I’ve always wanted to try blackboard or chalkboard labels. I love the idea of using labels that I can write on and then erase and change whenever I need to, plus they are just so cute! When I was recently getting some more name labels for the kids from Bright Star Kids, I couldn’t resist adding some blackboard labels to my cart!
I ordered two sets, one with various size rectangles and the other with fancy speech bubbles. The rectangles are super functional and totally appeal to my “organised home” brain – currently priced at $14.95 for 44 labels. The other set are super fun – $14.95 for 24 labels.
So where would I add my chalkboard labels? Well, I had lots of ideas so I thought I’d share my top 5 places to use them around the house. I’m sure you can come up with lots more as well!
1. Labelling toy boxes
All families I talk to seem to have collections of toys. The most effective way I have found to store these has been in clear plastic boxes with lids. We try to separate toys according to theme and chalkboard labels are perfect for labelling the boxes. Over time as our range of toys changes, we can easily update the labels.
Labels could include: Lego, cars, Play-Doh, trains, Barbie dolls and clothes, kitchen utensils, toy food, blocks, Little People, farm animals
Mummy Pro Tip: Rotate your toys into a cupboard regularly. When you bring them out again, a month or two later, the kids will have forgotten them so they will be like new. I found this really effective when the kids were younger. When we were having one of “those” days, I would pull out “new” toys and it often helped keep everyone happy.
2. Craft supply boxes
I have a lot of craft supplies that I have gathered over the years. I’ve always liked to dabble in a variety of crafts so I have yarn and fabric for crochet and sewing or quilting, but I also have all kinds of random items too. At the moment, these are partially organised into various boxes and baskets but it seems to be a never-ending task to try to sort and label them all. Again I have some in plastic tubs and boxes which are the perfect place for these chalkboard labels.
3. Laundry cupboard boxes
We have a particular cupboard in our laundry where we store extra items of many kinds. Some of these items are bulky, like toilet paper and tissues. But others are small so they are contained in boxes and baskets. Chalkboard labels would be perfect on these boxes as they could be updated as the items change.
Labels could include: spare lightbulbs, shoelaces, cleaning cloths, shoe polishing gear, spare vacuum bags, torches, batteries, tape, glue, tools
Domestic Goddess Pro Tip: Rather than having to check these spare items every time you shop, train the family to tell you when they use the last spare item, eg the last roll of loo paper or the last C size battery. Then you can add that item to your next shopping list.
4. Tween accessory storage
My tween seems to be collecting a lot of stuff in her room! Other parents assure me this is normal for teens and tweens. So labels could be very handy in keeping her things organised so that she can find them! Small tins or plastic containers, baskets or boxes, whatever you choose to put things in, they could all be labelled, and blackboard labels would allow her the flexibility to change things up when she needs to.
Labels could include: hair ties, hair clips, necklaces, bangles, earrings, scrunchies, school badges, ribbons, sports gear, scarves
5. In the Kitchen
There are many places in the kitchen where labels could be used. You can label containers holding items of food. You could label cupboards and drawers holding certain things. You might even label shelves so that the family puts items back when you want them!
Labels could include: jars & Tupperware in the pantry, drawers, shelves, doors, places on shelves
I hope you’ve gotten some ideas for using labels around your home – and seen how flexible chalkboard labels could be for you.
P.S. If you love the idea of chalkboard labels on the walls, you have to check out their newest range of wall art stickers – so cute!!