Instruction manuals can be a headache to deal with. They come with every new product we buy, and we often end up with a pile of them that we never look at again. But what if I told you that there is a way to organise instruction manuals so that you can easily find them when you need them? In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks for organising instruction manuals.
Step 1: Gather all the manuals
The first step to organising instruction manuals is to gather them all in one place. This includes all the manuals you have collected over the years, as well as any new ones that come with recent purchases. You may find them scattered around the house, in drawers, on shelves, and in boxes. Once you have them all in one place, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Sort them by category
The next step is to sort the manuals by category. This will help you find the manual you need quickly and easily. Some common categories include kitchen appliances, furniture, household appliances and tech. You may have additional categories based on the types of products you own such as tools or gym equipment.
Step 3: Decide on a storage solution
Now that you have sorted the manuals into categories, it's time to decide on a storage solution. There are several options to choose from, depending on your preference and the amount of space you have. Here are a few ideas:
- File folders: You can use file folders to store the manuals, with each folder labeled with the appropriate category. You can then store the folders in a file box or a filing cabinet.
- Box binder: Another option is to use a binder with plastic sheet protectors. Label each sheet protector with the category and insert the manuals. You can then store the binder on a bookshelf or in a drawer. This is our preferred method and how I organise all our instructions.
- Magazine file: A magazine holder can be used to store the manuals upright. Label each holder with the appropriate category, and place the manuals inside.
Step 4: Dispose of unnecessary manuals
Now that you have organised the manuals, it's time to dispose of any unnecessary ones. This includes manuals for products you no longer own, duplicates, and outdated manuals. You can recycle them or dispose of them in the trash.
Step 5: Maintain the system
The final step is to maintain the system. As you purchase new products, add the manuals to the appropriate category. If you no longer need a manual, dispose of it immediately. Make sure to periodically go through the manuals to ensure that the system is still working for you.
Organising instruction manuals may not be the most exciting task, but it is essential if you want to keep your home organised and clutter-free. By following these tips and tricks, you can create a system that works for you and make finding manuals a breeze.