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Outer order, inner calm : declutter & organize to make more room for happiness / Gretchen Rubin.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harmony Books, 2019.

Physical Description:
xxi, 215 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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158.1 RUB Book Adult General Collection
158.1 RUB Book Adult General Collection

On Order



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.

Author Notes

Gretchen Craft Rubin was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked on the Supreme Court under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served as counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. An adjunct professor at Yale, she currently lives in Manhattan.

(Publisher Provided) Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She writes on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature on her daily blog as well as in books. Her books include Happier at Home, The Happiness Project, and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Rubin (Better Than Before) maintains that people feel more in control of their lives in general when they are in of control of their stuff. To that end, the author delivers more than 150 clutter-clearing ideas to get one's possessions in order. The benefits of achieving organization are many, including fostering peace within relationships and a sense of possibility. Tips for decluttering consist of assigning each day a task, using hooks instead of hangers, and being cautious of promotional giveaways. The beauty of this book is its brevity and practicality. Readers can easily pick and choose methods that make sense to them, while preventing unnecessary items from accumulating in the future. VERDICT Rubin's many fans will flock to this title, as will anyone seeking a quick and easy fix to the persistent problem of clutter. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.