I rented an extra storage unit (now I'm up to three) for the space to sort out everything and do a brand new complete inventory.
My new unit is right next to my other two (the PT and OT ones).
I've gotten about 1/2 way through The Phantom Menace in my first day's work (Saturday 9-12-09). It looks like it will take about 3 days worth of work per movie. That's alright. I plan to rent the unit until December, maybe January. Then I'll have everything returned to the original two, cramped units, but organized.
I'm color-coding the box labels to coincide with the rooms the separated scenes will be put into when I buy a large house.
White (Trade Federation / 3-way-Jedi Duel)
Green (Theed, Gungan Battle)
Olive (Otah Gunga, Swamps)
Tan Rm 1 (Tatooine)
It is very hot down in the basement level of my storage facility and I expect to be soaked and in bad need of a shower each time I emerge from the day's work down there. As it takes a whole day's commitment, I can probably manage to work at it one day a week, maybe adding a day or two in there some times. Thus I think my estimate of the 3-4 months is accurate.
I'm actually not surprised I amassed so much stuff over all these years though.
In my Naboo Street Fight (for Theed) for example, I have 19 Battle Droids and about 20 Naboo / Jedi personnel (plus R2-D2). I'm looking into making sure I have an AAT Tank and Flash Speeder, Walking Vulcher Droid, etc. for that scene.
It's certainly interesting and I'm still excited to get back to it. That'll happen probably later in the week as I have other things I'm doing right now.