So you may remember when I told you my dining room table generally looks like this:
However, when it looks like that, a bunch of stuff gets lost and never dealt with. So I really do try to have a system for keeping things under control. Somewhat.
And, to be fair, it's a lot easier to stick to a system during the school year when the whole family spends more time outside the house and not tromping through my dining room rooting through things and messing them up.
And now that school is upon us, keeping the deluge of announcements and newsletters and forms under control is crucial. (My daughter's school has attempted to go paperless - this just means that there are fewer papers for me to lose, not that there aren't any. And now that they do everything by email, I have an even harder time keeping track as, once I read an email, I forget about it in roughly the same amount of time it took you to read this sentence.)
Over the years I have hit upon a couple of paper management strategies that - when I take the time to actually implement them - help quite a bit.
Keep it vertical.
There is no surer black hole for important papers than "the stack". Once a paper gets set upon the stack, it morphs into a faceless edge when the next paper get placed upon it.