by Gretchen Rubin
The latest from Gretchen Rubin, best known for her work with the Happiness Project, focuses on exactly what the title says – creating order around you so you develop inner calm. The book is quick and easy to read, with great practical tips and ideas in it. I found myself returning to portions that spoke more to me (organizing clothes, for example) and skimming through other parts that weren’t as applicable. Instead of classifying this as “just another organizing book”, I liked Rubin’s idea that doing physical organizing creates mental calmness (so both spaces are organized). Even though I didn’t put her work into practice immediately, what I have found this summer is I am returning to her mantra (even my husband has picked up on it) as an organizing principle in the house. Who knows? Maybe reading this at the start of the summer influenced my projects thus far & if that’s true, I am better off for having spent some time with Rubin’s book. I also read this in the same time frame as her book on Habits – these 2 together make a nice pairing.