"I feel like if I could just get rid of all this clutter, I could go on to do great things," I say as I am pouring out my heart to Jennifer Hunter, a perfect stranger who happens to be a professional organizer.
"Maybe that's why you keep the clutter," she says, without any hesitation.
I am stunned. And vaguely defensive.
I'm not sure what I expected her to say exactly. But certainly not that the clutter I can't seem to banish from my life is serving as some sort of perverse excuse for underachieving.
Hunter tells me about the time she was organizing a client's house and a contractor who was there to paint the ceiling asked her what it was she did exactly.
As she explained, the painter began nodding. "I see," he said. "So you're sort of a therapist."
"Halfway between a therapist and a housekeeper," is how Hunter describes her work.
I make a mental note to avoid any further mentions of my childhood.
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