Thursday, October 2, 2008

Into the boxes. Into the trays.

Cleaning up my room is such a herculean task.

On day 1 of my holiday, I spent more than 12 hours cleaning up just part of the room, including the desk and some other stuff that has been around for 10 years.

When was my last time cleaning up my room? I asked myself this question and I couldn't answer.

The mess is immense, and the dust is overwhelming.

I transferred stuff from crumpled paper boxes into plastic
storage boxes. This allowed me to sort out items and only keep those that are useful and the unwanted ones into the bin.

Again I stumbled into the same crossroad many times - what to keep and what to dump.

There are things that look useful, but the fact is you have never used them for years. The ever tricky part is you'll never know you'd need to use them tomorrow.

Checking out on a box full of paperwork, notes, exercise books, photographs and commemorative booklets left over from my school days sent me into the passage of time. It made me think of my classmates. How many of them that I'm still in touch with? The number is pathetic.

Then there were the sketches, messages and notes taken on stacks of rough papers. You'll never know how naive you were back then and how much you have changed after so many years. It's now only I realized I've wasted so much paper during school days. That's a whole lot of trees!

I remember starting the cleaning after lunch, about 3, and I was still working after the hour hand of the clock made a roundtrip.

I had a hard time sorting out the items into types and classes. I did my best and for those that I couldn't, I put them into another box and I will come back to do the sorting later. The see-thru plastic boxes should keep me aware of what's inside the box and what needs to be put away one day.

At least I have a cleaner looking desk now and enough room for my Bamboo Fun graphic tablet.

I did these sketches with my tablet in Windows Journal. It's a rough plan of my room and the progress of the spring clean. Again I have to apologize because it's in Chinese as I did not think of posting it online.

(Pardon my handwriting.)

I must say drawing and sketching with a pen tablet is so much easier in comparison with the stubburn mouse. The pressure sensor works like a charm and you are in total control of how and where your strokes go. Notetaking and sketching on a PC has never been so much fun!

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