Outer Order, Inner Calm
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 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 control of the stuff of life makes us feel more in control of our lives generally. 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.” When we get our possessions under control, we feel both calmer and more energetic. With a sense of humor, and also a clear sense of what’s realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment–one that helps us to create the lives we yearn for.

Outer Order, Inner Calm Details

TitleOuter Order, Inner Calm
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 5th, 2019
PublisherHarmony
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GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development

Outer Order, Inner Calm Review

  • etherealfire
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 implementing more going forward!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    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 t 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 the Ruben way of keeping or getting rid of a possession. When trying to decide the fate of a possession, ask yourself:
Do I need it? 
Do I love it? 
Do I use it? 
Overall, this was a quick read with some good ideas, but nothing special, new, or especially interesting. I liked it well enough, but after reading so many of these types of books it takes something special to wow me.
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  • K-bahm
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 new to Gretchen Rubin.
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  • Teri Martin
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 sense guidance and want to read this book I advise getting it from your local library because I felt it wasn't worth the money.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    (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 (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 summon up motivation for the next tidying challenge.Famously, Kondo advises one to ask whether an item sparks joy. Rubin’s central question is in three parts, and a little more down-to-earth: Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I use it? She’s also, I suspect, much less ruthless than Kondo in that she understands that we attach emotional meaning to our belongings. But that doesn’t mean we need to hold onto all our childhood finger paintings or college T-shirts; just keep one of each. We can still buy holiday souvenirs, but make sure they’re small and easy to display, like Christmas ornaments.Although the book is divided into five sections, the advice seems in something of a random order and can be slightly repetitive (making the same point in a different way, a corollary of another tip, etc.). With no index, I feel like it’s a bit difficult to navigate; any time I want to find my way back to a certain section, I’ll just have to flip through until I find it. But since this is really meant as a book of inspiration, I still think it will be a useful jumping-off point for anyone who’s trying to get on top of clutter. It’s been put together attractively, with lots of illustrations by Jon McNaught and various pages of quotations, bullet points or aphorisms.Here are a few pieces of advice that stood out for me:• Be selective about what you acquire in the first place: “If you never possess an item, you don’t have to store it, dust it, find it, or figure out how to give it away.”• Deal with all those half-finished projects: “The easiest way to complete a project is to abandon it.”• It’s easy to neglect certain rooms or corners: “Make sure that no area in your home smells bad, feels dirty, or seems abandoned.” Then your whole house will feel usable.• Don’t nag other people about their clutter (always a challenge for me in dealing with my husband). Instead, let your tidying set an example: “people often get inspired to clean up their own areas when they see other areas getting cleared.”• A few time challenges: never put off any task that takes a minute or less to complete (e.g. hanging up your clothes); finish every (work) day with 10 minutes of tidying; and each week schedule a “power hour” where you achieve all the cleaning and organizing you’ve been meaning to do.I also plan to go through her closet checklist before I pass on this book to my sister – who’s still dealing with a whole basement full of extra stuff after she and her second husband merged their households and families. Since I work from home I tend to wear just the same few sets of very casual clothing all the time, so there are a lot of unworn items in my closet and in our spillover wardrobe, including lots of dress/work clothes I haven’t found occasion to wear in years.If I could add one page/spread to the book, it would be a flowchart of what to do with unwanted stuff that corresponds to the latest green recommendations, i.e., refuse, rehome, repurpose, reuse and recycle, all before the last resort of putting something in the trash. A phrase like “get rid of” is too open-ended because a lot of people, through ignorance, laziness or lack of imagination, will simply throw a thing away rather than get it to someone who will use it.
