Organizer's Tool: DYMO LetraTag Labelmaker

We have no idea now why we had gone without a labelmaker for so long. We finally got around to redoing our whole home office, top to bottom, with the goal of truly getting our %^@! in order after several years of half-stepping in regards to storage and organization, and a small but important tool that helped us attain the goal was the DYMO LetraTag Labelmaker...

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The DYMO LetraTag Personal LabelMaker looks a bit like an original series Star Trek tri-corder in size and appearance, but this handheld device is an organizer's dream tool, especially in the home office where many cables and wires all look the same, a plethora of files need clear labeling, and other covered storage options can be improved with clear designation. Probably the most fulfilling/fun use of the DYMO LetraTag in our small home office was categorizing our library by subject matter, as shown above.

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Our first office filing system was made quick and easy using the 13-character LCD screen with 5 available font sizes, 7 print styles and 8 box styles using a direct-thermal system. Our only complaint is the keyboard layout, which made typing a bit tedious since it uses an alphabetical format instead of QWERTY. The DYMO LetraTag uses 1/2" wide sticker back rolls, and also can print on plastic and metallic labels in a variety of colors for more permanent labeling. An iron-on fabric tape for labeling laundry items, useful for those of us who use public laundry facilities.

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A common efficiency issue we run into day to day is plugging and pulling out USB cables (we're inbetween USB hubs since our last unit stopped working), and it's all too easy to pull out the Wacom tablet cable instead of the mini-USB DSLR cable when in a hurry. But now each is clearly marked for easy identification using the sticker labels provided.

An interesting thing happens once you get started using a label maker. You begin to really think how items should and need to be organized instead of throwing things altogether, as if the process of labeling necessitates more careful planning. For this reason alone, owning and using a label maker has been a great experience

Menu navigation is simple, printing is adequate (neither slow or fast), and the quick cut button makes label making a fun task instead of a chore. At $29.95, the DYMO LetraTag Labelmaker is already beloved in our household and we can't wait to order some clear labels to continue our label craze.

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