Uncluttering of all sorts…

Unclutterer (un-‘kle-ter-er) n. Someone who chooses to get rid of the distractions that get in the way of a remarkable life.

Distractions, also known as clutter, come in many forms–physical, time management, mental, and bad systems. When your surroundings, schedule, and thoughts are chaotic it’s hard to move through the day…The list of distractions is endless and only you know how clutter is interfering with your life. By getting rid of clutter and organizing your work and home life you will free up time, space, and energy so that you can focus on what really matters to you.

Erin Rooney Doland, Unclutter Your Life in One Week

I love autumn (and any hints of it during what is technically still summer!). I love it because, among other things, my version of the spring cleaning bug kicks in. As I am hardly known for being a neat freak<g> the above quote reflects my desire to stay focused on removing whatever distractions in my life that are keeping me from living a “remarkable” or (as I prefer to call it) intentional life. However, no matter how great my intentions limits always exist to keep me from realizing my ideals. But what ultimately matters is staying focused, which requires a balance between simultaneously cultivating the spiritual life without failing to tend to other aspects of my life (e.g., dealing with physical and mental clutter in order to free up time and energy for nurturing relationships and my vocation’s work, creating and following healthy self-care habits, etc). Nonetheless, since becoming Catholic I feel my relationship with God has become much less cluttered and I find myself all the more grateful to realize my life is truly “hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). It’s good to know that in the midst of whatever kind of clutter we may find ourselves in, He can always find us.

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