Today, I heard an interesting way to start you family history. Someone used this organizational idea and it worked marvelously!
Go to the office store and buy a pack of those tabbed inserts for a 3 ringed binder. I guess they sell them numbered from 01-100. Stick them in a 3-ringed binder with a single sheet of paper in each section. In the example, the first year was something like 1935...or whenever this man was born. The first tab was 35...then 36, 37, 38, 39 and so forth. Everytime he remembered something that happened in a particular year, he would jot it down in the correct section. As you fill up a page, just add another piece of paper to that section. You can paper clip pictures or letters inside each section too.
The 3-ringed binders just grew and grew. Within 2 years, this man had something like 10 binders. Amazing.
It is also easily adapted to the computer. Just use a new folder for each year of your life. Scan in pictures or documents to the appropriate folder.
I just might start this for myself!