The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware

Whether making aliyah or moving house, the volume of kitchenware is something to consider before shlepping all your things from one home to another. In many dwellings, storage space is inadequate. In others, while adequate storage, the kitchen design has me shaking my head wondering “What in the world was the designer thinking?” making itContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware”

The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe

Might and Maybe are dangerous words to use in moving. Items given this designation fall into the blackhole of possibilities and good intentions. Putting it bluntly, most of these possibilities will NEVER happen. Think back to March 2020 when the world was on lockdown. Think of all the possibilities where ‘might’ and ‘maybe’ came intoContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe”

The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture

As I write this, I’m sitting in my 3-bedroom (4 room) Israeli apartment. Looking around my home, I’m taking note of what remains from our move nearly 11 years ago.1. dining room table 2. antique dry sink 3. vintage (possibly antique) buffet with a hutch 4. wicker foldable screen 5. free-standing coat rack That’s it.Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture”

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”

The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home

  Jewish homes have lots of books.  Marie Kondo’s suggestion of a 30-book limit just doesn’t work for us, so when it comes to packing up bookcases prior to moving there’s a lot of work to be done.  I highly recommend doing a book purge prior to packing so you are only bringing books youContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home”

The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids

Mazel tov!  August will be my family’s 10-year Aliyahversary, meaning ten years ago we left our life in America and moved to Israel. I can’t believe a decade has passed and it seems like just yesterday we boarded the plane. Speaking of planes, based on the Nefesh B’Nefesh summer flight schedule, it looks like lotsContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids”

Moving soon, need to pack, and don’t know where to start? Here are some Do-s and Don’ts of Packing

Whether you’re moving cross-town, cross country, or internationally, MOVING IS STRESSFUL.  I’ve moved 8 times in the past 20 years and done all the above.  So here some first-hand tips of DO-S and DON’TS to help with your move in the category of PACKING. As a Klutter Koach, the first thing I’m suggesting is toContinue reading “Moving soon, need to pack, and don’t know where to start? Here are some Do-s and Don’ts of Packing”

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 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 an Illustrated GuideContinue 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”

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”

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”

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”

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 #14: Essential Hebrew Part II

If you can understand the following sentence you are doing a great job on your Hebrew acquisition: The kablan was at the apartment doing shputzim so I grabbed some mishmishim for fruit snack, told the kids to get their bimbas, and headed the park for awhile.  If this sentence is a bit cryptic I adviseContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #14: Essential Hebrew Part II”

The Aliyah Files #13: Essential Hebrew Part I

Whether or not you go to ulpan (ool-pan) (intensive classes where you learn Hebrew), here are some essential words you will want to learn ASAP. The teacher in me knows that introducing too many vocabulary words at one time will be overwhelming so here are ten words for starters. Refer to this list below asContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #13: Essential Hebrew Part I”

The Aliyah 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.  AsContinue reading “The Aliyah 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 the items we brought with us.  The one thing I would have done differently was to have ditched theContinue reading “The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part III–6 Years Later”