It’s not a secret, I’ve been a failure at organizing, well, almost everything in my life. I somehow manage to keep my home together enough to function on a daily basis, but there’s an incredible amount of room for improvement in nearly every area!
Ironically, even though I’m terrible at keeping it together, I’m a glutton for organizational products. Maybe it’s because I’ve tried so many and they haven’t worked for me. Maybe it’s because I’m chasing the dream of having a Martha Stewart-like home where absolutely everything has a proper place and space. In reality, I need simple solutions that I can maintain for the long term.
That’s not to say that I don’t have real-life obstacles that have made organizing a personal struggle. I do. I’ll even open up about them as I continue to write about my quest for an orderly home. Right now, I think it’s sufficient to say that I convinced Mom Central and Brother to help me out with a kitchen organization project. That’s right: I’m going to organize my kitchen and you’ll get to see how I do it!
I want to believe that the Brother P-Touch labeler is going to be a key to my organizing success. Brother believes it will be, and they want to prove that their labels are durable and lasting. To do that, they challenged me to put their labels to the test. Before I even received my labeler, they sent me this Brother P-Touch Extreme Test Kit:
The kit contained:
- A plexiglass block with a Brother-brand label already attached
- A stiff scrub brush
- A scrubber and sponge
- Nail polish remover
- Clorox 2 color-safe bleach laundry product
Brother invited me to use all the materials in the kit to try to get the affixed label off of the plexiglass. Here’s the “After” photos after I used each item to scrub, clean and abuse the label:
What’s even more remarkable is that I used each of those items one right after the other. That means that I used four different abrasive or corrosive products on a single label and it still remained stuck on the block!
After using up all the provided items, I decided to run the label under running water to see if it would penetrate and “unstick” the label:
Even that didn’t manage to loosen the label! You can see from these final front and back photos that the Brother P-Touch label remained strongly affixed to the block after abusing it with products that I would never plan on putting into contact with those labels!
I have to admit, I didn’t think that the label would stand up to all of those products done pretty much at the same time! I’ve always heard that a labeler is essential for a truly organized home. I’m excited to be using such a durable product as I move forward with my kitchen organization!
Stay tuned as I show you the more practical side of Brother Labels as I put my new Brother P-Touch Labeler into organizing action!
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product and gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
So then, when you decide to re-organize, how do you get the labels off?
LOL! I know when I label something it’s generally for permanant reasons. I would be more worried about them coming off before I was ready, and you just eased my concerns.
P.S. I’m sure an industrial-strength solvent like GooGone or Goof-Off would take the labels off without trouble.
Brother P-Touch labels have been a savor for this day-care mom! I’ve used them on everything that goes to day-care with my son including plastic bottles and utensils, clothes, blankets and bibs (they stick really well to tags though I’ve used them on backside of a cloth bib before, too). Just this morning I printed up two tags to put in my sons shoes. I can attest that they withstand multiple washings in the dishwasher and laundry. I haven’t lost a tag yet.
As for removing them, once you get them started it’s fairly easy to remove them from the materials I mentioned above. That’s actually part of the reason I chose them. I could easily remove the labels if I decide to pass down, consign or donate the items in the future.
This looks like a useful tool, I should get more organized.