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
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? … Continue reading Purim Checklist
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?
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way
👚👖 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 … Continue reading How to clear your closet and declutter clothing
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 … Continue reading If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast
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 … Continue reading The Klutter Koach Newsletter Premier Edition: Issue #1
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?
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 … Continue reading Veterans Day: Military Memories
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!
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 recipe called Keto Mint Smoothie found on Elana’s Pantry website. Disclaimer: I’m neither keto nor vegan nor any named special diet. I just look for recipes that sound yummy that fit my food choice criteria. I saw ‘mint’ and knew I have to give it a … Continue reading Divine Mint Smoothie
“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 further ado. In the context of food options, this is what’s happening in my household. Here’s the quest: I’m going to war against sugar and the junk food culture. Yikes, Karen! Are you nuts? If this is your first thought then read on… I have some … Continue reading The Battle Against Junk Food
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
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 … Continue reading Moving Checklist: The ‘OPEN FIRST’ Box
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 … Continue reading UNSUBSCRIBE, LEAVE GROUP, DELETE
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!
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? … Continue reading Purim Checklist 2020
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 … Continue reading Playroom Makeover: Before & After
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. … Continue reading How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?
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 … Continue reading Overwhelmed