Dealing with manuals, warranties and receipts can be quite a hassle. We had our manuals all over the house: in product boxes, drawers, and a filing box. I decided to collect all of them and put them in a binder for easy access.
Organizing these papers not only saves time, it also saves money. How many times have there been that you couldn't return an item because you couldn't find the warranty or receipt? I know it's happened to me.
So, here it is, a Martha Stewart binder from Staples:
I categorized the papers using these handy paper clip tabs. I just stuck on some some sticky tabs to add color. I put the tabs on top because the side tabs which were on the dividers were covered by the clear pocket folder which hold the manuals. I stuck the tabs to the back of the dividers with some clear scotch tape to keep them in place.
Here's an example of a page from the binder. It holds all of the papers for this 3-piece luggage system, including the 5 year warranty.
So here's the question: if we keep every thing related to a product in this one binder, wouldn't some things fall out? In the example given above, I have a CD for our printer. It's also included in the binder so that everything is in one place. To ensure that it doesn't fall out of the binder if someone quickly picks it up or something, I simply added a paper clip on top of the sheet protector. A quick fix!
Finally, what about those products that we have more than one of, and take a while to figure out what it is? For example, I have 3 pieces of jewelry from the same store, Kay Jewelers. All of the warranties have the same exact cover, and I have to go through the paperwork every time to figure out which one is which so I can send it for inspection and cleaning every 6 months. A simple solution: Post-it notes!
It's so much easier this way! Also, I shortened my necklace from Kay, and kept the extra parts of the chain in this same pouch in case I want them to solder it together again later on. It makes it much more organized than the system I had before of everything all over the house!
So that's it from me...tell me about your manual storage system! :)