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Five new ways to label your stuff

01-May-2015
Labeling is just a way of telling you what’s inside the box/bag/drawer/bottle (you get the picture). So you might be thinking, “a label’s a label, right?” Wrong! At the risk of revealing just how dorky we are, we’re here to tell you, labels don’t need to be boring. Here are five new and fun ways to label things.
A collage showing different labeling ideas including drawing, giant labels, stamping, material labels and writing on the wall.
Make oversize labels using cardboard and paint and attach them to baskets with rope.
Tiny labels on HUGE cards. (Opposites attract, right?)
Sophie’s tip: paint onto cardboard. Paper is way too flimsy for these oversized labels.
Write labels onto the wall and crockery using black pen to label things like salt, pepper, olive oil, sugar and plants and herbs.
Labels don’t have to be ON the stuff they’re labeling
Sophie’s tip: use a washable marker pen and avoid writing on the grout. (You might not always have a tiny tomato plant in your kitchen.) And pick a pen that suits the surface (in this case, tiles and stonewear).
Write the contents of your boxes onto scraps of fabric instead of paper.
Swap paper for fabric (there’s already too much paper IN the boxes)
Sophie’s tip: recycle fabric scraps. It’ll make you feel less guilty about storing all that stuff in the first place.
Use stamps to make labels directly onto fabric bags where you can write your shopping list, create a lunch bag or just make a ‘stuff’ bag.
Stamp on a statement
Sophie’s tip: this is err, a kind of permanent labelling technique. So you better be able to stand by what you stamp. (Or just make a ‘stuff’ bag, like we did.)
Draw directly onto boxes to detail what’s inside, perfect for different types of shoes, such as high heels, trainers, boots and flip-flops.
Why write when you can draw?
Sophie’s tip: Try using a white chalk pen – regular chalk smudges way too easily.