I Have a Label Maker and I Know How to Use It

by Vanessa Hayes

in Around the House,Organizing

Labeled magnetic spice jars

I’ve been known to be a little obsessive with my label maker.  Maybe not as excessive as my son who once wanted to label the opening to our kitchen “Entryway to Kitchen.”  Our kitchen is the hub of the house…if we’ve forgotten how to get there, we’ve got a problem! That was way too cute and funny.  But seriously, I’m not that excessive, however I do have a healthy appreciation for label makers.

It’s amazing how a glossy piece of white paper with nice, clean type or font can be so aesthetically pleasing and functional. Functional in the respect that my family can find things, and more importantly, put things away when items like containers, shelves and files are labeled.  So how can you use a label maker?  Here are just a few of the many, many things you can label:

Spice jars

Jars of food and baking ingredients.

Labeled baking ingredient jars

Electronic power supplies and chargers. This is my FAVORITE tip!  With all the electronic devices from cell phones, to MP3s, to digital cameras, to video cameras, to laptops and so on…..it is so much easier to find the right cord for the right electronic device when it’s labeled.

Pantry storage containers. I’ve got containers labeled for cereal, snacks, baking goods, medicine, sauces, candy, etc.

Labeled pantry bin

Labeled food containers

Other storage containers and bins.  Label all of your boxes you have hiding under the bed, in the closet and stacked out in the garage.  Stick a label on the ends identifying what contents are inside.

Shelves. Try labeling the laundry room, bathrooms, kid’s rooms and kitchen shelves.  This will make clean up and putting away the groceries a lot easier….especially when you get the kids and spouse involved and they know exactly where things go.

Personal files and folders.

School and office supply boxes.

Kids’ toy bins.

Name tags and seating cards. For those special family gatherings and events.

These are just a few of my favorite things!  There are so many other uses.  I had a label maker years before I became a professional organizer….it’s definitely an organizing tool I would recommend in any household!

If you have any other labeling tips or ideas I would love to hear them and share them with our readers.  Happy labeling!!!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia Bond January 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I’m shopping for a label maker after years of Avery labels printed from templates on my computer.

You mention your success with label makers but you don’t mention what brand and model you use. Someone at an office supplies store mentioned P-Touch, but I’ve seen prices on them from under $20 up to over $1000. My comfort range would be under $150 but after the local merchandiser, I found that the associate I spoke with was more concerned about his sales record than my satisfaction with the correct product for me.

Vanessa Hayes January 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Hi, Cynthia. I use the Brother P-Touch (a couple of different models). I have a couple of them listed on my store page if you want to get a glimpse of them. I along with several other organizers love to use these on the job and in our own homes. I’ve always gotten models that are $50 or less. Places like Costco and Sam’s carry them in special packs with extra label tape for a great deal. You do, however pay a lot for replacement tape. That’s how the companies make money…like ink and paper refills for printer companies. Hope this was helpful!

Vanessa Hayes August 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

That’s great, Michelle! Love label makers and love containers that look nice and clean. Good luck with your kitchen organization!!!

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