I have 14 different planting beds and areas around my house. There is the front area that is broken down into 5 areas, the east side is 3 areas, the south side is 5 areas on two different elevations, and then there is the rock garden. I had to break it down into that many areas just so I could work on them without killing myself. I tend to go 200% in at breakneck speed and wear myself out. Breaking it down I can focus on one section and get a sense of accomplishment and completion and stop. I don't know- it works for me.
Today I worked on section 8. That is on the south side, behind the deck. It's the upper area with my bottle tree bush and birdbath. Friday I went into it and pulled a wheelbarrow full of underbrush and limbs out of this small (10x5 ft) area. Today I planted a few new (and some transplanted) plants and mulched. It's cleaned up!
OH! I just found a picture of this area from 2009.... imagine it like this but really overgrown..