May 24, 2013

Duct Tape Tagging

I just renewed our family's membership at our local fitness/fun center.  There are 4 of us, and we each have a key ring card that we scan when we enter the building.  I keep them all on my key ring, which is convenient.  They all look identical, which is NOT convenient. I can never find the right one when I need it, so I end up scanning all of them until I find the one I need!  (The ladies at the desk are not happy with me.) I have tried to write our names in Sharpie on each card, but that rubs off after just a few uses.  The gentleman at the front desk suggested I write names on electrical tape, since that's very sticky.  That got me thinking about other duct tape!  It comes in hundreds of colors and patterns and in individual sheets or rolls.  

I allowed everyone in the family to pick their own identifying pattern.  I cut a small piece for each of our gym tags and voil√°.  Now I know whose is whose!

After that, I REALLY got to thinking.  How often do my kids argue over identical items?....lunch boxes, toothbrushes, rain boots, soccer cleats, booster seats, toy baskets, Nerf guns, etc.  Well guess what?!  A few pieces of duct tape go a loooong way toward peace...even if it's temporary.

As for the dogs...who needs microchips?  I've got duct tape!


  1. This is a great idea, Mandy!

    Of course, I'd probably apply so much tape the cards wouldn't scan. Too much duct tape is always better than enough!

  2. Mandy, I'm going to do this, too! Just got our cards yesterday!

  3. I have the same issue with the gym cards too! Great idea!