I'm so excited to finally reveal what I've been working on this week - and it's a big gift for you! Organization labels are a key part to aesthetically organizing. I've made it easy with a Part I of my free organization series. At the link below, you'll find a free download of printables for the first two rooms: your linen closet and your pantry.
One thing that I do differently here at The Aesthetic Organizer is that I organize for sustainability in your lifestyle. So many professional organizers add individual labels to each and every item in the pantry, which looks beautiful in photos, but isn't realistic for New York families. My goal is to provide organization solutions that last long after our work together. By grouping like items in to categories - the way your brain naturally works - items are left easy to find. Place those groups in open baskets or bins for easy access and add the coordinating label. Then, your pantry and your linen closet are aesthetically organized in a way you can maintain moving forward.
Below, I teamed up with my good friend, Anastasia of The Identité Collective, to help organize her dark and cluttered linen closet. To begin, I grouped all similar items, then divided by where they would be used. For example, I put all of the guest sheets in a single pile, all of the master bedroom sheets in another, guest towels in one, and hand towels in their own. I prefer this method to make tidying up faster and easier. When a houseguest is coming over, you can simply grab the corresponding labeled basket and make up the bed. Guest towels are properly stored in their own basket to not be mixed in, as they are often kept in better shape than every day towels.
Anastasia had already been using two large baskets from West Elm which we repurposed in my design. Previously, she had stuffed all her sheets into one basket, which caused her to sort through, unfold, and refold, every time she was looking for the correct set. Her pillow cases were a hodgepodge and were often mismatched with the sheets. I used these two large baskets for her master bedroom sheets and master bathroom towels. They are placed on the center shelves for easy access, since they are used most frequently.
Once the other linen closet items were sorted, I sourced similar white woven baskets that can be easily wiped down and came in various sizes from a local retailer. I also love the White Montauk baskets from the Container Store. I kept similar items grouped on a shelf (towels with towels, sheets with sheets). Then I used the bottom two shelves for paper goods and cleansers. You'll see in the label download, I separate my natural cleansers from my bleach cleansers, to ensure harsh chemicals aren't ever used on services that could be ingested like kitchen counters or children's toys.
Then - it's time to add the labels! I printed a set on to matte card stock on my home printer. If you were using smooth plastic bins, you could also print the same way onto a sheet of sticker paper. I designed these intentionally to be flexible for any home, so your options are endless on how to use them. Once printed, follow the pale gray guide lines to cut out each label. Use a single hole punch to add a hole in the top center of each label. I used clear zip ties to secure the labels to the woven baskets for a clean and minimal look. Remember to trim off the excess tie with scissors.
The final addition I made to Anastasia's linen closet were two LED, easy mount light strips, complete with a wall switch. The closet had no lights and was difficult to see and uninviting before. These took less than two minutes to install and required no tools, drilling or wiring. I couldn't be more impressed!
CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE LABELS
Included in the free download are:
PANTRY: Baking, Spices, Salty Snacks, Sweet Snacks, Breakfast, Cooking Oil, Sauces, Soup, Bread, Canned Goods, Pasta and Rice.
LINEN CLOSET: Master Sheets, Guest Sheets, (2) Kids Sheets, Guest Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Clothes, Kids Towels, Master Towels, Beach Towels, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Natural Cleansers, Bleach Cleansers and (4) blank labels to hand write and customize.
Next week, I'll be releasing the next set of labels for your bathroom and laundry room. Make sure you check back then for your second free download!
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