Welcome to Week 3 of my Binder 101 series. This week I am tackling my household manuals. It seems like every time we get a new product, I take the manual out of the packaging and throw it in this box.
This box was sitting in my office with no place to go. Then, I got sick of looking at it (it is a huge eye sore), so I put it in the garage on a shelf. The bad thing about that spot is that I have to go outside anytime I need to look for something. Plus, the garage shouldn’t be my new “catch-all” even though it is out of my sight.
So, I brought the box in and sorted the contents into sections.
Side note: You can tell by the pictures, not everything in the box is a manual (the gloves, for example). So, that stuff will be removed, placed somewhere else, or thrown away.
After taking about an hour to sort through the box, I had a grocery bag full of trash and/or recyclables.
For this project, I am using a purple 2″ Better Binder from Staples. I started out using a 1 1/2″ binder, but it quickly became too small. If I add anything else to this binder, I will have to move to a 3″ one.
I also used the 12-Tab Avery Ready Index Table of Contents Dividers.
The binder will contain the following sections (remember, they are numbered):
1 – Appliances:
- washer and dryer
2 – Around the House:
- oscillating fans
3 – Bathroom:
- blow dryer
- flat iron
- bathroom storage units
- electric razor
- Clarisonic brush
4 – Construction: Anything that was purchased when our home was built.
- air conditioner/heater
- hot water heater
- light fixtures
- ceiling fans
5 – Kids:
- outdoor playset
- thermometers (We have thermometers that are strictly for their use.)
6 – Kitchen:
- Kitchenaid mixer
- waffle maker
- hand mixer
- special utensils
7 – Technology:
- storage devices (ex: external hard drives)
- laptop accessories (ex: mouse)
8 – Yard:
- lawn mower
- weed eater
- hedge trimmers
In addition, I have 4 extra sections for future manuals.
And, my Manuals cover…
Keep in mind if you are creating a manual binder that it will probably take up more space than you had originally anticipated. I swore I could’ve gotten away with a 1 1/2″ binder, but almost need a 3″ one. I may not have a lot of manuals, but the ones I have are thick ones.
Stay tuned for next week when I create a tax binder (switching the order a little)!