You know what's really funny? Last week it occured to me that we should really address the kid's rooms in a serious way before school starts. So one day last week I spent ALL DAY working with the kids in my older son's room, and then one day this week we spent a whole day working the younger kid's room. The dressers, the closets, the beds, the floors, vacuuming in hard to reach spaces, organizing and boxing up old papers -- the whole mess! I hope it makes back to school a smoother transition. Meanwhile, they are happy with their clean organized spaces and spending more time in their rooms.
One thing I did -- I set an empty milk crate inside each of their rooms to put returned homework assignments and drawings into. So now -- those papers will have a place to go after they've brought them home.