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  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 do it. This is mostly going to be me venting my frustration at the author, publisher, and publishing industry, so if you’re looking for an in-depth review of the book and/or not interested in reading a reader venting, feel free to stop here. Please respect & understand that people will have differing opinions & thoughts regarding an author and/or book, and I try to never cross the line of writing negatively about the author, I always try to stay focus on the book in itself. There are few instances where I do have to mention something about the author, it happens mostly for nonfiction books where I can be more matter-of-factly, where I deeply feel they could’ve done better for the level they’re on, and when I strongly feel that their fans and/or readers deserve much, much better. .From here, I’ve taken bits of my own review of Bernstein’s “Judgement Detox” because I felt exactly the same after finishing Rubin’s book. Whenever a book doesn’t work out for me, I always say — there are no bad books, just bad timing or chemistry. First of all, I’ve read all of Rubin’s books and listened to her podcast for awhile, but no longer do. Not a fan per say, but somehow ended up riding along her popularity. You guys know, I love self-help, personal-development, and spirituality books, so I’ve read it all, heard it all. I want to be respectful of author’s effort & time, I know it’s a lot of hard work & not easy putting your work out there and certainly feel they should be rightly compensated for it. However, this book is just wrong. It shouldn’t have ended up in a book form, she should’ve kindly shared it in a blog or as an article. To put this ultra-popular declutter concept and writing it as if it’s something of your own and/or making it sound like such a revolutionary concept just seems really silly to me, also unfair to the readers & her fans. I cannot be the only person that felt like this book was written just for the sake of writing a book, just to put something out there — nothing new, nothing interesting, nothing groundbreaking, but certainly could be useful to some people. It’s like, “here, let’s declutter, so buy a book!”.I know, there really isn’t anything “new” out there, per say. If you think about it, everyone is just “borrowing” each other’s ideas and writing it in their voices, for their readers. Even for Marie, it wasn’t that her idea was new or fresh, but she took initiative to bring it mainstream & popularized it, so many people thing she created the concept. .As someone considered as though-leader, expert, and guru of our generation, she could’ve done better. We deserve better as readers who is also spending hard-earned money. I never want to say don’t buy a book, but try borrowing it from the library first. This is where I’m upset about the publisher & publishing industry, I can’t even believe that the editors didn’t say, we can’t publish this. Is this something worth the value? There’s a popular topic/concept, Rubin’s considered expert in living best life, so let’s put together a book. I know Rubin is well-known for her painstaking research for her books, but this was like gather ideas readers already know & wrap it in a nice cover w/easy-to-read formatting. I am pissed of as an avid reader and someone who have supported her work that she thought this was deserving of our attention, money, and time. I am pissed off at the publishers taking advantage of readers with a popular is topic & popular author. It’s frustrating that this will be one of the biggest & bestselling books of the year, and I guess that’s why publishers will publish it. I am mad at myself for falling for it, again. I know this wasn’t fun to read, but if you made it to the end, thank you! It certainly wasn’t fun to write it, but someone needs to say it. If you’ve never read a book on this topic, you may like it or find it helpful, it’s a pretty quick read.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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, as opposed to the other two, which had a wider scope. I found it so helpful!
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  • Alicia Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    AT ONE POINT SHE REFRAMES “SPARKS JOY” AS “ENERGIZES” WHICH LOL OK
  • Ami Zelkova
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nakiya
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Mardi
    January 1, 1970
    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 towa 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 2019 reading challenge.
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  • Karen O
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 read Marie Kondo’s book for fear that I would throw away my couch and bed since I’m already so crazy. That said, I still found this book delightful and impressive. And I DID learn a few things!!First of all, me aside, I highly recommend this. It looks long but it filled with short little lessons and stories that are funny, relatable, heartfelt, and helpful. Gretchen doesn’t lecture; she’s like a therapist guiding you to the truths you already know deep inside. She’s also warm and has an open mind for all personalities and preferences. She doesn’t have a “way,” just a path for you to find YOUR best “way.”To get an idea of what you can find in its pages, here are some things I took away and plan to use in the future: For sentimental objects that you don’t want to part with but have no use for, take photos of them and save/store in your photo libraryCreate and use a “bowl of requirement” (name inspired by Harry Potter) when you’re traveling, to have a reliable place to deposit keys, sunglasses, etc. when you’re without your usual landing spotsWhen deciding on getting rid of or keeping a piece clothing, “Consider the X Factor” and ask if you would feel happy if you were wearing this when you ran into an ex. LOL. There were also two lessons in here that I had already learned from her podcast that I really love:“Spend Out” by using and not saving the things you buy. Lovely stationary, an expensive candle, etc. I have thought about this a lot sinceMagic Room; picture yourself waking up one day and your home has magically added a spare room. What would you do with it? Once you have your answer, see if you can’t make it happen in your current non-magic home. Long story short, this is what inspired me (with help from my partner) to get rid of some furniture to create a reading nook in our bedroom at our old (smaller) place. Life changing! Of course most of the book is more about clearing clutter, but there is something for everyone. It’s a lovely little book that guides instead of preaches. Anyone could love it!!
