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

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Samantha Mostek
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I read it in about 2 hours and am definitely feeling inspired. I've been on a cleaning kick for a few weeks now and this just helped to boost my desire to make my home even better! I need to get the rest of Gretchen's books now!
  • 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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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway so I moved it up on the list of Gretchen Rubin books I have to read. Now, I plan to read her others soon as well as listen to her podcast.I didn’t think there was anything earth shattering in the book but it was quick to read and reinforced some of the KonMari principles. The best part was at the end with ideas to beautify your surroundings. I particularly liked the idea of having a signature color, which I do.Thank you Goodreads and Gretchen Rubin for the I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway so I moved it up on the list of Gretchen Rubin books I have to read. Now, I plan to read her others soon as well as listen to her podcast.I didn’t think there was anything earth shattering in the book but it was quick to read and reinforced some of the KonMari principles. The best part was at the end with ideas to beautify your surroundings. I particularly liked the idea of having a signature color, which I do.Thank you Goodreads and Gretchen Rubin for the gift.
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  • Carole L.
    January 1, 1970
    Outer Order, Inner Calm is a gentle conversation with your most organized friend who is sharing her awesome tips for clearing clutter. While the book is structured around Gretchen Rubin (author)’s five steps for decluttering and organizing, each page is a stand-alone, smart little tip. (Yeah, I absolutely should have “donated quickly” back in January rather than moving my giveaway pile into the basement!)Outer Order, Inner Calm is motivating because it’s realistic. For example, using the methods Outer Order, Inner Calm is a gentle conversation with your most organized friend who is sharing her awesome tips for clearing clutter. While the book is structured around Gretchen Rubin (author)’s five steps for decluttering and organizing, each page is a stand-alone, smart little tip. (Yeah, I absolutely should have “donated quickly” back in January rather than moving my giveaway pile into the basement!)Outer Order, Inner Calm is motivating because it’s realistic. For example, using the methods in Outer Order, you can make some improvements that better your home even if you don’t have a lot of time. Also, the cleaning methods and checklists don’t rely on convincing your partner or family to “do their part.”I love that Outer Order, Inner Calm proposes long-term habit changes to maintain order, such as strategic shopping, repairing broken items, and adding beauty to your home. Outer Order also addresses work life in addition to home life (because work is a part of life!)If you’re interested in the KonMari method, Outer Order, Inner Calm is a great companion book. Both Marie Kondō and Gretchen Rubin agree that the ultimate goal is happiness! Personally, I like Marie Kondo’s “spark joy” concept in Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I feel like part of the instructions are missing. (The KonMari method seems to be easier to implement on Tidying Up, where the families can ask Marie Kondo questions to fill in the blanks!) Outer Order, Inner Calm diagnoses many more of my ongoing clutter problems and gives concrete solutions. That pile of “not clean, but not dirty” clothes on the bedroom chair – yes, put up a hook!I’d recommend Outer Order, Inner Calm to you if you like Marie Kondo but need more concrete and varied ideas on how to declutter, if other people rely on you to keep your home organized, if you want to declutter efficiently, or if you’re the type of person who needs an individual cleaning method.
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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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  • 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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  • Blake
    January 1, 1970
    I really like her work as an author and writing style. Initial impression was an easy read with not a ton of actionable info but the more it sits with me the more I like it. Especially the willingness not to go full minimalist and make things beautiful.
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  • V
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Karol Gajda
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was more accessible than The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up. For someone like me (live in a small apartment, fairly vigilant about adding new things to my life) it wasn't ground breaking, but had a lot of useful reminders. I'd recommend it for anybody who struggles with clutter. Note: I got this book for free through a GoodReads giveaway. (Actually, I also got Kondo's book free, but through Audible.)
