Do you ever feel overwhelmed and not sure where to start when it comes to organizing? Or maybe you’re like me and have been avoiding a big organizing project because of the time it will take and you just want a small project to finish. Either way, chalk labels is a great place to start and today I’m going to show you how we have used them to organize our kids clothes and pantry.
First you’ll need to get some chalk labels, you can purchase pre-made chalk labels that come with some design element or you can purchase chalk tape. I’ve purchased both and have found them to both be very useful. Pre-made labels have a nice design and are pre-cut for you, so all you need to do is put on the label. Where as chalk tape allows you to customize the label to your desired dimensions.
Next you’ll want to find or use storage bins that would be able to handle the adhesive, plastic storage bins work best however I’ve put some labels on cloth storage bins and they seem to work out fine.
With both of our children’s room, they have built in closets with shelves. I found clear plastic drawer organizers that would fit the shelves. I chose these organizers because they were the most affordable and they would work the best with small clothing. Side note…Children’s clothing is one of the hardest things to organize!
I originally had used a label maker to label the bins but with sizes and the type of clothing frequently changing, it became more difficult to keep up with the labels so I changed them out to chalk labels and have been much happier with it.
All of the storage bins have chalk labels, one set of the bins is cloth and the other has a plastic label on the front. These bins frequently change and using these labels has saved a lot of time.
It’s much easier to wipe off the label and re-write a new one than getting out the label maker, making the label, cutting the label, and trying to apply it in a straight line. I’m not bashing my label maker because I love it dearly, it just didn’t work in this scenario or our pantry either.
For our pantry, we moved to chalk labels because items weren’t staying in their assigned bin. We also don’t buy the exact same food on each grocery trip, there would be on multiple occasions where food items didn’t have a bin and it would start to pile up. I added the washi tape on there for a bit of color to brighten up the white bins and give a little contrast to the label.
The last thing you’ll need for this labeling project is chalk. I recommend getting a chalk marker because they have a fine-point tip and are easier to write with than regular chalk. The marker does leave a little bit of a shadow of the text when erased but I still like it better than regular chalk.
All this chalk talk, are you ready to get started?! Get your labels, get your storage bins, get your chalk and you are ready to go!
Have you tried chalk labels? What do you use them for?