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Piles and Piles of Catalogs - a summary of solutions

Most of the suggestions included putting the date received on the
catalog in a prominant place so as to be able to easily week old
catalogs.  Many suggested using hanging file folders to store catalogs,
either alphabetically by company or alphabetically within categories
(Books, AV, Equip/Supplies, Computer, etc).  One person color-codes
the dated labels.   Nearly everyone lets volunteers or student helpers
do most of the work.  And has them weed every so often.  One
ecologically-minded person saves the ones she doesn't use for kids to
cut up.

Here are some direct quotes:
Believe it or not, I finally started this year to enter all incoming
catalogs in a database by company name, subject(s), and material

The only simple solution is - skim each catalog as you get it and do
one of three things: toss it, mark something that catches you eye to
consider buying at a later date or keep it for the everyday things you
would ordinarily order.  Since you are on LM_NET, if you really need a
specific item, you can always send out a message.  Someone will be
hoarding all the catalogs and can check for you.  (Ed. - !!!!)

A question:  Are you the keeper of all catalogs for the whole school?
The library mailbox seems to be the place for anything the principal
doesn't want or the secretary doesn't know what to do with...... (Ed -
many people echoed frustration with being the dumping place for
whatever the secretary/principal/staff don't know where to put.)

I keep about 20 of my "favorites" behind my desk...the folks I order
from over & over again...and the rest just take up space
elsewhere...though I must say they are used..esp. when there is
Chapter I money to spent ASAP.

What doesn't fit in one large box  doesn't stay!

The best advice I can give anyone who tries to keep organized at
school, office, or home is, "When in doubt throw it out!"  I also believe
that if I haven't looked at or used it within the year, OUT IT GOES.  Be
ruthless!  Less is More!

And isn't it always true that the one you toss you then find a need for
the next week!

Another caution is to not go hog-wild loading up on catalogs at
conferences.  I find I usually have them already.

If you have a REAL hard time remembering which vendor sell what
you may make yourself a SHORT list of items and companies to jog
your memory.

 I know that the number of catalogs we receive is incredible.  (I
say I throw a tree away every day.)

For the present time your pile of catalogs in the corner is a good
way to handle them.  Almost everything we do is more important than

Sorry about the first send.
Johanna Halbeisen, LMS                  We are confronted by
Rebecca M. Johnson School(k-8)          insurmountable opportunites.
Springfield, Massachusetts                              Pogo

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