Outer Order, Inner Calm

Outer Order, Inner CalmOuter Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin
Published by Harmony on March 5, 2019
Pages: 208

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.

I’m back with yet another book interview. I’m still pulling my life together with the latest computer migration along with some crazy personal life things that have happened recently. I’ll talk about all of this a bit more in a later post. Right now we’re here to talk about my latest read Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. This was the January read for the Paper & Glam book club, which means that I am currently doing well with my reading goals for the year.

I thought that this book read a quite a bit like Marie Kondo’s The Magic of Tidying Up. If you want you can read my review of that book here, it was actually last January that this craze hit! I thought that Gretchen Rubin’s take on tidying up was less drastic and crazy than Marie Kondo’s so that the two methods can be used in conjunction with each other to completely a tidy up. I would recommend you read this book if you have already read the Marie Kondo book and need a bit more motivation for tidying up or have cleaned out Marie Kondo style and are wondering what’s next. I loved Gretchen Rubin as an author and plan on reading a couple more of her books this year.

Let me know what you have been reading lately and if you have read this book or are planning on reading it. See you soon!


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