Tips and Advice on Organizing with Labelers
- A Printer That's Also a Labeler
- Home Organization For Tools
- Home Office Organization
- Inexpensive Ways to Organization Your Cable Wires
- Home Organization Tips on Software, Products
- Easy Organization for a Child's Room
- Stick to a Household Storage Plan
- Eight Tips to Help Tame Your Cables
- Organize Your Home With Your Mac
- Laptop Theft is Up, So Label Yours
A Printer That's Also a Labeler
You can buy a printer that is also a labeler and have a machine at your fingertips that does it all. Experts say if you can find a printer that also has all three of the following uses, you have indeed purchased a worthwhile piece of machinery.
- Brochure, label, and banner printing
- Negative and slide scanning (to restore fading photos)
- Scan to fax, Web site, or e-mail (to share documents on the fly)
Home Organization For Tools
For tool and electronics organization in the home, consider a tool box. Many versions come in stationery or mobile forms and feature patented, dual, recessed lock enclosures that protect from tampering. These boxes have non-removable, heavy duty continuous hinges, unlike cheap plastic tool boxes.
To protect your Klein hand tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, wire strippers, wrenches and saws from any outside elements, Greenlee waterproof tool boxes are equipped with an overlapping lid closure. The full-width lid with a grooved-edge allows for easy gripping and opening no matter where you are positioned around the tool chest. Also the overlapping seams are welded and reinforced.
Home Office Organization
Since an estimated 87 percent of Americans live in small or medium-size homes, finding additional storage is usually a concern.
Since more and more people are working from home and therefore setting up home offices in their houses, here are some home organization tips for your office, courtesy of mygreathome.com:
- Tuck an armoire into a corner for a one-stop office that becomes a pretty piece of furniture with its doors closed. Look for one with a foldout desk for even more usable space.
- Use a corner desk to convert an area of the bedroom or guest room into a home office. A small corner desk only needs space to accommodate 30 inches on each side, and a 14 inch depth to accommodate a computer monitor and accessories. Corner desk units that include a hutch require about 52 inches of height. Look for one with a raised shelf for the monitor and a slide-out keyboard shelf.
- Buy office equipment that can be rolled out of the way when not in use. Also, place inexpensive casters on file cabinets to create moveable storage space.
- Free up floor space with shelving units that hang on the wall. Wall hooks or pegs can also provide additional off-the-floor storage in your home office area.
- Remove doors from a closet to transform it into a home office, complete with desk, computer, file cabinet and shelves.
Inexpensive Ways to Organization Your Cable Wires
When you're dealing with home office organization, there's more to think about than file cabinets and dust.
Cable tamers are a translucent split tube that bundles wires and cables tidily under your office desk, leaving the floor free of clutter. This reduces the risk of tripping, choking, or electrical shocks.
If your cable clutter is mostly on your desk, try using desk grommets. Grommets allow you to organize your office desk by routing the cords from your phone, fax, and computer below the work surface and out of sight.
Some other products that are worth looking into:
- Wiremold low voltage surface raceways offer a durable and attractive way to route, conceal and protect low voltage communications wires.
- VELCRO® One Wrap® arounds: easy-to-use wire wraps. Simply use these Velcro cord and cable tie wraps by using the self-gripping fastener around one wire, then thread it through the loop on the end of the strap.
- Cable ties and clips
It does not cost a lot to organize the cable wires in your home. Some home organization products for your cables include cord control kits and cable clips, which bundle your appliance cords to minimize tangling. These are great for kitchen appliances, television cables, stereo wires and computer cords.
Many of these items cost less than $10.
Also, a good rule of thumb is: always buy more than you need! Buy every interesting and potentially helpful organizing accessory you can find at the store and bring it home to try out. Use the ones that work and return the ones that don't. It is better to have extra storage materials on hand and not need them than vice versa.
Home Organization Tips on Software, Products
Dymo offers this home organization tip: invest in some software and labeling products to make life at home clutter free and organized.
Organizing paperwork and records at home can be as challenging as at an office. After all, so many kinds of items need to be kept updated, accessible and secure: birth certificates and passports, health records, automotive repair records, insurance policies, warranties, instruction manuals and binders with take-out menus, recipes, kids' immunization records, school forms, homework and school calendars, sports schedules, important phone numbers, chores and more.
Take this home organization tip from Dymo, a leading brand in labeling and printing, there is plenty of software and products on the market designed to make your home life easier. Some of them include:
- LabelWriter -- offers two PC- and Mac-compatible label makers that are sure to answer your administrative needs with their speed, ease-of-use and high-resolution printing. Each LabelWriter integrates with your favorite software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, QuickBooks, ACT!and others with a click of a button.
- Letra Tag -- electronic label makers in hand-held and desktop models, make fast, simple work of basic administrative labeling chores, as well as chores all through your home, including shelves, cabinets, CDs, storage boxes, your kids' clothes, hats, gloves, towels and bathing suits.
- Organizer Xpress -- the do-it-all manual label embosser that powers its way through administrative chores all through your home - for eye-catching labeling of file folders, binder covers, video sleeves and kids' stuff. Organizer Xpress uses no batteries, yet prints letters, numbers and symbols quickly and clearly.
Easy Organization for a Child's Room
Organizing a child's room and belongings has never been so easy. There are home organization products in the way of labelers that are ideal for your child's space. Some of these products are even user-friendly for children so your little one can help organize too.
Organize your child's binders, notebooks, shelves with products such as Dymo's Label Buddy, the modern embossing system that makes organizing almost fun. Just turn, click, peel and stick - to label your child's binders, notebooks - even shelves in your child's room, the garage or workshop. Ergonomically designed for adults and children, its two-thumb cutting operation makes cutting easy after each label is printed.
