As long as I concentrated on just putting like with like and designating a place for each category, binning only the obvious rubbish, I got on really well with clearing the studio.
I went in there this morning and my heart lifted! That has not happened for a long time.
This is where it gets difficult.
All those boxes, files and drawers are stuffed full of my history as an artist. I am reviewing my career here so this may be a time to remember the joy I've had (and hopefully given).
Marie Kondo suggests you start with the easiest things, so I may begin with empty sketchbooks and notebooks - the empty ones have least emotional charge and I may put some on Freecycle. A young art student was thrilled with some supplies and old frames which I gave away through Freecycle once and that felt good, and freed up a lot of space.
What are you currently clearing? And how are you going about it?
I really appreciate your support, insight and humour - you are helping me see this through.
I do believe I am beginning to enjoy it!