I’ve been there, honey. I’m a recovering paperholic myself. The secret of my salvation is an amazing free utility called Evernote. It is available for Macs, PCs, iPhones, Androids, etc etc. Enter your data on one system and thanks to the miracle of cloud computing it’s there on all of them, wherever you have internet access.
You enter data by typing it in, scanning it, doing a screen capture, or by clipping it from the web or a document on your computer. Oh yeah – you can snap a photo into Evernote with your phone. You can include the source link, tag the note with key words, file them in folders by general topic. When you want to find a particular note you just start typing a word or phrase you know is in there (“rhubarb pie”) and no sooner have you typed “rhu…” notes pop up that contain those letters.
I keep recipes, shopping lists, passwords, serial numbers, newspaper articles, scanned receipts, info from business cards, paint color names and numbers, HTML and CSS code snippets, instructions for small appliances, business ideas, you name it. I’ve been using Evernote for darn near as long as it’s been out (two or three years?) and have 800 notes at present (and have dumped many along the way).
One of the Evernote guys has a blog with all sorts of clever uses for the program. You’ll wonder how you lived without it.