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‘Purposeful housewife’

Alabama mom ‘didn’t enjoy motherhood’ until she gave her kids’ toys away

By WITW Staff on September 29, 2016

Allie Casazza loved her kids, but the clutter caused by the massive amount of toys they had accumulated began causing her so much stress that only by giving away the toys she said, was she able to “save [her] motherhood” and “[her] marriage.”

“I had this huge room in my house, dedicated to toys. Bins overflowing with stuff. A $150 light-up unicorn no one played with. The playroom was the bane of my existence,” said the mother from Bentonville, Arkansas. “I didn’t enjoy motherhood,” she admitted. “I didn’t enjoy [my kids]. They were a bother to me.”

But after giving away nearly all the toys, she said, things changed for her — literally overnight.

“After the toys were gone I immediately felt lighter,” she said. “I had so much less stress.” Without the toys weighing her down, she even found the energy to start her own blog, and business, The Purposeful Housewife — a guide for mothers who want to live minimally. The results, she said, were also positive for her four kids — whom she now homeschools. “It’s such a short season when your kids are young,” said Casazza. “Now I can enjoy it.”

According to a 2012 study from UCLA’s Center on the Everyday Lives of Family, the quantity of possessions in a home “was such a crushing problem in many homes that it actually elevated levels of stress hormones for mothers.”

Read the full story at ABC News.


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