How to Label Without Hardly Trying

I’ve been working on this really fancy A Zillion Ways to Label Things post forever, and it’s still not quite ready for prime time. You already know that labeling makes your organizing efforts stick better. I even showed you how to love your label maker. We even talked about organizing and labeling cords earlier this month. Coincidentally, I happened upon some information for Mabel’s Labels, and thought, “Wow, I didn’t know they made all these attractive labels!” AAAND…they have a great contest going on right now. Keep reading.

I’ll warn you in advance that this is a total ad, even though they are not paying me. But ads are good if they point you to useful stuff that is really worth the price. I splurged for a pack of Mabel’s Labels when my oldest daughter started kindergarten. We are still using up the pack, and they are still stuck where we put them. Well worth the price, in my opinion.

If you’re going to the trouble of labeling something, they’d better stick.

Besides labeling kid stuff, Mabel’s can make an organizing rock star out of even the laziest of us.

So for your 30-minute organizing project today, decide what your favorite labeling strategy is. Label maker? Computer-printed pages? Mabel’s Labels? Just take a look at these ideas. You can either order from Mabel’s, or go off and do your own thing. Whatever you decide, label something that you haven’t, and do it in less than 30 minute, right after you finish reading this.

Going somewhere?

Senior stuff. Brilliant.

If my kid had allergies, I would LOVE these.

And these.

Around the house, start with spices.

Add some tech to your organizing with scanable labels.

Have you ever tried to write on a plastic bottle or glass jar? These labels are really so much better.

Yes, please!

I have a few friends who need these badly!

Sports gear is not for losing.

Because losing teen stuff is not cool…

What a mom time-saver!

And I might just have to buy these birthday party favors tomorrow! I would just adore any mom who gave us these instead of a bag full of candy in the birthday party goody bags. Who’s with me?

How much did you pay for those college books???

Every home should have these or a high-quality label maker.

Maybe you already knew this…


Aren’t these some cool ideas? And pretty. If you click on and order any of these, I might make a nickel or two, but you won’t pay any more for these great stick-ums. BTW, they are not paying me to share any of this with you. I just honestly think this is a great idea.

About that contest. Today is the last day for the Mabel’s Labels Pin Your Dream Home Organization Style to Win contest .  Through January 28th, pin an image to one of your boards on Pinterest of your ideal home organization with the tag #MabelOrganization for a chance to win over $100 in Mabel’s Labels Household Labels. I’d love you forever if you pinned any of my images, like the pretty sock drawer, or the organized magazines, but you can pin any image you want.

What did you decide to label today? Please do tell in the comments.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Carole Kenney

    One idea for the linen closet, label the sheets as to size, e.g., twin, double, queen, king. I use an indelible magic marker on one corner of each sheet, preferably on a tag, if there is one.

    1. Darla

      Yes, this is a great idea. Some sheets have sizes on the tags, and some don’t. Label, label, label to make your life easier.

  2. Asiyah sahm

    yours is a helpful website and I can imagine labeling has its advantages but I’m afraid to this extent it enters the realm of OCD.

    1. Darla

      You won’t find any OCD here. This site is all about organizing for real people, in real homes and businesses. Labeling is an essential part of most organizing systems to make them stick. Without labeling, you and other people might wonder exactly how things are supposed to be stored.

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