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Declutter Like a Mother

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Unlike many decluttering books (or one very well-known one), this one does not impose rules about quantities of things you need. Author Allie Casazza emphasizes that you need to do what works for you. She suggests determining your intent for each room as you decide what to keep and what to get rid of. 

Her methods are supporting and encouraging, yet she reiterates that clutter affects many aspects of your life, while there is something inherently clutter-creating about kids. Having less stuff to deal with will give you more time to spend with your family.

A lot of this book advertises her other business concerns, but it’s still an engaging, informative guide for clearing clutter and making time and space for other things, Despite her intentions not to, the book still made me feel bad about my chronically messy house. #DeclutterLikeaMother #NetGalley
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I have been listening to The Purpose Show for almost two years. A friend told me about it when I was in the thick of PPD while raising 4 kids under 5. It feels trite to say Allie Casazza changed my life but she definitely changed my home and my motherhood. 

This book did not disappoint in any way. Allie is encouraging but also willing to be real and call you out. Her advice is practical and also sustainable. Allie has taught me how to be intentional with my time, my children, my home and my stuff. Thanks to this book, my home is (mostly) clutter free and my time is now spent with my children...instead of cleaning up after them.
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Thank you NetGalley and Nelson Books for an e-book copy of DECLUTTER LIKE A MOTHER for me to review.

There is so much information out there about decluttering, but I enjoyed Allie's approach. Nothing too complicated and strict.

She goes with more of a "if you haven't used it" and "if you don't like it - get rid of it" approach rather than you needing a certain number of items or they need to bring you "joy."

I think some of what the book has to offer is common sense, but I particularly enjoyed her chapter about receiving gifts and not feeling guilt over donating them if 1) they don't fit 2) not your style or you just don't like them.

Her chapter about clothes and buying yourself NEW clothes made me stop and think. I wear the same things I've worn for years, even if there are small stains or a button is missing. She talks about valuing yourself enough to donate the old items and buy new ones (but don't go overboard with it).

Toys are also a big guilt-ridden thing for parents to overcome. Her chapter about letting the children pick out their favorite toys and NOT getting rid of them behind their back will be helpful to readers.

I also liked her idea of having a linens-only closet. The sheets/comforters/blankets are a big problem in my house. I plan on finding a closet just for those items so I don't get as stressed looking for sheets at night when I realize I've washed them and forgot to put them in the dryer. 

I rate DECLUTTER LIKE A MOTHER four out of five stars.
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Organization is a topic that I love to read about and consider myself quite knowledgeable on. When I heard that a new book about decluttering and organizing just came out written by Allie Casazza, I was so excited to get into it. Declutter like a Mother, or DCLM, is a stress-free, step-by-step plan to take back your home and finally get back to enjoying your life. Allie claims that when you are through with this process you will stop spending time dealing with stuff and start spending time enjoying your family. While this book is geared more towards families with children, I still found myself relating to a lot of the situations that Allie pointed out. Even without children in our household yet, I find myself dealing with an overload of stuff that takes up most of my time to put away and clean up. Keeping up with cleaning my house can be tiring and get in the way of my life goals. If any of this resonates with you so far, then this is the book for you. 

Allie gives basic guidelines for what to keep in each space, but she still leaves the final decisions and choices up to you so you can make the space your own. The whole philosophy behind this challenge and process is to make your home “work for you and your family.” It’s just up to you to decide what that means when clearing out the junk. If you need more help making these decisions, she continuously gives additional resources that you can find on her website. If you are looking for a book that tells you exactly what to keep and get rid of, then move on! This book isn’t for you.  

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this decluttering/organization book. I think that it would be a great addition to other organizational books, such as Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Home Edit’s books. It is always good to get a few different view-points on this subject to see what resonates most with you and your life.
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I enjoyed this book. I love the author’s style of organization which is not too time consuming or stressful. I feel like I can take pointers from each chapter of this book to organize my house in a more orderly fashion. Thank you to Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book.
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I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a motivational reminder of what we need or want! Allie will guide you with ideas and helpful tips, how to let go of ‘things’! Containing lots of ideas, Allie is there to help, share this book around ladies!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I asked for this advanced reader copy, because so many decluttering and home help type book are such duds. I was hoping this one would prove to me that there is still hope. It did not disappoint! I am gifting this to all of my friends when they get married and have to combine households. I am now looking up everything Allie Casazza!
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Lots of enthusiasm and energy can be found in this book for those who need a kickstart in decluttering their house.
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In Declutter Like a Mother, Allie Casazza lays out a step by step plan to reclaim your sanity, your home, and your motherhood. Her plan is simple and actionable. This  book came at just the right time. Instead of making lists of areas I ought to simplify, Allie reminds us to just take action. Even just taking one action helped me to immediately feel lighter and encouraged me to continue with the focus on intent. I particularly like the ‘rule of space,’ as an idea of how much to keep and this works well with helping children declutter their things.
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I love this book! It's different from other decluttering books because it makes it realistic and doable for each person. Not a strict set of rules.
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This little gem is the perfect companion for anyone who is interested in cleaning out and decluttering their personal space. There are tons of practical tips and tricks buried within these pages, just waiting on you to jump in and mine through the junk … to finally obtain that diamond … you know… the one where you don’t hold your breath and squeeze your derrière tight enough to MAKE a diamond, because you just heard companies coming and the house is a wreck. The perfect way to bring down your anxiety level! This is a great read for everyone - as well all need to learn how to let go and <I> Declutter Like A Mother!”

