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Publisher's Summary

Real Life Organizing offers clutter-free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest-worthy home on a small budget: Learn how to organize your home, simplify life, and have more time for the things you love. 

Organizational expert Cassandra "Cas" Aarssen, the guru from YouTube's ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks, and secrets to a clean and clutter-free home in just 15 minutes a day. Aarssen spends her time organizing other people's homes, teaching college workshops on organization, and creating weekly videos and blog posts. Cas offers DIY Pinterest-type tips to people like you who are interested in how to get rid of clutter and how to organize your home.

Organized person on the outside: The secret to her success? She's a giant mess on the inside, but an organized person who can teach you how to get rid of clutter and organize your home once and for all.

Simplify your life: In her debut, Real Life Organizing, Cas walks you through the steps you can take to create a beautiful, organized, clutter-free, and almost self-cleaning home - a DIY Pinterest home. Simplify your life. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga-loving minimalist, and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to simplify your life and have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to actually be an organized person to live like an organized person.

Organize home: Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks, and solutions that allow her to maintain a clean, organized, and functional home with minimal effort. After you've listened to Real Life Organizing, you too will be able to live a more organized life without having to give up your sanity.

In Real Life Organizing, you will learn how to:

  • Create a household-management binder
  • Make a "kids cupboard" in your kitchen
  • Create an in/out system
  • Organize paperwork based on your unique style
  • Create a kitchen command center
  • Organize your holidays with a gift closet
  • Build the best toy-organizing system
  • And enjoy a DIY Pinterest home

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Cassandra Aarssen (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Real Advice For Real Mom’s

I have read lots of cleaning, organizing, purging, minimalist books and was in search of a book that didn’t just explain what “being organized” meant or how I needed to change my lifestyle. I wanted someone to tell me where to start and how to do it. I love this Book and will read it/listen to it again and again. I will recommend it to all my mom friends, not just the ones that need help organizing but all moms.

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Love Ya Cass

Just love Cass,, I so wish the book would have been narrated by Cass, it would have been much more entertaining!

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Great book!

I love Clutterbug! Cass had made organizing so much more relatable! I do NOT care for the voice doing the narrative.. No offense but I love watching the Clutterbug Youtube videos and I hate that she wasn’t allowed to read her own books for the audio version! Nobody could do it justice like she can.

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Very helpful, great book!

This is a very good book if you're looking to create your own system for a Clutter-Free home/life.
You'll find very practical, down to earth advice and suggestions, but what I found truly special was that it contains a way to determine which clutter/organizing style you have.
That's incredibly helpful for families where different people have different styles and concecions have to be made so that the family could live a Clutter-Free life together.
It helps you better understand yourself and your family.
I couldn't recommend it more, it's just a really helpful, fantastic organizing book!
+the humor and the honesty throught it made for a lovely reading experience

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Decluttering ideas that work

Feeling overwhelmed with clutter in the house. We have 6 kids which can accumulate alot. We needed something that would work so I found Cass'sYouTube channel and followed her there. I realized that she had an audio book too so I listened and can relate to alot of what she is saying. I highly recommend this audiobook because she tells you how she has overcome and what she learned along the way to help us with similar issues.

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wrong voice actress for this genre

This book is so helpful but the voice actress is a terrible fit. She sounds deliberate and condescending, not animated and positive like the author almost certainly intended.

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GOOD BOOK

This Was A Good Book I Enjoyed it very much. I did it as audio book. Not Bad but Physical copy would have been better for this type of book. But it had a lot of helpful tips. Peace

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I 💗 Cass

I follow Cass on YouTube, and I’m so glad I finally read her book. I need all the help I can get.

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Not for people already into organizing

The writer constantly alienates and even insults people who enjoy and are already functioning organizers. I was hoping for some new tips and tricks but felt antagonized. The author is constantly referencing that they will get to the meat of the book later on, and repeats themselves frequently. If you are trying to start tackling your messy home and need a place to start, im sure this book is more approachable than others, but it wasnt for me.

