Paper enters our house at alarming speed. I’m pretty good at sending most of it to the trash can as soon as possible.
However, with both girls in school, I often get field trip permission slips, book report instructions, holiday party information and sign-up forms for extracurricular activities. These are often papers that I need to keep as reminders of dates, times and other details, so I had to come up with a system for making sure the more important papers didn’t get swept up with the junk mail and deposited in the trash.
I went to an office supply store and bought a plain, very inexpensive cork board. We hung it in the hallway right above the hooks where the girls hang their book bags. Now, as soon as they come in from school, we clean out their bookbags and take any papers that need to be returned to school or kept for later and pin them on the bulletin board.
It’s so easy when I need to reference that material to not have to go looking through a folder or stack of papers to find the information we need. And that’s what works for me when it comes to organizing papers.