Is this any way to work? Yes and no. I can work up to a point, but then it gets too much and I will either abandon ship and go and do something else, or move some of the mess to another part of the space. Sometimes I dream of just sweeping everything into garbage bags; the only thing stopping me is that the piles of stuff contain things I will need down the road. So I resign myself to the one thing I do not want to do -- sorting through everything first.
You only need a tiny space to paint this, though.
Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown