When I was first married, I was organized. We had a file for important papers and I kept it at least somewhat up to date.
Fast-forward eleven years. I haven't mucked out the filing cabinet in years. Kids have been into them and rearranged things. I keep current important papers in piles on the kitchen counter (the piles are in baskets and sorters, but they're still piles). What a mess! The only thing that has improved since then is that we get most of our bills and documents electronically now.
Whenever I need an important paper, I have to look through piles to find it. I do know its approximate whereabouts, but it's kind of demoralizing to have to sort through a hundred papers just to find an immunization record.
I knew the file sorters on the kitchen counters were the first step to change. There were three trays for different categories of papers, but really it was just a mess. I decided to go vertical with a file box instead. I shredded and sorted mountains of papers dating back to the beginning of last school year.
I feel so much better now! I still need to work on our filing cabinet, but for now, I'm happy to have a fresh start and a place to put important papers as the new school year rolls in.