Thursday, October 10, 2013

Manual Binder

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! :)


  1. I started a manual binder some time ago, but I haven't kept up with it. Thank you for inspiring me to take it up again! Visiting from Remodelaholic!
    Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-stairs

    1. Hi Yvonne! Glad this post could be of some inspiration to you! The manual binder really makes it much easier to handle all those papers...there's no turning back for me now!

      Thanks so much for visiting, hope to see you again here soon! :)

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    1. Thank you for your valuable comment :) Could you clarify what you mean by this? I don't do videos but the visuals are definitely in my posts in the form of photos. Do you mean that I should do videos in addition to photos or are the pictures not visible on your computer for some reason? I hope to hear back from you! :)

  3. The Manual Binder would really organize your stuff and it looks cool too.

  4. Uhhh now I want to organise, wish that I could keep it up, i'm the least organised person in the world...♥

  5. Manual binders are usually dull and boring. Thank you for giving them a little spice! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is great! I especially love the tabs at the top of the pages. I struggled with that in my coupon binder since the page protectors go all the way to the edge of the binder. Changing the tabs to to the tonight! Thanks! PS, I found you through the IHeart Organizing link party.

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by! Glad this method helped you out, it works great! I haven't gotten into couponing yet...maybe I should look into it.
      And I love the I Heart Organizing blog so much! :)


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