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Saving Warranty Information

Q) My husband always likes to tape warranty information to the appliance. I would prefer to keep them in a file. What do you say?

Reply: I say that both of you can be right. One person's opinion about what constitutes an obvious, convenient and easily accessible spot might be quite different from another's. Remember that what defines a good location is this: how easy is it to put your stuff away AND how easy is it to locate your stuff once you've put it away.

So where should you keep your warrantees? First ask yourself which of you usually handles them. If you can easily say that this is the responsibility of one or the other of you, that person should store them as he or she sees fit.

It's a bit more complicated if you both manage the paperwork. In this case, a good option is to keep the actual warrantee in a file like you prefer, but for your husband, put a label on the appliance identifying the location of the paperwork, so he could also easily find it.

For example, label the appliance with the name of the file, and its home, i.e., "refrigerator" file in the second drawer of the middle file cabinet).

Whenever more than one opinion is involved, finding a good solution requires good communication and negotiation. Be sure to clarify why each of you prefers it your way, then strive to find a compromise that both of you can live with.

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