From the New York Times bestselling author of There Was an Old Woman comes a novel about a professional organizer with a deadly problem she may not be able to clean up.
Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; sheA??s married to man who canA??t drive past a yard sale without stopping. HeA??s filled their basement, attic, and garage with his finds.
Like other professionals who make a living decluttering peoplesA?? 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 EmilyA??s own marriage together these past few years. SheA??d love nothing better than to toss out all her husbandA??s crap. He says heA??s a collector. Emily knows betterA??heA??s a hoarder. The larger his A??collectionA? becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.
Luckily, EmilyA??s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didnA??t know existed, and a young wife whose husband wonA??t allow her stuff into their house. EmilyA??s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, 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 might be too big for her to clean up. Careful what you wish for, the old adage says . . . now Emily might lose her freedom, her marriage . . . and possibly her life.
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