- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Harmony (March 5, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1984822802
- ISBN-13: 978-1984822802
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- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
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Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Hardcover – March 5, 2019
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Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness
Consider The Three Big Questions Of Clutter
When trying to decide the fate of a possession, ask yourself:
Do I need it?
Do I love it?
Do I use it?
Identify The Problem
Make your workspace more convenient and orderly by taking the time to identify a specific problem.
Is your coat or sweater always in your way? Get a coat rack, use the common closet, or get a hook
Are you constantly getting tangled in your headphones? Get a desk headphone hanger.
Do you constantly misplace paper with important information? Use a cork board, take notes in a single notebook, create an in-box for 'current vital info,' use a vertical file holder to keep papers organized with within reach.
Many problems have simple solutions—once we take a moment to identify them.
Remind Yourself, 'I Have Plenty Of Room For The Things That Are Important To Me.'
The point of cultivating habits for continuous clutter-clearing isn’t to achieve some particular level of perfection. It’s to create an environment where we can feel, 'I have plenty of room for the things that are important to me. I can find those things, I can see them, and if something new comes into my life, I have room to expand.'
Everything Looks Better Arranged On A Tray
Perfume bottles. Spice jars. Cuff links. Enamel boxes. Coffee-making materials.
A tray (or a basket, bowl, or plate) pulls individual items into a pleasing collection.
Even when things are in the right place, they may look messy and scattered until they’re contained in some way.
Accolades and Praise for GRETCHEN RUBIN
#1 New York Times bestselling author
Member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100
“Aided by her formidable intelligence and willingness to try anything, she spent a year road-testing every theory about happiness she could get her hands on, using her own life as the road.” —TIME
“Once you’ve read Gretchen Rubin’s tale of a year spent searching for satisfaction, you’ll want to start your own happiness project and get your friends and family to join you. This is the rare book that will make you both smile and think—often on the same page.”
—Daniel H. Pink, Drive
“Rubin had learned that there was a close correlation between habits and happiness, so she figured out how we form them, use them, and change them. Once I came to understand habits as harnessing our own laziness—making a habit frees you from decision-making, which you can use to your advantage—my relationship to them changed permanently.” —The New Yorker
“Lays out life’s essential goals… serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve them.”
—New York Times Book Review
“If anyone can help us stop procrastinating, start exercising or get organized, it’s Gretchen Rubin. The happiness guru takes a sledgehammer to old-fashioned notions about change.” —Parade
“Gretchen Rubin combines deep research and observations from her own life to explain how habits emerge and—more important—how they can change. It’s indispensable for anyone hoping to overhaul how they (almost unthinkingly) behave.”
—Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
“Gretchen Rubin is a writer after my own heart—seriously brilliant, very warm, and funny. I think she’s amazing.” —Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird and Help, Thanks, Wow
“Gretchen Rubin’s superpower is curiosity… Weaving together research, unforgettable examples, and her brilliant insight, Better Than Before is a force for real change.” —Brené Brown, Dare to Lead and Daring Greatly
“With her characteristic mix of delightful charm, thoughtful research, and insightful advice… Gretchen Rubin shows how to add fun, joy, and harmony to your home life.”
—Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
"Loaded with practical solutions and impeccable research. Rubin is also a fine writer, and her enthusiasm for improving lives is contagious."
About the Author
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She's the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. A member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also has a highly ranked, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Rubin started her career in law, and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
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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 these ideas before.
To address the two criticisms of the Amazon reviews thus far:
1) This is not a novel or structured like Ms. Rubin’s previous books. It is arranged so that one may read straight through (as I have done) or select pages to read here and there. The personal anecdotes so common in her “happier” books are not as pervasive here.
2) It’s unfortunate that a few reviewers’ copies arrived dirty/damaged, but this is not a true criticism of the book. Amazon would send a free replacement if asked, I would think.
"Outer Order, Inner Calm" is motivating because it’s realistic. For example, using the methods in "Outer Order," you can make some improvements to better your home even if you don’t have a lot of time. Also, the cleaning methods and checklists don’t rely on convincing your partner or family to “do their part.”
I love that "Outer Order, Inner Calm" proposes long-term habit changes to maintain order, such as strategic shopping, repairing broken items, and adding beauty to your home. "Outer Order" also addresses work-life in addition to home-life (because work is a part of life!)
If you’re interested in the KonMari method, "Outer Order, Inner Calm" is a great companion book. Both Marie Kondo and Gretchen Rubin agree that the ultimate goal is happiness! Personally, I like Marie Kondo’s “spark joy” concept, but I feel like part of the instructions are missing. (The KonMari method seems to be easier to implement on "Tidying Up," where the families can ask Marie Kondo questions to fill in the blanks!) "Outer Order, Inner Calm" diagnoses many of my ongoing clutter problems and gives concrete solutions. That pile of “not clean, but not dirty” clothes on the bedroom chair – put up a hook!
I’d recommend "Outer Order, Inner Calm" to you if you like Marie Kondo but need more concrete and varied ideas on how to declutter, if other people rely on you to keep your home organized, if you want to declutter efficiently, or if you’re the type of person who needs an individual cleaning method.