The Olim Files #22 Time is Relative

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 these changes or they may drive you batty. WEEKEND.  Typically, in the Western mindset we have a WEEKEND which is Saturday and Sunday.  Once arriving to Israel there will be a bit of a shift.  Friday is often a half-day of work and school.  On … Continue reading The Olim Files #22 Time is Relative

The Olim Files #7: To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question

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

The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part III–6 Years Later

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

The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part II

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