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I had a similar problem. I've got a modular bookcase where you can place the shelves at varying heights. To maximize the number of books, I placed the shelves quite close together. That led to issues with keeping books organized: books from the same author with different heights would end up on different shelves. I ended up increasing the space between ...


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I believe this question is ultimately about balancing conveniences; convenience of storage convenience of access convenience of searching/info retrieval If you have seldom used manuals, keep them in a box or bag as you currently do; you seldom use them so looking through the box once a year for the water pump manual to find out how to reset its "...


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One option for marking the spot a book has been removed from is to insert a token of some sort: tab made from a manila folder or card stock, plastic tab, bookmark with tassel, etc. When a related volume must be stored elsewhere, perhaps a reference object (piece of manila folder, card stock, etc.) with the location marked.


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If there are live viruses on your desk or in your drawers you should be concerned about transferring them to yourself even if you don't store your mask inside, if the mask is going to transfer bad stuff to your face, then your hands will as well. Clean your desk, drawer, and work area as often as needed to keep it germ/virus free and then feel free to keep ...


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The high school where my Dad teaches automotive has a tool room and a tool lady. Students check out tools from the tool lady. During cleanup time at the end of class all tools are returned to her. She then cleans the tools and puts them away where they belong. You should get an estimate of how much time is lost by your current system. If there are 20 ...


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My hack is for part of the question – replacing a book in its original position. Withdraw the adjacent book part way, so that you can see the place. If that is made awkward because neighbouring books are different sizes, then also Rotate the adjacent book so that you can see its top/bottom instead of the spine. Having said that, I organise my books ...


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Scrum Master here - aka wielding sticky notes for a living. The first tip I always give to my coachees is to not pull them off the stack upwards, towards the sticky edge, because that causes them to invariably curl and leads to them sticking up instead of laying flat on whatever surface you place them on. Instead, remove them in a sideways motion ...


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Organizing a book collection can be made easier by isolating some exceptions that can be problematic. Libraries pull large books aside and store them together separately in an "Oversize" section. If most of your books are large then you would pull small books aside to store together. Most all books made for mass market are very similar in size to ...


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Put them in a giant building with giant shelves to accommodate ample spacing for all size books. Just do it like barnes and noble. In this way you can have the option to sort by topic and by size and there's enough room to display the book title for any style of book design. If you don't have a giant building reduce the number of shelves or books. If you ...


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From what you've said I think post it notes are probably not the right tool for the job. You have a softback book seemingly with no protection, in something like a bag (or even just carried in a stack with your hands wrapped around the edge; the post it's are being folded and ruined If you want to carry on using post its you'll need to create some kind of ...


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I just fold it and put in my jeans front pocket. It's folded so only the external part of the mask touch the pocket's inside and the part which is on my face isn't exposed to the possible germs/dirt in my pocket. Sometimes I also put it on my desk, but forgot it there when going out of the office too many times, so pocket is the best option for me.


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Use a different mask for each time you put a mask on. If you use washable masks, take enough for the day in a clean plastic bag (or a clean bag each) and when you are done with the mask for the moment, use a plastic bag to put the used one in. You can put more into the same bag as they will be washed before you use them again. If you use the disposable masks,...


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I'm not sure how helpful this is for your use case, but I will detail my own method in the hope that you might be able to cherry-pick the helpful bits. First, I perform surgery on the manual, removing all the pages I don't need. I just keep the English pages and any diagrams that are often in the front/back. I then staple the remaining pages back into some ...


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If you really want to keep them as paper, use file organizers: These work for all shapes and sizes that'll fit inside: a Letter size organizer can also contain smaller booklets and leaflets. This allows you to group the files in a way that makes sense to you. Label the front of the organizer with a list of all the manuals it contains.


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Following the additional information in comments – that any paper manual might be needed at any time, no matter how old – I offer a hack from a neighbour who was a courier in the days before satnav. Almost every day he would arrive in a town where he had never been, so he would buy a map. His problem was how to keep this expanding store of maps easily ...


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There is nothing said about the size of the tools, nor their material. In multiple chemistry groups I saw their chemicals labeled with a bar code; larger bottles and smaller ones (down to 5 mL, for smaller sample sizes their enveloping bag got the mark). Everyone borrowing an item from the shop or using the chemical at his / her place got «an account» and ...


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I recently found myself looking for a new/better solution for organizing separate sets of keys as I have access to several properties/storage units across Southern California. While I subscribe to a lot of the aforementioned solutions (ordering of keys, colored dots/key tags, easy means of separation) I came up with a new, unique solution which I am quite ...


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