One of my favorite organizational tools is a simple label maker. Label maker labels are neater than handwritten labels, longer lasting, professional looking, and they remind you of your sorting system. Label makers come in all shapes and sizes, you can find a handheld one for under $20 at most big box or office supply stores. Label makers are portable, unlike computer printers. Unlike sticky notes, that may fall off, these labels can be permanent. Labeling your items and/or the designated location of an item will greatly improve your home’s organization.
Once you own a label maker and use it often, it will help to make your home a more orderly place. You can label shelves in your pantry, on kitchen cabinets, office shevles, file folders, or toy bins in the playroom. Label storage boxes, lunch bags, children’s sporting goods and school supplies that they may take outside of the home. Other label maker uses include bathroom containers, recycling bins, craft supplies, inside medicine cabinets, electronic cables, CDs and DVDs, or in scrapbooks. If you make a label for the location of an item, there’s a better chance that it will be put back in its proper place.
For very young children, those not yet able to read, the standard label maker may not come in handy. However, you can be creative and make your own labels. Do have a storage spot for your toddler’s shoes? Take a photo of the shoes, print it out, and hang it up where the shoes should be stored.
If you’d rather not use technology, draw a picture of the item, or better yet, have your child draw a picture and then label the shelf, box, or drawer your child’s labeling artwork. Labeling is a great help in any organizing task.