Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chalkboard Labels for Storing Seasonal Clothes

I don't know about where you're from, but around here it is officially fall.  Red-leaves-swirling-down, fire-in-the-fireplace, overnight-frost, get-me-some-apple-cider fall.  Which means that it's officially time to pack up my summer dresses and pull out the sweaters.

While unpacking fall & winter clothes, I realized that there were two full plastic tubs of summer stuff that I missed last spring when unpacking summer clothes.  Imagine my frustration at losing a year with the platform espadrilles I bought last summer.  First world problems, I know.

I got to thinking about the best way to pack up this year's summer clothes in the most organized way possible.  Labels necessary.  Time to break out the chalkboard paint for easily changeable labels...

We own a hodge podge of large plastic storage tubs.  Some are clear, some are opaque, few of them are the same size.  In a perfect world, I would have stacks of matched containers, all marked neatly.  Unfortunately, I'm just not that kind of girl, so I will work on labeling my tubs as I use them.  As you can see above, my chalkboard paint is in no danger of being depleted.

One layer of chalkboard paint in, which is a little too thin...

but three layers in, my new "labels" are ready to rock...

Easily switchable for the seasons and very helpful in helping me get ALL of my summer clothes out next year!  Stay organized and stay homey!


  1. This is genius and adorable!! Mine would all match and coordinate too in a perfect world. And if those tubs were also free...that would really be the perfect world.

  2. oooo cute. I love the color of the bins you used.

  3. Great idea! Much better than my method of pulling down every tub I have in the top of my closet and digging through them until I find the one piece of clothing I'm looking for!

  4. Stopping by from the Pinterest Challenge blog linky. I am loving this idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Erica -We Three Crabs

  5. This is absolutely genius! I was just swapping my daughters' clothes out yesterday and was thinking "I've got to find a better system for labeling these". Thanks for the brilliant idea!

  6. So clever, I pinned it. I have chalkboard paint. I need to get busy using it in more useful ways!

  7. This is great! I'd love to have you share your October organizing tips at my monthly Home Organization Ideas Link Party - it just opened!


  8. Hi. Just wondering if you used a primer? And if not, how are the labels holding up? Some sites say one should used an oil-based chalkboard paint or use a primer with latex-based chalkboard paint. I'm wondering if latex-based chalkboard paint would hold up just fine or would start to peel within a year or two? Sorry, I don't have any selection other than anon I can select.
    Tzena B

    1. I did not use a primer and it's held up well so far (a year, with cleaning and rewriting the new season a few times). I can't speak for any longer than a year (so far), but as of right now it looks as good as it did a year ago!


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