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”

Purim Checklist

Soon it will be Purim with much to do to prepare. If you haven’t already discovered the SANITY-SAVING BENEFITS of using a CHECKLIST, here’s the perfect opportunity to try one out. Why is this checklist different from all other checklists? Because this list addresses the ORGANIZATION ASPECTS of Purim and being organized will INCREASE JOYContinue reading “Purim Checklist”

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.

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 clear your closet and declutter clothing

👚👖 We all have clothes in our homes that aren’t worn anymore: 👕 Outgrown kid things 💃Sizes we are no longer fit into 👘Styles we don’t enjoy wearing 👢“Mistakes” such as wrong size bought 🥿items that Match Nothing 👕 Clothing that is Itchy, Rides Up, Rolls Down, and Other Annoyances All these clothes TAKE UPContinue reading “How to clear your closet and declutter clothing”

If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast

SUNDAY STORIES A client called me and said “My entire house is very organized except for my playroom. I call it ‘THE MONSTER’. So I went to slay the monster because that is what I do; which is tackle messes that most people find overwhelming. The steps in the process are: sort downsize/declutter organize. ThereContinue reading “If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast”

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?”

Veterans Day: Military Memories

In the USA today it is Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed annually on November 11 which honors military persons who have served in the United States armed forces: army, navy, air force, marines, and coast guard. There are stories to be shared and remembered and those which will remain only in the hearts and mindsContinue reading “Veterans Day: Military Memories”

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!”

Divine Mint Smoothie

I’ve always loved mint.  From Girl Scout Mint Thins to Fannie Mae Mint Meltaways to Junior Mints my mouth waters just thinking about any one of those delectable items. In my quest to modify my lifestyle (aka diet change) I discovered the most divine mint smoothie recipe and it’s uber-healthy too! I modified a recipeContinue reading “Divine Mint Smoothie”

The Battle Against Junk Food

“You can’t have it!” Regardless of what ‘it’ is, this statement may bring out the rebellious teen or Veruca Salt tantrum in us making us to want ‘it’ even more. On the flip-side, imagine being presented with an array of options and asked which you’d like.  Most likely a choice would be made without furtherContinue reading “The Battle Against Junk Food”

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”

Moving Checklist: The ‘OPEN FIRST’ Box

Moving is often both a STRESSFUL and EMOTIONAL experience.  My family has moved four times in the past nine years so I know all too well. Prior to a move and the brain has a zillion ‘tabs open’ so it’s easy to forget things on the to-do list.  To help make it easier I createdContinue reading “Moving Checklist: The ‘OPEN FIRST’ Box”

UNSUBSCRIBE, LEAVE GROUP, DELETE

There are all kinds of clutter:  physical, emotional, and cyber.  The easiest one to tackle is CYBER CLUTTER. With the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger you can do a quick clean up of an inbox or social media account. Easy-peasy and no emotional attachment or tough decision making necessary plus youContinue reading “UNSUBSCRIBE, LEAVE GROUP, DELETE”

The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!

Baby, it’s hot outside.  Maybe not fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot but hot enough that I thank the Almighty that air conditioning was invented and grateful ours works.  Regardless if one is having fun in the sun or chillaxing indoors with a mazgan (air conditioner) I have one word of advice: DRINK! I should clarify: DRINK WATER. SkipContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!”

Purim Checklist 2020

Soon it will be Purim with much to do to prepare. If you haven’t already discovered the SANITY-SAVING BENEFITS of using a CHECKLIST, here’s the perfect opportunity to try one out. Why is this checklist different from all other checklists? Because this list addresses the ORGANIZATION ASPECTS of Purim and being organized will INCREASE JOYContinue reading “Purim Checklist 2020”

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”

How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?

Last night the wind was fiercely blowing.  I had hung my laundry out to dry earlier that day. Hours later, a family member alerted me that the laundry was whirling around reminiscent of the tornado scene from Wizard of Oz.  As I dashed outdoors to capture the garments, I arrived a second too late asContinue reading “How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?”

Overwhelmed

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 much to do I don’t know where to start My head swims, my thoughts areContinue reading “Overwhelmed”