31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 9 (DIY labels)

Welcome to Day Nine of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series! Throughout this series I’m sharing organizing tips that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized. 

Today’s tip is about making your own labels. This is a simple and cost-effective way of getting and staying organized. Some of these ideas are really simple and others are more creative. It’s up to you how much effort you want to put into your labels. I’ve made some myself and then saved them to use whenever I need a label so the work I put in earlier pays off in the future.


Here are some of my favourite labels you can make yourself:

1.  Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything made labels using stamped clothespins (you could also write on these or use a label maker if you don’t have letter stamps).

Stamped clothespin labels for veggies and bread with vintage type font.

Stamped clothespin labels

2. You can make all kinds of labels in Canva. There are templates that you can customize or you can create some from scratch. You can make them as pretty or as simple as you like. Here’s how to make labels in Canva.

3.  This is an oldie but a goodie and still works. Jen at I Heart Organizing has a great tutorial on how to use Microsoft Excel to create your own labels {Note:  I’ve used these steps in Microsoft Word as well}.

Microsoft excel screen to demonstrate how to make a label.

Label me!

4. If you buy labels from Avery they have downloadable templates to go with each size and shape of label available.  I’ve used them and they are really easy to work with.

5.  You can use a label maker to make labels for nearly anything (I’ve used this one for over 10 years and I LOVE how easy it is to label things!)

Small drawers for hair accessories with labels.

{Sidenote:  These are dollar store boxes with little drawers that I gave to my daughter for several years ago – she came up with the idea of organizing her accessories in them – even to the point of deciding what would go in each drawer.  And she wanted me to label them.  I may have been a wee bit proud that she was so excited about these.  OK, a lot proud!}

6. If you don’t care about how nice your labels look, you can use painters’ tape or duct tape and a sharpie. I use painters’ tape for temporary labels for my clients’ homes all the time (see picture below of a craft area). It’s a great way to establish homes for items and try systems out before creating nicer labels. Duct tape sticks really well to plastic totes, so I use that for a lot of bins in my garage. Simple, cheap, and it works!

Painters’ Tape for temporary labels at one of Hilda’s clients

Please pin from the original source for all these pictures.

So there you go!  Everything you ever wanted to know about making your own labels.  

For Day Nine, experiment with creating your own labels.  You can use one of the methods from this post or be creative and come up with something original.  I hope you’ve found all these label posts helpful!

How did you do with labeling more containers yesterday?  Have you made your own labels before?  What’s the best organizing tip you’ve implemented?

If you need help decluttering or organizing, contact me for in-person organizing services in the Mississauga area, or virtual organizing services anywhere else. 

Happy organizing!