If it was an edit I might take out all the qualifying words, strip it bare of all the stuff that is not moving the narrative forward. Then I can see where the main points of the narrative lie in relation to each other. Of course they start to emerge before I have stripped it all away, as will misconceptions and sidetracks, to be weeded out, junked, or put in a reference file for later use. Some of that dead stuff is simply that, tautology and ‘filler’ words, but some served other functions than pushing forward the narrative; building characters, setting scenes. I work on technique when rewriting the essential bits. I don’t stick strictly to this order, often dealing with things as they occur, but it is an overall guide.
I guess any major clearance job where there is some stuff worth saving has similarities, a student house, a child’s room, but I find it helps to identify the stages. I won’t accidentally remove one of the main plants, or get sidetracked replanting runners.