After several years of M using whatever organizational systems his teachers required/recommended/suggested, and all of them failing miserably, a few years ago he hit on the system of carrying around a 7-pocket expanding file folder and stuffing every piece of paper he gets into it, using one pocket per class. The thing is 6 inches thick by the end of the school year, but it’s a system that works for him.
Unfortunately, the cloth-based folder which he has been using is now worn out, and it regularly leaves little fabric shreds on the living room floor when he heaves it out of his backpack. Presumably it leaves a little trail of shreds throughout the high school as well. It’s a brand that isn’t made any more (of course). And in the process of trying to find a replacement, I’m amused that some of the plastic-based ones sold online tout the fact they’re biodegradable — given that his current folder is busy biodegrading itself all over the place.
If anyone does know of a fabric-based 7-pocket expanding file folder out there, please let me know. Because while his old one is degrading after 4 years, I suspect a plastic one will last him mere weeks before ripping.