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Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  11,754 ratings  ·  1,620 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Harmony
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a quick read and an approachable little book about how to be more organized. The emphasis here is on little- this is pretty light on content. There's a lot of white space on each page, the organization felt a bit redundant, and there wasn't much practical, doable advice. I read it, I took notes, and I came away with a half page list of things to start doing. I didn't hate it, but I was hoping for more. ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Gretchen Rubin's books always fill me with joy and delicious possibility. This slim volume is the perfect inspiration for the new year! Clear, concise and yet pure fun with quick, easy, cheerful little chapters of tips for finding your personal clutter-tolerance level and streamlining your spaces as it meets your personal needs and desires. I had my first "hour of power" for the new year and I'm looking forward to going through the checklists and impl ...more
The last thing I really needed in my life was an organizing/clutter clearing book, but when I saw Gretchen Rubin had one out, I picked it up one day at Target. I absolutely loved Gretchen’s The Happiness Project so I hoped this would have some great info and something new, or a new outlook at the very least. 

The ‘Does this spark job’ method of clearing clutter doesn’t always work for me, as random things (say my rice maker I use weekly) don't spark joy necessarily, but is needed, so I did like
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, 2020
I appreciate the author’s logical approach to decluttering along with her direct and to the point advice and tips. She offers practical perspectives and decisive actions to instill organization and order in your home while also acknowledging that people view and approach clutter in different ways. We don’t need to get rid of everything, especially if those things make us happy, but we can be more proactive in instilling positive habits for increased order and greater calm in our lives.
Teri Martin
Mar 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really like Gretchen Rubin's books I feel like she spends a lot of time doing research before she writes her books and I always feel like I am better educated and understand myself more after reading them, but this book is just felt like a boring rip off of Marie Kondo and other how to organize your home for a better life books. I am a bit disappointed I didn't think she would write a book like this just for the sake of writing a book and that is what it felt like. If you need some common sens ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin. I’ve read all her books on happiness and habits, I listen to her podcast and I follow her on social media. While this book is full of tips to understand and deal with clutter, I felt like I’d heard it all previously, either from her books or podcasts. I’m disappointed there wasn’t more original content. I also felt it was somewhat superficial, and lacking the deep research she normally provides in her books. Book would be best for someone ...more
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
per my last update of this book, I decided not to rate this book because it does not deserve so. And I was not going to write a review because of my huge disappointment & frustration; but after much deliberation, I decided to write one (mainly venting) for my goodreads friends as a friendship courtesy because you guys deserve to know not only why I’m feeling the way I am, but in hopes of saving you time, money, and energy.
I know the author is on this site, but someone needs to say it, and I’ll
(3.5) What with all the debate over Marie Kondo’s clutter-reducing tactics, the timing is perfect for this practical guide to culling and/or organizing all the stuff that piles up around us at home and at work. Unlike the rest of Rubin’s self-help books, this is not written as a narrative but as a set of tips – 150 of them! That means it’s not so much a book to read straight through as one to keep at your bedside or on your desk and read a few pages of – whether in sequence or at random – to sum ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: simplicity
Gretchen Rubin has jumped on the decluttering bandwagon. "Outer Order, Inner Calm" is an inspiring collection of tips and tricks for getting rid of unnecessary things, with the goal of making your home/office a happier place to be.

This book is a fast read — I think I read it in less than an hour — with some good advice about how to finally let go of stuff you don't need any more. A lot of these tips I've seen elsewhere (Rubin does reference Marie Kondo's bestselling books about only keeping ite
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Gretchen Rubin drew me close right away, as if she were there in my living room talking with me. I remained in her thrall, as I gobbled this book up! In fact, I need to buy this book, so that I can refer to it again at my leisure and apply it to my daily life and pattern of storing things neatly in containers rather than dealing with them.

In the first section about making choices Rubin includes 25 possible explanations of why we might want to keep an item. One explanation jumped off the page, "
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looking forward to this one. Will it be a little too much like KonMarie and others who’ve gone before? Hope not - here’s to Gretchen bringing a fresh take to things. I’m hopeful that she will address this from the Four Tendencies perspective; I’d like to learn how to use my Rebel-self for good in this space.
Holly  B
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Getting organized

Nothing I haven't heard before, but okay
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
This “book” is like a collection of sidebars from good housekeeping and real simple, spread out on small pages with soooo much white space, basic graphics, and quotes to take up space. (Reminded me of students who turn papers in with big margins and huge fonts.)

