The Crazy Suburban Mom: A remarkable label maker, indeed

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A remarkable label maker, indeed

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting  for Brother P-touch. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

When my vintage label maker,  Mrs. Brady (named that because she was the same avocado color as the kitchen in The Brady Bunch house),  coughed out her final letter a few months back I knew I'd miss having a label maker something awful.  Sure,  I could write out labels but when  trying to organize I want precision.  I want even letters along a straight line. And I want options.  

 I assumed a new one would be expensive so I did nothing about it but sit in front of my Filofax wearing a giant sad face handwriting tabs in deformed script (of disturbingly varied heights and widths).   That doesn't bother everyone but it bothers me.

It bothers me a lot.

A month or so ago I got an email from Mom Central #MC announcing a sponsored  Brother P-Touch 25th Anniversary Ambassador Program and did I want to apply?   Oh yes.  Please. I want to apply very, very much.  

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Oh! Beautiful, evenly spaced letters, how I've missed you!

I've known about the Brother Handheld Label Makers for a long time but it wasn't until I read the information that I realized the price was more then reasonable,  about $35 depending on the retailer.

I have to be careful with spending.  I've talked about it a lot but if I'm being candid, I've spent twice the cost of the Brother P-Touch PT-H100 on nail polish since Mrs. Brady's demise (May she rest in peace).  And one particular polish would have about covered the entire cost!  (Crazy, I know, but the heart wants what the heart wants.)

My spanking new label maker arrived at the beginning of November and the first thing I did was register it for email offers and  checked out the product demo video (here).   I've been printing up Organizational Nirvana since.

The first thing I did was  redo my planner tabs. The second  was wrangle some cords using the cable labeling feature.

And  third, I redid my 'clutter zone' notes using labels.  There's a bunch of places my family just drops things. I leave notes to encourage otherwise.

 Clutter zone #1 - The place to put every thing needing to go upstairs; known in most homes as the bottom step.


 Clutter zone # 2. The coat dump.


A related aside: I've learned something about notes like this.  After a few weeks my family doesn't see them anymore so I change them frequently.   I taped these on with re-prepositional tape instead of using the adhesive backs.  That way I can use them over and over.

Clutter zone # 3. The pre-cycle bin.  Especially if it's raining....


And Clutter zone # 4. Armageddon.  The half wall on the upstairs landing is big enough to accumulate not only things, but stacks of things.   I have no pictures of Armageddon, it's a work in progress and even I have limits. 

On a good day, these things add about half an hour to what I already have to clean and with the holidays coming who has time for that? 

This time of year I'm trying to make things company ready and things I don't normally spend a lot of time on get tackled.   Spring and fall  I clean under, around, and between things.   And that's  hard enough  without having to re-home single socks, empty water bottles, dirty dishes, shoes, dog chews and the always surprising pair of underpants.  

If you've got your own version of Armageddon it's a good time to consider a Brother P-Touch label maker.  To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Brother is having special promotions and deals at select retail locations (like Staples).  

You know I love my vintage things but technology does improve some things to a remarkable degree.  Yesterday I was musing about it all, wondering if in this case newer was better and I only had to turn to my P-Touch to see the answer in  black and white.


The Brother P-Touch, a remarkable label maker indeed.


Debralyn 11/14/13, 6:24 PM  

You crack me up and lift my spirits. Off to look at a (possible) new label maker for myself...

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