Before I delve into the subject at hand, I wanted to let you all know I'm thinking of creating a new blog that will be devoted entirely to the File Crate System. By Sun and Candlelight will still serve as my main blog, but any posts to do with the FCS will be found at the new site, and I'll see about setting it up in a way that's more "interactive." Eventually it may contain content like printable forms, queries and surveys, and photo and/or video tutorials. I have no idea if a TypePad platform supports all these things, so we shall see what I ultimately come up with. The new blog is under construction right now but as soon as I get it working - and presentable - I will share the link with you all. :)
For now, I'll address a folder question from Barb:
Thank you for your organization posts! My question is regarding when you're finished with the folders. What do you do with them? Put them in a box or something and store them? Couldn't you re-use the folders every year rather than purchasing new ones each year? If you pull the important stuff out of them at the end of the year to make a report, then why would you not just re-use the folders? Or is this not what goes on?
I could certainly re-use the folders, but mine get pretty beaten up over time. And, truth be told, I have a soft spot for new office supplies, so I buy a fresh set of folders each year. (I do wait for a sale week and apply rewards points when I buy them.) At the end of the academic year I weed through the contents of each folder, write up my year-end report, then re-file some things and recycle the rest (folders included).
Now, if I was going to re-use the folders, I would choose a sturdier style than what I currently use - something firmer, more plastic/less paper. Also, I would not write the week's date directly on the folder tab, but instead use a removable label or an erasable or laminated type tab. And since I staple planning sheets to the front of my folders, I'd have to discard those and remove the staples too.
All in all, it might not be the most economical or environmentally friendly option to replace my folders each year, but it's what works for me ... for now. :)
I hope that helps, Barbara! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a question, and please let me know if you need any further clarification ...