In 1974 Andy Warhol moved from one studio to another. I've helped a couple of artists sort through their strange collections of dried up plants and animal parts, materials and supplies, works in progress and valuable art collections. It's no easy task. But dealing with aesthetically interesting or intellectually stimulating clutter reminds me that our stuff can paint a fascinating picture of our lives. (My interest in this phenomenon is the subject of a new blog! Check out www.real-spaces.com.)
"Warhol selected items from the daily flood of correspondence, magazines, newspapers, gifts, photographs, business records, and material that passed through his hands to put in the open box by his desk. Once the box was full he sealed it with tape, marked it with a date or title, and put it in his archive." What an awesome way to clear a workspace in order to focus on the present, and what an innovative departure from conventional methods of dealing with cumbersome memorabilia!
[Quotes in this post are from http://edu.warhol.org/app_aw_tc.html#about]