Do you have a central place to collect kids' papers in your home? Having a command center helps so much. This is the Allamala Wall Basket from IKEA; I was drawn to it because I like things that come in threes (like my kids!). It was only $20, then I embellished it with three metal initial letters I found at Michael's for $.80 each on sale. I put it up in the dining room (the first room you come into when you enter the house), and the kids know that that's where they'll find their drawings, homework, and papers.
But, just so you know what it really looks like most days:
It's a mess. I just shove the papers in there, all the art projects, and deal with them later. It's messy, but at least the papers aren't all over the buffet or all over the table. Thank goodness for that. We can still eat here:
Ah, much better.