I regularly speak out about the fact that you can be organised without spending ridiculous amounts of money. I often read or hear about people buying dozens of matching containers to organise a linen cupboard or re-arranging their pantry with an entirely new selection of containers that happen to be the trend of the moment.
Apart from the cost, this behaviour bothers me from an environmental perspective because many of the containers are plastic and/or are manufactured in jurisdictions where workers are not paid a living wage, work in sub-standard conditions and the factories do not meet any type of environmental guidelines. Next time you are tempted to buy new items that seem very cheap – stop and think about why they are so cheap.
Back to the main topic. I did buy something which will be useful in organising numerous areas in my home and I expect that it will last me for a long time to come. It is a labeller.
I had previously borrowed one from work to label some jars in the pantry but finally decided that it would be useful to have one of my own. It is battery-operated and the labels come in a cartridge which is inserted into the back of the machine. I purchased 2 cartridges of the clear self-adhesive labels. I also noticed that you can buy cartridges of iron-on tape so you can make your own labels for clothing. This is not something that I would use but could be beneficial for my daughter with children going on school camps and similar.
My first attempt was to label this set of mini-drawers which fit perfectly on the shelf in my sewing room. The drawers came from my mother and I have found them really useful for keeping track of some of the smaller sewing items. I have memorised what are in the top row but other than that, I have to open the drawer to check. That will be a thing of the past with these new labels.
Now, what else needs a label? I think I am going to have fun with this gadget.
I purchased a Dymo roughly 6 years ago. It stopped working in the 2nd year and I didn’t use it much. For me it was a regretful gadget that I could have done without. I felt annoyed when I tossed it in the bin due to the environmental impact and cost. Now I’m back to using a permanent marker, laundry marker or pen on masking tape.