I want a space in which to place paintings in frames and evaluate them for gallery placement. A nice-sized wall. All the walls in the studio get full with paintings that are drying. All the walls in the house have paintings that live on them (an ever-changing array.) And the hall by the studio is full of newly finished work. Where can I possibly do this?
In my office there is a bulletin board covered in thank you letters, postcards, and award ribbons. It is surrounded by paintings made by my kids when they were small. Do I need all this stuff? No. I put the postcards from friends into a box. Put the best of the kids' goodies on a small wall by my door where I'll see them when I walk in. Take a photo of the ribbons and throw them away. Then pull the bulletin board off the wall.
So now I have my wall. But the credenza is covered with project boxes and the file cabinet is piled to the ceiling. Need to find a place to put this stuff away. I dig into the closet. This releases piles of stuff for goodwill. Piles of unorganized office supplies. Stuff I couldn't use because I couldn't find it. I put things in boxes and label it all. It turns out to be a full day of sorting.
The next day is staging day. I reward myself by setting up lots of paintings in my newly cleared space.