The #1 Fight

Welcome to Seriously, Y’all… a website dedicated to how life so easily gets knocked off track, and my human attempts to get it going in the right direction.

Do you know what the number one fight my husband and I have? Probably not. We just met. I will tell you. It isn’t money. It isn’t marital affections. It doesn’t even have to do with the kids.

Our #1 fight is over the constant clutter in the house. Not surprisingly, when we have a collective day off, our family is tasked with cleaning, organizing and dealing with the clutter.

It isn’t fun. With three teens and two dogs, our house is always in a state of never quite clean enough.

My House

Just so you can get to know us a bit, let me tell you about our house.

  • Just under 2,000 square feet.
  • 3 real bedrooms + a bonus room we turned into a bedroom.
  • Small closets
  • 2 1/2 bathrooms
  • 2 car garage – that we actually park in
  • Absolutely no built in storage (no basement, no attic, no real storage closets)

Add it all up, it is a recipe for clutter.

The Method

I have read a few books on the Minimalist Lifestyle. I have yet to find one minimalist philosophy or guide book which sums up the exact goals that I have for my house, my family and my life. Instead, each author has had very insightful nuggets of wisdom I have claimed as my own.

And since non of the guides I read represented my exact experience, I created this site.

Try and Fail and Try Again

So, not a great plan, but it’s my plan. I’ve tried to get my house in order before. I purge closets mercilessly.

But…

What happens after the garbage truck has come, and the boxes of goods have been donated?

The. Clutter. Returns.

I think it is like yo yo dieting. You have to plan to keep the weight off with a lifestyle change. If you don’t change how you acquire things, you will refill that closet you just cleaned out. Your junk drawers will floweth over, and you’ll be back to square one.

Which is where I am today.  Square one. Again.

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