Well, with some inspiration from Jen over at iHeart Organizing, I did it! Here are a couple of pictures of our new family binder:
I got this binder at Target - very pretty! It's really full, as you can tell, which is why it won't stay closed.
If you've never noticed, we love our pets, so I had to make sure to have a section for them. I held onto this note to our house-sitter, and this way I can use it again. Jen actually has a great pet instruction sheet too, I'm planning to print it off and include it here for more thorough instructions.
A look at some of the categories in the binder. After I wrote them I realized that it would have been a good idea to organize them alphabetically as I wrote them out... too late now. I might still alphabetize them, but I love how the tabs go down the sides of the pages... It might drive me crazy if they're all over the place. I also would have liked to have a label maker in doing this, but hand-written had to do.
Not only has Jen's blog helped me to be inspired to organize papers, but I recently read another post about laundry room organization that's gotten me ready to organize our laundry! Wish me luck - I'll be back sometime soon to let you know more about this project!