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Master Manuel for home? [Mar. 9th, 2008|07:07 pm]
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serista mentioned a manual for her home.. i was wondering if any others do as well? and if so.. what type of thigns does one include?
can you make a preplanned one  for when your in a relationship.. or do you wait? thanks for all replys ahead of time.. Teri 

[User Picture]From: serista
2008-03-10 01:48 am (UTC)
We have two different manuals.

One contains warranty information, receipts, when to change things out etc. It will eventually include an access database of different things for house, family and friends. It's just a way to organize all the household info. I use spreadsheets now for a lot of it but want to combine it. Since we have a shared network drive it's easy for us to access via different computers and then I have a file cabinet for other stuff.

Then there is the household manual that Jeff keeps and that is regarding the structure of our relationship. To me, that's personal and shouldnt be done until very secure in a relationship. I look to things like that to be accomplished after the honeymoon phase is over.
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[User Picture]From: jezabelhussey
2008-03-10 03:11 am (UTC)
There are several types of manuals/protocols/rituals/contracts:

1. House Info: This would be a how to Manual. Insurance, waranty, prefered contractors, receipts, date and year item is purchased put on a callendar for purchase date and extended warranty time up date reminders as well. As well as any manuals or instructions for the item. I also try to write the customer service number on the cover of the manual to make it easy to find. And keep a log of service dates and providers for each item. It's easier to scedule preventative maintenance instead of OMG disaster call some one quick repair. Oh and keep a chart of fire detector battery changes, fire extinguisher replacement, light bulbs thru the house and on porches, appliance light bulbs, emergency flashlights w/ fresh batteries, emergency candles etc. Emergency evacuation plan for fires and such. Air Filter changes, carpet cleaning service, pest service, trash service. And I always keep a copy of a receipt from a service. I file all of these goodies in the color coded files that are green for House Info: and then in alpha order by appliance name and/or service provider.

2. House cleaning schedule, rotation of rooms, how to clean furniture, drapes, walls, glass, dishes, glasses, windows in each room with specific cleaners, tools, cloths and how to use them. A protocol if you will. As well as laundry protocol. Food Preperation protocol, food shopping, cooking etc.

3. Relationship Manual or Master's Manual aka a contract should be made when you have a relationship that is stable and is about to turn into a M/s dynamic. Relationship/Contract manuals on protocols, rituals and services are ver private and are between you and your owner. When starting out in a new relationship they should be very comprehensive, it is better to cover to much that not enough. Also write in there that you wish to revisit the manual for maintenance work at 3 month, 6 month and 1 year periods so that things that were once needed and no longer can be removed or modified to a advanced state of the relationship. This type of manual can not be made in advance because so many variables rely on your owners preference, you limits, your owners limits etc etc etc and they will change over time, so be open to discuss change. And after time you will find you do not need this at all, you will have everthing memorized.

Good Luck.
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[User Picture]From: njlexi
2008-03-10 02:06 pm (UTC)
slave_catherine, who is one of the most giving people I know, put her manual on their website! Actually, they have a TON of useful information you might be able to get ideas from.

I hope you find this useful.
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