P-Touch Labeler Giveaway – Key to Kitchen OrganizationPosted by MeckMom on Apr 5, 2009 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 65 comments
I hate emptying the dishwasher. It seems like such a tedious task to me. A few months ago I decided to put an end to this daily annoyance by making dishwasher-emptying a designated kid job. The solution had both good and bad results. Although I loved having the dishes put away everyday, I hated wasting time searching for misplaced stuff. For some reason, my kids just couldn’t manage to remember my organizational system. Potato peelers would end up with the measuring cups and spatulas would be shoved back behind the mixing bowls.
Not one to give up on my new-found dishwasher freedom, I decided to simplify the task. I pulled out my labeler and went to work. I labeled everything from the inside of the drawers to the shelves in the cupboards. In areas where multiple things are stacked together (like the pots & pans cupboard) I placed labels on top of each other to show which items go on top.
When the kids came home from school I gave them a little walk-through on the new system and followed it with a pop quiz. I pulled out a bunch random kitchen items and asked them to use the labels to figure out where everything should go. It took them a few attempts, but they figured it out eventually and managed to earn their ice cream cone prize.
I’ll admit it, my cupboards look a little OCD at first glance but it can’t tell you what a difference it has made in my kitchen. My kids (and husband) are TONS better at putting things in the right locations and I never have to waste time digging through my drawers. It’s not perfect system – but it’s a huge improvement.
Want to try this idea in your own house? Well, I’ve got the perfect tool for you – a brand new Brother P-touch 1010 Labeler for one lucky commenter. I gave the P-touch 1280 (pictured at right) a try earlier this year and I’m a big fan. I had been using a Dymo handheld for a few years but the P-touch was much easier to work with and produced a much better label. If you’re in the market for a new labeler, I definitely recommend giving the p-touch series a try.
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and tell me what you’re dying to label. I’ll choose a winner at random at midnight on Friday night (April 10th) and post the results here. The shipping is free. Thanks everyone. Good luck and happy labeling. Just thought I’d pass it on.
*This giveaway is now closed.
AND THE WINNER (randomly chosen by the iPhone app iChoose) IS COMMENTER #10, DEE. Thank you to all of you who participated. I’m thrilled to see that you all love labeling as much as I do. More great giveaways to come soon.