Journey to Organization with Rebekah Saltzman

Journey to Organization with Rebekah Saltzman

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By Rebekah Saltzman
Welcome to Journey to Organization with Rebekah Saltzman, where we talk about getting organized and zero waste highlighting Jewish sources.

Rebekah is a Personal Organization Expert and Coach. She teaches people how to feel satisfied with fewer things and helps them to clear their clutter. She believes when you clear your clutter you clear your mind.

Making physical space in our our homes can be difficult, but with Rebekah's tips and tricks decluttering and maintenance become a lot more simple.

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096: Organization is worth the effort
I see so many people struggling with the stuff in their lives.  They know they need to get organized, but it doesn't seem like a priority since they are getting by.  They manage to get up, get dressed, get the kids out the door, no one goes hungry, they just make it through another day.  It doesn't have to be like that.  If you take the time now to declutter, make it a priority, and get it done, the payoff down the road is huge. You will have more time and more energy and at the end of the day you won't glad you just made it through, you will be thrilled at how much easier life has become.  If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com.  
19:37
March 13, 2019
095: Keep your eyes on your own paper
This week on the podcast I talk about the importance of not focusing on what other people are doing, but rather keeping your eye on your own paper, in your own book.  Meaning, don't focus on what others are doing rather - only what you are doing.  When you compare yourself to others it makes you forget about all the good things you can do and since you don't know what they are actually going through the comparison may not even be valid! During these next few very busy weeks - please focus on what you can do- focus on getting what you need to get done, done. Don't focus on what other people are doing.  It won't help you get to your goals and organizationally, it may even derail you.
26:20
March 5, 2019
094: Question catch up
This episode is dedicated to answering listener questions! Most of them were about me and my family - I hope you enjoy! If you have questions email: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
32:03
February 27, 2019
093: Waste and Organization
I was working with a client in the beautiful and holy city of Jerusalem this week and I saw the trash being removed from the old city. I was shocked to see how hard the workers had to work to remove it and how much waste there was.  Waste as in trash, but also as in seemingly good things that were still usable but being discarded. It reminded me of some articles by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon that I had read in Ha'Mizrachi Magazine a few weeks ago in their Tu B'shevat edition.  I had been wanting to share what I had read with you but wasn't sure how to tie it all in - well I figured it out  and I hope it was clear.  Waste is directly related to organization.   Or consuming is directly related to organization.  When we consume more, we waste more or produce more waste.  We have a moral obligation to take care of the environment and our mitzvot exemplify this.  When we consume more we not only hurt ourselves (digging yourself out of the mountain of stuff in your home) we hurt the earth.  I hope this episode inspires you to be more conscientious about what you buy, what you consume, and what gets wasted. 
29:33
February 21, 2019
092: Routines
Routines are important but they don't have to rule your day- when you have less - you get to focus more on the people in your life and be flexible rather than focusing on your stuff and keeping it tidy. For me - I don't have a lot of routines - I just try to take life day by day - that doesn't work for everyone, but at this stage in my life it does for me.  What works best for you?  Drop me a line and let me know - and don't forget to join the Painless Pesach 45 day challenge www.rebekahsaltzman.com/pesach45 If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
26:28
February 15, 2019
091: Holding On
Figuring out why you are holding on to things can be difficult but it is a worthwhile exercise because it helps us to move forward in the decluttering process.  Holding on to things because of fear of scarcity - worry that you won't have access to what you need and holding on to things that you store in other places, or even in your own space because they hold sentimental value isn't always the best thing to do.  Unpack your feelings - process the relationship between the items and how it makes you feel and then allow yourself to move on. If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
23:36
February 7, 2019
090: Finding Balance
This week on the JTO podcast I answer a listener question - how do you figure out the balance between delcuttering things you already have and the cost of going out and buying it again if you need it.  It is a good questions and one that a lot of people need help answering in order to move forward in their decluttering efforts.  I am interested to know what you think about the balance - and how you measure it - drop me a line and let me know.  If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
