This weekend our Spring Cleaning consisted of cleaning out the fridge, deep cleaning the kitchen and avoiding the space we call our bedroom closet. It's become a catchall for things we're not sure what to do with. Lampshades, framed art we haven't hung yet, old duvets, and of course, clothes that we just don't wear anymore. All of this cleaning and avoiding got us fantasizing about having clean rows of labeled boxes and jars with everything organized inside. Here are favorite ideas for taking the mess and making it neat and clearly labeled:
Poppytalk Handmade has some of our most favorite labels available as free downloads. If you've got a printer, you're set. Find them here and here.
Use Decorative Tags if you're labeling a wire or woven box that normal label would have trouble sticking too. Order some from etsy, or make your own.
When organizing with boxes consider a stenciled number system. We love the look of these salvaged wood boxes with stenciled numbers from
With smaller canisters, use a clear label and a romantic font to stay organized without things becoming too cluttered looking.
We love Jamie Oliver's line of kitchenware, dining stuff and food but it isn't available in the states. So the next best thing? Get inspired by his simple, straightforward packaging and, again, using a stencil, do it yourself.
Jordan's labels and everything she's able to do with them also keeps us inspired. We'd love a row of white boxes with some of these labels in our closet, organizing our summer/winter clothes, scarves and bathing suits.
Martha's got the market cornered on simple rows of glass jars. We'd like to pick some up from the Container Store to wrangle some of the odds and ends in the bathroom and to organize our loose leaf teas in the kitchen. Now that we know how easy it is to do our own at home etching we're inspired to make it happen. See how on Martha Stewart.
Don't miss our roundup of label makers and also, if you need to start over here's how to remove labels.