Get rid of the clutter by giving those owners manuals and instruction manuals some organization.  If you ever need them, having them ready can be a lifesaver!

Reduce chaos by organizing instructions and owners manuals

When all else fails, read the instructions.  Yes, we’ve all heard the phrase and know it’s a great idea… but WHERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS?  (I remember thinking that the first time my kids had the flu- ew)  There are instructions for appliances, Legos, sewing machines, and curling wands (yes, I had to look something up).  Basically, anything that gets used and has one or more parts comes with instructions.

Do you need to save instructions to everything?  Hopefully not.  I’m guessing I’ll never have to read how to use my contact case.  Many instructions are also available online which is very convenient.  However, if I threw away the instructions to my son’s Lego kits, the world might end.  So, some sort of organization is helpful.

 

There are various ways to organize instructions and several work well in my home.

3-Ring Binders

These have been a life saver for keeping track of Lego, game, and other toy instructions.  Load up a binder with clear plastic sheet protectors.  Next put one or two booklets, depending on size, in each sheet protector (I like THESE heavy duty ones).  You can easily look through to find what you need and pull it out.  To make it even easier, have separate binders for different things: Legos, games, etc.

File Box

Create categories and file instructions accordingly to always know where they are.  This method works well for things you want to hang on to but don’t want to look at every day.  I once bought an old push lawnmower at a garage sale.  It was about 15 years old and the lady still had the manual for it!  She said she pulled it out of her file, which inspired me to go home and put it in my own file.

Box, Bin, or Shelf

Larger manuals don’t fit well in most binders or files but they can still have a designated place to keep things organized.  Boxes and bins work well and help prevent damage and loss.  Keep them in a consistent spot so you have them when you need them.  Having a specific area on a bookshelf can work as well.

 

Every now and again, look through the manuals and see if you even own the products anymore.  No sense hanging onto a manual for something long gone.

 

What works in your home to organize instructions?