23:00
January 29, 2019
089: Sabrina Perl - Get Healthy
Today I am chatting with Sabrina Perl - a certified nutritional consultant and certified personal trainer. We had a great chat about menu planning, how much exercise we really need, how to deal with picky eaters, and so much more.  If you want to connect with Sabrina you can by heading to her website healthybysabrina.com. You can buy her books Quick & Healthy Recipes for a Delicious Holiday and Weight Loss Made Simple or book a session! If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
42:10
January 23, 2019
088: 5 tips to help you declutter with your family
This week on the podcast I give you 5 tips to help you declutter when you don't live alone!  Ready?    1. It isn’t you it is me… a lot of the time you are the problem - be honest - look at yourself and see if you are really holding yourself back - don't automatically blame someone else. 2. Clean up your own space first... This is a no brainier- how can you expect your family to get organized if you yourself aren't??? 3. Get to the root of the problem -If you get stuck and feel like you can’t go on - now is a good time for some honesty - ask yourself - why are you holding on to it? 4. Respect the other people in your house - and their stuff-  Respect that people let go of things at their own pace, and respect their stuff, don’t chuck other people’s stuff.  5. Set goals and assess needs together as a family - some questions you can ask to create goals:  What will our house look and feel like when we are done? What do we draw the line at? What  do we agree we must keep?  How many of each type of object do we really need? When you sit down together and figure out what is important to you it is a lot easier to declutter.  *BONUS* 6. Show gratitude -  for the hard work and progress that people did put it - acknowledge their struggles and remind them this is a marathon not a sprint -  Let me know how these tips work for you! If you have a topic you would like me to discuss or a question you can email me at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check me out on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
25:43
January 15, 2019
087: Alana Slot Stern - Thrive with ADHD
If you have been diagnosed with ADHD or if you have ADHD or suspect you have ADHD then you are going to want to hear this episode.  This week Alana Slot Stern, (www.thriveadhd.com)an ADHD coach for women, joins the podcast to talk about what ADHD looks like in women and girls, how you can deal with it, and how you can deal if other family members have it.  You can download a FREE info graphic to help you cope here.  If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
50:06
January 9, 2019
086: Shira Gura - The S.T.U.C.K. Method
Do you feel stuck?  If you do, this week’s podcast episode is for you! My guest Shira Gura has pioneered the S.T.U.C.K. method and today she is telling us all about it and how it helped her get decluttered. Shira has graciously offered all the listeners of the Journey to Organization Podcast a free copy of her book- which I highly recommend you read.  In the episode we talk about how Shira got started and how the method helps her move past any negative feelings she has. Listen to the podcast here or wherever you listen to podcasts - please like it, subscribe to it, and share it.  You can contact Shira directly through her website  www.shiragura.com and join her Facebook Group: Getting Unstuck. Starting this January Shira is starting an online group program called, The Getting unSTUCK and Living Deliberately Journey". She also offers training for groups on her method and one on one consultations and she would love to come and speak to you in your community so reach out to her and schedule her for a visit to your community.   If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com  
42:20
January 1, 2019
085: Tara Button - Buy Me Once
Do you ever wish that everything you bought would be something that would last forever??? Even if it didn't last forever, wouldn't it be great if manufacturers stood behind their products?? My guest on the podcast today, Tara Button decided that she only wanted to buy things once  so she created an online store where you could buy products that last forever- or at least a really long time. Tara is the founder of buymeonce.com and the author of A life less Throwaway. She has searched for products that are guaranteed to last and for companies that stand behind their products and created a website to showcase them. We talk about her new book and how buying things one time and taking care of what we have (with a few how to tips) is better for our wallet, staying organized,  and the environment. If you need help staying organized - join Conquer Your Clutter today! Registration Ends on January 5th. If you have a topic you would like Rebekah to discuss or a question you can email her at: rebekah@rebekahsaltzman.com and follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com 
37:45
December 25, 2018
084: Setting your priorities
