Outer Order, Inner Calm

Outer Order, Inner Calm Review

Bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin illuminates one of her key realizations about happiness: For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. In a new book packed with more than one hundred concrete ideas, she helps us create the order and organization that can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or crowded coat closet is a trivial problem–yet Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of the stuff of life makes us feel more in control of our lives generally. By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, as well as things that don’t work, don’t fit, or don’t suit, we free our mind (and our shelves) for what we truly value.

In this trim book filled with insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order, by explaining how to “Make Choices,” “Create Order,” “Know Yourself–and Others,” “Cultivate Helpful Habits,” and, of course, “Add Beauty.”

When we get our possessions under control, we feel both calmer and more energetic. With a sense of humor, and also a clear sense of what’s realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment–one that helps us to create the lives we yearn for.

Title:Outer Order, Inner Calm
Edition Language:English

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    Outer Order, Inner Calm Reviews

  • etherealfire

    I received this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Gretchen Rubin's books always fill me with joy and delicious possibility. This slim volume is the perfect inspiration for the new year! Clear, concise and ...

  • K-bahm

    This is a quick read and an approachable little book about how to be more organized. The emphasis here is on little- this is pretty light on content. There's a lot of white space on each page, the org...

  • Christy

    The last thing I really needed in my life was an organizing/clutter clearing book, but when I saw Gretchen Rubin had one out, I picked it up one day at Target. I absolutely loved Gretchen’s The Happ...

  • Teri Martin

    I really like Gretchen Rubin's books I feel like she spends a lot of time doing research before she writes her books and I always feel like I am better educated and understand myself more after readin...

  • Elizabeth

    Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin. I’ve read all her books on happiness and habits, I listen to her podcast and I follow her on social media. While this book is full of tips ...

  • Diane

    Gretchen Rubin has jumped on the decluttering bandwagon. "Outer Order, Inner Calm" is an inspiring collection of tips and tricks for getting rid of unnecessary things, with the goal of making your hom...

  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City

    per my last update of this book, I decided not to rate this book because it does not deserve so. And I was not going to write a review because of my huge disappointment & frustration; but after much d...

  • Rebecca

    (3.5) What with all the debate over Marie Kondo’s clutter-reducing tactics, the timing is perfect for this practical guide to culling and/or organizing all the stuff that piles up around us at home ...

  • Julie

    Gretchen Rubin drew me close right away, as if she were there in my living room talking with me. I remained in her thrall, as I gobbled this book up! In fact, I need to buy this book, so that I can re...

  • Michelle

    Looking forward to this one. Will it be a little too much like KonMarie and others who’ve gone before? Hope not - here’s to Gretchen bringing a fresh take to things. I’m hopeful that she will ad...