The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way

When I made aliyah we moved to Karmiel in Northern Israel. Karmiel had a very small Anglo population so my neighbors were all native Israelis.  While not having English-speaking neighbors was a challenge, these neighbors helped me acquaint a new culture as well as indoctrinate me to the ways of Israeli-style home management.   MultipleContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way”

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 the Klutter Koach’sContinue 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”

The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection

DO YOU LOVE BOOKS? I do, plus I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm.  As much as I love books I don’t own every book I’ve read nor have kept every book I’ve bought. Gasp! Is it sacrilegious to give away books? No, it isn’t. If you’re making aliyah or even just moving across town, this is oneContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection”

The Klutter Koach Newsletter Premier Edition: Issue #1

I’ve been wanting to create a newsletter for some time now…and procrastinating.  I had my sights on using a service like MailChimp but the technical aspects kept me from moving forward…..So I took a BABY STEP and wrote a newsletter the “old fashioned way”…in the form of an email.    I decided to paste theContinue reading “The Klutter Koach Newsletter Premier Edition: Issue #1”

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 Klutter Koach: A video clip!

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 loved my overhead projector (does the under 35 croud even know what I’m referring to?…)Continue reading “The Klutter Koach: A video clip!”

Frugal and Eco-Friendly Decorating

I love it when a home radiates the personality of the homemaker.  Whether a color scheme, the decor, or that je ne sais quoi, everyone’s home is unique.  Millions of dollars can be spent on decorating or minimal dollars can be spent on decorating.  With Shavuot approaching, many will be decorating their homes with flowers. Continue reading “Frugal and Eco-Friendly Decorating”

Playroom Makeover: Before & After

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 (and hopefully not overlapping!) the stress and agony seem like they’ll never end, but theyContinue reading “Playroom Makeover: Before & After”