• Helen Avaient

Prepare to Travel - A month to declutter - Day Twenty seven - Warranty and Instruction Books

Welcome to day 27 of decluttering to free your home and your mind.

Now that I am a super efficient organised person (insert laugh here), this is my amazingly wonderful process for warranty and instruction manuals. You may have a different system, use it if it works.


Have you got that drawer or space where all the warranty and instruction pamphlets accumulate? I did, and when finally sorted them out, there were booklets for appliances I no longer owned! Also, I have had appliances need repair, only to find that the warranty expired a week before! grrrr. So frustrating.


Now that I am a super efficient organised person (insert laugh here), this is my process for warranty and instruction manuals. You may have a different system, use it if it works.

  1. When you first buy your new appliance, take a photo of the receipt (the store ones do fade over time), and take a photo of your appliance. Save the photos somewhere you can access them.

  2. I love using Google Calendar. Create an event in your calendar, the date the warranty expires. In the event, click the option "add description or attachments". It will give you the option then to Select a File. Click on upload, attach your photos of the appliance and receipt. In "add description" you can put in anything you want. I document again where I purchased it from. Then save. This takes minutes to do. Then you have an event in your calendar for when the warranty expires and details of the device. If you want, you can even put in a reminder a month earlier that it is going to expire. There is no need to save the physical receipt if you have an electronic copy of it.

  3. If there is a warranty card, fill it out and send it in asap. Very handy if there is a warranty or insurance issue.

  4. Check to see if the appliance instruction manual is online. If it is, save the link as a bookmark, and dispose of the manual one that came with the appliance. There is no need to save the booklet if you don't need to.

These simple steps can be repeated for any current appliance you have. Ask yourself, have I ever looked at the instruction book since I purchased the item? If the answer is no, do you really need to keep it?


Enjoy and use your appliances after the cleanse today. You are looking and feeling awesome!


Please feel free to comment about your cleanse that you experience, and enjoy the rest of the decluttering series.


Happy Travels!

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