I finally did the thing!
After more work and anxiousness than I’d care to go through again, I have completed the first clean install of my main machine I’ve done in over ten years. On the one hand, you really don’t want to do this. It’s stressful even if you made plenty of redundant and verified backups, you’re bound to run into nasty surprises, and reinstalling your essentials may or may not take days. On the other hand, you really really need to do this every now and then.
Not only is my system now running slightly faster and does it have lots more free disk space, this is also a good time for me to pimp my setup a bit. Tightening the workflow, discarding bad habits and picking up good ones. Really cleaning house, both digitally and mentally.
Getting back to work tomorrow, even though we haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to be paid yet. Hurrah!