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Label Machine to the Rescue

Updated on December 17, 2013

Label All Those Wires and Plugs

My husband is a wizard at connecting up all our electronics. I can't make any sense out of all those wires or figure out where to plug them in.

This means that without his expertise, I'd be unable to watch television, listen to music, use the Internet or print from the computer. He has a very logical mind and works out all the networks and links to make all these things function together.

One thing he does is a life saver. He labels all the cords. Sometimes you have to unplug all that stuff if you are going on vacation and don't want a power surge to ruin everything. Sometimes a cord or two wriggles free and has to be matched back to the right spot. Having those labeled saves a lot of anguish.

We also label all those cords that connect our gadgets like the cell phones, the digital cameras, and the Kindles. On my desk alone, I have 5 of those cords. You don't want to mix them up, as it might damage your gadget.

What do we use for our labeling? We have a Brother and find it turns out very readable and long-lasting labels. Sure, I could write with a pen on a piece of paper and then use clear tape to stick it down to the cord or plug. Unfortunately that means assembling the pen, paper, scissors and tape which isn't always easy to do.

Why bother with that when you can get out the handy-dandy Brother labeler, press a few buttons and have it spit out an official looking label. It sure looks a lot better than anything I would hand-letter.

Other Uses for the Label Machine

In our home office we organize our pens, notepads, tape and binder clips in bins. The labels on the bins make retrieval easy. I keep my craft supplies for making doll clothes, valentines and other crafts in stackable bins. Each of those is labeled. In the garage, he stores the excess telephone, television and computer wires and similar supplies in labeled boxes.

Easy To Use

A relative who's disabled wanted to replace their old wheel-style punch label gadget. We had him try out our Brother labeler to see if he would like it (and to see if it was too difficult for him). He loved it and wanted to take ours home with him. We got him one of his own and he uses it a lot.

He labels everything.

More Things to Label

  • If the kids fuss over which toy is theirs, make labels with their names on it to put on the bottom of the toys.
  • Label Seal-a-Meal packages before putting them in the freezer.
  • We have 3 light switches grouped together and I could never remember which was the room light, the patio light, or the fan, so now those are labeled for forgetful people like me.

Photo Gallery Showing Ways We Use the Labels

Photos by Virginia Allain

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Label the cords for all your gadgets (Kindle, cell phone, digital cameras)Label the power cords.Label binders.Label confusing switches.Label foods in the pantry.Label craft supplies.Label stored items.
Label the cords for all your gadgets (Kindle, cell phone, digital cameras)
Label the cords for all your gadgets (Kindle, cell phone, digital cameras)
Label the power cords.
Label the power cords.
Label binders.
Label binders.
Label confusing switches.
Label confusing switches.
Label foods in the pantry.
Label foods in the pantry.
Label craft supplies.
Label craft supplies.
Label stored items.
Label stored items.

Accessories for Your Labeler

Brother P-touch ~1/2" (0.47") Black on Clear Standard Laminated Tape - 26.2 ft. (8m)
Brother P-touch ~1/2" (0.47") Black on Clear Standard Laminated Tape - 26.2 ft. (8m)

Clear tape so your lettering stands out on whatever you stick it onto.

 
Brother AD-24ES AC Power Adapter for Brother P-Touch Label Makers (Black)
Brother AD-24ES AC Power Adapter for Brother P-Touch Label Makers (Black)

If you don't want to bother with batteries, get a power adapter for the label machine.

 

Look at All the Ways You Can Use One of These

This video shows off some of the features and advantages.

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    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      an excellent idea. labelers are a godsend

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @Scarlettohairy: Every family needs someone who's not afraid to deal with the technology.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great idea. I am not that organized! And my daughter is my tech guru!

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