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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
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

In this lovely, easy-to-use 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.

©2019 Gretchen Rubin (P)2019 Random House Audio

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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • Peoria, AZ USA
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-25

Common sense

Know it all already. This book could be written by anyone with time and common sense. Didn’t enjoy her voice or the info.

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-12

2 hours?

I was disappointed in this book. It barely scratched the surface of the topic, and seemed like a Marie Kondo knockoff. Also, her book recommendations at the end were primarily compromised of her other books. This could have been so much more.