But purchasing the right labeling tools is only half the battle. You also need a plan for organizing your child's space. Here are eight simple tips to declutter and organize a child's room, courtesy of organizedhome.com:
- Use a child's eye view. Adult furniture and organizing systems don't translate well to children's needs. Get down to your child's eye level to help him or her get organized. Look at your child's space, storage, furniture and possessions from his or her vantage point.
- Bring the child into the process. Resist the urge to wade into the mess alone, garbage bags flying. Teaching children organization skills and maintenance methods works better when they are involved.
- Sort, store and simplify. Get rid of things your child doesn't wear or use.
- Contain, corral and control. Use plastic shoebox containers for smaller toys, larger lidded bins for blocks, trucks and cars and light-weight cardboard records boxes for stuffed animals.
- Make items easier to put away and harder to get out.
- Organize bottom to top. Put most often used items on lower shelves where your child can reach.
- Label, label, label. Use a computer printer to make simple graphic labels for young children. Pictures of socks, shirts, dolls or blocks help remind the child where these items belong. Enhance reading skills for older children by using large-type word labels. Place labels everywhere -- on the inside and outside of drawers, on shelf edges and on the plastic shoebox storage containers that belong there, on boxes and bookcases and filing cubes. Playing "match the label" can be fun -- and turns toy pickup into a game.
- Help children stop the cycle by building maintenance routines into the family's day. For example, "Morning Pickup" might mean straightening her room and getting yesterday's clothing to the laundry hamper. "Evening Pickup" could happen right before bed and involve putting away the day's toys.
Stick to a Household Storage Plan
You've got your labeler in hand, but before you start labeling your home goods and putting them away, you need to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. You need a household storage plan for efficient home organization.
According to organizedhome.com, if you remember the A B C's of home storage, you will be all set. They are:
- Assess: To start building a household storage plan, you have to know two things: what you have, and where you have to put it. To learn this, you'll make two lists: your household's storage possibilities and your family's storage needs.
- Box and Banish: Shelf-by-shelf, room-by-room, you're going to rout out your storage areas. One at a time, you'll pull out currently stored stuff, sort it out, banish the rejects, and box everything that belongs elsewhere. Only then do you put away the designated stored items.
- Corral and Control: Now that your storage plan is largely in place, you're going to do what is necessary to keep it that way. Now you will buy, scrounge or make storage containers necessary to corral what's left. To keep control, you'll make a final Inventory Control list -- your guide for the future.
Eight Tips to Help Tame Your Cables
If you glance behind your home computer or entertainment system and see a complicated maze of wires and cables, you are in need of a cable taming session.
While such a tangled mess is definitely an eyesore, it can also be a hazard for children and pets who may get caught up in it. Various products are designed to tame cable clutter, ranging in price from a few bucks to $100
Here are eight tips, courtesy of PC World, for taming your cable wires:
- No matter which method of cable clutter control you use, it's a good idea to keep AC power cables separate from other cables. To eliminate AC hum in your speakers, try to keep AC and speaker cables at right angles.
- Use short cables. Peripherals (like printers, modems, and scanners) usually come with cables, but they're often much longer than they need to be. You can eliminate lots of clutter by purchasing correct-length cables instead of leaving long cables dangling or coiled on the floor. You'll find a wide range of cable lengths at most computer and office-supply dealers.
- Use cable ties and cable clips. Cable ties and cable clips are the cheapest way to bundle groups of cables. Ties are inexpensive, and come in many colors and lengths.
- Use split tubing. Split tubing, as the name implies, is flexible tubing that's split along one side, so you can easily tuck cables inside.
- Use a cable organizer. Sometimes called a "cable tunnel," this is a box or set of slotted guides that mounts on a wall or your desk and lets you wrap and tuck cables inside it.
- Use a power center for AC cables. Having one place to plug in all your AC cables can eliminate lots of clutter. Some power centers sit on the floor or mount on a wall; some sit underneath a monitor. They also provide surge protection and let you switch peripherals on and off conveniently.
- Use USB peripherals. USB keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, and other peripherals can plug into each other, eliminating long runs of multiple cables. Alternatively, you can use USB hubs to organize multiple connections. IEEE 1394 (FireWire) hubs offer the same advantages for high-performance peripherals.
- Go wireless. The ultimate way to eliminate cables is to avoid using them. Though you can't get rid of cables altogether, wireless keyboards and mice are available, as are Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi5 wireless networks.
Other products you might want to look into to manage your cables at home:
- Split Loom wire loom - the ideal way to hide, protect, and route wires and cables. Great for cable management and available in many colors and sizes.
- Braided sleeving - for use with electronic and high tech applications where flame retardant and durability are primary concerns. Also can protect hoses and wire harnesses from excessive wear. Also great for expansion joints where constant movement and high temperatures requires a flexible, indestructible covering.
- Cord protectors - provide safety while also protecting your cables and wires from pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Organize Your Home With Your Mac
Make labels to organize your home right from your Mac with software such as Label Printer Pro 6.2.
This home organization product is an easy to use yet powerful tool for creating the most popular labels right on your Mac. Print labels for many different formats using stick-on labels from companies such as Avery®, Neato®, Memorex®, and CD Stomper. LPP6 even supports plain paper case labels (J-Cards).
Laptop Theft is Up, So Label Yours
Laptops get stolen more often than you know. The 2005 CSI/FBI Computer Crime Survey showed that unauthorized access and theft of proprietary information from computers had risen significantly over the previous year.
Unfortunately, most people who have laptops are not security conscious. Want a low-tech solution? Slap a label on it.
It's a good idea to label any expensive electronic equipment -- digital cameras, video cameras, cell phones. Include your name, cell-phone number, and e-mail address. The hope is that if you leave these items somewhere, a concerned citizen will return it to you.Return to Top