December 01, 2010

Getting Organized with Labels: The P-Touch Payoff

Do you ever get so busy that you forget your name? December has that effect on people, I hear. I pretty much stay that busy all year... but the holidays are a real challenge for us (especially with a Tazmanian baby in the house).

Needing a little help in the organizational department is one reason why I have always dreamed of owning a P-Touch machine of my very own.When I whined on Twitter about Amazon cancelling my P-Touch order Brother offered to give me a machine to try and review, I did a cartwheel gladly accepted.

Actually, the first P-Touch I used was on a job I had (one where I actually got paid)... and I fell in love with the way the filing cabinet looked when I finished with it. [Too bad I can't replicate that look at home for some reason.] Naturally, the first thing that I did when I got my P-Touch was label everything on my desk.

See the "URGENT" box up there? Yep. Most of my life is in that box. I have nightmares about it.

Then we labeled the school boxes (which was the reason why I started looking for a P-Touch in the first place... because Masking Tape and Sharpies is so 1970's).

*And I forgot to take a picture of them.*

Then we labeled our school folders.

*And I forgot to take a picture of those, too. Just use your imagination.*

Isn't it dreamy being able to just print and stick - and cover up your past label mess? No computer or printer needed. Nor the Geek Squad guy because your network won't let you print. And you don't even need a Rocket Scientist to explain to you how to set up the Avery labels in Microsoft Word. Or to figure out which side goes down and up on your printer tray... while you waste three sheets of plain labels and get toner all over your hands because it printed on the shiny side and rubbed off on your skin.

Uh... (sorry, I thought I lost you there for a second)...

And we labeled all the hanging file folders that had chicken-scratch scrawled across them...

Don't you just love the PINK tape??? It almost makes me want to pay my bills and reconcile the checkbook just so I can open that file drawer.


Then we labeled the bookcases. OH, yeah, baby. Lime green looks great in my underwater school room.

And Now my kids can't use the excuse of "I didn't know that I put the book on the wrong shelf". Because it says SCIENCE - right there under their noses. This ought to simplify my life at least a little bit, right?

Your kids do that, too?

And now my husband doesn't have to ask me where the printer paper is any more... because I labeled the filing cabinet drawers!

And just in case I lose my mind, I labeled the kids.

All except for the baby. Because he was too fast and got away. So I guess I'll call him 'Speedy' if I ever forget his name.

Thank you for helping me keep my sanity, Brother. Your P-Touch machines are the bee's knees.

As my 11 year old daughter would say... "Peace, out." Whatever that means.

Disclosure: I was offered a free P-Touch for my thoughts. My opinion in this article was not compensated and is my own. No P-Touch machines were hurt in the making of this blog post.


Dawn Camp said...

Oooh, I want one! I'm still using Sharpies, and Sharpies + children = SCARRY! :)

Lynn said...

Thanks for your thoughtful review and the organization ideas.

Anonymous said...

I worked in an office when I was a teenager, and one of my duties was to organize the filing system and label everything under the sun. I loved the labeling machine so much that my boss bought me one of my own for my birthday! I then proceeded to label everything in my room... Good memories. :-)

Stacy said...

Oh, that looks lovely! Thanks for making me want something I didn't know existed!

My bookshelf is out of control, this would be SO helpful!

LizyBeth said...

Thank you for making me laugh! I'm so jealous of your organizational skills and now your new toy,... I mean tool. Thank you for sharing!

Weekend Cowgirl said...

I would go crazy if I had one. I would probably go overboard!

Sprittibee said...

Dawn - yes, Sharpies + my 20 mo. old = my Unique couch complete with hot pink artwork... and to be fair, he likes mixed media because it also has blue and black ball-point pen as well.

Lynn - you are welcome. ;)

Hannah - Good for you! I'd buy you a P-Touch if you could come whip my house in to shape, girl. I need some help around here.

Stacy - LOL Yes, my bookcases are feeling much more organized (aside from the Dr. Pepper cans that daddy keeps leaving on them when he watches his trilogy movies and plays video games. At least he took the popcorn bowl downstairs. I shouldn't complain.

LizyBeth - Do not be jealous of me. We had the school bus talk again today. Labels can't save your sanity, it seems...

Weekend Cowgirl - All or nothin' baby. That's the way to giterdone.

;) I really do love my P-Touch. I was willing to buy it myself... but was thrilled that Brother offered to fill my order for free when Amazon ran out of this model after I ordered it.

Jessica said...

I've always dreamed of having one of those...okay maybe not ALWAYS but I could so use one! Maybe for Christmas! Thanks for sharing



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