January Challenge: Organizing Papers (Manuals & Warranties)

Welcome to yet another January organizing challenge.  This month we're organizing papers and last week, when I introduced the very first challenge there were some of you who were excited to start with their paper clutter and then there were some of you who weren't.

For those of you who aren't so excited about starting here, let me just say, I get it.  I do, I get that papers aren't the funnest to organize.  I get that one can have piles and piles that they have to go through. I get that you most likely won't see the biggest results visually, BUT I will tell you this.  The peace that you'll receive when you do get all your papers organized is SO worth it!  You'll be happy that you did this challenge.  So stick to it and keep following along.  You WILL reap the rewards of your hard work.

Today is about organizing manuals & warranties. This challenge is an easy one.

If you missed any of the spaces that we've already organized you can find the list on the Challenge tab at the top of my blog.

All you need to complete this challenge are some 3 ring notebook binders and sheet protectors.

Those editable spine labels can be found in my shop.  Simply type in and print on label paper.

I've created 4 different binders to store and organize my manuals.  You can choose to copy mine or if you feel that sorting them differently would work better in your home, then go ahead and do that.  Remember, there is no right or wrong way to organize manuals and warranties.

Here are the ways that I've categorized my manuals and warranties:

House Plan and Home Manuals
One binder is strictly for my house plan and any appliance that would stay with the home, if ever we were to sell it.
When I sell my house, this binder will stay in the home.  It includes manuals for the refrigerator, wall oven, dishwasher, microwave, cooktop, garage door opener, fireplace, thermostat, sauna stove, etc.  Any warranty information is also placed in the same sheet protector as the manual.

and then there's the
 Miscellaneous Manuals
My miscellaneous binder includes manuals for vacuum cleaners to...
irons, car seats, baby swings, outdoor grill, etc.

Then I have a binder for
 Electronic Manuals
I've created a FREE printable for you to use to.  (You can find it at the bottom of this post.)
I've printed a few of the Manual and Warranty Information pages to keep track of the item, where and when it was purchased and any other information needed.  I staple the receipt for the item to the back of this page.
If ever I needed to return the item, the receipt is easily found, as it's right there with the manual itself.
I simply slide this page in the same page protecting pocket as the manual.
and the last binder I have includes:
 Computers, TV's, Monitors & Printer Manuals
It's so easy to find any manual that I'm looking for with this system.
at the back of each book I keep extra page protecting sheets, so that I can add to the binder whenever I get a new manual.
Voila!  Simple manual and warranties all organized and in their proper places.

Now here's that FREE printable I promised:
(Simply click the photo above and click print) 
Remember Printables from Delightful Order are for personal use only.

Now that I've shared how I organize my manuals and warranties, it's your turn:

1. Collect all manuals and warranties that are gathered around your home.
2. Create different binders for the sections that you want to divide them into.
3. Add sheet protectors to each binder.
4. Add the manuals and warranties into the sheet protectors.
5. Label your binder.

and... That's it! Your Done! Easy, right? You CAN totally do this challenge!

May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,  

Wanna join in on the Monthly Organization Challenge? During the month of January, we're Organizing Papers! There will be a link party at the end of the month for you to share your Paper Organizing Posts.  Join in, take photo's and blog about it.  Then come back here at the end of January to inspire us all and share your paper organizing success.

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