Organisers talk, think and some even dream about labeling.
Most use a labeling machine, but I love masking tape for various reasons:
- It’s cheap
- You can write big, bold letters
- It’s quick
- It’s not perfect
- You can peal it off easily
The two last ones are somewhat linked, because getting organised is a process. Sometimes the spot you first thought is a good one turns out to be not so perfect for various reasons. With sticky tape, you don’t worry about creating a new label, just peel it off and re use it at the new location.
There are two more side effects that are more personal/business:
As English is my second language, I am prone to spelling mistakes (that’s a bit of a lie, as I am crap in German spelling, too) so just re scribbling something on tape is much easier then typing again on a device.
Another reason is the imperfection of hand scribbled labels. You are more inclined to re think and re do things. I have seen labels on boxes that don’t work at all anymore but still get used just because it was so much work labeling in the first place.
It’s like buying a suspension filing system with an alphabetical labeling – where you struggle to create a file that starts with ‘Z’.
Here are a couple of ideas on how creative you can and should be with labeling:
- It doesn’t always have to be the file or container that is labeled. Try labeling the spot on the shelf
- when labeling and you don’t know where the box will end up – and that applies specifically for packing moving boxes, label on three sides:
lid or top of box,
one small and
one wide side.
This way, no matter how the space you are puting your box presnts itself, you can always see a lable
- and in some cases even underneath could make sense: This was a garage de-clutter where we installed storage shelves just under the main ceiling beam. Meant for rarely used items, like sentimental value, we labeled the narrow side and underneath to be able to know what’s up there without always needing a stepladder
- you can visually divide boxes into two categories
- and sometimes more then one language make it obvious who’s stuff it is.