Did you know that 92% of New Year's resolutions don’t get completed? What holds people back from crossing the finish line? If decluttering is your goal - and even if it isn’t, what is holding you back from crossing the finish line and crossing your goals of you list? Sometimes it is fear, money, or time, but even if those things are big factors priority is the umbrella they all fall under. When something is a priority, you find the money, make the time, and move past the fear so you can get it done. You cross the finish line, just like Leah- who I talk about in this week’s podcast. If getting decluttered is important to you, and you need help doing it, get the help you need, you can work one on one with me, do CONQUER YOUR CLUTTER, get a friend to help you, or even another professional, it doesn’t have to be me, but don’t be scared to ask for help. Sometimes you think to yourself, well I can do this myself, and I don’t need help, why should I pay someone to help me? The answer is simple, because you haven’t already done so yourself. When you hire someone to help you, they hold you accountable and force you to get things done. So make 2019 the year you complete your resolutions - whatever they are, and get the help you need to get it done. If you need some help- reach out, you can book a consultation with me here: or join conquer your clutter, the next class starts January 6th! To sweeten the deal - here is a coupon code for $100 off just head to rebekahsaltzman.com and enter the code at check out. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
24:06
December 19, 2018
083: The Torah and minimalism
Chanukkah is over the kids are heading back to school and now we can get focused on reducing and having less. This week I talk about how i relearned about sarat - leprosy in the bible, how is shows us that we should reduce and be careful with our things and also how things have changed over time. We also take listeners questions - what is best way to clean up the hanukkiot. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
25:22
December 10, 2018
082: CHANUKKAH
This week on the Journey to Organization Podcast I talk about what I do to get organized for Chanukkah and why I love it so much. Drop me a line and let me know what you do! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
24:33
December 6, 2018
081: You can't do it all
Sometimes we try - but we just can't do it all. There aren't enough hours in the day - in order to have time to do one thing you need to take time from doing something else. But - if you take the time to declutter and get organized you will have a lot more time in the long run because after you declutter you will spend a lot less time dealing with your stuff, and let's be honest, stuff takes up a lot of our time. There is no shame in saying no to things, but if you want to do them, and you don't have the time, maybe it is because you have too much stuff around. Don't worry if you don't have the prefect bins or closet, work with what you got, in the end it will likely be OK! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
24:47
November 28, 2018
080: Black Friday
Black Friday is upon us... don't make bad choices when shopping, shop with intention and a list (and stick to the list) so you don't make bad choices and end up with more clutter! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
16:32
November 21, 2018
079: Distractions
Distractions are part of life, what can you do about them? How can you move past them? This week I talk about my 3 tips to get past distractions and keep yourself on task when you are organizing, but the tips can really be applied in other ways too, like getting your to do list taken care of. 1: Set a limit 2. Plan you day and make it flexible 3. Get a partner These three things will really help keep you on task when you are organizing, tackling your to do list, or just staying focused on the current task. You may need all of them for some tasks and only one for others, pick and choose what works for you... (and let me know how you do.) Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
18:03
November 14, 2018
078: Things that hold us back from decluttering
There are a lot of reasons we put off decluttering, fear, worry, time, money, some of these are really valid, but never the less, we have to find a way to move past them. Identifying the problem is key, often times we know that decluttering needs to happen but we don't know where the set back is, you may think it is money, but really it is fear! You may think it is fear but maybe it is really time. Maybe you don't really want to invest anything in decluttering, you want someone to just do it for you... of course there are people who do this, but when you do, you just a delaying the inevitable, the clutter will return. Clutter is just a decision deferred, so don't defer any more, figure out what is holding you back and get help for it. I am putting my money where my mouth is, book some free time with me at balaganbegone.com/book-now and book a 30 minute free session video chat with me. I will give you tips and tricks to get yourself going on decluttering and one time email support (that means you can show me some pictures of your success and I'll help you on email with the next steps) but it is only good for the first 20 people, so don't wait sign up and insert the code podcast78 after your phone number. Don't let fear, worry, guilt, money, time, or anything hold you back from being clutter free! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
40:09
November 7, 2018
077: Can you have too many books?
