warranties, receipts & instruction manuals
These have been discussed before in general, but I think they deserve their own thread.
I've been sorting these things tonight. I've had a system for many years that worked well enough for me, but my husband (who came along after my system) doesn't think the same way I do and therefore couldn't always find something.
My old system was straight alphabetical - A through Z folders, first in one of those big brown envelopes with 31 slots and an elastic cord to hold the flap in place. And then it became a plastic crate with hanging folders, still labeled A-Z.
I filed papers according to how I would look for them later - for example, answering machine under "A" but my husband might look for it with the telephone papers under "T" or even "P" for phone.
So I decided tonight to put them together in groups of common areas and see if that works out better. Here are the group files I've just labeled:
-- Audio/Video this one needs help
-- Cameras, Still & Video
-- Exercise & Sports (bikes, weights)
-- Furnishings (furniture, lamps, rugs, etc.)
-- Health (electric toothbrush etc.)
-- HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) - this one needs help - I put in there the ceiling fan booklets but any repairs or major purchases (new furnace or AC) would go into the other HOUSE files, so this might be confusing
-- Laundry & Vacuum
-- Office Equipment (home office)
-- Small Electronics (regular phones, answering machine, etc.)
Other receipts such as for cell phones I keep in the box that holds all the cell phone and PDA stuff, in the office. I wonder if I should put them in here too? I usually just keep those papers in the original boxes because it's easy to match up the cell phone picture on the box with the cell phone in my hand.
The Audio/Video hanging folder needs help. I separated out the Television papers and included things related to tv - satellite dish, VHS, DVD.
I think I need a separate Stereo folder too, for all the speakers and receivers and other stuff my DH brings home.
But what about the papers for small cassette recorders, jam (boom) boxes, headphones, etc? Maybe the folder should be labeled Audio/Video Small? or Audio Video Miscellaneous?
And the HVAC - some of these types of papers should go with the house repairs and maintenance papers, not with the general warranties/receipts.
I think the folders labeled by groups rather than A-Z will help, but only time will tell.
Have I missed any categories, do you think? How do you organize your warranties, receipts and instruction manuals?