Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In which Primo claims that his clutter is OK because other people are far, far worse, which is true, but it does not make me any happier, as I think the only acceptable status is no clutter

Primo messaged this photo to me and said, "See? Other people are a lot worse than I am. So my clutter is not so bad. It's OK."

To which I said, "Nope. There is no acceptable level of clutter."

Primo: Yes, there is. You grew up with no clutter and I grew up with almost hoarders. The happy medium is between those two.

Me: No. There is no such thing as a happy medium in this case. There is right and there is wrong and your way is just wrong. No clutter is the only way.

Primo: But I am so much better than my parents!

Me: But you are still wrong.

My house in Memphis where I lived a happy, clutter-free life.


  1. I'm firmly in the no clutter camp.

  2. Catherine from CanadaTuesday, November 29, 2016

    I'm having trouble reconciling needing to have the blinds lined up with being able to tolerate clutter.

    1. College Career CounselorWednesday, November 30, 2016

      I agree with you about the contradiction. But perhaps, like Whitman, Primo is large and contains multitudes.

    2. Exactly what I thought. So obsessively neat about windows yet creates and tolerates clutter. Odd.

  3. I'm on board with you. I hate clutter. Unfortunately, I married a pack rat. He has been gradually going through stuff, and I very carefully do not nag him because that's guaranteed to make him dig in his heels, but it's a slow process.

  4. Clutter makes my skin crawl. It'll take time and patience.

  5. Firmly in the no clutter camp. Perhaps one of the reasons I have been single since 1999


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