Creative Homemaking . . . Dedicated to your homemaking needs
~   Meal planning, decluttering, time management   ~
Sign up for our newsletter to receive new articles every week
Rachel Paxton
About Me


Home => Organize => Home Office => Organizing Warranties and Owner's Manuals
Related Articles: 5 Organizing Tips to Simplify Bill Paying | How to Set Up a Mail System

Organizing Warranties and Owner's Manuals

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:

- Appliances
- Computers
- Electronics
- Household
- Kids' Stuff
- Seasonal
- Tools
- Vehicles

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

Follow Me on Pinterest

Comment on this article or submit your tip to
Click here for a printer friendly version of this page.
Recommend this article to a friend.
Search our article archives.
Click here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.


Privacy Policy | Advertise | Contact Us
Copyright 1998 - 2015, Creative Homemaking, LLC.