When it comes to home organisation and labelling, nothing seems to excite people more than stepping back to look at their newly organised rows of gleaming, perfectly labelled jars in the kitchen cupboards. I suppose it’s that added layer of instruction that makes your day that little bit simpler.
Some of my clients love to label EVERYTHING, whilst others prefer to label only the nondescript items such as different types of flour or sugar. It works either way and everyone is different!
If you research labels or label makers, there are a whole hoard of different options so I’m going to try and make your life simple. I use these five labelling methods when I visit clients and in my own home, so rest assured, these are tried and tested. One little suggestion before you dive off into label mania is to consider how specific or general your labels are. There’s no point creating labels for one-off items that you don’t purchase regularly. You may want to opt for a more general label description instead. If you regularly buy sunflower seeds for example, give it a label. If not, consider labelling the jar/ container ‘seeds’.
Without further ado, here are my top five home organisation labelling methods.
Chalk labels are a versatile option for labelling almost anything and they come in a variety of different forms. Some jars and storage containers come ready- prepared with chalk labels like these above. Alternatively you can purchase stick-on chalk labels online which can be easily applied to almost any container.
The fact that you can simply re-write the label as many times as necessary is really handy and quicker than creating an entirely new one. On the other hand, a standard chalk with smudge easily and leave you none the wiser about the contents of the container! If you decide to use chalk labels, I would recommend using a chalk marker (listed below) which provides a smudge-proof, but easily removable finish.
I’m never without my DYMO label maker. It’s a really quick and easy way of creating uniformed labels. There are many other brands of label maker out there but I find the DYMO the easiest to use. You can buy a variety of different labelling tapes in different colours and widths but I generally stick to black text on a white label. Some label makers can print in different fonts too.
HAND TIED LABELS
Hand tied labels, particularly attached to baskets, can look beautiful. They can be made from simple gift tags but they can quickly look tattered if they come into contact with moisture or with heavy use. One solution is to laminate them to combat this problem!
GLASS/ CHALK MARKERS
I love using markers to write directly onto glass jars or storage containers and it’s probably the quickest way of labelling. There are a variety of pens that will do this job but I tend to use liquid chalk pens. They don’t smudge but the text can be wiped off with a damp cloth if necessary. It’s also possible to use sharpie paint markers and they work in a similar way but are more difficult to remove!
They are so many companies now which provide custom sticky labels such as the Home Label Collection. They often stock generic labels such as “shampoo”, “conditioner” etc. and can generally be purchased as a pack. You can also customise your labels but this does require working out exactly what and how many you need. On the plus side, they look beautiful, are available in a variety of fonts and ensure that each jar looks identical. The obvious downside is that you have to order more from the company each time you want to additional labels.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LABELLING SOLUTION OR DO YOU PREFER TO DO IT ANOTHER WAY? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! IF YOU NEED HELP TO ORGANISE YOUR HOME THEN PLEASE CONTACT US.