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OK, so for the past two days we’ve organized our fridge and pantry. I love, love, love the clear bins that I purchased to keep similar items together. And now I can see exactly what I have, but it’s all organized by type of food. Hip hip hooray!
But I’m not sure that it will do me much good just to have a bin containing all of the rice and pasta, because I don’t know how long that will last. Do you know why? Well, because I’m not the only person who lives here. Oh, and I have the memory of a squirrel, so I’ll forget anything I do in 24 hours or less.
So …. the best way to keep things in order, I’ve found, is by labeling all of the things. I tell myself that it will help my husband find things more quickly, too. 😂 I hope I’m right! And if it works, I’m going to label all.of.the.things!!
I honestly don’t even own a label maker (but it’s on my Amazon wish list, which is a mile and a half long). But I love to create my own labels with either free printable I find out there, or I just make my own.
If you’ve been around Pinterest for a hot second, then you’ve probably seen this image …
It’s from The Creative Exchange and it’s just gorgeous! The hand-written font labels and the pinks and whites. It’s just all so pretty! They offer the free printables of all of these labels on their blog.
But I didn’t need labels for things like sugar, cereal and salt. I needed labels for bins of things like “snacks” and “baking goods” and “canned goods.”
So, I set out to make my own labels just like these, only with my specific words.
To Make Your Own DIY Pantry Labels you will need …
- Editing program like PicMonkey or Photoshop
- Clear sticker paper – (I use the Silhouette brand clear sticker paper and it works the best in my experience. You can just run it through the printer and cut it out by hand. You don’t need a Silhouette to use it.)
- This font (or another scripty font of your choice)
- Scissors or a paper trimmer
How to Make Your Own Pantry Labels
1. I downloaded the Hokey Pokey font, which is very similar to the example above because I loved the handwritten look of it! I just download to my computer and I can then use it in Photoshop or the paid version of PicMonkey.
2. Then I went to my kitchen and wrote down all of the words I wanted and measured the space I had to work with for each one.
3. Create your labels in an editing software. I used Photoshop because I could measure how big the words would be. PicMonkey doesn’t offer that feature, but you could eyeball it if you’re working on a template that is 8.5 x 11. And you could always print the labels on a piece of paper first, cut them out and check to make sure they would work.
4. Once you’ve created your page of labels, print it out with an inkjet printer. I made my labels navy, so I used a color printer. But if you’re printing with blank labels, a black and white printer would work just fine.
Important note about printing: You will want to set your printer to the highest quality setting. It took me a while to find my quality settings on my printer, but I searched until I found them and it worked great! Let the ink dry on the paper for 15 minutes before you try to cut the labels out to prevent smearing.
Important: I highly recommend doing a test run of your labels (and cutting them out too) on a piece of copy paper. That way you don’t mess up a good piece of sticker paper! 😊
5. Cut out your labels. I used my paper trimmer to cut the words out so that the stickers would be a straight line. I didn’t go back and trim extra sticker stuff off since it’s clear. But you can see it when you put it on the bins, so trim it off and make all of the sides even if it will bother you.
6. Place your labels on your bins. I’ll admit I got giddy at this point. I loved how they turned out and I was so excited that my sorting system might just stay in place for the long haul! I’ve noticed how much easier it is to pack the girls lunches now that I know exactly where everything is. Why haven’t I done this sooner?
Anyway, I love them and I hope you’ll try to make some of your own. If you’re nervous, there are most likely free printables out there that will fit your needs. Just search on Google or Pinterest!
I even labeled the refrigerator drawers, so that people who come over will be able to find things quickly and easily. It always throws people off that I keep the meat, cheese and bread in that bottom drawer.
More Label Fun!
While we’re on the topic of labeling, I thought I would share two more of my favorite kind of labels!
Write Away! Labels – These are perfect for kid labels. I have to put labels on my kids’ drink cups and lunch boxes and all of the things. These labels are my absolute favorite! They stay on perfectly through a bajillion dishwasher cycles. I’ve never had one come off and we’ve been using them since the beginning of the school year.
Erasable Food Labels – I love, love, love these labels for writing dates on leftover containers! They are dishwasher safe and you can erase them with the eraser that comes with the pack. Now I can quickly see what is still good, what needs to go in the freezer and how long we have to eat the leftovers. We have so much less food waste now. I love them!
Have fun labeling!
The Messy Work: Label anything in your home that would be helpful for all family members to know what goes where! Start with the kitchen and go from there. 😜 I have big plans for my label stickers throughout my home. LOL
In the mess with you, Laura