A funny thing happened to me last week, we took out an edition from our Talmud that we haven't used in years to give to our son. He started learning with a small group and needed one of the volumes for the lessons. It spurred a conversation with my husband, who has barely used this set since we got married more than 16 years ago. Why are we keeping these? I mean they haven't been used in so long, and when my husband does learn Talmud he prefers to use a different set than the one we have, so why keep these? So many of my clients have so many books. Books they have read and books they haven't read, and while I think books are very important, as is learning, and I read about a book a week, but I hardly ever read a book more than once, so why keep what I won't read again? Why not let someone else benefit from what I already have used, and can be used again? Why be responsible for something that I won't use again? Think about it, when you have extra books on your shelf, they sit there collecting dust, and then you have to dust them (at least occasionally), and to me that doesn't seem like a great use of time. I am not saying I use all the books on my shelf all the time, but at a minimum my standard is that it has to be used once a year. I am curious, how many books are on your shelf and how many are you actually referring to or using? What is your minimum standard, or what will you make it? Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
11:56
October 23, 2018
076: What I learned from doing the 929 program
I started doing the 929 program a few months ago, when it started for the second time. In case you don't know, 929 (https://www.929.org.il/lang/en/today) is how many chapters there are in all of the Tanach. (Torah, Nevim, Ketuvim.) From Sunday- Thursday you are supposed to study one chapter a day, Friday and Saturday are built in as catch up days. I took on the obligation to do this, some days I make it, some days I don't, but, I always catch up. This week we are up to the story of the Jews leaving Egypt, in particular the Jews receiving the Ma'an. Of course, I studied this in school, but going at my own pace with my adult perspective on life, I saw something I never saw before, here, right in black and white, is G-d telling us, take only what you need for today, count on me, I will provide more tomorrow. Are you wondering how this relates to organization? Well, it does, because, so much of what I see, or rather what I hear people tell me is this: "This might come in handy." or they say "I might need this in the future." or "I'm worried if I get rid of this I will need it as soon as I get rid of it.". All of these are valid feelings. Not only that, I have seen it happen that after people purge they regret one item, or an item accidentally got mixed in and got discarded. Even though the worry is valid, you shouldn't let it hold you back when you declutter, even if you don't believe in G-d because look around you, you have more than what you need. You have acknowledged that you already have too much. Organization and decluttering don't have to be a sprint, they are a marathon, it took you time to get into this situation, it will take you time to get out of it, pace yourself. It doesn't have to be all or nothing, but it does need to be something. Have a little faith in yourself, in G-d, in the universe, in Karma, whatever you believe in and see that you really do have everything you need. It is a good idea to think about vacation, what do you pack when you go on vacation and how much do you actually use of what you have packed? When you have too much stuff it creates extra work for you, like the client I talk about in the podcast who had a mold issue and needed to spend lots of extra time washing the clothing that was stored in the basement, and chucking out the items she bought in bulk. What I love about 929 is that I am relearning what I had previously learned, but am seeing it anew, and I think I have a deeper understanding. It isn't too late to join in. You can join 929 also, just start from where they are at today, doing something is better than doing nothing, just like with decluttering. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
24:19
October 17, 2018
075: World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health day is October 10th, and this week on the JTO podcast we talk about how Hoarding, since 2013, is considered a real psychological problem. If you have any mental health issue, you should seek help, now! I talk about the different levels of hoarding, how hoarder is used as a general term and what type of help to get at every level. I believe there are 4 levels of hoarders - Level 4 - Black, someone who is in danger of being trapped in their home. This is a major psychological problem, enlist the help of a trained psychiatrist! Level 3- Red, someone who is too embarrassed to have people come into their home. Level 2- Yellow, someone who may still be embarrassed to have people over but can manage most of their day to day needs. Level 1 - Green, someone who just needs a little help getting to their goals. Of course each level has gradations, but however you identify, it is important to get help. What type of help you gets depends on the level you are, but which ever level you are, PLEASE GET THE HELP YOU NEED!!! I cannot stress this enough, there is no shame in getting help, for any type of problem. None of us are perfect, and we all need help with something. If you need help and you fall into levels 1-3, get in touch for in home service, or check out the Conquer Your Clutter course, (rebekahsaltzman.com) which is DIY course, with one on one support from me, and a support group. We have videos, challenges, and live group calls. When you complete a challenge you get $30, there are 10 challenges, so if you do them all, you can earn $300 and have an organized home! Regardless of if you get in touch with me or not, if you need help, please seek it. Do not be ashamed, there is no need to be! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
25:20
October 9, 2018
074: Should I buy things when I see them on sale?
