On the road to decluttering and having a more organized space, one question that always comes up is where to keep stuff and how to find them. My answer: LABELLING. Learning how to properly use labels for home organization will rock your world.
A label is a piece of cloth, paper, metal or other material that can be inscribed upon and affixed to a container. I discovered the importance of labels in my first year in college, dorm rooms meant less space and I had to figure out where to keep my things and get to them easily.
The answer came to me wearing masking tape and a sharpie.
Labels make sure you know where each item you own is and where to return it after use so you never have to go back on living your best-decluttered life. In this article, I’m going to show you how best to incorporate a label system. Learn how to organize your room with labels.
All The Ways To Create Labels For Home Use
Keep It Simple
So for instance, don’t have different types of items in one container unless they’re so similar that it’d be weird to have them separate. Organizing labels don’t have to be hard.
Use Multiple Label Systems
You don’t have to use the same label system for all parts of your home or office. You can use chalkboard paint for your Arts and Crafts room, magnetic labels for your kitchen, adhesive paper for your office. The possibilities are endless so don’t restrict yourself.
Use Custom Labels
While you can find label templates online to make your work easier, it is far more advisable to use custom labels. Using custom labels allows you to fit them to your specific needs. Create yours with a word processor and printer or get a label maker for as low as $30 on Amazon and eBay.
Design Your Labels to Fit Different Containers
Different types of containers call for different label types. While adhesive paper labels are good for some containers, some are a better fit to magnetic labels, chalkboard labels or plastic stencils and spray paint.
Take stock of the containers you have and what you plan to put in them before choosing a type of label.
It’s important to use a color scheme that is easily noticed so go with CYMK instead of RBG colors. Go with colors that contrast the colors of your containers to make them more noticeable. You don’t need to have a uniform color for your labels so play around with colors.
The goal is to find things easily so ensure you use a font that’s easy to read –that means no fancy typing. Make sure your font color contrasts with your label color enough so it’s readable. Also, make sure you pick a font size that can be read from afar.
Use Labels That are Easy to Remove and Replace
This is especially useful for multiple purpose containers or containers that have seasonal materials in them. For instance, if you like to buy different types of cereal, your cereal container should have a label type that is easily changed to reflect the type of cereal in it at the moment.
Organize Your Labels
Sometimes it’s not possible to tag each item: some items have multiple uses or are too few to have a special container just for them. In this case, you can simply put them in numbered containers and have a binder with what’s in each one.
Play Around with Your Label Shapes
No one says you can’t have fun while being organized. Play around with different shapes and sizes for your labels. Instead of sticking to generic rectangles and circles. Bring in some stars, clouds, animals (for your kids’ rooms) and other fun shapes.
Just pasting labels on your containers is not enough sometimes. One way to be better organized is to color code your items and containers. This is helpful for ambiguous items that could be in different containers.
Put some colored sticky tape on the item –the same color as the container label– to make it easier to put the item where it should be.
Organization, can be fun too and when done right, it makes your life 100% easier. These tips aren’t all universal, throw out inapplicable ones and tweak the rest to fit your style. Get rid of the mess using a labeling system and live your best-decluttered life. You may even find that you have a lot more space than you think just like I did in my first year.
About the author: Annabelle Carter Short is a freelance writer/editor and seamstress of more than 7 years. She also works with few organizations to provide families with the best resources for raising and educating a special needs child. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle likes to make DIY and crafty projects in her free time with her two kids: Elizabeth (age 6) and Michael (age 8).