Sometimes when I refer to my label-maker, the person I'm talking to will say, "I don't see the point in a label-maker; I wouldn't know what to do with such a thing," which is a little like saying "I don't see the point in a F430 Ferrari; I wouldn't know what to do with it." I used to think that if these people won the lottery, they wouldn't know what to do with their winnings if their life depended on it; I've since taken the somewhat more charitable view that maybe people really don't know what to use a label-maker for. Since I'm here to serve, I thought I'd offer up a few examples.
I got the idea to label all the little bags of yarn and buttons (top left) that come attached to clothes from the Real Simple article on the subject. And as Regina Leeds points out in the best-selling Year to An Organized Life, no matter how neat your handwriting, file labels that are machine or computer-printed (top right) will always appear more tidy.
The general rule I follow is if something needs to be opened to see what's inside,it probably needs a label. This goes for all my binders, notebooks, and journals, thus saving me the aggravation of digging through otherwise identical books (bottom left). This also applies to magazine caddies, (bottom right) which look tidier when their spine is facing the viewer.
It was Alpay who suggested I label the drawers in the craft closet (below) after years of listening to me open one drawer, then the next, then the next, in a frantic attempt to find some supply or embellishment, often times the size of a thimble. "That can't be good feng shui," he began to say when disorder presented itself in a particularly annoying way. This was after I carefully explained to him the precepts of feng shui and how they apply to a customized shoe closet. I got my shoe closet, so I guess labeling drawers is a small price to pay.