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    I love Gretchen Rubin and will faithfully buy all of her books, but I have to admit, this one wasn't my favorite. If you're looking to start, I would read The Happiness Project first, and listen to her Happier podcast of course. OOIC was a great quick read with tips and tricks on tackling clutter, learning to deal with clutter differences in relationships, and how to create more order in our daily lives. I will definitely be referring back to this one often, as there are a lot of really great to I love Gretchen Rubin and will faithfully buy all of her books, but I have to admit, this one wasn't my favorite. If you're looking to start, I would read The Happiness Project first, and listen to her Happier podcast of course. OOIC was a great quick read with tips and tricks on tackling clutter, learning to deal with clutter differences in relationships, and how to create more order in our daily lives. I will definitely be referring back to this one often, as there are a lot of really great tools and pointers included. I am giving it 3 stars because it wasn't groundbreaking in any way, and if you've been a longtime podcast listener, most of the content has already been covered via podcast episodes.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all of Rubin's other books. I enjoy her style. This book is not a how-to as much as it is a philosophy and figuring out your relationship with clutter and what is clutter to you may not be clutter to someone else. There are better practical books out there, but you will enjoy this if you enjoy Rubin's other books.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    I've read one other book by this author and I really liked it. So I was excited about this one. I totally understand why this book hasn't received glowing reviews, but I still liked it. There isn't anything new here regarding lightening the clutter load in the home, but what resonated with me was the ease in which she talked about this. I found this inspiring, and now I am fully committed to getting around to my husband's home office, and my sewing room. So something good came from this.I listen I've read one other book by this author and I really liked it. So I was excited about this one. I totally understand why this book hasn't received glowing reviews, but I still liked it. There isn't anything new here regarding lightening the clutter load in the home, but what resonated with me was the ease in which she talked about this. I found this inspiring, and now I am fully committed to getting around to my husband's home office, and my sewing room. So something good came from this.I listened to the audio and I liked that Gretchen did her own narration. So 4 stars.
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  • Janssen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick, fun read. Not a lot new if you've read her other books or listened to her podcast, but a helpful reminder!
  • Jen Brodehl
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars- Lots of tips on how to be organized and clean up your life. I didn’t learn too many new things since I’m already crazy organized haha. But I still enjoyed it!
  • Ursula
    January 1, 1970
    I do enjoy Gretchen Ruben’s writings and her podcast. This book has a lot of ideas to manage the clutter that we deal with at home and at work. Many ideas were mentioned in her other books and her podcast but I love having all her best ideas in one manageable book. Great read.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Amina
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • McLovin
    January 1, 1970
    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 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, as any random page can serve as a daily inspiration. But if the book ever becomes clutter, I'll know how to deal with it.
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  • Kaytee Cobb
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Gretchen has taught me SO MUCH about happiness and habits and such, and this tiny (literally) book was just not that. It was full of quippy advice, rarely longer than a paragraph. It tries to acknowledge that one size doesn't fit all with regard to culling your possessions, but instead of giving us varied techniques, she just gave us random little tidbits. It felt scattered and redundant. I'll be creating Inner Calm by removing it from my shelves, unlike the rest of her books, which get pride of place in my home.
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  • Mariah
    January 1, 1970
    I adore Rubin and her work. But I was disappointed with this one. As others have said, it was a bit light on content. It wasn’t full of the research I count on with Rubin (like in Better than Before), or even an innovative take that is simple in implementation, like Four Tendencies. It was just a brief book with some interesting ideas but nothing I’m going to think about over and over. I think it will inspire me to clear some clutter, and I like that she’s not judgey like Marie Kondo, but I want I adore Rubin and her work. But I was disappointed with this one. As others have said, it was a bit light on content. It wasn’t full of the research I count on with Rubin (like in Better than Before), or even an innovative take that is simple in implementation, like Four Tendencies. It was just a brief book with some interesting ideas but nothing I’m going to think about over and over. I think it will inspire me to clear some clutter, and I like that she’s not judgey like Marie Kondo, but I wanted more.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Not my favorite of Rubin's books, in part because it didn't feel like it went into much depth and that depth is what I've come to love about her work (though I dislike the habit book pretty deeply). I like the premise: outer order creates inner calm, and that outer order could be any number of things. But in execution, it's short and not especially practical. Perhaps that's because the tips that resonate with me are ones I've already picked up from her previous books and podcast?
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick read and probably one I'll listen to a few more times. I love listening to Gretchen Rubin...she does a lot of self-reflection and experimenting and then shares what works for her, or what has worked for others. She gives lots of tips and ideas to satisfy lots of different styles.
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