Introduction: Colour Coding Vertical Files
I have, over a period of years, accumulated a large variety of information and resources over a wide range of subjects. I had been using vertical files cases to store these items, but after collecting dozens I needed a way to organize the cases so that I could readily retrieve materials. I wanted to colour code the files about common themes
Step 1: Materials
a variety of colours of magic carpets snow sliders
clear wrapping tape
vertical file holders
Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Lables
I measure the magic carpet (snow slider) against the vertical file holes (they come in different sizes). I then cut the plastic material using a paper cutter so they just fit within the front face of the file box.
Step 3: Coding
I cut six different colours of magic carpets. Each colour makes about 30 labels. I then grouped the colours around the various themes for the materials and topics I had collected. For example; the green covers were for environmental topics and the red were for projects, instructables and DYI projects.
Step 4: Labeling the Files
I use a permanent felt marker to label each of the file boxes subjects. I print the topic on the magic carpet square. This will rub off the plastic unless it is covered. I attach the label to the file box using clear packing tape. This keeps the notes in tact while attaching the colour code to the file box. Once I put the materials and information in the files, labeled the topics and put them on the shelf, I am now able to quickly find the information I want.