I got this latest tip from an uber-organized former co-worker. She NEVER had clutter, ALWAYS knew where to find documentation, and she claimed to be equally organized at home. I BELIEVE HER!
With three children bringing home a mountain of important education documents, I am drowning in school papers. I feel pressure to keep everything for future reference. In the past, I stored everything in bins that would get overloaded, with no organization. Now, I put school documents in binders.
As soon as the kids arrive home, I sort their papers into two categories: the throw away pile or the file away pile. Immediately punch holes in the pages that need to be filed. Then, PUT them in the binder. I have dividers with simple categories: school, extra-curricular, sports. One other note- I have one binder per child. It is now much easier for me to find a note from the teacher, a reminder about an important meeting, or instructions for those pesky math questions!