31 Days of Organizing: Day 9 (DIY labels) | From Overwhelmed to Organized: 31 Days of Organizing: Day 9 (DIY labels)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

31 Days of Organizing: Day 9 (DIY labels)

Welcome to Day Nine of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing ideas that I've found around the web that I love and that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Today's tip is about making your own labels.  This is a simple and cost-effective way of getting and staying organized.  Some of these ideas are really simple and others are more creative.  It's up to you how much effort you want to put into your labels.  I've made some myself and then saved them to use whenever I need a label so the work I put in earlier pays off in the future.

Here are some of my favourite labels you can make yourself:

1.  Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything made labels using stamped clothespins (you could also write on these or use a label maker if you don't have letter stamps).

Stamped clothespin labels

2.  Becky at Clean Mama shows how she made easy labels using scrapbook paper

Easy labels

3.  Jen at I Heart Organizing has a great tutorial on how to use Microsoft Excel to create your own labels {Note:  I've used these steps in Microsoft Word as well}.

Label me!

4.  You can use a label maker to make labels for nearly anything (I just got this one recently and I LOVE how easy it is to label things now!)

{Sidenote:  These are dollar store boxes with little drawers that I gave to my daughter for her 6th birthday last week - she came up with the idea of organizing her accessories in them - even to the point of deciding what would go in each drawer.  And she wanted me to label them.  I may have been a wee bit proud that she was so excited about these.  OK, a lot proud :) }

Please pin from the original source for all these pictures :)

So there you go.  Everything you ever wanted to know about making your own labels.  Oh, and also if you buy labels from Avery they have downloadable templates to go with each size and shape of label available.  I've used them and they are really easy to work with.

For Day Nine, experiment with creating your own labels.  You can use one of the methods from this post or be creative and come up with something original.  I hope you've found all these label posts helpful!

Tomorrow we'll start looking at tips for organizing various rooms.

And just a reminder that as the series progresses, I'll be sharing tips for various organizing challenges.  Feel free to leave a comment with any particular areas you'd like me to cover.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

How did you do with labeling more containers yesterday?  Have you made your own labels before?  What's the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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  1. I'm loving your 31 days of Organizing series! So fun!!

    Thank you so much for joining the CHQ Blog Hop today! We hope you "meet" some other fabulous bloggers...don't forget to tell a friend to join too, the more, the merrier!!
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

    1. Glad you're enjoying the series Meredith! And thank you for hosting the blog hop :)

  2. I love all of it too - but I am not sure I could do all that!

    1. You don't have to do all of it Sandie! Just pick something that will work for you to help make things less overwhelming :)

  3. I use scrapbook paper to make labels too. So much prettier than plain white labels. I've made my own labels in Microsoft Word too. Great ideas!


    1. Thanks Sage! I also love how having pretty labels can make me want to keep something organized :)

  4. I love labels...I just have a hard time organizing things enough to use them;-) Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment about the spooky soap dispensers. Hope you have a great week!

    1. Baby steps with organizing Nici... they'll pay off :) You have a great week too!

  5. I think I would be lost without my label maker. It makes life easier especially for items you have stored in a closet...no more digging through boxes!!


    1. I don't know what I did before my label maker Denyse! Thanks for stopping by :)


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