My house, could be run by librarians. I have always had a little bit of insanity when it comes to cataloging information and trying to make it easy for others to access. For instance, once upon a time, all of my household manuals were kept in one location. Trial and error made me realize that this didn’t make sense. The kitchen appliances seemed to have a greater need for me to be able to quickly access the manuals. I moved them all to a special location in my kitchen and the rest of the manuals go in my laundry room.
And, if you don’t think that is particular enough, I have a sitemap. In the event that a family member is watching my child, I don’t want them hopelessly frustrated trying to figure out the dust-vac. I have a “map” of every appliance and the room where someone would need it. It then cross-references where the accessories are for that appliance and where the instructions are. Weird. I know.
When I was younger, I actually thought I may need some sort of intervention because of how specific my brain was in categorizing the information that came into my house. I used to file every article that crossed the threshold. That got to be exhausting. I literally had giant binders for topics. It was a bit OCD. I now realize that I don’t need to retain all information I come across as the internet is able to relocate almost all of it. I have to keep myself away from magazines and let the internet (and the document designers) do what they do best, catalog the information for retrieval.
As I read chapter 4, I was all over it. I have been doing most of it for years, even if I didn’t realize it. My binders of information actually take a lot of work to cross-references. While I know that I will only need some information, like when I’m cleaning or in the kitchen, for instance, I know my parents will access it randomly when watching my child. I make sure that they can find the vacuum manual more readily than I would require it. It is the first manual in my household binder.
This is much like the approach for structuring a website. I know my audience. I know what they need and I know where they will get lost trying to find it.