With clarity and humor, 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. And for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work.
In this easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down book, Gretchen Rubin suggests more than 150 short, concrete clutter-clearing ideas so each reader can choose the ones that resonate most. The fact is, when we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we’re far more likely to be able to create the order that will 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 more control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. 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.” At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control by using the strategies that are right for us, we feel both calmer and more energetic.
With a sense of fun, and also a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we yearn for.
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 New York Times bestsellers, The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages. A member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, she also has an award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and a popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Praise for OUTER ORDER INNER CALM:
“Almost every one of her recommendations is a gem…Even better, her explanations (and rationales, if necessary) are short, personal, humorous, and occasionally pointed. Why this instead of what’s become the iconic decluttering tome, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? There’s no guilt attached.” – Booklist Starred Review
“The latest book from the best-selling author of The Happiness Project, though, isn’t so much a “how-to” organizational guide as it is a roadmap of how to identify a decluttering method to help you feel more in control of your space (and therefore, your life). Her approach? There’s no single way to do anything. Rather, the right way is the one you actually do. If the KonMari Method doesn’t exactly spark joy for you, give Rubin’s approachable, flexible route a shot.” – Well + Good, “The 10 Buzziest Wellness Books to Add to Your 2019 Reading List“
“Gretchen Rubin, the author of the forthcoming book Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness, describes this behavior as decision fatigue. “If I give it away, I don’t have to decide if it’s actually junk or not,” she said. Getting rid of belongings we once cherished, or bought impulsively, or received as gifts, is an emotional burden, too. That’s partly why we still have so many of them.” – The New York Times, “Marie Kondo Helped, but What About the Extra Stuff?“
“Rubin believes when it comes to organizing ‘for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.’ Her book may particularly spark joy for you if you’re stuck with necessary items that nevertheless don’t work for you.” – The Washington Post, “The 10 books to read in March“
Praise for Gretchen Rubin:
“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