5 Days of Organizing Your Homeschool Supplies: Evernote and Dropbox

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It’s back to school time! Is your house being overrun by all those school supplies and books? Join me all this week for 5 Days of Organizing Homeschool Supplies.

Today let’s tackle electronic files! Ebooks. PDFs. Freebies.

What do you do with all those electronic file that you’ve purchased or downloaded for free? Here’s two solutions that I use:

Evernote

I keep all of my electronic files for homeschooling in Evernote. Anytime I download a new freebie or purchase a file, it goes into Evernote. The beauty of Evernote is it’s organizational system. You can put your files into notebooks and tag them with key words. This makes it easy to search for what you want later.

Here are some tag and folder suggestions for organizing files in Evernote:

  • Subject
  • Publisher or site
  • Current school year
  • Age/grade
  • Purchased/Free
  • and much more

Best of all? Evernote is FREE! It’s available on PC and Mac as well as multiple mobile platforms and web interface. You can get to your files from anywhere!

Dropbox

I use Dropbox for storing longer ebooks that I want to access on my iPad. This year we’re using a number of G.A. Henty books that I was able to get for free in Kindle format. I keep those in a Homeschool folder in Dropbox. This makes it easier than Evernote to open the file on my iPad and read in the Kindle app. I do the same with PDF that I want to read and mark up in GoodReader app.

Dropbox is also FREE and available across devices. You get 2GB is space for FREE and can earn or pay for more space. If you use my referral link for Dropbox, you’ll start off with an extra 500MB of FREE space. Get started with Dropbox!

Have you used these programs? Share in the comments! Leave us a link and show us some pics! For more tips using these programs for other things around your home, read this post.

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Comments

  1. I love evernote, but have never thought to put my homeschool files in it. What a great idea! Right now, I organize them in folders on my desktop. I imagine my computer will love me for the freedom!

  2. Carol Anne Swett says:

    Amanda, I am learning my way around Evernote but had not tried Dropbox. I have really enjoyed your organizing series more than any other I think I’ve ever looked at! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m using EverNote to save web files instead of bookmarking, but didn’t think to use it for PDF files. How do you do that? I have a Nook Color with EN on it and I’d love to be able to transfer files to it more simply than connecting the cable each time!

    • Kelly, you can drag in or attach PDF files just like any other file type. I don’t know about using Evernote with a Nook. For my iPad, I can open the file in Evernote and read it there or then choose to open with another app if I’d like. No cable involved.

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