Not to mention the disheartening feeling of actually taking the time to get things decently put away... only to look into the playroom or on the kitchen shelves a week later and see that it has somehow all returned back to the way it was before. Are there Disorder Elves that come out at night and make the mess reappear?
Fortunately, the perfect motivation for me (as well as my family) to simplify life and encourage all of us to keep our mess to a minimum came in the form of the Brother PT-H100 Labeler.
While I had originally assumed that the PT-H100 would be fairly easy to use, I hadn't anticipated it being quite this simple. It took all of a minute or two to pop in six AAA batteries (not included) and drop the cartridge right into place and then it was time to label!
Even though I was planning on making unadorned, plain labels, I appreciated that Brother made it possible to customize and add all sorts of creative, designer touches (e.g. icons, borders, Italic, Bold, etc) by pressing only a few buttons.
After a moment or two of quickly getting familiar with the various key locations, I dove right in and started tackling the kitchen shelves.
A few quick taps on the letters (right away I fell in love with how easy it is to change from uppercase to lowercase and back, as well as opting to change my label from all printing on one single line or breaking it into two) and I was printing them out one after another.
Thanks to this Brother P-Touch Labeler and a few small bins from The Container Store and Ikea, my kitchen shelves were quickly transformed from jumbled mess to clean and organized.
While the bins themselves (I placed more on the shelves below to really spread the organizational love around!) make the difference in not having to see everything sitting out, the PT-H100 is really what ensures that things will stay this way.
As well as the cords, headphones, batteries, chargers and more now having their own designated spots, finding what I'm looking for won't require digging through multiple piles. Instead, I can go straight to the bin, pull out what I need, use it, and return it easily back to its home. Perfection!
After my excitement over the kitchen, I waited until the following morning so that Big Sister E could help me tackle the craziness that encapsulated the playroom.
As well as ridding the room of toys and games that were outgrown, it was past time to get items into bins (labeled!) so that there would be no excuse for our wall of shelves to have things stuffed in this way and that.
Although I had to help her spell a few of the words, Big Sister E had no problem creating, printing and cutting off labels for bin after bin as we sorted through everything.
I have no doubt that had I tried to get her to help organize without the PT-H100 that she would have complained, but instead she was more than happy to put things away and keep on cleaning since she was having so much fun making labels!
Wow, this thing is magic! She would say, as the letters appeared on the label in seconds. Can't argue with that!
Once we finished clearing out the last of the outgrown toys and putting all of our newly-labeled bins onto the shelf, it felt pretty amazing to step back and see the final, organized results.
|Wanna come play?|
Considering that leads to more mess and a decreased chance of the toys actually getting played with, now that each bucket clearly states what goes inside, there is just no reason why the baby clothes and the potato heads can't stay separated.
I'm the first to admit that I have some OCD tendencies, but in this case, the Brother P-Touch Labeler has really provided me with a way to not go over the edge when it comes to clutter and the stress that comes with it. Every time that I find another folder, bucket, bin, drawer or box to label, it just makes me feel so much more relaxed knowing that I will be able to find its contents that much easier next time!
Not to mention that as well as giving us the boost in the initial management of our belongings, I have high hopes for the future based on the comments that I've heard from my family. When Big Sister E called out, Mama, now I don't have to worry about cleaning up in here. It's so easy! from the playroom recently, I knew that our organizational routine had been permanently improved.
Whether you look around your home or office and feel defeated by the disarray or you just want an easy way to simplify, identify and organize your life, the Brother P-Touch PT-H100 Label Maker is a convenient, nearly-foolproof tool to tackle projects both big and small. With an MSRP of $34.99, this indispensable gadget is available directly from Brother or on Amazon.
Don't just take my word for it though, swing by the Brother-P-Touch Facebook tab to find out why others agree that now is the right time to get organized and how they too are using high quality Brother P-Touch products in their quest!
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.