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Declutter Like a Mother

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“Life is too short to drink out of a fugly mug.”

This book is authentically Allie and I am so here for it. 

I discovered Allie last year when I was on a podcast kick and the mindset shift she presents when it comes to being in a state of lack (vs. abundance) changed my relationship with my time and my belongings. Shortly after, I was able to join her 2021 Declutter Like A Mother challenge on Facebook. Because of this experience, I couldn’t help but visualize Allie’s mannerisms and excitement while reading this book. I even heard the text through her voice. It feels kind of creepy to admit that, but the words are so true to what she would say if this were instead a podcast, class, or Facebook challenge that I couldn’t help hearing it that way.

If you haven’t participated in a Declutter Like A Mother Challenge, I am excited that you get to do so for the first time. The physical goal is decluttering, but there is a larger mental goal of lightening the load and stress on your life through the removal of clutter. My favorite part about this method is that it’s not focused on rules or numbers, but what works best for you. 

”You get to decide what’s good enough for you right now. You focus on progress, not perfection; you focus on what you think is going to work for you and your family, not on what works for someone else.”

If you have participated in a Declutter Like A Mother challenge, you already know the general content and layout of this book, but I will say that reliving that experience at my own pace and being able to relive it as often as I like is pretty dang useful. I’ve come a long way since January’s challenge, but after a big purge, I’ve realized it’s an ongoing process. Like with the annual challenge, it’s hard to make it through a section without feeling the urge to immediately get up and start decluttering.

This book is written casually. If you’re not familiar with Allie, I recommend popping into one of her podcast episodes to get a feel for her style and overall vibe. I recommend this because I tend to be a skeptic and reading a book without understanding the authenticity or tone behind someone’s written word is difficult for me. This isn’t required in order enjoy the book of course, but it will add to the experience.

”Whatever we call it, it’s about being intentional. It’s about simplifying. It’s about having less of what doesn’t matter in order to make room for what does.”

At the end of the day, I adore Allie because she has faith in her followers and cheerleads us on while also being direct about what our true holdups are. Her desire to do this with the hold ups we have in our home has encouraged long lasting change in my life. If you can appreciate the beauty in this and are ready to approach your home with a new mindset, you’ll love this book.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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What sets Allie apart from the others, is that her minimalist style is not one that will make you feel starved or going without. Declutter Like a Mother is a practical and realistic approach to decluttering your home. It is an achievable guide that won’t overwhelm you to set you on your path to living a purposeful and minimalist life, and allow you to enjoy more of motherhood as a result.
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Allie's take on minimalism is refreshing without being pretentious. For anyone that loves the philosphy behind Marie Kondo's vision of living with less, but has a hard time getting behind the anthropomorphic language of saying goodbye to your belongings, I think this satisfies a similar itch. It's also helpful and practical for anyone with children, as we all know - a lot of stuff comes with them! I'd definitely recommend this to a friend and it's worth revisiting from time to time when you need a refresher. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
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I’ve been doing the Declutter Like a Mother Challenge for 3 years. This book does not disappoint! What’s better than freeing up your time and space, and improving your whole mentality with simple changes? Allie’s straight to the point style is real-life talk and helps others see how these changes can improve their lives. I spend way less time on household chores and more time doing things I love.
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Allie gives good, reasonable, manageable advice on decluttering and reclaiming your spaces. The book is geared towards moms and those who live in houses, and it includes sections on kid stuff and working with your kids to declutter their things. The book expands on Allie's annual "Declutter Like a Mother" challenge, and she does mention her other subscription/purchase programs. I enjoyed reading the book, and I did find it easier to work with than the challenge because it is more in depth and self-paced.
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Wow! If you are struggling with clutter or secretly want the minimalistic life, but can't wrap your mind around it, this book is for you! Allie makes it make sense. Not to strip your house of happiness and things you love to only have bare walls and 2 coffee cups, but to make your house manageable! The level of clarity I had after reading this was unbelievable! The encouragement and relatability made it all click into place. Run! You need this, I promise.
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I love Allie's no-nonsense, laidback approach to decluttering (and life, for that matter). Her style is straightforward, open, and relatable - reading this book felt like hanging out with a friend who "gets" me. If you're a mama (or anyone really) who is new to decluttering or just looking for a way to do life more simply, this book is for you! Highly recommend!
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I already feel lighter by reading and listening to this message.. Allie does a perfect job of helping to explain how to lighten your load in life by simplifying your home. Her voice comes through like a friend who is working along next to you. It is easy to take what she shares in this book and start making progress in your home immediately. If you are over the feeling of overwhelm, this is a great start to clearing the clutter and making room for what’s important in your life. Get the book! You won’t regret it!
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I love to read this sort of book despite the fact that it has very little impact on my life or domestic situation. But this one does not do it for me in any way. I found the author's style and persona a huge turn-off. I don't know why but there was a sort of smugness and self-promotion which jarred. I'd much rather ignore the advice of the gentle and sweet Marie Kondo.
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Nothing earth shattering if you’ve read other declutter books, but the author’s no pressure method of declutter ing might be the message you’re looking for. I’d recommend if someone were looking to get started
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Some fab tips on how to declutter but I definitely feel it could have been enhanced with some photos and visuals.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the preview copy.
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In Declutter Like a Mother, Allie Casazza, walks us through her process of decluttering.  This book is geared more towards moms, however, the process she describes can be utilized by anyone.  

