Do you ever had a project that you have all the supplies, you know exactly what you want to do, but it takes….oh lets say a year to get to that project? Umm…I'm really hoping there isn't that cricket sound going on right now, but rather a chorus of things such as, “All the time,” or “Isn't that normal.”
Today, I'm going to show you one of those projects. I'm so happy to have put together our toy storage system last year, but I never labeled everything. Finally, this week I got everything labeled using chalkboard labels.
I'm so happy with the look and I totally wonder why I put it off for so long. I think I thought it was going to be harder and take longer. Any which way, let me show you what I did so if you want to label your toy storage or other area with chalkboard labels you know just what to do.
Last year when we reorganized our playroom and added the Trofast from IKEA I had the best of intentions of labeling everything. I love the look of having things labeled but more importantly Mr. T, my husband, can't ever seem to remember where anything goes. The kids and I get really sick of him asking where everything goes. Labels will (hopefully) help him figure it out…so, yes you read that right. We labeled the playroom, not for the children, but for my husband. It also looks so cute, I'm super glad I finally put the labels on.
First up to complete this project, you will need to purchase some chalkboard vinyl. Mine is a roll of repositionable chalkboard vinyl that I got at Michael's.
Next, pick out the shape you want for your labels. You can either hand cut yours by tracing and cutting or you can use your Cricut/Silhouette to cut out the shape. I have a Cricut, so I used it and my Creative Memories Holiday Frames & Tagscartridge. I used the Cricut Craft Room so I could modify the shape of the tags I wanted.
Before you cut out your labels/tags, go look at your space. Figure out what you need. I wanted the square labels for the larger bins and the rectangular labels for the smaller bins. I counted up that I needed 12 of the squares and 11 of the rectangles. Now, you are ready to cut away.
Once you have everything cut, make sure you condition your chalkboard surface. You do this by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface. Wipe this away. Doing this will make sure that what you have written on the surface will easily erase and not leave a shadow. My daughter saw this and thought it looked so horrible. I thought it looked kind of neat. What do you thinnk?
The last step is to apply the label to the surface and write the name on the label. My vinyl is repositionable, so I didn't have to worry too much about this process. If the label was a little off, I could just move it a bit. Seriously…it was all so easy and so quick! It also looks adorable and will help the whole family when it comes to clean up time. I love projects like that!
The only thing that seems to be a problem is that the chalk wipes off very easily. I held a bin next to my clothes and it wiped off on my shirt. I'm thinking of buying a chalkboard pen because I think they need a damp cloth to remove the writing….that would work better for a playroom.
We love our Trofast…it is working so well both as an organization tool and a play area. It works fantastic for organizing Legos.
Across the room, in the closet, I used more labels on our toy bins. I didn't label absolutely everything as you can see above. I labeled our plastic toy storage bins. That is all for now. I love how they look so much, I may go back and make some card stock tags to tie onto the other bins, but that will be a project for another day, if I decide to do it.
Looks so nice and so tidy….it doesn't look this good on a daily basis. I love seeing it like this, but of course it is a playroom and it needs to be played in not admired for the good looking labels. You and I can admire the labels here for a moment or two. Maybe when it is messy in the playroom, I will come open up this post and remember the neatness of this moment. 😉
Well, what do you think of my super simple project that took me a year to complete? I love it! I wish I had realized just how easy and fast it was going to be. I totally would have done this long ago.
I still have one other space that needs labels…that is our craft/office area. I'm not sure I can use this same idea there because the bins are not all smooth. Let's see how long I avoid that task, too. Hopefully not a year…though I did that organizing last August….so my time is running out.
What projects have you been avoiding? Do you think they will be easy or hard when you get to them? Hope they turn out to be easy like this project.
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