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She is the Best

Every auto book I have of her's is the best Explanation & help for myself & how I see others that I have ever seen or heard...
I am a Bee & now I hope to be Free of some & more as I clean & organize where I am planted ... I will hope to Bloom with my own Love for my home & property.
Thae narrator was Wonderful.
Good Luck to all the bugs out there ... 🤗🌻🦋🐞🦗🐝🐲

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  • R. L. Clarke
  • 09-26-21

Somewhat useful, but aimed at the wealthy

‘Throw out ten shirts you don’t wear, a bathing suit and three pairs of pyjamas!’ ‘You can always replace stuff!’ - I own two shirts and two pairs of pyjamas. I have no spare swimsuit, and no, if I throw something out I can’t replace it easily.
‘The basement, garage and laundry room are great places to store stuff for six months!’ - If you own a flipping mansion.
Also, the idea of purging everything by throwing it out or donating it, without thinking about it, is unconscionable. OK you might need to at first. But the cycle of acquiring and disposing is what needs to stop. Don’t buy stuff! Half the time donating is just code for dumping your horrible crap on someone else.
There is some good advice in here but it does seem to come from a very narrow viewpoint.

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  • legomummy
  • 01-16-21

Good overall

This was the second book of Cas that I have read. Just read the clutter connection, it's better and more help, this one is good but the clutter connection gives you this and more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-21

You can’t shame someone into doing something and get a positive result.

Shaming language and snooty performance. “You may have a smelly home and not know it!” Disgusting approach. Gave up.

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  • D Schofield
  • 11-17-21

couple of good ideas

pretty simple and practical . couple of good ideas I'd not heard but majority of stuff is same as other declutter books . worth a listen for free on audible plus

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-21

just great!

loved it, really motivating and simple, common sense advice, got me organizing my house and I already see results. wonderful tips for people with small kids and realistic advice. thank you!

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  • Sam Tate
  • 01-28-20

brilliant book

loved it, what a great idea for a book. im looking forward to listening to the next one

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  • C. M. Wikeley
  • 05-07-22

Great ideas, systems and insight.

One of the things I found most helpful was how to recognise the different personality types when it comes to organising/tidying your home and how to develop techniques that mesh the different types so that it works for all.
Loved the part about facilitating and encouraging children to be independent so that you are not their forever slave (….into adulthood!)

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  • Miss A.
  • 04-25-22

Very motivating

Got lots done while listening to this and I’d recommend it. Only thing that I didn’t like was there was a real condescending nature to the clients in the case studies and a sense of judgement from the author.

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  • Redsookycat
  • 04-24-22

Good book but not much new information

this is interesting as a first book to learn a little about keeping on top of your home, but it's not really telling us anything new.

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 04-09-22

informative

thank you Cass for a very informative book, I think I'll purchase the physical copy too so I can reference bits as needed xxxxxxxxx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-21

Helps to make life simpler

Practical tips for real life. Cassandra puts things in a light hearted fun way which makes the book an easy read. I also like that she shares her challenges of being a naturally messy person and how she needed things to be super simple to put away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-22

yes

Pivotal moment was realizing how people get stuck between the value of the stuff versus the value of themselves, what they need and deserve in life.

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  • Tiffany Chapple
  • 01-30-22

Finally feel like I know what I'm doing

She makes tidying so easy, straightforward and manageable!
The tips are actually actionable and don't leave you with stuff lying in guilt inducing piles while you sit paralyzed with indecision (like some other tidying methods do).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-22

The boost you need

Really gives you the boost you need to organise your house. The tips were easy to follow and completely achievable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-22

Wow am I impressed!

This book is so spot on it’s freaky. She knew my organising style and gave loads of tasks and ideas to fix it. Already I’ve told 7 friends who struggle as well. Best book I read in at least 3 years and I read a lot of book. It simple and easy to do tasks to correct your weaknesses and gives great storage ideas. All I can say is it’s so complete you couldn’t add anything else to it.

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  • Anna Le Merle
  • 10-21-21

Give your home a hug and it will love you back

This book goes through an overview of different clutter personalities and how to adapt for each. The reader completes a quick questionnaire which helps them determine where on the clutter spectrum they sit. This was interesting as it helped explain why I am different as opposed to my husband or child. I believe it could help other readers too. Cassandra also talks about how to adapt cleaning and storage solutions to each of the personalities.
The part that I really did like was her daily checklists and about giving love to your home. When you give your home a hug it will love you back and it will change you. I love all things manifestation and karma and spiritual and this book somewhat delivered that also (albeit at a smaller scale).
I will try and read more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

awesome to listen too.

Loved ithis audio and listened all of it today . going to do everything suggested.