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  • Writer's pictureKatie Frantz

To Label or Not to Label?

Labels. Yes or no? 

“To Label or Not to Label, That is the Question.” If your Shakespearean heart feels conflicted, let me put you at ease.

If the point of labeling items or containers is to help us find things easier and store stuff better, why don’t more people do it?

… Because it takes time, effort and some thought.

Furthermore, there are those who label too many things and start to feel overwhelmed by all the wording, or not label enough and can’t find what they’re looking for.

So what should you label and not label? The answer = It’s totally up to you and your personal preference.

But as a starting point, here’s what I recommend:

Tidy Tips for Labels

  1.  Is the container transparent? If it’s a clear container, you don’t have to necessarily label it. Since the items are seen, it can create simplicity without a label.

  2. Is the container opaque, meaning not see through? If so, I would encourage you to label the container.

  3. Who will use this item the most? If the answer is kids, use your logic. Can they read a label or would a picture on the container be best? Often clear containers, or colored containers can help them know where items are and what container to store them in.

  4. Labeling confusing items is a must. No one wants to mix up baking powder with baking soda. When in doubt, label it!

  5. Not all labels are equal. Masking tape and a sharpie are great temporary fixes, but when it comes down to it the best kind of labels are ones that can be clearly read, do not cause damage to the container, and are durable.

  6. My go-to’s are metal clip labels for baskets/bins and removable vinyl stickers with a chalk pen for glass or plastic containers.

  7. Optional labeling could be shelf labeling with vinyl stickers, but I personally prefer labeling the actual container, so you can freely move items to different locations if needed.

Labeling never felt so good! Give it a go and label something.



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