NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this lovely, easy-to-use illustrated guide to decluttering, the beloved author of The Happiness Project shows us how to take control of our stuff—and, by extension, our lives.
Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. When we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we can find inner calm.
With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Rubin suggests dozens of manageable tips and tricks for creating a more serene, orderly environment, including:
• Never label anything “miscellaneous.”
• Ask yourself, “Do I need more than one?”
• Don’t aim for minimalism.
• Remember: If you can’t retrieve it, you won’t use it.
• Stay current with a child’s interests.
• Beware the urge to “procrasticlear.”
By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The house doesn’t need to be spotless, but it really helps to have a handle on your space. Wellness expert Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) offers 150 practical tips for tackling those dirty dishes, tidying your desk, or donating the clothes stuck in the back of your closet. Never mind trying to decide if an item sparks joy—Rubin’s mantra “Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I use it?” helped us make quick decisions we still felt great about later. We were motivated by her upbeat, enthusiastic narration, which made taking control of our surroundings feel doable and even more rewarding.
Again, not original.
Rubin once again is just taking someone else's idea and creating a book.