Definite 4 out of 5 star book for me and one I will definitely be recommending! 

Thank you so much to #NetGalley, the publisher, Nelson Books, and the author Allie Casazza for providing me with an electronic arc in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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This book is the perfect read for anyone looking to de-clutter their spaces and also their lives. 

Allie gives practical tips that people from all stages of lives can use to easily simplify their lives and create a more livable and functional space. 

Thanks so much Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was such a motivational book! As someone who has read at least a dozen decluttering books already, there was not a lot of new information, but the empowerment and motivation were so nice! For someone just dipping their toe into the idea of living with less, this book is the perfect jumping off point that gives you the tools you need to find success and how simplicity fits in to your own life, not anyone else’s! I would highly recommend, especially to young moms.
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This is a book that should have just stayed a blog post.  10% content, 90% filler and self promotion.
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I follow Allie on social media and was so excited to read her book. I felt like it was obviously similar content to her social feeds, but very refreshing compared to the many other decluttering books I’ve read. She does a great job keeping her systems versatile for what works best for different people as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ or RULES like other systems.
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This book is geared more towards moms with younger kids.  My kids are older now but I still got a lot from this book.  It helps you realize how much stuff is weighing you down and gets you to look at what you have and decide whether its worth all the space its taking up in your home. Yes, you spent (wasted) a lot of money on "XYZ" but is it worth keeping just to take up valuable space in your home?  A lot of great point and tips.
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This is a fantastic book and was very helpful for me. I highly recommend it regardless of how much clutter you currently have. It is full of helpful tips and new ways of thinking about our homes and possessions. The author teaches the connection between clutter and the way we feel. She said this book is for every woman who is overwhelmed and wants more time for what matters. If we get rid of stuff, we feel more peace in our homes. One idea I liked is that we aren’t wasting money when we get rid of clutter, we already wasted it when we purchased something we didn’t need. We also waste time, space, and energy by keeping things we don’t use. I found her idea helpful to set the intent for each room to know what we need to remove or add to it. It is also helpful to identify our clutter crutch so we can see the solution for it. Thanks to NetGalley for a temporary digital copy to use for my review.
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What a great book. Allie Casazza is like so many American moms, too much stuff, over committed and often times finding it hard to see the joys of motherhood. Casazza not only gives you the tools to de clutter  your house but the reasons why it will change your life. She has a light and fun style both in her book and on her podcast. Her steps are easy to follow and you continue to say to yourself that you should have known that. A quick read with tons of info.
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I first heard about Allie Casazza through her Facebook Declutter like a Mother challenge a few years ago. Here I was introduced to the idea of everything in your life taking up your precious time. I kind of think of her as a more relatable Marie Kondo. So I began to follow Allie’s method of getting rid of ‘stuff,’ which has enabled me to spend less time maintaining my home and more time doing the things I love.

I was excited to hear about Casazza’s first book as although I have good routines and rhythms for certain things (e.g. laundry) and have decluttered and maintained specific areas (e.g. bathroom, clothing) there are still areas that needed work (particularly TOYS!)

‘Declutter like a mother,’ the book came at just the right time. Instead of making lists of areas I ought to simplify, Allie reminds us to just take action. Even just taking one action helped me to immediately feel lighter and encouraged me to continue with the focus on intent. I particularly like the ‘rule of space,’ as an idea of how much to keep and this works well with helping children declutter their things.

If you have been listening to Allie for some time, there may not be much new here. However, it is great for being able to go back to those specific sections whenever you like in the book. For those new to Allie Casazza - if you are feeling overwhelmed - this is a great place to start. Recommended.
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The entire book feels like 20% content and 80% filler - much of it an infomercial for Cassaza’s online courses and podcast. I do like the idea of rejecting rigid minimalism and capsule wardrobes and finding your own sweet spot. Writing feels chatty rather than conversational and loses flow. I also appreciate how the target audience is not exclusively upper middle class stay at home WASPs - anyone can benefit from the advice, but it would have been better as an article in good housekeeping rather than an entire book.
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