I am amazed how a de-cluttered thing here or there adds up to a bag for giveaway every few weeks. All this de-cluttering has allowed the flat surfaces in my home to be visible the majority the time. The best part of seeing the flat surfaces it that it has become super easy to clean. While I … Continue reading No Clutter=Easy Clean up
The news came earlier this week. We must move out of our apartment within the next few months because the owner of the apartment wants to move back in. The news came out of the blue and it’s taken me … Continue reading We’re Moving
Apologies to William Shakespeare on the slight adaption of his famed quote. To bring, or not to bring (belongings on aliyah) is the next big question after deciding where to live and when to move. This question repeats itself over and over on Yahoo and Facebook groups with everyone putting in their two-cents worth. As a home organizer and moving strategist, I have a few things to contribute to the topic. My advice isn’t a “one size fits all” formula but some general guidelines as someone who assists clients all the time with these questions. The less you bring on … Continue reading The Olim Files #7: To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question
I believe the majority of people are honest, decent, and tell the truth to others. But what about telling the truth to yourself? Are you honest? There’s that little voice inside that advises you. Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it yells. … Continue reading Second guessing and de-cluttering
“What do you do?” This is a question with multiple answers. On the home front: I am a homemaker, devoted spouse, mother of 6, and special needs mama. Professionally: I am a former Spanish and ESL teacher now teaching English. I had planned on “retiring” from teaching after switching careers to massage therapy (my lifelong dream profession), but as it is said, “Man plans and G-d laughs.” Hence, I’m still in the classroom and do massage on the side. My Klutter Koaching is also on the side, though I would enthusiastically spend more hours a week organizing someone’s closet than … Continue reading All in a Day’s Work
It’s been six years since our move from the USA to Israel when I wrote ‘The Ultimate in De-cluttering’. This was before I officially called myself Klutter Koach. I am happy to say we wisely selected our items we brought with us. The one thing I would have done differently was to have ditched the American beds, as they have always posed a problem overwhelming the small Israeli bedrooms with their bulkiness. Little by little we have been replacing them with their narrower Israeli counterparts. I have always been a proponent of not keeping items the family doesn’t use. If toys are unused, … Continue reading The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part III–6 Years Later
For those of you who just read The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part I, here is the sequel The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part II. I’m sending both on the same day so nobody need be waiting in suspense. Also, we’ve been rearranging our apartment to make better use of the space. My hope is to write about the adventure and to talk about what has transpired six years later in regards to our stuff. Flashback to end of July 2010: So the lift came this week. We had our A, B, and C lists. A was ‘priority’, B was ‘maybe’, and C … Continue reading The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part II
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
Hi. I’m Karen. I’m Facebook addict. Or at least I used to be. It was a mild addiction, if there is such a thing. Or maybe I came to the realization FB was a big time suck and I needed to DeKlutter it from my life. I had about 200 Friends, belonged to a couple dozen groups, and followed many pages. My original goal was to use FB to stay connected with close friends and family, get inspiration from quotes, and maybe find a good new recipe or two. However, I have spent way too much time on my tush in front of the computer screen not accomplishing those … Continue reading The How-to-Get-Unaddicted to Facebook Post
One benefit of de-cluttering is that it teaches you to listen to your intuition. Usually there is so much ‘noise’ that we don’t hear that inner voice. If you use Marie Kondo’s rule of thumb of ‘Does this spark joy?’, then you have to go with that gut instinct. When I’m Koaching, watching the facial expression in an indication of that first split-second gut instinct. The extra seconds of hesitation generally show an inner battle of trying to talk yourself out of that initial thought. See how happy this woman looks? This blue dress sparks joy. It’s a keeper. This … Continue reading Ask yourself this question”Does this ‘spark joy’?
Facebook has a semi-new feature called ‘On This Day’. It is a stroll down Memory Lane to see what you posted on this same day and month in years prior. I find it interesting. While a nostalgic photo may bring back memories, what I find most interesting is how events seemingly are cyclical in nature. This goes beyond holiday celebrations. For example, On This Day (January 13, 2013) I wrote: “When stressed, eat chocolate. Is it possible to overdose on MnMs?” Presently, I am stressed and eating chocolate. On This Day (January 13, 2011) I wrote: “The captain is down…I hope the ship doesn’t sink. The first … Continue reading On This Day
How often do you ask yourself this question? Perhaps you know exactly where they are. You’re in the lucky minority if you aren’t constantly searching. Let’s say you know exactly where your keys are, however… Does this look your key ring? Or this? Can you find the key to your front door? Or is it like trying to find Waldo in a Where’s Waldo photo. Not good. Especially when you really need to use the toilet. I’m pleased to announce my key ring didn’t look as bad as either one of these above however I realized I was carrying around more than I needed. I really hadn’t … Continue reading Where are my Keys?