Wednesday, February 23, 2011

...scanning my life away


  • This is my 22nd year of teaching.

  • I have accumulated a huge number of files in that period of time.

  • Cleaning out said files is a enormous job.

  • Personal scanners are relatively inexpensive.

  • Thumb drives hold many, many, many files in an itty-bitty space.

Questions to ask myself:

  • Have I used this material in the past 1, 2, 5, 10, or 2o years?

  • Even if I have, is it worth the time it will take to scan it?

  • How easily can I acquire the same or similar material online?

(I was sure that a scanner was the answer to my dilemma about what to do with my files. Now I'm not so sure. Oh dear.)


Leslie Morgan said...

Oh! My dear. Downsizing is scary, unsettling. <3

WV - as I cackle until I nearly wet myself - unhumm! I rest my case. :~}

Doozyanner said...

Leslie, it's feeling like a huge job, but one that must be done. I haven't used much of the materials in my files for years, but instead dip into them for ideas. It's a daunting task to decide what to toss, what to scan, and what to keep in physical form. I shall persevere! (A good pants-wetting cackle is sometimes just what's needed to get through the rough spots!)

Arlene said...

You can do anything 15 minutes at a time, or you can wait for my arrival next month and we can 15 it then. You scan, I shred. :)

Janie said...

According to my husband a person only really needs about 5% of the paper they have. So 95% can just be thrown away. The 5% you really need you can always get a copy of from somebody else, so you can scrap that too. I know there are faults in this logic, I just don't know what they are. ;)

Doozyanner said...

Janie, I think Chris is probably right. I've been tossing like crazy. More of a security thing to know that I have "my files."

Arlene, I'm not sure I want to use our short amount of time together on this! We'll see how much I get done in the next 3 weeks. :-)

The Old Bag said...

Oh, I feel your pain. I moved classrooms 3 times in 10 years, then finally out into other positions -- nothing like changing grades and moving buildings to make me clean out the files!