"Clutter steals away our time and saps our energy," writes Susan K. Rowland, a freelance writer, speaker, adult catechist, and member of St. Timothy Parish in Mesa, Arizona. Dealing with the extra stuff in our lives keeps us busy and, in many cases, can also prevent us from developing our intimate relationship with God. In this well-organized and enlightening paperback, the author presents tips and strategies for clearing away the clutter in our lives so that we have the time and the energy to devote to spiritual matters.
Rowland begins by discussing the importance of taking care of our bodies by eating healthily, drinking plenty of water, and getting a good night's sleep. Next, we can begin to clear out the profusion of things in our physical environment. She shares an "Evacuation Game" which can help us in this process. Parting with keepsakes, collections, and memorabilia is hard but necessary. Letting go is a spiritual practice that shows us that we already and always will have plenty. We will savor the beauty of our possessions when they have room enough to be seen and cherished. We are treating them badly when we keep them hidden away in a closet or the attic.
Another chapter deals with the profusion of paper in our lives and ways to manage this. Rowland also looks at kicking the worry habit, which is part of clearing away mental clutter. Taking time to pray on a regular basis and honoring the Sabbath are two more ways to make room for God.