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  • Aubrey
    January 1, 1970
    After hearing so much about this book on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier, which I listen to regularly, I was so excited to receive this in a Goodreads giveaway! I’ve read a couple of other books by Gretchen, and they always have some really great tips for life management, habit building, etc. This book, while relatively spare (certainly appropriately cleared of clutter), contained several tips that I underlined and am excited to put into practice. There are many concrete ideas and suggestions f After hearing so much about this book on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier, which I listen to regularly, I was so excited to receive this in a Goodreads giveaway! I’ve read a couple of other books by Gretchen, and they always have some really great tips for life management, habit building, etc. This book, while relatively spare (certainly appropriately cleared of clutter), contained several tips that I underlined and am excited to put into practice. There are many concrete ideas and suggestions for how to create a well-organized home full of only what is loved or useful. My only complaint is that the organization of the tips was a bit lacking. It’s divided into five main sections, but you might find a tip about organizing your closet on one page and another related tip a few pages later or even in the next section - it feels like they could have been grouped a bit better. However, I acknowledge that this may be due to my receiving an advanced copy, and may be adjusted for the full release.Ultimately, I did enjoy it and I can’t wait to reference back to it to help me on my way to a less cluttered, more organized life!
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  • Tiega
    January 1, 1970
    A really quick read. Definitely motivating. I'd reccomend it to anyone. If you're feeling overwhelmed, she breaks it down into simple steps. It's not a one size fits all. She gives you many different options on how to go about thinning out all of your stuff. And just about all of us has too much stuff.
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  • EAM
    January 1, 1970
    I normally wouldn't purchase this sort of book for myself, but happened to receive an advance copy through the Giveaway. However, I think it was fortuitous that I did win a copy of this book because it's wonderful. I read many articles online about how to 'organize your life' or 'be a productive person' etc., but the advice Rubin writes in this book is completely new and really fresh. Some of it you've probably said to yourself or maybe know unconsciously, but she writes in a way that makes you I normally wouldn't purchase this sort of book for myself, but happened to receive an advance copy through the Giveaway. However, I think it was fortuitous that I did win a copy of this book because it's wonderful. I read many articles online about how to 'organize your life' or 'be a productive person' etc., but the advice Rubin writes in this book is completely new and really fresh. Some of it you've probably said to yourself or maybe know unconsciously, but she writes in a way that makes you want to take ownership over things and seriously de-clutter your life and I am sure can 'make room for happiness.'The only critique I have is the organization of the book - I struggle to figure out how to go back and return to some of the advice so that I can reference it later. It's the kind of book that you can look through once to get a feel for, but you'll want to take the advice slowly and integrate it at your own pace- meaning that you'll want to reference the specific suggestions later on...I'm not sure if I have a specific suggestion for how to get over this hurdle to implementing the Rubin's ideas, but it's worth pointing out because it can detract from successfully making these changes in the long-term. Last, I will say that if you have an organized and anal partner (like I do), and you decide you do want to take Rubin's suggestions to heart....making these changes really can bring happiness. :-)
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  • Mirjam
    January 1, 1970
    Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin @gretchenrubin is a wonderful little book that grinds all those beans of wisdom, the ones your mother told you, those you have read about and those that you have understood through your own experiences but not quite implemented for whatever reason, into fine powder and percolates them into a steaming cup of strong coffee of wisdom. Gretchen Rubin’s superpower is collecting these ideas and compiling them into sentences that stay with you as you go through Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin @gretchenrubin is a wonderful little book that grinds all those beans of wisdom, the ones your mother told you, those you have read about and those that you have understood through your own experiences but not quite implemented for whatever reason, into fine powder and percolates them into a steaming cup of strong coffee of wisdom. Gretchen Rubin’s superpower is collecting these ideas and compiling them into sentences that stay with you as you go through your day. Make your bed, one minute rule, power hour, keep what you use, nothing really new and yet she gets us thinking and doing like almost no one else can. My theme for the year is „follow through“ and this books fits in nicely. I like her democratic approach a lot, she doesn’t say „my way is the only way“ but „find out what works for you“
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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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  • LS Schulz
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had received an advance copy of this book from the Goodreads giveaway. Gretchen's friendly, encouraging tone comes through with every tip. She encourages readers to adjust the tips to fit their personal style, family, etc., so they will actually work for them - and to ignore the tips that may not work. She also brings a bit of her "Four Tendencies" in her explanation of a few things and has her own personal change to the KonMari methodology that I like. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had received an advance copy of this book from the Goodreads giveaway. Gretchen's friendly, encouraging tone comes through with every tip. She encourages readers to adjust the tips to fit their personal style, family, etc., so they will actually work for them - and to ignore the tips that may not work. She also brings a bit of her "Four Tendencies" in her explanation of a few things and has her own personal change to the KonMari methodology that I like. If you have read books on getting organized before, you will find you have heard some things before (though probably presented somewhat differently), but you are also likely to find some new ideas you like and can put to use.