A lady called me last week and asked me - She thinks that G-d will always send her what she needs but what about when things are on sale, should she stock up? She said that she knows she doesn't need to hoard things but sometimes she sees things on sale and likes the idea of saving some money --- The answer may surprise you, and I answered the way I did because I needed to clean out my storage area so that my cousin could use it. I know sometimes getting organized feels overwhelming, if you feel cluttered, and need help with decluttering, join Conquer Your Clutter, and make 5779 the year you Conquer Your Clutter! Registration ends October 6th, save $75 use CYC75 at checkout at rebekahsaltzman.com Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.co
27:41
October 3, 2018
073: Hopes for 5779 - Tragedy to Tafkid (purpose in life)
I was planning to talk about Conquer Your Clutter and a listener question about purchasing clothing on sale, but then yesterday, Ari Fuld was murdered, and talking about buying things on sale the week of Yom Kippur just didn't seem right. So, this week on the JTO podcast I talk about, tafkid - your mission in life, how even in times of mourning we need to be careful about waste, like when you tear your clothing as a sign of mourning, Jewish Eco Funerals, and I talk about how my friend, Ben Goldstein, inspired me with a pre-funeral video that showed the unity of the Jewish people. I apologize for the sniffling, but I recorded this episode about 5 times before I could even get through the fist few lines with out crying. I hope you are inspired to reach your true potential, fulfill your tafkid, and pledge to make 5779 the year you finally Conquer Your Clutter, because too much stuff distracts us and hinders our potential. G'mar Chatima Tova-May you be sealed in the book of life.
15:25
September 25, 2018
072: Tashlich - You shouldn't throw your sins into the sea
Shannah Tova Everyone - (Happy Jewish New Year). This week on Journey to organization I talk about Tashlich, the Jewish ceremony done between Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur to rid yourself of sin. It is common to symbolically throw your sins away using bread, I talk about my experience, sans bread, saying the prayers at the Mediterranean Sea and how it drove home the fact we use too much plastic in our daily lives. I address some listener comments that I got over the week about last weeks podcast and explain why I close the podcast with the words "Hashem keeps your organized", and why I think it is important to have a mantra you can say to yourself when you need to focus and get a project started. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
29:04
September 12, 2018
071: Does having more simplify your life?
Often times people ask me, wouldn't it be better if I just had more? I have three bathrooms so I need three toilet brushes, right? This week, I talk about this question, and why having more can sometimes be helpful, but usually isn't. I also talk about my pledge to try to implement one new zero waste ideal each month this year. This month I started with a safety razor. Next month I am trying home bio gas. What do you think you could try this month? Send me an email and let me know! You can also sign up with the early bird code EARLY100 to save $100 for Conquer your Clutter on October 7th at rebekahsaltzman.com. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
24:16
September 5, 2018
070: Rifka Lebowitz of Living Financially Smarter in Israel
Rifka is a financial consultant, speaker, and author specializing in personal and small business finance. She is the founder of the extremely popular Facebook group Living Financially Smarter in Israel, an author, and now a course creator. If you need help organizing your finances, please get in touch with Rifka today! Her website is: http://rifkalebowitz.com/ Rifka has graciously offered coupon code STARTOUTSMARTER so that Journey to Organization listeners can save 50% on her upcoming course. It is the perfect gift for a couple just starting out since there is no clutter! You can register here: http://bit.ly/2MvZ9YQ To get a copy of the "How long should I keep it" info-graphic go to http://bit.ly/2Pu9jr3 Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
33:49
August 24, 2018
069: Helen Abelesz - Life Coach
This week on Journey to organization I speak with my friend and Life Coach - Helen Abelez. We have a great talk about the difference between a life coach and a therapist, how to figure out your mission in life and then how to find the courage to achieve your goals, techniques for staying relaxed and reducing worry, and getting and staying on course. You can set up a free consultation which you can set up by going to calendly.com/helenabelesz. You can also contact Helen in Israel 054.482.9815 or at helenabelesz@gmail.com and check out Helen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenabelesz When you connect with Helen, tell her you heard her on the JTO podcast! Please share, like, and rate this! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