Allie wants you to stop drowning in your stuff and start living in your space with your kids/family.  She wants to know if “you’re ready to make some of the same changes that I made that led me to this place of thriving in life and opting out of mere survival mode,”  “You can choose a different path, you can thrive, you can love and enjoy this life, you can escape the chronic overwhelm that everyone else calls normal.”  

However, Allie then goes on to explain that her method is not really minimalism, “Whatever we call it, it’s about being intentional.  It’s about simplifying.  It’s about having less of what doesn’t matter in order to make room for what does.”  “this process we’re going through is not about trying to create a home where things are perfect; it’s about creating a home where things are so much lighter.  It’s about creating a world in which we are available for life – the good parts and the hard parts – and aren’t making things even harder on ourselves.  A world where we don’t feel stress and negative energy all day every day but instead have more clarity and more space.”  

I will say that if you have read any other organization or decluttering book, you probably have already heard the process that Allie is going to walk us through.  The latter part of the book goes through the house room by room with tips on how to create a space you will enjoy and that will keep you stress free.  The problem with this is that some of the spaces she walks through, I don’t have.  And some of them are geared toward kids, so if you don’t have kids, there is some irrelevant material to sift through.  

I feel this book was just your average decluttering book.  And I have a feeling that if you follow her blog or Facebook page, you will have already learned the lessons from this book.
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Allie's book is going to change lives in the best way. She gives practical, digestible wisdom on how to make your space one that works for you and your family. My favorite is that it's not so prescriptive that you can only have a certain number of each item but digs into what your situations might be and how to support the life your family has. When reading this book, I read the kitchen chapter and immediately went to work. I went from having a kitchen that I hated cooking in to having space that brings me peace and I want to spend time in. I didn't spend money, I just followed her instructions to set it up in a way that was thoughtful and made me happy. Everyone has commented on how much bigger my kitchen looks now (which is a nice bonus). I already know I will be buying a hard copy of this book for me to keep on hand, and will be buying many more to gift. Thank you, Allie, for making this accessible to so many.
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Declutter Like a Mother provides a do-able blueprint for readers to work through de-cluttering their homes in manageable chunks. I appreciate Allie's "you do you" approach to decluttering. Allie writes to her readers in a very casual and relatable way sharing lots of personal examples, reading Declutter Like a Mother feels like chatting with a friend
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A eye opening, actionable, thoughtful book to help you break down the steps of decluttering and simplifying your home to make space for what matters. Allie prompts you through some questions to find your “why” for decluttering and then walks you through, step by tangible step, how to declutter your home. 

