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Publisher's Summary

A guide to decluttering from the international best-selling author and happiness guru Gretchen Rubin. 

Gretchen Rubin explores one of her key secrets to happiness: that for most of us, outer order leads to inner calm. A messy desk or a cluttered cupboard might seem like a trivial matter, yet Rubin has found that by simply organising our stuff, we free up space for what we truly value (in our lives and in our homes). 

Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I use it? 

This new volume, with over 150 concrete ideas, approaches the problem of how to best organise our possessions with Gretchen Rubin's characteristic clarity and humour, explaining how best to:

  • Make choices
  • Create order
  • Know yourself - and others
  • Cultivate helpful habits
  • Add beauty

Leading on from both Happiness at Home and The Four Tendencies, the audiobook is filled with practical insights, clear strategies and sometimes surprising tips to help listeners find what works best for them to regain control and lead happier, healthier, more productive and more creative lives.

©2019 Gretchen Rubin (P)2019 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Four Tendencies: "There's something rather profound going on here: an advancing of self-knowledge, and mutual human understanding, which could surely be harnessed as a recipe for world peace." (Daily Telegraph)

"A genius." (The Guardian)

"If you want to change anything in your life, you need Gretchen Rubin." (Viv Groskop, journalist and rebel)

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Perfect listening while I was packing my house for a move!

There are some excellent insights here that I know I will take with me into daily living. Lots of lightbulb moments and I had to stop and bookmark lots of pages! Loved it!

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  • 10-03-2019

Too similar to previous books

This felt like a rehash of Rubin's previous books. A lot of the analogies have been told before.

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excellent book of ideas

although the reading held my interest, it would probably be better to have a printed version of this book because much of it read like a long list of ideas.

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OK but a repeat of author's other books

This book is a good collation of topics the author has written about in her other books (down to using the same phrasing and stories). As such, I didn't find if useful as I had heard it all before. It would be good for someone who either hadn't read the other books; someone who just loves the author's work no matter what; and/or someone who wanted a topic-specific revision.

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  • 11-04-2019

Helpful and practical

Brilliant book, enjoyably narrated by the author. Full of concrete advice and tips to get you started and keep you going. Will listen again with a notebook handy!

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  • Jules T
  • 10-01-2020

great book

really gets in to how as well as why, good practical advise. I also appreciate the author reading the work.

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