10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 73: User Manuals and Warranties

by shannon on April 22, 2013

My fellow professional organizer, Jeri Dansky, wants to ask you the following questions about your user manuals:

  • Do you still own the product?
  • Do you need the manual in English, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese? Many manuals are printed in multiple languages. Try tearing out all but the English version so that you only keep what you actually need.
  • Do you need the manual on paper? Many manuals can be found on-line, so you don’t need to keep the paper version.

Now, once you have weeded out what you don’t need to keep, you have options for storing the user manuals and warranties you want to be able to reference again. If you are going to store them in your filing cabinet, determine how you want to sort them: by room (kitchen, office, outdoor equipment, etc.,) alphabetically (computer, fax, printer, etc.,) or by type (appliances, entertainment systems, office equipment, etc.). Choose whatever method makes the most sense to you.

It may take longer than 10 minutes to sort through all your user manuals, but it will be well worth it to save only those that you really need.

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