Tuesday, June 26, 2007

WFMW - Cheap Labels

This summer, my goal is to get our home more organized from top to bottom. That includes the girls' closets, the pantry, my desk, the bathrooms and anything else that I can get to. I get lots of good ideas from Org Junkie and other organizational blogs, most of which involve containers and labels.

I've been finding great containers at Dollar Tree, and things are going pretty good. I'm actually excited. Except I can't find my 7-year-old label maker (see above: Need To Get Organized). And I don't have funds to purchase another.

So I've come up with the poor girl's label maker: Scotch Tape and a Sharpie. That's right, boys and girls. Scotch Tape and a Sharpie. And it doesn't even have to be Scotch, but I think it does have to be a Sharpie. Have you seen all the fabulous colors Sharpies come in these days? It's mind-boggling. But I've got to be careful, or I'll spend more on Sharpies than I would on a new label maker.

So. I'm assuming you get the idea, but I'll go ahead and give some details. First, you decide where you want the label. Then, you tear off a piece of tape. Next, you put the tape where you want the label. And finally, you write what you want on your label. Voila! And it's even removable!

Here's a bonus: On large tubs and boxes, we use packing tape and a Sharpie. Same method, of course. Stick with what works.

Now don't laugh, y'all, cause I really love my poor girl labels. They Work For Me. Now go on over to Shannon's and check out all the Wednesday wisdom.


Marcia said...

Lori, I wrote an articlewith this exact same tip! So I'm with you :)

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Jennifer said...

I LOVE it! I love the poor girl's guide to ANYTHING! But yeah, I imagine all those cool colors could add up. I'm still trying to get life outta the black ones I have. Once I can get no more out, then maybe I'll cave to the colors!

Of course, I have gone even cheaper in the past and wrote directly on the container! If it's the right kind, you can remove the writing with a little nail polish remover!

Karen said...

Great tip for in case I ever lose my beloved Dymo labeler. (No, I am not kidding, I seriously love the thing!)

Sincerely Anna said...

I start singing and dancing for any post that talks about Sharpies!

And they write beautifully on Scotch tape!

T with Honey said...

Everything in my attic is labeled with masking tape and a sharpie. I'm surprised more people don't do this.

Alexandra said...

We are never without our Sharpies! They write and stay on almost everything. Great tip. :)

julie said...

I love me some sharpies.

Great idea.

Lisa said...

I like duct tape and sharpies. Duct tape sticks better in an attic or basement storage, and is also removable from plastic totes, etc.