This book was so inspiring, I did what she said by setting 30 minute timers and worked on chunks of our house during each session. Our home is so much lighter, happier, easier to maintain, I am less stressed, and so is the family. This is a must read for anyone (not just moms) who wants to find my intention in life, less stress and chaos, and more peace. Because, as Allie explains, what takes up your space takes up your time, and clutter can literally steal your joy.
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Allie is an Encourager, a motivator, she know what she is talking about because she has lived it! An overwhelmed mom who was tired of picking up after her life instead of living it. Her book helps you shift your mindset and provides specific steps to help make those tough decisions. This is an easy read and one you will go back through many times on your journey. If you truly want more time and more freedom in your life, check out this book. Don’t just read it, take action!
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This book was fun and informative! I love how the author broke down each space of the home. I'm a organizational freak so this kind of reading is so much fun. Helped me think about getting rid of even more stuff. Highly recommend!
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I love Allie's approach in this book, as well as all that she teaches..."progress, not perfection."  As a family that has just moved and is unpacking, this book couldn't have come at a better time.   She gives you just the right size amount to "chew off" at a time when the overwhelm hits.  I've been following Allie for years now and am a current student of the Uncluttered Home, as well as many of her other courses.  The chapters in this book truly work and literally moved mountains in my own life with her words of wisdom and experience.  I'm so thankful for her and her message that is being spread out there with this book.
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As a mom with another on the way, I saw this and was like YES PLEASE HELP. But then I started reading it and there were so many things that annoyed me about this book. For one, she's all about minimalism. That's great, but not for me. Then I noticed that she talks to her readers like Rachel Hollis who I just cannot stand. Finally, she promotes herself WAY too much in this. Like we get it, you're successful and you do alot of stuff that you get paid from.
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I found this book to be such a disappointment. Early on I realized it was written by the blogger who went viral after she gave away most of her children's toys. She apparently went on to become a multi-millionaire (she tells us often how successful she is) with her podcasts that lead people to pay for her expensive courses on how to declutter. She has testimonials in the book from people who "invested in themselves" and paid $200 to take her courses and how it supposedly changed their lives, but there is virtually NOTHING NEW in this book to differentiate it from your average blog post (and most of it is just her old blog posts from way back, that you can still view through the wayback machine). I wonder if she held back anything honestly helpful for those raking out the hundreds for her classes, if there is anything good in there either.

The one and only thing that was remotely new or helpful to me was that she mentions that in her paid course for getting kids to declutter, the other woman involved in that course made up 5 categories of kids regarding their motivation. This reminded me a lot of the love languages and some are pretty much the same and just rebranded. But basically some kids are motivated by competition, some by wanting to please, some by time with you, etc. and you can convince them to declutter by knowing what motivates them (like give them a dollar for every 10 things they get rid of if they're motivated by money and presents, and just spending time with you will motivate the ones who value quality time). This was literally one paragraph in the entire book though, and it is the only thing I found remotely new.

The author likes to call you "girl" and talks like Rachel Hollis. She also acknowledges that she comes from a privileged perspective, and that shines through. For instance, she talks about getting rid of stuff and you can just buy it again later if you need it, and she describes her lovely house with lots of descriptions of expensive, luxurious items and not just less stuff. She does talk about how to buy better stuff when you're really poor and things like that, but to me she focuses a lot on owning nice things, which isn't really minimalism. The focus is certainly on getting rid of stuff too, but it's really basic advice.

I'd recommend books like Decluttering at the Speed of Life if you want more information.

Considering how often the author plugs her podcast and paid courses, it almost feels like the idea was to get people to buy the book so then they'd go pay hundreds for her courses. There are already about a hundred reviews here on Goodreads from her loyal fans who all parrot the exact same lines.... "Allie gave me the kick in the butt I needed!" and such, so she seems to have sent people over here and to Amazon to rave about the book. If you like her and want to give her some money and hear her talk some more, this will be a great book for you. For those who aren't fans I don't know that you'll get much out of this unless you are absolutely brand new to ever reading anything about decluttering.

I read a digital ARC of this book via Net Galley.
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