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Do you have a central location where you store your household documents? I’m talking about all the paperwork that comes with the thing you actually wanted but isn’t really necessary for daily use of the blender, vacuum, router or whatever else you ordered from Amazon.
If your answer to this is “no”, then all of those papers and manuals become CLUTTER! They sit in a pile on your desk, in a closet or on the spare bedroom dresser.
Here are four quick steps you can take to create an organization system for all those manuals and papers you need in an emergency.
1. Determine What Documents You Really Need to Organize
Gather all the manuals, warranties and paperwork you want to keep. Throw away or shred things that you don’t need – including manuals for things you no longer own. You might want to organize things like:
- Electronic manuals and warranties
- Appliance manuals, warranties and service history
- Home insurance documents
- Tax documents
2. Choose a System That Works for You
Decide how you will organize the documents. Choose the system that makes sense to you – organize your paperwork in a way that will make it easy to find what you need in an emergency. You may want to organize things according to the rooms in your home, by the year they were purchased, or even just alphabetically!
Choose an organization system to house the documents. Here are a few suggestions:
- One binder for every room in the house – use poly envelopes to easily store booklet-style papers
- A file box with hanging file folders for each category – this one is already set up and would be very easy to maintain!
- A hanging file drawer or locked cabinet – if you have room in your home office, this is a great option.
Look under the table in the picture below. Here’s the one I use – it’s a pretty file box from Target that doubles as decor! I bought it several years ago and cannot find it online, sorry!
3. Organize and Label
Get those papers into your system, and clearly label each section! Make sure you leave room to grow, so that adding new paperwork won’t be a frustrating session of “let’s see how many papers we can cram in here.” 🙂
4. Maintain The System
The success of any organization system depends on your willingness to maintain it. Keep the folders neat and up to date. Take a minute to purge old documents when you add new ones to the system.
Read More —> The Secret To An Organized Life
6 thoughts on “How To Organize Warranties, Manuals and Household Documents”
I need to work on maintaining my system and going through my bin of owner’s manuals. I’m sure that there are some things in both that need to be thrown away!
It happens! 🙂
I have a system, but at this point in the school year I’ve gotten either too rushed or lazy to maintain it like I should and it’s time for a redo! Your post is motivating! This will be one of my summer projects for sure.
Sometimes with filing it’s a better use of your time to do it in batches – as long as you don’t let the pile get too huge. 🙂
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Love all your organization tips but you mentioned purging home insurance documents in this post. Several years ago I was advised by an insurance agent to never get rid of any proof of insurance.
Oh no, I said to purge the manuals for things you don’t own and to organize your home insurance documents. 🙂