How to Organize Users Manuals

How to Organize Users’ Manuals

By Erin Huffstetler | 01/08/2014 | 5 Comments
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Have users’ manuals all over the house? Get them into one binder, so you’ll know where they are when you need them. This will make it easy for you to look up instructions, troubleshooting tips and parts numbers for everything that you own. And if you ever decide to sell something, including the user’s manual won’t be any trouble at all (and may even help you make the sale).

Users' Manuals Binder Printable

To get started on this project, just print out a copy of the users’ manuals binder cover; slip it into the front of a binder (I’d recommend a big 4-inch binder) …

Manuals in Sleeves

and slide your manuals into plastic sleeves

Users' Manuals Dividers

To make it easier to flip through later, I recommend dividing your binder into tabbed sections. Here are the sections that I used in mine:

  • Kitchen
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Tools
  • Outdoor Equipment
  • Misc.

Binder Tab

Regular dividers won’t stick out past the plastic sleeves, so you’ll need to use stick on tabs. I’ve been using Avery’s NoteTabs for the past several years, but I think I’m going to switch to using Semikolon Sticky Tab Markers when I run out because they’re a lot cheaper (we’re talking 600 for $6.95 cheaper).

Users' Manuals: Volumes 1 and 2

After rounding up all my manuals, I had enough to fill two binders. That’s a lot of manuals, but at least they’re all in one place now.

Trying to get a handle on all of your paper piles? I’ll be releasing more binders like this one over the next two weeks. Get your users’ manuals organized now, so you’ll be ready to follow along with the next step.

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Comments

  1. I am determined to follow through with organizing everything in binders. Please let me know when you post the rest of the instructions.

    • Hi Beth,

      You’ll find my complete binder system here.

      We’ve been using it for a couple years now, and I still love it. Even the kids know where things are supposed to go.

  2. Erin,
    Finally, a website for everything I’ve been looking for! Thank You!
    As I was browsing yesterday, I saw a couple of links, but can’t find them at this moment, where you gave one for a label maker and one for clear labels. The clear labels came up on Amazon but the label maker did not. Could you give that one again? Thanks so much! Susan

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