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Labels for Storage Bins, Bags and Baskets

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So many of you have written to me since I started my basement purge (parts 1 and 2) asking me to make sure I show you details of everything I am doing in my purging process.  Dealing with clutter I have found is quite a popular topic.  We all have to deal with our stuff, junk, keepsakes, collections, whatever you want to call it; it can take over a room and your life. Well no more for my basement. When I am done, it is going to be clutter-free and organized down to the smallest detail.

I will share an entire “before and after” basement purging post with you soon, but today I have one very important detail to show you, one that I hope will keep the basement organized for months and even years to come.

I am adding labels to everything!  Clear sticker style labels for storage bins as well as white labels on baskets and bags.

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Having every bin, box, basket, container, and tub labeled helps keep clutter at bay and items that made my  “keeper list” easy to find. I grouped items by category.

Everyone will have different categories, but breaking the items into categories that make sense for you will create an easy-to-see visual which encourages you put things away instead of putting them a pile to deal with later.

Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions

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I made labels, lots of them and even assigned a basket to hold extra labels and markers right on a shelf in the basement. This way if I need to change up a box, bin, or bag, I can label it right away.

How to Make Labels for Storage Bins, Bags, and Baskets

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I had these printable clear sticker labels in my supply stash, but you can find clear and/or white sticker label paper at Walmart or at an office supply store.

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I have included free printable label designs in 3 sizes for you to download to print at home.

Get download here:  Small Labels | Medium Labels | Large Labels

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Once I printed the labels out, I separated them using a paper cutter.

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I matched the label size to the appropriately sized bin. I used a calligraphy marker to write the category.

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I like using the clear labels on the clear bins. If I need to change the label in the future, they come off easily

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For labeling dollar store baskets filled with stuff, I made white opaque labels using printer paper covered with a laminating sheet. I hung them using paperclips. Next time I print the white opaque labels,  I will use white card stock. It is rigid and better for a hanging style label.

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To hang the labels, I used a hole punch to punch a hole in the label. I opened up paper clips to use as simple hooks.  Once hooked over the baskets, I squeezed the ends of the paper clip to make it secure.

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So much better.  No more dump and run trips to my basement.

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I am covering every item category I can think of so that every item has a home. I even bought extra bins in each size so that as I acquire new things or rearrange items, I have a bin ready for service.  :-)

Without labels, I know in the future, in my haste, I would just toss things into boxes and tell myself, I will remember what box I placed it in. Well, we all know that never happens.

Labels are the most important detail when it comes to getting and then more importantly… staying organized! I hope this is true for me. :-)   Clutter is way too stressful and time consuming to eliminate.

Once I get the basement purging and organizing totally completed, I will post the full before and after.  I am 3/4’s of the way done.

For more DIY label ideas, I posted another way to make your own storage bin labels using regular printer paper and laminating sheets. You can find it in this post: Wipeable Labels For Organizing Your Stuff

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20 Comments

  1. Thank you for including this, this year I am working on 1 room a month and this will help very much.
    I work M-F and can only organize etc on the weekends so I’ve decided 1 room a month.
    I especially like these because they are simple but prefect, not to busy and will work on everything.
    Thanks so much for these :)

  2. I love your label idea. I have to watch what I store in my basement because it is damp, but I certainly could use labels for the bins I do have down there. Thanks!