How to label all the school supplies

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Here are some ideas on how to label all the school supplies so you and your child can keep track of and not lose their belongings.

When it comes to school supplies, labelling every item related to the kids and school, uniforms and school supplies is essential so it’s easier for your child to identify their own items. Making sure everything is labelled will stop others from taking what isn’t theirs and if it gets lost having it labelled with their name will help it get returned. Labelling everything also reduces the pressure on parents and teachers when something gets lost. There are many different ways to label items ready for the first day of school. I purchased personalised labels online when my children were in kindy, only because they are cute and pretty, however, once they reached school, I learnt there was so much to label, so I purchased a label machine to do it all myself. I use a few different methods to label everything, use what works for you and your kids. 

If you were to ask any of my team in the office, I love my portable hand-held labeller. I label everything! I have a couple of labellers, so if you are going to get yourself a labeller, invest in a good one. I use the Brother P Touch frequently, which has some great features. I found the labels are very durable, they are laminated, chemical, fade, abrasion and water-resistant, have strong adhesion, can withstand high temperatures and easy to peel.

School Uniforms

Uniforms – School uniforms are expensive and are at the top of my to-label-list as I can’t afford to be replacing them when they forget to put them in their school bag after sport training. I use my labeller with TZe fabric tape in the Brother PT-H105, I am using TZe-FA3, 12mm blue on white fabric tape. All the instructions will come with the tape, please read them thoroughly before use.

Hats – School hats are notorious for going missing! I used to write my kids full names on the rim of their hats using a black permanent marker. The hats can go through the washing machine many times before you may want to go over it again. 

Socks – I find it easiest to use a black laundry permanent marker to write the kids names on their socks, it does fade over the course of the year and you will need to write their name on them again, unfortunately a label won’t stick as the fabric in socks are very stretchy.

Shoes – I don’t place labels inside the kids shoes, as I find they slip off, instead I write their names with black or silver permanent marker on the inside of the shoe and on the tongue of the shoe. I use silver permanent marker on items with dark backgrounds, black marker on light backgrounds.

School Supplies

Pens and pencils – all the kids pens and pencils look the same (especially when you order through the same book supplier). You can shave off a bit of the end of the pencil to write the name – old school my dad used to do this for me, I tried it once, took me way too long! I started using my labeller, just by changing a few settings.  I used the labeller on all the pens, pencils, texta’s etc.

Exercise/text books – I battle with contact, I tried for a few years, but find for my sanity I don’t mind paying a few extra dollars and use book covers instead. I use a black permanent marker write the child’s name and subject. I put a label on the kids text books as this can be removed so I can either hand down the textbook to the younger sibling or sell or give away.

Book supplies such as glue, rulers etc. – common items which you could use black permanent marker on some, but using the labeller on items such as rulers for the younger children to make the name stand out and easily identifiable.

Computers and electrical cords – Today’s technology is unbelievable, most of the kids textbooks are online, therefore the school supplies them a computer, so each child has a computer that looks exactly the same as the child next to them. I label the machine in a few different areas, on top, underneath and on the electrical cables as these to go to school to charge the devices. The devices need to be returned to the school so I can’t permanently mark them.

School Bag Items

School bag – I write the kids names on the inside of their school bag in black permanent marker. You can also write their names on the outside if you want to, it makes it easier when a few kids have the same bag designs. I also used to give each of the kids a bag tag to put on their bag so they can easily distinguish which one is theirs as they are at a private school and all have the same bags. There are so many cute bag tags these days, they come in all different shapes and colours – I used to let my kids choose their bag tags which made them special. 

Lunchbox and drink bottle – Some of the most common items from the school bag to go missing, accidentally left in the lunch area or in the bag racks. If it’s properly labelled you should be able to find it in the lost and found the next day.

How do you label your back to school supplies?

 

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35 comments

Juli Szasz January 14, 2016 - 5:59 AM

Great help thank you Katrina. But oh the flood of tears at the memory of my Dad shaving and naming my pencils for me too. Another memory I had forgotten. All good, tears are healthy they say.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:24 AM

Love it when those forgotten memories come flooding back!!

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Christine Macdonald January 14, 2016 - 3:56 PM

My Dad used to cover all our school books with brown paper and it was a big thing for him to do but he did it every year.

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Felicity a January 14, 2016 - 7:13 AM

Hi Katrina,
Just wondering do you buy new socks and shoes for the school year each year?
My daughter is in her second year and just wondering what to do.

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shoplemilsnecessities September 29, 2021 - 6:03 AM

For me, it depends on the condition they are in and if they can still fit.

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Rebecca January 14, 2016 - 7:22 AM

Can really see I do need that Brother Labeller for school and home ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:25 AM

It really is versatile, with endless uses for inside the home. I have been putting one container through our new dishwasher (which when finishes all the items are extremely hot) daily and the label has stayed on, which I am really surprised, as labels in the past, which i have purchased tend to fall off.

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Kath January 14, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Hi Katrina, I saw your earlier post about the brother PT H105 so went and purchased one on the weekend. Hubby and daughter thought it was great to start labelling their work and school stuff but somehow managed to throw out the instructions- argh! Without having to purchase another labeller do you know how I could get a set of instructions??

