The winner: Last week we held a contest for readers to share their system for organizing home purchases, repairs and projects. The overwhelming favorite, suggested by many readers, was a three-ring binder with sleeves and dividers. We picked one of those suggestions, at random, as the winner. Read on.
We use a 3-inch, 3-ring binder filled with plastic sleeves. All receipts, warranty info and manuals for a particular appliance, say a washing machine, will all fit in this sleeve. The manual usually goes in the front because it shows a picture of the appliance, making it easy to locate quickly. We use this for large and small appliances, additions to the home such as the sprinkler system, services such as gutter cleaning and home maintenance. It’s a great way to keep a paint color strip and notes on projects.
DeAnna Shelley, Matthews
Tip for maintaining the binder
When it comes to home appliances, keep the manual, with receipt, purchase date, model and serial number written on it, and keep a dated list with any issues. When a problem comes up, you have the model and serial numbers right there with a list of previous issues.
Becky MacLeod, Catawba, NC
Try index cards for organizing
Years ago I bought a spiral-bound book of index cards and began keeping track of the dates for home purchases, repairs, paint colors, window sizes and improvements. It’s large enough not to lose and small enough to stick in my purse for easy reference when shopping for those new window dressings! Marcy Phipps, Lancaster
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