Best Organizing Tips for Dad: Part 1
Warranties, manuals and instructions, oh my! With the purchase of any new gadget, tool or toy, you also find yourself saddled with a lot of paper. Father’s Day is around the corner and new devices — and the accompanying paper — are sure to find their way into your home. In this first post of my series Best Organizing Tips for Dad, you will learn how to control, corral and conquer this paper and be the master of your home domain.
When I organize a home (including my own), I’m often tickled by where I find these manuals. Most often, they are located by the item, which is understandable as you may want a quick reference or how-to guide before you master the refrigerator’s temperature controls or the printer’s settings. After that newness wears off, however, it’s time to relocate these manuals to their proper place.
Recently I did this in my own home and was surprised at how many manuals we had! There was one for all of our home appliances, kitchen appliances, bath fixtures, the AC, water heater, spa and spa heater, garage door, A/V equipment, bikes and more. And that doesn’t include all the tiny manuals that come with those small items such as computer accessories, watches and electronic games.
We were buried! And my file of “Warranties” was beyond overflowing. It was time to do something about it.
First, I gathered all the manuals I could find . . . and believe me, we had put them in some “creative” places: in a cabinet above the coffee maker, under a utensil organizer in the kitchen, my son’s toy bins and so on. I then brought the manuals to one place to be organized.
I then sorted the manuals and warranties by category, using either function or location to make it easier for future retrieval: home, kitchen, bath, garden, garage, A/V, TV, bikes, etc.
Finally, I made individual files for each category and placed them in a file box. That file box is now tucked away in our garage, yet still accessible and retrievable should we ever need it. Which, hopefully, is never.
Warranties, manuals and paper, begone!