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Anyone who hangs around my blog for long, knows how much I love labels. They give order, they look neat and I find them motivating when it comes to storage and organisation. So, when Epson approached me to test out their LabelWorks LW-400, you could say I was just a teeny bit excited.
Here are 15 ideas for using your label maker to organise your home and a bit of a review of how I found the LabelWorks LW-400.
Labels for files
You can incorporate washi tape to create fun backgrounds and use a clear label over the top. Alternatively, use the file tab setting in the label-maker to create a two-sided file tab automatically.
Keep your medicines organised by labeling what goes where. Easy to grab when you’ve got a hurt, screaming child on one arm and need a band-aid!
Make it easy for others to put the kids clothes where they belong. Younger kids can also learn them as sight words.
Glow in the dark labels. Genius!
Make sure what you send comes home. You can even save these as a saved label so you can quickly print up replacements.
If you ever pull things from the freezer wondering what exactly they are and when they were put there then labels will change all that.
Creat cute colourful labels for storage drawers by combining patterned paper and clear labels.
Organising greeting cards
I buy ahead when I see cards on sale and store them in a little file.
How many times have you pulled out three plugs to work out which one is the right one.
Keep track of what keys are for what.
Never confuse remotes again.
Home made cleaning supplies
Keep track of all the cleaning products, what’s in them and when they were made.
Return address labels
Easily pop on a return address label with the multi-line function.
If lost, return to…
Stick your phone number on the bottom of the kids scooters (or any other random item) and you might just find it returns to you.
To add a bit of interest
- Combine washi tape and clear labels for interesting effects
- Use coloured or patterned paper as backgrounds
- Make use of the symbols & frames
As you can see, I went to town with the label maker. I did already have an (old) label maker but rarely used it as it seemed more effort than it was worth. The LabelWorks machine is excellent. One of the first things I noticed was that it has a very small lead in area (the blank area before the writing starts), which I personally love as I always ended up having to cut down previous labels I’d made.
These are some of the key features I loved:
- HEAPS of font, symbol, border and style options.
- A large variety of tape options including iron on, reflective and glow in the dark (how cool is that!)
- Built in settings to do things like create cord tags, labels for files and mirror image labels.
- It’s really quiet. I sat on the couch making labels while my husband watched TV and he didn’t even notice.
- Can print multiple line labels (& can handle tape from 6mm-18mm wide).
- You can store frequently used labels (such as for kids clothing/lunch boxes) to print any time.
Overall I thought it was a pretty impressive machine. The only downsides I could find were that I found the instructions a tad complicated (& long) but this is mostly due to the huge range of things the label maker can do. It also takes 6 AA batteries so make sure you pick these up when you buy one or you will end up a little frustrated.
The LabelWorks LW-400 is available for around $79 (although I’ve seen it on sale for as little at $49.99) and comes with a white starter tape. I would recommend purchasing a clear tape as well as it is so flexible and allows heaps of creative uses. I bought my clear tape from Officeworks and they had the label makers there too.
So, who else is joining label addicts anonymous with me?