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Outer Order, Inner Calm

Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness
Written by: Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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. 

The fact is, when we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we're then able to create the order that will make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. 

Gretchen Rubin has found that getting 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, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value. 

With a sense of fun, and 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 want.

©2019 Gretchen Rubin (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Just What I Needed

Gretchen Rubin gives practical, actionable advice. But more importantly, she offers meaty food for thought. I listened to the whole book, nodding in agreement and laughing as I recognized myself. I am going to buy a print copy.

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Not much there

I love her podcast, and this is basically all the same stuff. Literally, exact same tidbits. I also feel she just says a lot of opposite sentences- almost in same breath”: if you pick up an item deal with it immediately and put it in its rightful spot… Or just make a bin and put stuff there that you’ll deal with it later… “ it’s a watered down version of Marie kondo.

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  • kristin j caulfield
  • 2019-03-05

Same advice as prior books

All good advice on decluttering. Enjoy her direct messages. I just felt like I was listening to other bits of books that I have read or listened to in the past. Not an original idea!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-06

Listen to the podcast.

Too short and I had already heard all of this in her podcasts. The information is good just not new.

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  • L. Dunn
  • 2019-03-05

Not enough content for one credit.

It was great, what there was of it. I expected more than 2 1/2 hours. Disappointed in that alone.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2019-03-09

Simple Declutter Ideas

The content belongs in a page-a-day calendar with its simple declutter ideas (like when deciding whether to keep something, ask yourself 'do I need, love it, or use it?'). If you've listened to 'Happier with Gretchen Rubin' podcast, then most of the material will be familiar to you.

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  • Christine
  • 2019-03-08

Would have been better as a physical book

I love her books and I listen to her Podcast. I think this book would have been better as a physical book rather than as an audiobook. It's too short, and it's very prescriptive and directive. Her other books incorporated more stories about her or others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-07

Nothing new here

I was hopeful for this book. Even preordered. Major disappointment. Nothing new in this book. Boring and useless.

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  • Susan Niedzialek
  • 2019-03-05

LOVE all of Gretchen Rubin's books!

I was counting down the days for the release of this book, and it did not disappoint. Gretchen does a wonderful job of citing her research and inspiration throughout the book. I enjoy her narration more than any other. She is engaging and clear, and therefore so is her message. Excited for her next book!

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  • matt
  • 2019-03-07

Read before Kondo

if Marie Kondo’s book is the how, Gretchen Rubin’s book is the why. Full of great tips on de-cluttering, and not just purging, but getting better use and more “joy” from what you already have. I’m listening to it again - there is a lot of info here to soak in all at once.

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  • New York City Mom
  • 2019-04-19

A burst of happiness to know what to do

I really enjoy all her books! Her voice is full of conviction, calm and happiness! She has the most practical strategies in a simplified way. I enjoy listening to it and can probably give it another listen this time with a pen and paper to write down her suggestions.

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  • Elena G
  • 2019-04-13

Not Gretchen's best book

I absolutely love other Gretchen's book and two of them I read twice, that's why I immediately ordered this one once it became available. Unfortunately, this won't stay in my library. Although I appreciate the idea and it definitely is important topic, the content is 20-40% repeat from her previous books about happiness and habits. There is no strong story, it is like a collection of tips and tricks, most of which are common sense. There is one thing that was helpful indeed - the classification of person by the way they look at the clutter and that helped me understand how to tackle some of my cluttering habits. Overall, I do recommend this book if you never read anything else about habits and space organisation. But if you did, you might find this book a bit useless.