Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness

October 14, 2019 - Comment

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this lovely, easy-to-use illustrated guide to decluttering, the beloved author of The Happiness Project shows us how to take control of our stuff—and, by extension, our lives.   Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this lovely, easy-to-use illustrated guide to decluttering, the beloved author of The Happiness Project shows us how to take control of our stuff—and, by extension, our lives.
 
Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work. When we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we can find inner calm.
 
With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Rubin suggests dozens of manageable tips and tricks for creating a more serene, orderly environment, including:
 
• Never label anything “miscellaneous.”
• Ask yourself, “Do I need more than one?”
• Don’t aim for minimalism.
• Remember: If you can’t retrieve it, you won’t use it.
• Stay current with a child’s interests.
• Beware the urge to “procrasticlear.”
 
By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Decluttering 101 I read this book in a couple of hours today. It is on a topic very familiar to me, as I consider myself a (not strict) minimalist. It would have been extremely helpful to me about two years ago! It was a fun read.The book is primarily a collection of ideas to reduce physical clutter. If you are hoping to declutter, reading this book is a no-brainer. If you want your clutter to stay the way it is, you may not enjoy this book! If you are already a minimalist, you have read most of…

Anonymous says:

Lots of ideas to try, very helpful when you get stuck making choices I really liked the “try this, try this, here’s another idea, try this” approach in this book. I was only reading a few minutes when I had a lightbulb moment, put the book down and immediately went to my closet to implement one of the author’s strategies and was able to finally let go of something that I had struggled to discard! Instead of suggesting a “one size fits all” step-by-step philosophy, this books offers lots of small, short tips to help you think through decisions about letting go…

Anonymous says:

Declutttering and organizing in an individual, realistic and approachable way “Outer Order, Inner Calm” is your most organized friend kindly sharing her awesome tips for clearing clutter. While the book is structured around Gretchen Rubin’s five steps for decluttering and organizing, each page is a stand-alone, smart little tip. (Yeah, I absolutely should have “donated quickly” back in January rather than moving my giveaway pile into the basement!)”Outer Order, Inner Calm” is motivating because it’s realistic. For example, using the methods in “Outer…

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