35:51
August 9, 2018
068: Listener Questions
On this week's episode of Journey To Organization I answer listener questions. The overall theme of this episode is consume less stuff, but I talk about storing clothing for kids, cleaning routines, during the week and for shabbat, and how to decide what to keep in your home when you are trying to become a minimalist. Take away from this week: When you consume less, you really have a more full life with less worry and clutter and more time I also talk a bit about Conquer Your Clutter, the 10 week challenge course to get your clutter conquered and how there is a cash back rebate for every challenge you complete. (Up to $300!!!) You can join the waitlist for a coupon code at rebekahsaltzman.com Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
28:32
August 2, 2018
067: Debby Schor Elyasy- Green Architecture and renovation
This week I chat with green architect Debby Schor Elyasy. Debby is an Italian-Israeli architect with experience in architecture, interior design, and green building and has offices in Italy and Israel. We had a great chat and spoke about what to do if you are building a house from the round up, what to do when you are renovating to save money, best practices and what to look for when you are buying or renting a property. To reach Debby you can check out her website and learn more about her quick renovation program, A one-day intensive design session for people who want to renovate just one room in their house. You can see here all the info: https://www.dsearc.co.il/quick-renovation-program Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
33:25
July 25, 2018
066: How to teach our kids about sustanibilty
During the 9 days we have an extra sensitivity to sustainability because we don't buy new clothing, many of us don't do laundry or limit the laundry we do, and we are being extra careful with the things we own. This week we talk about how to talk to our kids about sustainability (hint- a lot), why we should, and the relationship between being sustainable and having less with Jewish values. I would say it is one of my most frequently asked questions, and while I am not a parenting expert, I believe teaching kids anything comes down to being and example and practicing what we preach. The most essential thing you can do is to figure out what you want your home to look like! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
26:56
July 17, 2018
065: Chana Simon of Respecs Frames
Chana Simon, the founder of http://www.respecsframes.org, tells us how Respecs Frames got started, how donating old glasses helps others and the environment, what kind of frames can be recycled, and how they are different from other organizations that collect glasses. Please consider shopping at the store where your purchase helps someone in need, volunteering if you are in Israel, or donating funds or supplies. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
38:02
July 11, 2018
064: How I get ready for shabbat
In this week's JTO podcast I talk about my struggle with food, how it makes getting dinner on the table a challenge for me, my kids issues with food, and how I manage my time to get shabbat on the table without feeling totally overwhelmed. (Hint: I keep it simple.) As a bonus this week I made this awesome shabbat prep list for you, you can download it in PDF or in Google Sheets. (You know how much I love spreadsheets, right?) http://bit.ly/2MGQO0j It is very similar to how I make my list for shabbat, I made it a bit more fancy for you! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
23:11
July 3, 2018
063: Interview - Chaya Hinda Allen- Jewish Positive Thinking
This week I interview my mentor and friend, Chaya Hinda Allen who has taught me about mantras and how to let it all go. Chaya Hinda and her course Jewish Positive Thinking really changed my life and helped me make some big changes in my life and feel positive and secure about those changes. We discuss how to get rid of worry, why you should let go of extra stuff, how our core beliefs can change the outcome of what we do, and time management. To get in touch with Chaya Hinda you can check out her website chayahinda.com or call: In the US: 786.233.7213 or In Israel 052.760.0093 Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
56:08
June 27, 2018
062: Managing your Time- tips and tricks to use right now!
