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Declutter Like a Mother

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Declutter Like A Mother by Allie Casazza is a motivating book about simplifying our homes and lives. It's written in an engaging, conversational tone with the focus being on intentionality and simplicity, which will help give us more time and clarity. Though it doesn't really bring any new insight into the genre of home decluttering and organization, it is very motivating. Casazza gives guidelines for each area of the home and advice for mental blocks that may keep us from achieving the living space we want. I really enjoyed this book, which is not about minimalism as an aesthetic, but as a way of simplifying our lives and giving us more time back for more important things. 
Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing this ARC.
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I love how easy this book is to read. It’s a quick read with a lot of useful, easy to accomplish tips on how to declutter your home. The anecdotes are relatable and humorous, and make you feel like you’re not alone in having too much stuff in your house. I love the tips and easy to follow instructions to declutter!
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I found Allie several years ago when we had just added a third kiddo and I was seriously overwhelmed by stuff. Simplicity/less/minimalism is always something I said I wanted to be when I grew up. I felt like I was drowning. Through the simple shifts mentioned in this book I was able to clear so much clutter and bring space and a lighter feeling into my life. I became a happier mom who wasn’t cleaning up constantly or overwhelmed by the piles of stuff everywhere in my house. This book is practical, helpful, and down-to-earth, all while having the tone of a friend coming alongside to help and give you the information when you’re already too overwhelmed to problem solve. I remember crying tears of joy after realizing I no longer had to be a slave to my stuff. Allie’s philosophy of minimalism/simplicity quite literally changed my life and I’m forever grateful. 

Easy to read and implement. You’ll be so happy you found this book!
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Allie Casazza is a mom and this book addresses the mom life. The overwhelm, the challenge with trying to balance everything. I recently listened to Allie on a podcast with Clutterbug Cas Aarssen and from there listened to Allie's podcast and subsequently purchased this book.

This book is clearly written, and presents many ideas to help you on your journey to declutter your house and live life more fully. One of the chapters I think is most useful is the one about helping kids with their toys. She worked with a family therapist and identifies five different personality types that kids most likely fall into. This can help you as a mom motivate your child to embrace a more minimal lifestyle. 

Although Allie talks about minimalism, she is not rigid about what this entails. For example, if you are a passionate cook, your kitchen is going to look different than if you eat to live. She encourages you to work on your house, setting an intention for each room about what you want. She explains that you need to determine what matters to you and your family and talks you through the various rooms in the house as well as wardrobe, mail and paperwork, sentimental items, random stuff, gifts, and more. There is no formula to follow since everyone has different priorities and Allie's book will help you get some clarity around that if you need it.

She pulls examples from her own experiences, and her experience from helping others, highlighting ideas with testimonials throughout the book. Decluttering is a process. It's not something you do once and then it's done forever. 

Most of all Allie talks about how overwhelming it can be for moms particularly to get everything done. This book will help you become more intentional about what you have in your house and life.

I read a digital ARC of this book via Net Galley.
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I love books about decluttering and minimalism so was excited to start this one. I had never heard of Allie Casazza before so was interested to find out more. 
I liked the way the book was set out and how different rooms were broken down into sections to make things manageable and less daunting, however there was nothing new in this book to what I have already read or know.
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This is one of those books that I think I will be referring back to as I work to declutter my life and home. The author does a great job of breaking things down into relatable chapters and making the concepts manageable. 

I enjoyed the writing style and understand the author tried to form a bond with the reader but I think it could come off as a little false at times. 

for the decluttering though I'm a fan. I feel like I can tackle small projects over the course of a stretch of time. I feel like I can organize my decluttering and not feel too overwhelmed so the book is a success for me and like I said this is the kind of book you refer back to so it is a keeper on my self.
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Are you stuck? I am too, or I was!! I ordered Allie’s book because I needed something, ANYTHING, to help me start. Her book does that! She pumps you up and gives you the tools for a simpler life, without the rigid rules of most minimalists. She guides you through each room and gives you VERY specific areas to work that can mostly be done in 30 minutes. What are you waiting for? Stop reading and go pick up her book!!!
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Thanks to NetGalley and Nelson Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

I had recently come across the Instagram page of Allie Casazza. As a mom who's always looking for ways to minimalize the amount of crap in my home and organize it, I was excited to read her book. Who better than another mother to help me figure out how to get this task done? Well, I wasn't all that impressed. Almost all the information is basic logic I've already learned or come across in other books. The section I was most excited about, children and their belongings, had a plug to her "paid program" to really go deep on the types of children and how to help each type let go of things. She gave a very simplistic view in the book on these types, but again, it was all so basic I just skimmed over it. I actually found myself skimming a lot as there just wasn't anything in there that was new to me. It felt like one huge advertisement of herself, and the opening was way too long. I wanted to get to the meat of the book, but every time I though she was done talking, it just kept going with more words. 

My biggest turnoff was I did not like the Rachel Hollis tone of "hey girl" Allie kept using in the book. As someone who loathes that kind of marketing to be hip with women, I finally had enough and DNF the book. I think I made it just over 50% of the way through and was done. I think anyone who is a fan of Allie, her blog, her podcasts, or her programs, you might like this book. It just wasn't for me. 

I'll be posting my review on Goodreads right away, but I might only do a very simple review on Instagram. I hate leaving bad feedback on that site as it feels a lot more personal than Goodreads. If I do post, it will be up before the 15th of September.
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“This is why minimalism is not about having less for the sake of having less. It’s not about having a clean house. It’s not about being a minimalist because it’s trendy and cool and your house will look perfect. There has to be a bigger and deeper why. It’s about having less for the sake of having more of what matters.” 

Here ye here ye, calling all moms. Declutter Like A Mother is a room by room and item by item guide to help you be your best clutter free self. This is an extremely real and practical way to get your life back. It’s not the minimalist movement that has you feeling you have to survive with one fork and 7 items of clothing. But it IS about not having so much that it’s stealing your joy and life. 

Holyyyyy hell am I glad I raised my daughter before there was so much pressure for moms to be perfect and have Pinterest worthy houses on the regular. My daughter played with toys and they were everywhere…and literally no one cared. Because no one saw it. Ahhh the simpler times before social media. 

According to this book, my generally chill and laid back attitude stems from my lack of clutter in my home. Wahooooo. A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind has been my adult life mantra. I have a place for everything and everything is in its place. The one caveat to my clutter free, light, and airy home are…you guessed it…books. #SorryNotSorry And as she states in the book, “progress not perfection.” Can I get an amen?! 

If you are interested in simplifying your life and taking it back from the clutter that surrounds you, read this book! Thank you to Netgalley, Nelson Books, and the author for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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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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