I have been storing my owner's manuals and product warranties in
a big cardboard box for years. At least they were all in one
place, but I still had to drag the box out of the closet and dig
through it every time I need to find a warranty or manual.
I recently organized my entire home office and purchased a number
of clear plastic file boxes to get myself and my paperwork
organized. I purchased a file box specifically for my warranties
and owner's manuals.
Before I started organizing, I also purchased a Dymo electronic
labeler to make labels for my files and file boxes. You can pick
these up at Walmart and Target for about $20. They are great!
They print out a variety of labels in seconds.
The first thing I did was divide my warranties and owner's
manuals into categories:
- Kids' Stuff
I couldn't believe how much paperwork I had, from how to assemble
our artificial Christmas tree, to assembling our boys' bunk beds,
to the owner's manual for our RV!
I created labels for all of the categories, placed the folders in
the file box, and then sorted through all the paperwork and filed
everything. This is also a good opportunity to toss paperwork
for items that you no longer own.
Organizing all of my owner's manuals and warranties has already
been a huge benefit to me. Whenever I run across another piece
of paperwork, I just go place it in the correct file. When I am
looking for the owner's manual for something, I can find it in a
matter of seconds.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of
What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick
easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home
decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative
Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.