The Beauty of Labeling (One of the pretty things that mothers do!)
Posted on April 17 2017
Among the things mothers do and probably think about a lot is home organisation. It’s an innate thing for mums to want to keep their house a sanctuary where she can rest and relax with her loved ones. But let’s face it, it’s easier said than done and often times, it’s the exact opposite. It’s challenging, no one said organising is easy, but a mum’s gotta do what a mum’s gotta do so she will find ways.
When it comes to turning your home into an organised haven, labels are considered a very good ally. It is an essential organisation tool among the things that can help you get organised. They are practical and helpful when it comes to finding what you need when you need it. You can use labels on anything that will sit long enough in your pantry, in your closet, in the bathroom, in your home office, the kids’ rooms, in the garage, and practically anywhere else. Not to mention, labels come in pretty and fancy designs which can add an aesthetic appeal to your space.
There are five main types of labels to organise your entire house, each type serving a different purpose.
1.- Chalkboard labels. Among the other types of labels, chalkboard labels are the most temporary. It’s a sticker-type of a label which can be peeled off easily. You can likewise change it without damaging the surface of your storage container by leaving a residue. Chalkboard labels are perfect for seasonal and party decorations. It’s also a nice way to label mason jars for food containers, but again, it’s a sticker so it’s temporary. The best thing about chalkboard labels is they’re easy to find and are available at almost every office or school supplies store.
2.- Printed labels. If you’re into DIY, printed labels are the perfect thing for you simply because it allows you to get creative. You can actually use Microsoft Word to make your own label. Simply open a document – choose the shape – adjust the outline and fill settings – choose a colour (if you want, you can also change the background of the shape by using your own photo from your computer and adding it to the “shape fill” option) – add a text – tweak according to preference – print. Voila! As for the latter, you can use a white cardstock then run it through a laminating machine to make it sturdier. Printed labels are great for organising your closet, toys storage, and your laundry room among many others. For more convenience, use sticky paper so you get instant stick-on labels once you’ve printed them out.
3.- Label makers. A label maker is a must-have if you want to label small items and binders such as the pages of your notebooks and journals, or anything inside narrow shelves. You can use washi tapes for prettier labels. Simply put the washi tape on one side then use a clear tape on the other, then print them using the label maker.
4.- Bookplate labels. Bookplate-style labels look more refined and come with inserts which make them super easy to use. You just have to remove the insert, write whatever you want then simply slip it back. If you want a more customised look, just measure the plate and create your own slip with the same size using your computer and printer. Bookplate labels are best for labeling baskets, bins, and drawers.
5.- Silhouette + Adhesive Vinyl. It’s probably the prettiest thing out there! You can customize everything from the font, colour, size, and design. Since they’re transparent, you can stick them anywhere from brushes, bins, containers, boxes, pens, name it! The only downside of this type of label is that you need an additional tool, a cutting machine called Silhouette Cameo, though it’s a little pricey. Nonetheless, it’s a good spend if you’re really into the organisation and DIY stuff.
Sounds appealing, yes? Okay, now it’s time to get started. Here are some pointers if you want to include labeling in your “things mothers do” list.
Start small – One of the very important tips on decluttering is to find ONE spot in your home – whether it’s your closet, your bathroom, your pantry, your kitchen island, kids’ corner, wherever and BEGIN organising there. Make sure to work on one area at a time so as not to become overwhelmed, frustrated, and not to run out of energy for the task at hand.
Time and commitment – Getting organised at home don’t happen overnight. It takes time and a whole lot of commitment before getting the results you want, and it’s okay. If you think about the benefits, though, it will be worth it. The beauty of the labeling system is once you are done and had sort out your stuff, it is much less likely to mess up things and put them where they don’t belong. For example, if you have a bin that’s labeled “Pens and Markers”, will you toss toy cars or Barbie dolls right in there? Definitely not! Having your stuff labeled is like having a subtle force that reminds you which things are for what.
It’s going to be messy! – This you have to accept, in fact, it’s inevitable and cannot be missing in your long list of things mothers do. Why? Because obviously, you need to start from scratch when you are to start sorting and clearing out everything and anything. Pull it all out and get a clear visual on what needs to be sorted. Evaluate what you actually need from what you want and then purge the rest. After then, you can decide which ones to recycle, give away, or throw away.
Enjoy the beauty – When you’re done (and we are talking about the particular area in your house, not the entire abode… YET) step back and enjoy the beauty. Take a picture of it and be proud of the hard work you put in there. Better yet, post the picture! Who knows if you can inspire family members (and the people in your “Friends list”) to follow such worthwhile feat!
Keep it that way – Isn’t it amazing when your home is organised and things are in order? Be committed to keeping it that way. Don’t go back to old habits of just throwing things here and there. Make the conscious effort to put things in their proper place.
How about you, mummies, which is your favourite type of label? How do you keep your homes organised? Let us know in the comments section below!