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”

TUESDAY TIP: How to keep your tichels tidy

TUESDAY TIP If you’re into tying tichels than this tidy tip is for you. Purchase a package of shower rings and attach them to a hanger. Then hang your tichels/ scarves/pashminas etc. from the rings. This scarf solution both practical and inexpensive. No room in the closet to hang? Use the back of a doorContinue reading “TUESDAY TIP: How to keep your tichels tidy”

The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling

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 changes in the way things are done.  Depending on your lifestyle, you may love theseContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling”

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”

The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV

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 and I live in a small apartment, have six children (KH), and don’t own aContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV”

Are you OVERWHELMED by clutter?

Once upon a time, there were only sports coaches.  Nowadays there are sports coaches health coaches, life coaches, business coaches, and more. Since I’m a master at organizing, I became a CLUTTER COACH (spelled Klutter Koach, K for Karen). I hear from many clients how they want to tackle their organizational challenges but get OVERWHELMEDContinue reading “Are you OVERWHELMED by clutter?”

Living in the Moment

Whether a holiday, age, or season, how often do we live in the moment and enjoy what’s happening in the here and now? There’s a Facebook group called Garden n country that posts seasonal photos, nature pictures, and a “Who remembers _?” such as “Who Remembers grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup?” (I DO!!! andContinue reading “Living in the Moment”

How to Avoid Clutter from a Clothing Swap

Have you ever been to a clothing swap? If you aren’t familiar with the concept I will borrow Wikipedia’s definition: “A clothing swap is a type of swapmeet wherein participants exchange their valued but no longer used clothing for clothing they will use. Clothing swaps are considered not only a good way to refill one’s wardrobe, but also are considered an act of environmentalism.”  ThereContinue reading “How to Avoid Clutter from a Clothing Swap”

I KonMari’d my MKs

I had to say goodbye to Michael. Not my dad Michael but to Michael Kors.  We had a great relationship. At least my feet did.  With his shoes. I actually have to plead ignorance because I was oblivious to his brand popularity until a co-worker from New York gushed over my metallic gold sneakers whichContinue reading “I KonMari’d my MKs”

The Aliyah Files #17: Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality

Warning!  Warehouse club mentality is hazardous to your aliyah.  Let me explain what this means. It means don’t buy in bulk or x-large quantities ever again. THERE IS VERY LITTLE STORAGE SPACE IN ISRAEL. I REPEAT: THERE IS VERY LITTLE STORAGE SPACE.  You may be used to basements, garages, attics, off-site storage, CLOSETS, large kitchens,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #17: Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality”

The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

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 latte.  I’ll break it to you gently, but things are a bit different here inContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte”