The biggest issue here is that whenever I go to save the game will freeze for around 25 seconds before actually starting the save process. This affects both hard saves and quicksaves, but does not appear to affect autosaves (it does have a similar effect with waiting, however). There is a similar problem with load times as well, as whenever traveling between cells there are several seconds of black screen which are followed by a normal length loading screen (or a normal loading screen followed by several seconds of black screen). My save file is 7.05MB large with the only contents of the file being two .ess files and two .skse files, one of each being a quicksave and the other a hard save. I've not been playing the game long either, only a couple weeks for a total of 15 hours (although a small chunk of that could be due to sitting in pause menus or closing my laptop with the game still running), currently at lvl 15. Around 39 mods installed/active, and my computer has between free 4-7GB (It fluctuates a lot, and for some reason it magically finds a few extra GB every morning).
So far I've tried disabling autosave, saving in new slots, disabling hefty mods, cleaning out old saves manually (I've not tried using any save-cleaning programs yet), and messing around with mod settings. I've not touched my load order yet, I wanted to wait until someone who knows what they're doing takes a look. I've looked all over online and it seems that a lot of people have had the same problem with both 2011 Skyrim and SSE, but each case seems to have a unique cause/solution, so that's why I've come here for help.
I'm assuming this has something to do with mods, but just because it's more fun and he probably deserves it, I'll go ahead and blame Todd for refusing to un-f*** his games. Anybutt, here's my load order.