If you have been a reader of this blog for long, you know how much I encourage you to label as many things in your home as possible! I stress this because it makes cleaning up SOOOOOOO much easier. Not only for you, but for your family as well!
But I have noticed that a lot of my clients either skip this step, or just don’t know how to label their things. This leads to things getting misplaced or forgotten about.
So I always say you should label your bins, containers, even your fridge! It will help keep your home organized, so you can focus on more important things than searching for a pair of scissors!!
I always get asked what my favorite types of labels are, and I have a ton. Mostly because it depends on how you use your space and what types of systems you have in place. Sometimes bins or containers hold things that get swapped out frequently. If that’s the case, I use labels that I can erase quickly. Other bins never change, so I keep those labels more permanent.
While this list may be long, I encourage you to evaluate your space first before you select labels. Then, find labels that work for your space. Do you swap out toys frequently? Do you want your linen closet to look “Pinterest-worthy” when you open it? Do you want something that is cheap to label everything? Then you can select labels that work for you! Because labeling isn’t a one-size-fits-all process!
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers
If you like your penmanship, these oil-based paint markers can be the perfect way to add a personal touch to your labeling. Using them on bins or containers is an easy way to label things that you might swap out, like items in the pantry or kitchen.
The markers come in a variety of colors, so you can add a touch of color to darker containers. To remove, I have found that using water and some elbow-grease gets it off cleanly. Lemon essential oils can get it off as well.
I have always been a huge fan of Name Bubbles. They have many different types of labels, which is why I love their products. I typically use the write-on labels for labeling things such that go in the fridge or freezer. I will write down what date that I made the leftovers. I will also use the write-on labels for labeling things in the freezer. This helps keep my food organized since I am not holding onto things that have long expired.
I also use their labels for things like clothing and cups for the kids. With both kids at school, the iron-on labels and personalized labels make for easy use. I can just stick them on to bowls, Tupperware, etc. for when they eat lunch at school.
I use chalkboard labels for lots of things that I like to switch out. I have used them in our pantry and pantries of my clients. They are very useful when you have containers that you swap out semi-frequently. I usually use chalk pens to write on my chalkboard labels. The pens stay without wiping off after you grab a container or bin. Plus, the pens can easily be removed with water and a paper towel!
I have used whiteboard labels in clients’ homes when they are going for a more modern look. I use them similarly to how I use chalkboard labels, in that I use them in the pantry or kitchen. I have used them in play rooms, but the kids can easily wipe off the writing. For older kids, that might be helpful, so they can swap bins out for items they would like to play and use.
I use vinyl labels to label everything from our pantry to our bathrooms to our linen closet. I have found that by making vinyl labels using my Silhouette Cameo, I have been able to keep our family organized because all my items are labeled on both sides to ensure that no matter who puts the bins back, we will always know what is in them!
There are some shops on Etsy that sell vinyl labels that you can customize to however you want if you aren’t able to make the investment in a Silhouette!
I use foil labels when I create pantry and play room systems for my clients. I like these labels because they can be customized to however you want, while still giving glass jars or clean bins some personality! The foil adds a touch of class to any area of the home.
I have used stickers to label bins, such as our giant family bins and gift wrapping station. I have bought packets of stickers to add to any bin. I typically use stickers for bins or containers that don’t change what it is holding. Because stickers can be so hard to get off, make sure that you are good with what you decide to store in the container that you are labeling with sticker!
An easy way to get stickers off is to use lemon essential oils and a lot of pressure to remove the excess off of you containers!