Keeping warranties neat, tidy and organized is not easy, this is because of the different shapes and sizes of the information found with different products. Some are thicker than others and yet you need this information, if there is a problem with the product you have purchased you need this paperwork. I am in the process of updating how I store my warranties, I have read about a new way and I want to share that with you.
For some time I have kept my warranties together in poly pockets; this keeps the paperwork safe and together. There is nothing worse than looking for a warranty and it is no-where in sight. It is frustrating and means without this, the guarantee that comes with the product is invalid, making options very slim of replacing the damaged product.
This is why for years I have stored the warranty in a plastic poly pocket. On the front in permanent marker, I write the name of the product, the shop where purchased, the date purchased and the purchase price and file this in my warranties ring binder. I have filed this in date order of purchase and the system has worked well. If I need a warranty I just flip through the file until I find the poly pocket with the right information; I have access to the warranty, the receipt and any other information that might be useful, including the name of the shop the item purchased.
That is until I read an article about warranties and it mentions putting these items into categories making finding the warranty easier to find.
This is why I am modifying my warranty folder; it is starting to fill up and instead of just starting a new file, if I split my file up into different categories it will allow me to make this folder even better than I could hope.
Do you wonder what to do with tools for replacing light bulbs, or Allen keys for toys? These items are difficult to store and I have them filed in an individual file box with hanging files labelled with just a-z, it doesn’t hold any paper work, just a poly pocket labelled with the item and what it is for. These items are stored alphabetically, they are seldom used but items easily found; if a light bulb needs replacing, it is going to save stress and anxiety as to where you put the item for safekeeping.
Searching the house for a part to change a light bulb; you would be surprised by some of the devices needed to change a bulb in some of the fancy lights available, is extremely frustrating when you can’t locate the tool.
This box is easy to store in a cupboard, but easy accessible when needed for that magic part.
Warranties, have for me, caused problems in the past before I found the concept of storing them in the poly pockets, the system has worked well. With my planned change and development, I expect the system will become easier to use and make finding warranties even easier.