Really, it’s 99% recycled content that her readers and listeners have heard before, in print with decent design. You could read this “book” standing in the aisle of a bookstore.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. I’ve enjoyed Gretchen Rubin’s prior books and listen to her podcast regularly. This book has nothing new. I’ve heard it all before on her podcast. Most of it are suggestions from her listeners. Gretchen Rubin is capable of so much more than this book.
On the positive side, it is a quick read and is designed as light and breezy.
If you want to read this book, get it from the library. Don’t spend good money on it.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It came at the perfect time for me, because I'm moving, so this was a great energizer to get rid of things I don't need as I head into that. The book is easy to read and inspires the reader to create outer order through daily habits and other tools. If you've read Gretchen's other books, particularly The Happiness Project or Better than Before some of this will seem familiar, but there's enough fresh material to make it worth reading. It's also a very focused book, ...more
Karen O
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, huh. I have lots of teetering piles of books cluttering up my apartment, and usually I have a terrible time getting rid of any of them. Somehow I don’t think I’ll have much trouble with this one.
Ami Zelkova
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2019
A great little book for those unfamiliar with Gretchen Rubin's other work. I've read them all, listened to the podcast, read the blog, hung out on the app, etc. so this was all review. There's nothing in here that wasn't already in a book or blog post or podcast episode, but it compiles all of Gretchen's tips on an orderly home and office in one place, and does that job well. ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a devoted listener to the author's podcast, many of these ideas were familiar to me, but even then I found that these tips were random and not as practical as I was expecting. However, that being said, the general mood of the book will make you want to declutter, so that's a good thing ...more
Kaytee Cobb
I hate myself a little for my opinion of this book. Let me preface by saying I am a HUGE fangirl of Gretchen Rubin. I have all her books. I listen to her podcast every single week. I get her emails. I preordered this one as soon as it was announced.

So, with all that being said, maybe I'm not the right audience for this book. Because I felt like I had heard it all before. It felt like every page included something that's been discussed on the podcast or explored elsewhere. I really feel like Gret
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Gretchen Rubin & have followed her for years; since buying The Happiness Project in 2012 while on holiday in NYC. Her podcast is my go-to when I’m driving. And maybe that’s why this book was disappointing - as it had no new insights. Not one thing I haven’t heard her say before. And for such a short book, it’s been coming for soooo long. Lengthy advance promotion built unrealistic expectations, perhaps. On the plus side, it’s a quick, easy read & ticks off another book towards my 2 ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed with this book. I loved Happier at Home and Better than Before for the way Rubin embedded her ideas about happiness/habits into short stories and personal examples. Most of this book was recycled material. Why do blogger/podcaster/authors keep doing this? I enjoy her podcast and looked forward to this book for the past year, but there was no new material in it. This didn't feel like a book as much as a blog post/bulleted list. Her idea about thanking an object before giving ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Nothing new that I don't already practice, but still a good listen. ...more
The Story Girl
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was more of a collection of tidbits and random advice, nothing really structured. It never made me want to get up and immediately start organizing or de-cluttering, which Marie Kondo's book and possibly others have done. ...more
Rachael | Booklist Queen
I expected more from Gretchen Rubin

I love Gretchen Rubin and I love reading about minimalism, so I expected to get a fun, well-researched book like her previous works. Instead, I received a collection of tips, quotes and sayings with little depth or research placed together in not the most orderly fashion. I appreciate that we was trying to keep the book minimal, but the whole thing felt half-baked, tired and far from original.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was ok, but disappointing against what I was expecting based on her other books. It was a very quick read, mostly containing quick pointers about clearing clutter. It lacked the research and personal narrative that I really enjoyed from her other books. Having read Marie Kondo's books along with others, I didn't feel like I gained much from this one ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub
No one ever regrets changing a lightbulb. Ha! Never label a box miscellaneous. Quick little review of her other books. A good kick in the pants to get decluttered once again! Just what I needed!
Update -- 7 days later I have a spotless house again.
Ginger ~ Pages from Wonderland
4.5 stars but creating enough positive results in my life that I rounded up. Immensely practical and much less magically and ideologically focused than the KonMari method. It was a very fast read and would be easy to dip in and out of at short intervals of time. I binged it in just 3 sittings. Definitely one I will be holding onto, recommending, and loaning around.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is appropriately stripped of clutter, revealing a series of pragmatic tips for decluttering, managing possessions and ultimately maintaining a good mood. It may seem trivial, but little things like a made bed, clean closet and clear desk can have an outsized impact on mood and productivity. Rubin is ever careful to not prescribe a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather to provide pointers to help each reader discover what works for him or her. I may be leaving this book out for a while ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of everything Gretchen Rubin does. The Happiness Project changed my life in my first year transitioning to adulthood. The Four Tendencies helped me understand my partner in new ways and was great for our relationship. Her podcast brings joy into my life consistently. So of course I’m grabbing her new book upon its release!

The problem is that this is pretty much the last book I want/need to read. There is, truly, zero clutter in my house. It’s tidy at all times; I wouldn’t even
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