One critical piece of organziation that people tend to overlook is labeling. You can label your containers, cupboards and other compartments.
There are so many ways to do this! Quick, pretty, elaborate, temporary, or permanent.
Why should you use labels?
When you label things in your home, it makes it easy for everyone to find things and put them away in the right place. This goes along with the organizing principle to group things into containers.
Containers + labels = easy organization!
Labels can also be decorative and dress up a plain container. Labels can even remind you (or your sweetheart) to put things away!
You can create a functional label in seconds by using a Sharpie directly on your container or object. That works great, but sometimes you want something a little more attractive. Affiliate links are present.
Here are 10 easy ways to create decorative labels.
1. Glass markers (my favorite set).
I use my glass marker every day to label leftovers. You can also write notes on windows and mirrors and other non-porous surfaces. Glass markers wipe off with a little water and soap.
2. Chalkboard labels and chalk pens.
I found these permanent chalk pens to make the crispest lines. If you want erasable labels, try this erasable set, although I’ve found you may need a little window cleaner to completely remove your writing.
3. Use sticker letters.
There’s an entire aisle of stickers at Michaels! Grab a few that look fun and you’ll be all set next time you need to label something.
4. Cut out gorgeous labels using a Silhouette or Cricut machine.
I don’t have one of these machines, but I’m pretty tempted! You can make vinyl decal labels for every imaginable use.
5. Print a label and attach with pretty washi tape.
Washi tape comes in an endless variety of designs.
6. Create pretty labels in Microsoft Word using this tutorial.
7. Use a label holder and handwrite your label with a colorful Sharpie.
8. Handwrite a label and attach with a pretty ribbon
9. You can even make your own fabric labels!
See instructions here to print on ribbon or fabric. So creative!
10. If all else fails, just grab a marker and a notecard and tape your label on.
Have fun making labels!
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4 thoughts on “10 easy ways to make labels”
Great tips! I have been planning to do some labeling to try to help myself become more organized. Mostly, I want to get better at putting things back where they “belong” after I use them. I got an awesome labeler for Christmas (http://amzn.com/B013DG2FNW – not affiliate because I don’t know how to do that) that I’m going to use, but I love the look of the chalk labels too.
PS: Love the cover on your book – I can’t wait!
Fun! A labeler is one thing I don’t have (yet). So glad you like the cover! Can’t wait to get more info to you 🙂
Loved your comments on labeling. We’ve been doing that for several years especially things we put in the freezer, date and name of contents. But I wonder if people know how important it is to label cosmetics. Some women (I’m included) tend to keep cosmetics for years. But actually after 6 months your mascara should be replaced, liquid makeup will tend to look different because it has broken down with exposure to air particles. The same for some face creams. You can’t keep them forever. Labeling keeps the guess work at non-existent.
Great tip, Sylvia! I know I’m guilty of too-old mascara 🙂