I finally bought a filing cabinet as I had been storing my bills, contracts etc.. in the bottom drawer of my nightstand. Not exactly organized, neat or easily accessible when my daughter is having a nap. This of course meant going through 3 years of paper hoarding.
I was a little bit shocked to find a whole slew of manuals, warranties and even some important receipts. Some were items I had needed at some point and had been unable to find them. I knew throwing them into the new filing cabinet was not the answer.
Instead I found an old binder and some page protectors and put inside that all the manuals, all the warranties and all the receipts.
Nearly everyone has some kind of collection of instruction manuals hoarded somewhere in their home. From cribs to toys to digital cameras, almost every semi-sophisticated item comes with an instruction manual. It is nearly inevitable that when you do need the instruction manual for that crib, when you do need help with your digital camera, that you will be unable to find it or that you have thrown it out. This is a great way to save the information without creating more clutter in your home.
When you get a new item and it comes with product instructions or other material you may eventually need just take the papers and put it into one of the sleeves. It is just that easy. If you are really anal then you could even create categories and organize this further but really what I love most about this idea is that it is simple, no fuss and no paper hoarding clutter!
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Elizabeth is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 little girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys photography, getting creative in the kitchen, taking on DIY projects and crafting.
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