Simplify Life by Labelling EVERYTHING

Remember that Friends episode where Monica quips "You call eight hours alone with my label-maker wasted time?" 

Yeah, that's kinda me. Go on and chuckle. I can take it. Because those labels have saved me plenty of time and aggravation my friend.  

And if you crave a simpler life it's time for you to become a label geek too!  

It's funny to joke about being hyper-organized, but it seriously does save a lot of wasted time searching for things when you need them.

Being organized and designating and labeling a home for everything also shows you very clearly just how much stuff you have, and probably how much you could get rid of. 

I encourage you to take a little time (ok maybe not eight hours, a couple will do) to group together and find a home for all of your stuff in the house. And then label those homes.

Start with one room or go all out and do the whole house. You might want to take one category of item at a time, like office supplies, for instance. Or a basket or drawer for papers.

The key is to just start. 

There are a ton of simple and stylish options for making labels - you don't need to go out and buy a pricey label-maker. Below are some ideas, or just go super-simple (but effective) and hand-write your own labels on a piece of paper and tape it on!

Download printables online:

Other simple ideas for labeling around the home:

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  • Use chalkboard paint and chalk for the tops of bottles or even on the glass fronts.

  • Tie gift tags (or make your own with recycled paper) to baskets or around jars and write on them what’s inside.

  • Tape a piece of paper or a small sticky label on a jar and bring out your best handwriting.

Here are some wonderful examples from across the web and blogosphere (as always, click on photo for source). 

Want more simple ideas for creating a calm, organized and functional home? Download my free Guide.