While Richard was attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary I was able to take a few of the Seminary Wives Institute classes which are taught by professors and professor’s wives. The classes ranged from theology to practical homemaking and were such a tremendous blessing. One of the courses I took was taught by Albert Mohler’s wife, Mary. It focused on organization (something that has always been a difficult thing for me…) and I took away so many practical lessons from it!
Today I want to share one of the simple tips that Mary suggested to us. It specifically applies to all those manuals, important receipts, and warranties that come with all of the stuff you accumulate over the years. From furniture to electronics to baby gear there are so many products that it can be helpful to save information for. Previously I would have simply tossed those papers into the trash can immediately… or held on to it for a couple weeks to make myself feel better and then tossed them while no one was looking.
Well, when Mary Mohler suggests that you do something… you do it, so I quickly stole one of my hubby’s fabulously manly, boring binders (really I am ashamed to put a picture up of it) and filled it with page protectors.
Every time we got a new item (a digital camera, a car seat, a stroller, etc…) I immediately stuffed all of that product’s papers into one of the sleeves. No order, no fuss, just stuck it in there. I suppose if you really wanted to you could make different categories and such, but I didn’t. This is really a low stress organizational tool :).
On most days this big binder just hangs out in the very back of the desk drawer, but more often than you might think we pull it out to retrieve a manual for an item we are selling on Craigslist, or a warranty for an item that breaks, or a receipt for an item we decide to return. It has come in handy many times! Plus it makes you feel super smug when your husband says, “I wish we still had the manual for this…” and you pull it out of your handy binder with a smile!
So if you are ever thinking “Maybe I should keep this…” when you open a new product, keep it! But don’t put it somewhere you will never find it! Instead, just stick it in a binder and never think of it again…until you need it!