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Michelle January 14, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Hi Kath,
I’ve done this before. You might be able to find the instructions on the Brother website. ?

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Michelle January 14, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Hi Kath,
I’ve done this before. You might be able to find the instructions on the Brother website. ?

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Kath January 14, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Thank you thank you! The PT H105 is so useful- can’t sing its praises enough!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:23 AM

Hi Kath, yes it’s available online, I had to refer to it a few days ago, as I misplaced mine for a moment (found it though!!). Here’s the link: http://support.brother.com/g/b/manuallist.aspx?c=au&lang=en&prod=h105eas&dlid=docp000715_000&type3=349&type2=70

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Jac Simmons January 14, 2016 - 7:46 AM

My daughter starts school this year and I was wondering or to label socks and best way to do pens it’s all new to me, this is brilliant Kat thank you.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:26 AM

So happy I can help you Jac, let me know if you have any troubles and happy to help you with solutions 🙂

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Cathy M January 14, 2016 - 7:49 AM

I got this labeller last week when you told us about it, it has cute little symbols my son and daughter have been enjoying labelling their supplies, I didn’t realise it does fabric labels too, off to get some fabric tape.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:27 AM

I did some more labels on uniforms yesterday, and found that the iron didn’t have to sit for the recommended 30 seconds, only took about 10, so was a very easy process.

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Julia K January 14, 2016 - 7:52 AM

I too love my Brother labeller but the tape can get expensive so I pick and choose what I use it for. For school supplies – I pretty much do what Katrina does, and I also use the labeller for “permanent” things around the house. For items that only have a short life eg containers of leftovers for the freezer, I either write directly onto a ziplock bag with permanent marker or I use permanent marker on a piece of masking tape and stick it on the freezer container. Not as pretty or durable as the proper labels – but suitable for the short time required.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:28 AM

I’ve used the masking tape trick too in the freezer, works really well as a temporary label. I’m yet to organise my pantry, that will be fun!!

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Michelle January 14, 2016 - 7:52 AM

I just had a quick google around and found these labellers on the Officeworks website for $25 which seems like a great price. Not sure about the tape costs yet – am onto that now. 🙂

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Michelle January 14, 2016 - 8:13 AM

So looking around for tape, the best genuine Brother tape price I found was around $16 (that doesn’t include $10 for postage). It’s worth shopping around.
I know what I’m buying today. Thankyou!!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 8:31 AM

That’s a good price, the standard tape is 8m long and I have found that it can last me a good 6 months including back to school. With this new PT-H105 you can adjust the margins, I like the medium margin, which makes the label smaller. So you can be frugul and get more labels from the lengh by adjusting the margins.

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Jess January 14, 2016 - 8:52 AM

I use the metallic tapes for my kids. For pencils, felt pens, crayons and glue sticks I wrap a piece of book covering around so it can’t peel off. For my kids pencils I place the label at the “need a new pencil spot” so they are never working with a pencil that is too short. They know once they sharpen to that point they need to ask for a new one. I use laundry markers for socks, undies, swim cap etc. it seems to last a while. I have used the laundry tape on library bags and towels mainly.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

that’s a very clever idea to put the tape at the line. My son came home with so many little pencils, he uses them, but it’s really not good for his hands, especially when his has poor fine motor skills in his hands.

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lisa August 3, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Can you use the labeler on the metallic tape?

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Andrea January 14, 2016 - 9:58 AM

For things that are larger like books I create a paper label on the computer (as simple or complex as you want) and print on normal paper then UST clear packing tape to stick them on. For anything that may get wet I use Bear brand clear all weather tape.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2016 - 11:18 AM

like the idea of making your own book labels!

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Nys January 14, 2016 - 1:38 PM

I really struggle with lunchbox labels on sistema/tupperware etc. Whether I write it with a permanent marker (sharpie) or use a dishwasher proof label they always wash off. Have you got any tips?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Hi NYS I have been trialling these labels in the dishwasher, I have labelled a glass and it has been in the dishwasher every night, high temperatures and it’s not coming off, I have looked at the corners and they aren’t coming up. Glass is different to plastic, but I can’t fault this label at the moment 🙂

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Kelli January 16, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Hi, what are the book covers you use and where are they available?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:47 PM

These are from OfficeWorks, Kmart also sell some fun and colourful covers for boys and girls.

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Natasha B January 19, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Any ideas about labeling black socks?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 20, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Black socks could be hard, you could try a silver paint pen, this is what I use on alot of my kids darker items, such as black pencil cases, swim suits, it will wash off over time though. Or you could sew the initials into the bottom?

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Rebecca January 26, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Thanks for this post Katrina. After reading it I went out to check out the Brother PT-H105 and was very happy when it was only $25. It has made getting the school supplies ready, less of a chore and my boys actually wanted to help me!!!!!! One question though – do you buy a book cover for every book? I bought a few of each size and will just swap the books out as they fill up

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 10:26 AM

I Rebecca, that’s a great price for the labeller. I do buy covers for each book and then reuse what I can for the following year.

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Angela January 14, 2022 - 7:05 AM

Hi, where do you buy the tape for the machine please? I need to buy it online. Thank you.

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