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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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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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great book

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