Saturday, September 13, 2014

Labeling



Recently I have developed an addiction.  An addiction to labeling.  At first, it was just in an effort to get organized.  Then I started reaping the benefits of my labeling.  My husband even caught the labeling bug.

First let me take you on a tour of all our labels.  Then I will share why I love to label so much!

For some reason, I thought summer was the time to organize closets.  Boy, was I wrong.  Having the kids home 24/7, pool dates, beach trips, and playdates made organization a near impossibility.  But, now that the big boys are at school during the day, I am having a lot more time to get in their closets and take care of the clutter.

Carson's closet was beyond out of control.  I had taken some of his baskets when I reorganized his bedroom, and left an enormous mess behind.  Yes, I take responsibility for the disaster that was his closet.


Little peek at Carson's "new room" before the closet organization...
We turned Carson's bed sideways.  He needed more room to play. :)
The baskets I took out of his closet are now on the bottom shelf of that yellow bookcase.  I had not "restocked" the bookshelf when I snapped this pic.
                                                 
Now for the closet.  A few $0.77 tubs later (10 to be exact), and here we are...

before and after...


I apologize for the blurry iphone pic.  Here's what you're seeing, clockwise...
small drawer system holds rainbow loom bracelets, miscellaneous bracelets, and sweat bands; 10 tubs hold school supplies; electronics (headphones, ipod); Little Passports suitcase; memory box (medals and awards); dress up; toys and balls; action figures; scouts/camping; spy gear; and hats.
After this fun project, I was on a roll, and went on to tackle these two out of control areas...
The playroom closet...

And, the downstairs supply closet...


Want to see the before???

Ugh.  I can hardly even look at this picture.
Other items I have labeled...
My entire pantry.  See this post for full details.

Now that we have a house full of readers (Camden will catch up soon), everyone can put things back in the correct tub.  Theoretically...


This is one my favorite containers.  I used to store my extra K cups in the original box they come in.  We buy our K cups at Costco.  Now, I fill the canister next to our coffee pot and keep the overflow in this container in a closet.  I can see when my supply is getting low so I can restock.  That is a very good thing. 

My iphone cord.  One of the issues of having more than one apple device in the house is cords being "borrowed" by others just when your own device dies and you need to recharge.  Now I know that this cord in MINE and can relocate it when it walks away.  I used washi tape, so there will be no sticky residue if I want to remove the label.


Another cool thing I have started labeling is the boys snack and lunch Ziplocs.  I found these neat bags at Harris Teeter and once or twice a week I write a note of encouragement to my boys.



Here's why you should label...

1. It is FUN to SORT!  Yes, I was a first grade teacher.  When you are cleaning out a disaster of a closet and just need to find somewhere to start, designating containers for items like "school supplies," and "hats" can help you find order.  Cute labels help too.

2. It is much easier for you and your family to return items to their appropriate spots when there is a label on the containers.  I cannot tell you how much neater our playroom has stayed now that there are labels on all the containers.  When the boys' friends come over, they know where to return items when it is time to clean up.

3. It will make you happy.  Order makes me happy.  How about you?
















































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