Dorms are busy places, with roommates and visitors constantly coming and going. When you add shared bathrooms and laundry rooms to the mix, you end up with plenty of opportunities for things to go missing. With the right labeling strategies, however, your favorite student can keep tabs on their belongings at college.
Break Out the Label Maker
When it comes to keeping track of things in a dorm, a label maker is a handy accessory. These compact tools create clear, easy-to-read labels in minutes. Personalize the labels with colorful label maker tape, or add graphics for a fun twist. The best time to break out this tool is during the packing process. Type in your student's name, print the labels, and attach them to anything with a hard surface. Water bottles, shower caddies, staplers and notebooks are great places to start. You can also use these sturdy labels to identify the contents of drawers, storage boxes and more.
Use Temporary Labels for Disposables
College students go through a wide variety of disposable supplies, from coffee and snacks to makeup and toiletries. Temporary labels are a convenient, cost-effective way to keep track of these products, as they can be tossed in the garbage along with the disposable items. Colorful stickers make for a fun, highly visible label. Alternatively, you can tear off pieces of brightly colored tape and write on them with a permanent marker for quick DIY labels. For a dorm with multiple roommates, you might use neon labels to create a color-coded system for food and supplies.
Keep Tabs on Your Clothing
When a student shares a laundry room with an entire dorm, it's all too easy for clothes to go missing. Socks can get left in machines, and other students can accidentally pick up items from a folding station. Permanent labels can help lost articles of clothing find their owners.
If you have sewing skills, consider sewing pre-printed labels onto the tags of each item of clothing. Another option is to print iron-on labels using your home printer and fuse them to the insides of jeans, hoodies or tagless items. For shoes and other items, try writing on the tag or inside surface with a permanent fabric marker. When in doubt, test the marker on an inside seam to make sure the ink doesn't show through. No matter what type of clothing label you choose, it's a good idea to include the student's first name and room number.
Hidden Labels for Accessories
Sometimes, you may not want to alter an item with a label. Don't worry — with laminating supplies and metal rings, you can create sturdy, easy-to-remove labels. Just print your name, room number and phone number on a small label, and slip the label into a self-laminating sheet. Create a hole in the sheet with a hole punch, and slip a metal key ring through it. These convenient labels are a great way to identify purses, backpacks and suitcases.
A few inexpensive labels go a long way in college. By laminating each item before move-in day, your student can keep track of their things all year long.
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