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  • Antoaneta Mitrusheva
    January 1, 1970
    Не знам дали изобщо има смисъл да пиша ревю... Харесвам Гретхен Рубин, някои от книгите й са ми любими, други - не чак толкова, но все съм научила по нещо от тях и със сигурност не съм оставала с усещането за изгубено време. Е, тази книга успя тотално да ме разочарова и всъщност, ако има някакво достойнство, то е че не ми изгуби чак толкова време, защото може да се прочете за час - два. Всъщност каква ти книга? По-скоро някакъв миш-маш от кратки съвети, почти всички познати и многократно повтаря Не знам дали изобщо има смисъл да пиша ревю... Харесвам Гретхен Рубин, някои от книгите й са ми любими, други - не чак толкова, но все съм научила по нещо от тях и със сигурност не съм оставала с усещането за изгубено време. Е, тази книга успя тотално да ме разочарова и всъщност, ако има някакво достойнство, то е че не ми изгуби чак толкова време, защото може да се прочете за час - два. Всъщност каква ти книга? По-скоро някакъв миш-маш от кратки съвети, почти всички познати и многократно повтаряни. Нищо ново под слънцето. Нито успях да схвана логиката в организацията на книгата, нито да остана безразлична към липсата на каквато и да било задълбоченост и оригиналност.
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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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  • Megan Caddy
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first thing I’ve ever pre-ordered and have been anticipating it’s release date for months! Having read all of Gretchen’s previous publishments, this is by far my favorite—it speaks to my soul!Even as a kid, I was naturally wired to organize every space or possession in my life. Just the thought of making improvements and tidying up is exciting to me!🤓I love how Gretchen discusses strategies, prompts questions, and offers fun tips in determining how to declutter. “The most important This was the first thing I’ve ever pre-ordered and have been anticipating it’s release date for months! Having read all of Gretchen’s previous publishments, this is by far my favorite—it speaks to my soul!Even as a kid, I was naturally wired to organize every space or possession in my life. Just the thought of making improvements and tidying up is exciting to me!🤓I love how Gretchen discusses strategies, prompts questions, and offers fun tips in determining how to declutter. “The most important thing is to know ourselves and what works for us.”
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  • Darcy Berard
    January 1, 1970
    Declutter for calmLove this book. Lots of good ideas and strategies. Funny, i already do some. This validates me. It has really opened my eyes to messes and clutter. The do it now is the best one. Thats the best time to do anything! Great work Gretchen. Very informative. Great read.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great read (listen)! One thing I love about Gretchen Rubin’s books is that she shares tips and tricks and things that work for her as well as talking about how everyone needs to find what works for them! This book made me want to clear clutter and I already started the process! This book was fun and motivating!
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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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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This tiny book is a very quick read. It’s more like a series of short thoughts on the topic than actual meaty chapters. That said, Rubin is so friendly and likable that it felt like an afternoon chat with a friend who enjoys brainstorming clutter-busting ideas with you. If you have a limited book budget I’d say get this from the library. Worth the hour and a half it took me to read it.
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  • Amanda Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Quick, compelling read with practical tips that people can adapt to suite their needs. I like that she starts by telling you to take what resonates and leave the rest. Can't wait to keep my cleaning and organizing kick going with her 21 Day Challenge.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Helpful tips, I’ll certainly go back and look through them again. I like that her book wasn’t just addressed to married home owners - she has ideas for roommates, apartment dwellers, etc. It made me want to organize something!
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