Monday, July 14, 2014

How to organize manuals


How to organize manuals

I took a long time enhancing this project. I have inspired the idea from Alejandra Costello. She has already poly envelopes made already for binders and each holds up to 200 papers. She also got little cute tabs to label her manuals. She has two manual binders, one for things that she will leave when leaving the house and other for expensive things she buys.

Unfortunately I have totally different circumstances. that's why it took me some times to think and apply.We don't have same products in my country. I was looking for poly envelopes for binders and I didn't find any. I also couldn't find A4 poly envelopes also I didn't find A4 binders. We take everything when we leave houses. We don't leave anything when we leave so I have to have only one thick binder to store all manuals. How did I come over all of these problems? Check this out.

How to organize manuals

How to organize manuals

I got normal clear A3 poly envelopes and one think binder. I have punched the poly envelopes myself with the puncher. It was hard to punch them all at the same position point but I figured this out finally. I marked the points and I removed the lower part of the puncher - that holds the circles come from punching- so that I can see the marks I did from the back of the puncher. This way I punched all the poly envelopes in the same exact position and they are now ready to go inside my binder rings.

How to organize manuals


 Unfortunately this poly envelopes were a little taller than the binder, so I couldn't add any extra tabs over. This would be very high and would not look pretty. And this what I did



How to organize manuals

I just labeled the top of each poly envelope without any tabs. That way I can see what the categories are. 

How to organize manuals


If I put all the same category manuals in the poly envelope they will all fall in the bottom of the envelope and I will end up with very think binder. You may noticed that I don't have a very thick manual binder. This because I came up with this beautiful solution.

How to organize manuals

How to organize manuals

 I sewed the center of the poly envelope with the sewing machine. Now I have two pockets in each envelope for the same category and the manuals will spread over the envelope and not falling to the bottom of it creating a thick envelope at the end. That's because I noticed that most of the manuals come with half A3 size.

How to organize manuals


 I sub-categorized the categories. For examples I have all my temperature machines manuals in the same category. I just sub-categorized them into two sub categories, the machines that make high temperature like heaters and warmers and the machines that make low temperature like air conditioners and fans. 

How to organize manuals


Same goes for electronic devices I sub-categorized them into devices that we use inside house like land line telephone and devices we use in outdoors like cell-phones and cameras. 

How to organize manuals

Of-course computers&networks will be divided into computers and networks sub-categories.

How to organize manuals

Kitchen is divided into small  machines like boilers or coffee machines , and the big machines like oven and fridge.

How to organize manuals

For entertainment category, ummm ... I didn't find a good sub-categories. They all are around the TV. The receiver , xbox and DVD player. Maybe if I have a piano I will find something.

How to organize manuals

A good tip I want to share here is that I group the warranties and the receipts for each device together with a  paper pin . For example the xbox came with too many small different languages manuals. I grouped each three of them with a rubber band and inserted them sequentially.

May categories are 

Electronic devices  (In home -  telephones, irons ...etc / Outdoors - camera, cell-phones ... etc  )
Computers & NW (Computers  - USBs, DVD reader ... etc / NWs - routers , access points .. etc)
Beauty (Hair - blow dryers, flat iron ... etc / Others - sunglasses warranties, lash curler .. etc)
Baby stuff (Furniture - baby bouncer, baby walker ..etc/ Food tools -  milk bottles , spoons .. etc)
Temperature (High - heaters, warmers .. etc/ Low - air conditioners, fans .. etc)
Kitchen ( Big machines - fridge, deep freezer ... etc - Small machines - coffee maker, boiler... etc)
Furniture (Wooden - library, chair ..etc - Accessories - expensive vases , chandeliers .. etc)
Entertainment

You can add or adjust as you want. This is your categories and you are free to do what you feel and like.

How to organize manuals

I put the label on the binder.

How to organize manuals

and I put it in my office.

So that was how I organized all my manuals. I hope you liked the post and found it helpful. Have a food time and comments please if you liked the post. See you.



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11 comments:

  1. Your idea to sew the poly pockets down the middle to keep the manual from falling to the bottom is brilliant! I'll be thinking about how I can use your tip in my home.

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    1. i will be happy to see my ideas applied by you. I can't wait to see this.

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  2. Hey sweet-n-tidy (not sure what your real name is), I discovered your post over at the linky party on Adelightsomelife.com I absolutely love what you've done with this form of organization. I'm an English teacher, so this will definitely come in handy. Thanks for sharing this idea! Also, this is random, but I love the hearts your page's design; so cute!
    Anyhow, I hope that you’ll check out my latest project here (http://youtu.be/uhRB1PmO61A) and let me know what you think. All the best.
    http://www.LOVEMEYEART.com

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  3. I love how organized these are! And it must be so easy to find those pesky manuals. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thank you Alison so much . I hope I have inspired you.

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  4. What a fantastic idea! This is something I need to put into practice!

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    1. thank you Jayleen so much . I am happy you liked it.

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  5. Great ideas! Love the tabs on top and the way you sewed the envelopes down the middle to keep the manuals from shifting!

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    1. Thank you Charelne. I am happy you liked that .Like always to inspire you

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  6. I love how you organized these manuals. It is a system that will stand the test of time and give you the info at your finger tips!

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    1. Thank you Morgan. I am happy you liked it

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