A woman wrote: I have six children in several different schools and the paper blizzard is overwhelming at times. So, our solution is an old fashioned clipboard for each child.
These are on the wall near the kitchen and every child is to put every permission slip or bit of paperwork that gets sent home with them ON the clipboard as soon as they get home from school.
THE RULE is: Backpacks get unloaded at once and anything paper goes up for Mom and Dad to see. My husband and I go through each clipboard every evening to see what/when/where need to be done next and if there is something that will need more than one day to accomplish.
These have truly saved us time, money and sanity.
The clipboards were $1 each and every child has a different color.