Monday, July 19, 2010

Tips and Tools: Sharpies

Sharpies are quite possibly my favorite organizing tool. And by Sharpies, I mean any sturdy permanent marker, I just happen to like and use the Sharpie brand, made by Sanford. I keep at least two in my purse at all times - a fine point and an ultra fine point. What can you do with a Sharpie?

  • Label the leftover chili you're sticking in the freezer with the name and date you put it in there - no more wondering if your leftovers are still good.
  • Write people's initials on their water bottles during car trips, cuts down on squabbles.
  • Instantly make file folder labels that are easy to read - no label maker necessary.
  • Silver Sharpies are great for labeling black cords and electronics accessories.
  • They're best way to make readable name tags at functions.
  • Quickly put your name and/or phone number on property that might get mixed up with others' or lost, like coolers, sports equipment, camping gear.
  • There's also quite a bit of Sharpie art out there.
What do you use your Sharpies for?

Creative Commons photo posted to Flickr by JonDissed

Lelah Baker-Rabe is a Los Angeles-based professional organizer. To discuss your organizing needs, call her at 818.269.6671 or email

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