You’ve just bought the latest and greatest electronic device. Like a kid with a new toy you rip through the packaging and start pressing buttons. You have no idea what some buttons are used for, so you go through the user manual. After a while you know your new device inside and out…so what to do with the user manual now? Consider these questions when debating to hold on to the user manuals:
- Do you still own the product?
- Do you need the different langauges? (Possibly just tear out the language that you want to keep)
- Could you get the manual online?
January 26th Organizing Tip: After you know what manuals you need to keep you can organize your manuals in two ways:
1. Select a location to house all of you user manuals. You could use a filing system and organize by the following categories:
- Major appliances
- Kitchen appliances
- Home theater electronics
- Computer hardware and software
- Communication devices
- Personal electronics
2. Organize your user manuals based on the location of where the products are being used. For example, all kitchen appliance manuals are organized in a drawer in the kitchen. All computer manuals are located in the office near the computer. Home theatre system manuals located in the living room.
Maybe have a combination of the two. Just create a system where you will be able to find the information you may need in the future.