This week I was inspired by a podcast with Heather Dean on aish.com http://bit.ly/2K5Se6G when she interviews Rabbi A.L. Nivins. He said something that interested me, time is not our own, it doesn't belong to us. My other friend said to me, time is like money, you can track it! But I don't think that is true, you can't put time in the bank, save it for a rainy day, or earn more. The best thing we can do is realize, time is not something we can control and not stress over when things don't go our way. I cover some tips for budgeting time, why using a calendar is so important, how meeting requests keep me happily married, and how getting it on the calendar makes it real and gets it off my mind. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
36:34
June 18, 2018
061: Interview with Suzanne Dekel of BotanicalPrint
In this week’s Journey To Organization podcast, I interview Suzanne Dekel of BotanicalPrint where we talk about how she got started as an eco printer, why using natural dyes is important, capsule wardrobes and living with less. Suzanne is committed to not only making products that are sustainable and eco-friendly but also not purchasing clothing where workers are not treated fairly and who are not payed a living wage. She uses indigenous plants to Israel and natural dyes when she produces her scarves and is planning to expand her offerings soon. You can view and buy the beautiful scarves Suzanne makes on her website www.suzannedekel.com, and follow her on Instagram @suzannedekel. Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
45:42
June 12, 2018
060: The true cost of storage
This week I talk about the true cost of storing our possessions. One of my Conquer Your Clutter students told me that she has a storage unit, and I figured out that over time it would cost her around $6000. I was astounded, and felt like there were better ways to use the money. (She thought so also!) Besides for the money she was paying directly for the storage unit there were other costs associated with storing things, like the cost of storage containers, the time we spend organizing, sorting, and packing things up for storage, and the damage we do to the things that aren't stored properly because there is too much junk around. Does this sound like you? Drop me a line and let me know if it does! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
21:58
June 6, 2018
059: Aliyah & moving with Tamar Pearlman of TamarimConcierge
Join me this week while I chat with Tamar Pearlman of tamarimconcierge.com. Tamar and I chat about making aliyah, moving, and coming on a gap year to Israel. We cover topics like bringing appliances on your lift, decluttering before aliyah, what to bring on your lift, how to pack for your lift, and should you even bring a lift at all? We also talk about, some of our own aliyah mistakes, moving in general, coming to Israel as a student for a gap year, and what Tamarim Concierge can do to help you when you make aliyah, move, have a simcha, or just plain need an extra set of hands. Get in touch with Tamar on her website TamarimConcierge.com Download the aliyah workbook here: http://bit.ly/2sjqCku Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
43:14
May 30, 2018
058: Cleaning Hacks, Laundry and Dishes
In this episode I talk about tricks for getting laundry done, cleaning out the dishwasher, cleaning supplies and how they rate on the eco scale. Here are links to some of the products I use: Ecover Dish Soap https://amzn.to/2J14WmU BioKlean Dish Soap https://amzn.to/2J14WmU Ecover Dishwasher Tablets https://amzn.to/2J14WmU Ecover laundry detergent https://amzn.to/2GIEgC7 Dropps https://amzn.to/2J14WmU Shaklees http://bit.ly/2IKBf6l This spray has a very mild scent and good for refreshing clothing Caldrea Linen Spray https://amzn.to/2IZhvzc BONUS: I didn't mention this but I love this stain remover, a little goes along way, https://amzn.to/2KND8PY Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
25:38
May 23, 2018
057: Shavout & Shmita. How matan torah teaches us to reduce
In this episode we will discover why how Matan Torah (receiving the Torah) is connected to shmita and how that teaches us to reduce our waste. Included are some actionable tips to reduce right now. The main point of giving the Torah at Mt. Sinai was to teach the Jewish People about the Sabbatical Year, shmita. But what does the year of rest have to do with giving the Torah, well, it teaches us that during that year, the land reverts back to G-d for a rest, and it shows us we don't really own the land. Just as we don't really only the land, can we every really own our things, or do they own us? Since we can't take it with us, we should reduce now, allowing us to truly enjoy what we have! Follow Rebekah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @balaganbegone Check out Rebekah on Pintrest as Rebekah Saltzman and join the FREE Facebook group - Organizing in Israel - Balagan Be Gone (you don't have to live in Israel to join!) Subscribe to the mailing list at www.balaganbegone.com
21:02
May 23, 2018
056: Is bigger really better?
Listen as Rebekah answers a listener question; Should I move to a larger home? If I do will I spend more or less time organizing up my home?
16:19
May 10, 2018
055 Who is rich? The one who is happy with what he has.
Being satisfied with what we own is a basic Jewish ideal from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) (Chapter 4, Mishna 1). This week we talk about why it is so important to be satisfied with what you have and not be worried about consuming more and more.
28:56
May 4, 2018
054 Micro VS Macro Organization
What is the difference between micro and macro organization, how do you know when to use which, and best practices for dealing with kids and micro organization.
25:22
April 26, 2018
052 Post Pesach Recap
Hear how I spend my Pesach and how my Pesach guide and decluttering made it easy and relaxing!
33:31
April 19, 2018
053: More Possessions, More Worry
This week we discuss the idea of more possessions, more worry based on the Mishna in Pirkei Avot (2/8)
24:25
April 19, 2018
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