Care­ful What You Wish For

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September 1, 2019
Emi­ly Har­low is a pro­fes­sion­al orga­niz­er who helps peo­ple declut­ter their lives; she’s mar­ried to a man who can’t dri­ve past a yard sale with­out stop­ping. Like oth­er pro­fes­sion­als who make a liv­ing declut­ter­ing peo­ples’ lives, Emi­ly has devised a set of iron­clad rules. When work­ing with cou­ples, she makes clear that the client is only allowed to declut­ter his or her own stuff. That stip­u­la­tion has kept Emily’s own mar­riage togeth­er these past few years. But the larg­er his col­lec­tion” becomes, the deep­er the dis­tance grows between them. Emi­ly has two new clients to dis­tract her: a wid­ow whose hus­band left behind a stor­age unit, and a young wife whose hus­band won’t allow her stuff into their house. Emily’s meet­ing with the wife takes a detour when the women end up fan­ta­siz­ing about how much more pleas­ant life would be with­out their col­lect­ing spous­es. But the next day, Emi­ly finds her­self in a mess that is too big to clean up.

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