You’ve seen them in the store. All those little buttons. The tape cassettes. The promise of perfectly lined up words and phrases, phrases you will stick on files and bins that will keep you organized for eternity…
You’ve may be hemming and hawing and asking yourself–do I really need one?
Should you buy a label maker?
You don’t need to be a Professional Organizer to own one. I’m here to tell you…
YES! BUY A LABEL MAKER!
Here’s me with mine…
I’ve had my Brother P-Touch for over ten years. Like a Timex watch, ‘It takes a licking and keeps on ticking…’ I think I’ve changed the batteries less than five times since I’ve owned it. A doctor uses a stethoscope. A tailor uses a sewing machine. A professional organizer goes nowhere without a label maker.
There are a few different brands of label makers, but I prefer the products made by Brother.
It has been an indispensable tool in my organizer’s work bag. Clients love when I take it out of my bag and place it on their table. I’ve seen small children and animals mystified by the tape that comes out of the side of the machine.
Have I convinced you yet of their wonderfulness and that you need to own one? If you’re still reading this post then I guess you haven’t darted off to the store. OK, here are…
Five Reasons Why You Should Own a Label Maker
1. Label makers make our lives easier . They’re light, portable and those labels help us identify items quickly–saving us time and energy. Label makers are especially helpful to those who have illegible handwriting, too.
2. Label makers make getting organized enjoyable. Label Makers make people happy. Thus, people are happy when they are getting organized, making the process more enjoyable.
3. You can express yourself with label maker tape. Do you know the phrase, “It’s not all black and white?’ Well, neither are the label maker tape cassettes. Most often, I use black text on white tape but there are other options such as black text on clear tape, black text on yellow or black text on red tape.
4. Printed labels make you feel organized. Printed labels are easily identifiable and readable–close-up and from far away. They create order where they may be chaos.
5. You’ll be the envy of all your friends! They’re going to wish their files and bins could look as great and be as organized as yours with that labelmaker in your hand!
Did you make your decision–to buy or not to buy? If you said, ‘BUY!,’ you won’t regret this purchase. Check online and in local stores for different models/features and the best price. I bought my label maker in Costco–don’t forget to check in those type of stores, too. Buy the tapes in bulk from an office supply store or use a coupon to bring down the price.
Do you remember Felix the Cat? If not, here’s a little background: Felix the Cat was a cartoon character. Felix had a ‘bag of tricks’ also known as the ‘magic bag.’ He always had what he needed when he needed it–and it was all in that bag.
When I go to a client’s home, I bring a tote bag of basic organizing supplies. Some of my clients have called it my ‘magic bag of tricks’ because the contents of that bag seem to ‘magically’ help them get organized.
What’s in my ‘magic bag of tricks?’ I’ll be sharing the contents with you in blog posts called ‘What’s in My Work Bag?’ Today’s first nosedive into my workbag brings up…
The Tape Measure
If tape measures were not such an important tool, there would be no such thing as the saying, ” Cut once, but measure twice.”
Using a tape measure is critical to organizing any space in your home–especially when incorporating organizing products into that space. ‘Measure twice and buy organizing products once’ is my motto!
I don’t just carry one tape measure. I carry TWO. One is 15 feet long and the other is 5 feet long and attaches to a clip in my bag. Why two? Each organizing job is different. I could be organizing a large house one day and a studio apartment the next. I could be measuring a double closet in the morning and measuring kitchen drawers in the afternoon. No need to use the 15 footer if I’m checking out the size of a medicine cabinet. On the flip side, it would be tedious to attempt to measure and organize a garage with a five foot long tape measure.
Tape measures are equally as important to me at work and at home–I keep one in the kitchen. I even carry a teeny tiny 3 foot measuring tape in my purse! This comes in handy when I’m in a store and I need to measure an item for my home or believe it or not, the waistband of pants for my 5 year old who is super-skinny.
Tape measures aren’t just for Professional Organizers. Everyone should own at least one for their home.You never know when you’ll need to measure the size of your room, the length of your curtains, or a space that needs an organizing product. For a great selection try your local hardware store or big box store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.
And always remember, ‘Measure twice and buy organizing products once!’
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Post-Its. Those somewhat sticky pieces of colored paper have become an everyday part of our lives. I have two or three packages of them on my desk and a ziploc baggie full of different sizes and colors in my work bag. I love Post Its so much, I even use the Classic Stickies program on my Mac–I’d be lost with out it.
We use them for reminders, to dos, shopping lists and a myriad of other uses. But I thought I’d share some great tips in the following article:
Creative Uses for 3M Post It Notes
I already use a few of the ideas offered by the experts but I plan on utilizing #18 next time my five year old is bored…
Get creative and have fun with your Post Its!