Publisher: Two Roads
Page count: 215
Release Date: January 2020
We picked up this little book at the local bookstore some time ago. They keep these kinds of books at the counter and Bren was drawn to it, so we decided to take it with us. Since I’m currently experiencing some mental unease I thought it might be good to read this book and declutter our home. So, what better way to learn how to do it, than to read this book? Right?
Outer Order Inner Calm is a very simply written book with practical tips how you can declutter. The book is divided into several sections, with each section explaining several methods of deciding what to toss and after you’ve done so, how to create the perfect clutter free home.
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris
First of all, I was very happy with this book, because it says multiple times that not every method of decluttering works for every person. So this is in no way meant to be the holy grail of decluttering methods. In fact, several different types of decluttering are explained and you can basically mix & match what works for you.
Like I said, this book is very simply written and that is both its strength and weakness. The tips are very straightforward and practical. Yet, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that I was constantly reading “Tips of the Day”, because most pages aren’t filled in their entirety and it really is just a huge collection of tips. This doesn’t make this a bad book, but it’s also not a book that goes very deep into matters, because all of the items are so short.
Still, I have started decluttering our home by following some of the simple rules inside the book. They do work and I do feel that whenever I declutter I feel more at ease. That means I’ll be decluttering several more rooms in our house in an attempt to feel like I’ve got a clean slate, so to speak. It has been very beneficial and I think a lot of people can get something from this book, just don’t expect much depth, but loads and loads of helpful tips! Nothing more, nothing less.
Paper smell: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