For the last couple of days, we've been working on Daniel's room. Richard hasn't finished the desk under the bed yet, but Tim will be sleeping in there for the next fortnight, when another guest will be staying with us, and sleeping in Tim's room. The mattress was delivered last week, and we hope to have Dan's room in some semblance of order by Sunday...
It's a good motivation to unpack the pile of boxes that were stacked in the corner! I started with the books - that was easy as he doesn't have a huge number and they easily fit in his two bookcases.
Then I tried to separate paperwork from useful things and also see if there was any real clutter that could be discarded. Dan liked to collect anything and everything! When we moved house, we did get rid of a large quantity of empty tissue boxes, milk bottles, kitchen roll centre tubes, and the like. Yesterday I also decided to discard several holey socks which he was going to make into glove puppets, or put around juggling balls to make poi. After all, by the time he comes back after two years away, I'm sure he'll have collected many more holey socks.
But it still all seemed rather overwhelming!
Last night Richard cut up some white melamine board someone had given him, and made three shelves in one of Dan's closets, so I could unpack and sort some more. Four main categories: ornaments, music things, juggling equipment, art supplies.
This morning I unpacked his box of CDs and put the computer ones in his computer CD folder. He took a small selection of music CDs with him, but there were at least 60 more packed in a box, all muddled up with the computer ones. Amongst them I also discovered two other CDs which we had thought were lost, which didn't belong to Dan at all!
Today I saw him online on Instant Messenger, and he said I could also throw away his Marmite jar collection. About eight of them, cleaned and filled with polystyrene packing beads, packed neatly away in shoe boxes. So we're getting there, slowly...