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Label Machine to the Rescue

Updated on February 13, 2018
Virginia Allain profile image

Minimalism is catching on, and I'm excited about streamlining. I'm sharing what I've learned about decluttering and simplifying our lives.

Label Your Way to Better Organization

It's not enough to stash supplies in bins and containers. Know what is in there by labeling them clearly.
It's not enough to stash supplies in bins and containers. Know what is in there by labeling them clearly. | Source

Many 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

  • When 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.

Do You Know What These Cord Go To?

Without labels, it is just a mess of wires and plugs.
Without labels, it is just a mess of wires and plugs. | Source

Label All Those Wires and Plugs

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.

Labels Make Your Wires And Plugs Orderly

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I Labeled All My File Folders with Large Print

I'm so glad I did this as it is much easier to find the files than when I had hand written labels. I stick the label right on the plastic tab, so no need to fiddle putting it on a little bit of paper and sliding it inside the plastic tabs.
I'm so glad I did this as it is much easier to find the files than when I had hand written labels. I stick the label right on the plastic tab, so no need to fiddle putting it on a little bit of paper and sliding it inside the plastic tabs. | Source

Photo Gallery

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

Accessories for Your Labeler

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.

A Video Review of the Label Maker

I Love My Label Machine

Once you get one of those label machines, did you go crazy with it? I keep finding one more thing that I want to label. Hubby may have to hide it from me. Actually, we have 4 of them. I keep one in my craft closet, there's one in our office, one in our RV, and one at our cottage.

Actually, my husband likes the gadget too. He's labeled all the power cords for the television and the computer network. We both labeled our cords for the Kindles, the cell phones, and the digital cameras. Too many of them look similar, so we wanted to be sure we were plugging up the right thing.

I like to corral supplies in those plastic boxes, so all of those needed labeling. In my craft area, I have boxes of ribbons, rubber stamps, card making supplies, and lace. In the garage, he has large plastic bins with telephone, television and computer cords (all labeled). Out there are the big tubs of holiday decor from St Patrick's Day to Christmas to Valentine's Day. All of those needed labels.

What things do you like to label?

© 2013 Virginia Allain

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    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts

      As someone who designs jewelry, has collected rare vintage beads and findings for roughly 25 years, loves many types of crafts and is too often loathe to let supplies go, I probably have enough jewelry making and crafting supplies to open a small store, lol! Unfortunately, organizing is not a skill that comes easily to me, and finding what I need has become increasingly difficult. I recently dug out a label maker that I inherited from my mother and have been using it to help me organize and store all that stuff. It's becoming my best friend! Thanks for the great tips.

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      an excellent idea. labelers are a godsend

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

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

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 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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