‘In my study of happiness, I’ve realised that, for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm.’

Outer Order Inner Calm

Declutter and organize to make more room for happiness


Gretchen Rubin

In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or a crowded wardrobe is a trivial problem – yet Gretchen Rubin found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives.

Ask yourself:  DO I NEED IT? DO I LOVE IT? DO I USE IT?

With 150 concrete clutter-clearing ideas, 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’, ‘cultivate useful habits’ and, of course, how to ‘add beauty’.

At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control, we can create a more serene environment. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps to help us achieve the lives we yearn for.

Gretchen Rubin (credit Elena Seibert) Two Roads Books

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide in more than 35 languages, and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in cultivating habits and in pursuit of happiness. She also has an award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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