Living the Label-less Life

Living the Label-less Life

Regina Yunghans
Nov 5, 2014

Does the photo above appeal to you in its simplicity? See how nothing can be easily traced to a store, brand, or designer? If you love the feeling of such a look, you might be like me in seeking a label-less life:

Doing so is definitely easier said than done, however. I was reminded of this quite literally just last week when some HVAC equipment was installed at my house. On finishing his work, the installer wanted to use a permanent marker write instructions to close a damper in summer and open it in winter right on a duct and the new equipment. I politely asked him not to. The instructions for use are pretty straight-forward and we are happy to reference the manuals if necessary. I just didn't want to see labels jotted all over the basement every time I'm in there doing laundry!

A similar instance was met with disbelief at the car dealership where we purchased our first car six years ago. On signing the papers for the car's purchase, we had one special request: that the dealership leave their company logo off of the car. The salesman acted like he had never had such a request and seemed confused but we persisted. Have you noticed dealer logos on the backs of most every car you see? We didn't want to be branded by the place where we happened to buy our car!

We've done some things around the house to remove labels make for less visual clutter and less branding in our home — a place where we want to feel free of advertising. I keep a super-sized bottle of Goo Gone for removing stickers from all sorts of products, from electronics to glassware.

Another invaluable tool for blankets, pillows, and clothing is a seam ripper! This has been particularly helpful when it comes to children's clothing. So much of it is appliquéd with logos or decorations that, when removed, greatly improve the appearance of the clothing. We use the same for removing labels from jeans, some of which have the size of the clothing printed right on it (We're looking at you, Levi's!).

Some helpful posts from our archives on the subject:

Some label-less brands (oxymoronic as that sounds):

What advice or resources do you have for those looking to live a label-less life?

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