How can I use a laminator in my home?

posted this on Jul 21, 2015

Laminators aren’t just for schools anymore. More and more people across the country are investing in a machine for their home. And why not? The uses are endless and it’s a great tool to entertain kids. Here are a few things you can do with a laminator besides the typical art and document preservation.

  • Create your own luggage tags. How many times have you been at a baggage claim, be it at the airport or train station, and your bag looks like all the others? Instead of using the standard information tag, create a fun and colorful custom luggage tag. Besides giving you a fun project, the unique tag will allow you to locate your luggage faster so you can quickly get to your ultimate destination and not waste time searching for your suitcase.
  • Make a chore chart. No kids enjoy doing chores but a chart certainly helps them get it done quicker. A chart filled with pictures and check off boxes is way more fun for a child to look at and complete than a handwritten list. And the lamination will allow you to erase the checks and reuse the chart.
  • Simplify your grocery list. Having an organized grocery list makes trips to the store shorter. Type out a list of commonly purchased items and group them by section in the store, leaving a blank spot for extras. Laminate this page and you’ll have a durable, reusable grocery list.
  • Make a medication schedule. Between the adults, children and pets living in your house, you may have a handful of daily, weekly, and monthly medications that need to be taken. Creating a master list of who needs what dose on what day relieves you of having to remember all the details. Simply cross it off after the medication is given and wipe clean at the end of the month. This will help you not to miss or double up on any doses.
  • Post emergency contact numbers. Keeping a list of who to call in case of emergency is an important safety measure. Laminating it and posting where children can see will help to ensure it doesn’t get torn or lost.
  • Post a babysitter checklist. Do you write the same things down for the babysitter every time? Type up your common instructions as well as contact information and laminate it for a faster way of communicating what they’re responsible for. Don’t forget to leave blank space for special details.
  • Preserve recipe cards. Copying ingredient lists and recipe details is tedious and time consuming. Save yourself the hassle of having to recopy recipes by laminating them. The plastic coating prevents tears and allows spills to be wiped off. Plus you won’t lose any of the information to water blotches or sauce splatters.
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