We all have them, those piles of appliances paper manuals scattered around the house. Where do you put them? Do you store them in kitchen drawers or a collection in the basement or do you not have a place to put all of them? After we buy that new appliance, we forget that we need to file away the manual for those times when we need it – later on, years down the road, when that something happens. If you want to organize your manufacturer’s manuals, here are three ways:
Organizing Kitchen Manuals Made Easy
First Option: One way is to sort the manuals in an accordion folder labeled A-Z. Then, sort manuals by manufacturer’s name. Since each product has the manufacturer’s name printed somewhere on the product, it makes it easy to file and find.
Second Option: Another option would be to use a smaller organizing bin and use tabs and hanging folders. Label each folder with a general group name for the products helps you find and retrieve manuals. Here are some categories: TVs, Gaming, Radios, iPods, Tools, Appliances, Computers, and Printers.
Third Option: Another option is to use magazine organizers and label the bins with a general group like TV, Gaming, etc… Label all the containers if you are using the group names.
Tip: If you have several computers, divide each computer’s manuals and paperwork by putting all the paperwork in a Gallon Size Food storage bag with a label for each computer. Then you can file it in one of these bins above.
Tip: For appliances manuals, there could be the internet. Check first before throwing the paper manual out by typing in your browser the manufacturer name and the model number. To keep track of the appliance manual online, make a list with the appliance and the website URL name for that appliance manual and keep that list in a safe place for reference.
Tip: Whatever system you decide to use, stay consistent and keep the system going.
To keep the files from getting too full, I like to go through each section and make sure the manufacturer manuals are still being used. I do this once every 3-5 years.
Having a well-organized manufacturer manual will help you be able to reach them quickly in case of emergencies and help you take action quicker.
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