Free Printable Storage Labels

Keep your space organized with customizable DIY labels. Find a solution for every storage problem with these simple, affordable tags and stickers in fun designs.

By Hannah Gilman, produced by Carrie Naumann, photos by David Land & Adam Albright


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Customized Labels for Efficient Organization
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Customized Labels for Efficient Organization

    De-clutter and de-stress with our fun labels, which will help you organize your family's gear in every space of your home -- from the entry area, to the kitchen, the office, and kids' rooms. We've designed 23 fabulous labels that you can print and customize. We've shown several ways to use these labels, but they can be used anywhere and for everywhere you need a label.

    These fun labels fit inside a standard clear luggage tag, which protects the paper label from wear and tear. Print the label and place it inside a luggage tag and loop around a basket handle. (We added a ribbon for a fun dose of style.)

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Before You Start: Label Tips

    -- Our labels come in three colors -- blue, green, and orange. If you only want to print one color, be sure to select only that page in your print menu before you print.

    -- Some of our labels are designed to fit on specific labels sizes. These blank label sheets are available at office supply stores, and they can be used on home printers. (Look for the Editor's Tips to find out what label sized you'll need.)

    -- You can either type in the text you want, or handwrite it. If you want to type the text, click into the center of a label in the document and type your text.

    -- We recommend printing the non-adhesive labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper, and then laminating them for extra durability. At-home laminating machines can be purchased at craft stores, or you can take your labels to a copy center to be laminated.

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Welcome Home

    The front entryway is the ultimate drop-off spot. Keep it clear of clutter by storing fashionable shoe buckets in a painted bookshelf. Designate a bucket for each family member and label the containers with a hanging laminated nametag. Punch a hole in the top of the label and use snap rings (available at office supply stores) to hang from bucket handles.

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Puppy Chow

    Keep dog treats handy in a clear cookie jar. Print a label on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper and place inside a metal-rimmed tag (available at craft stores, in the scrapbooking department). Slip a pretty ribbon through a punched hole for an extra pop of color. And be sure to keep the jar out of Fido's reach.

    Editor's Tip: We used square metal ring tags from Memory Makers

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Key Ring Labels

    Always know what key goes to what with these key ring labels. Print these labels on adhesive label sheets and adhere to round metal tags.

    Editor's Tip: These labels are designed to be printed on Avery booklet seals (#5278), available at office supply stores.

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Behind Closed Doors

    Stow hard-to-find hats, mittens, gloves, and the like in wicker baskets placed in a wallpapered armoire. Designate one basket per person and place printed labels inside a clear luggage tag. Hang the tags from the basket handles and add a matching ribbon to complete the look.

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On The Go

    Make life easier with clear, zippered bags perfect for grabbing on your way out the door. Pack one for each of your needs, such as kids' activities or a first aid kit, and stick on a cute adhesive label to keep things organized.

    Editor's Tip: The small labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1x2-5/8-inch folder adhesive labels (#8160) and the large labels on Avery 2x4 mailing labels (#5163), available at office supply stores.

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Pretty Pantry

    Here's a pantry that packs a punch. Keep food organized by assigning a shelf to each group (grains, baking ingredients, snacks, etc.). Line shelves with laminated fabric -- it's easy to clean and adds a splash of bright color. Use clear plastic containers to store your pantry goods and add an adhesive label to each container for an extra measure of organization.

    Editor's Tip: The rectangle labels are designed to be printed on Avery 2x4 mailing labels (#5163), available at office supply stores. The small round labels are designed to be printed on 2-1/2-inch circle stickers and the large round labels are designed to be printed on 4-inch circle stickers, both from Paper Source (papersource.com).

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On the Menu

    Plan out your family's weekly menu in advance and get all your groceries in one swift shopping trip. Magnetic labels make meals simple -- just mix and match dishes on the calendar and keep inventory on an organized board. Print these labels on magnet paper, which can be used in home printers and is available at office supply stores,

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Canned Goods

    Keep canned goods orderly with decorative, adhesive labels. Print playfully designed labels on sticker paper and adhere to a clear mason jar.

    Editor's Tip: These labels were designed to be printed on 3-1/4x2-inch oval adhesive labels from Paper Source (papersource.com).

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Business Time

    Small spaces get cluttered easily. Keep your desk items organized with labeled storage caddies, bins, containers and drawers.

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Dressed-Up Drawer

    Drawer organization is a must for any office. Steer clear of a nest of paper clips, pens, and other office supplies by keeping clear organizing trays labeled. Colorful borders keep things fresh and easy to find.

    Editor's Tip: The rectangle labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1x2-5/8-inch folder adhesive labels (#8160), and the circle labels are designed to be printed on Avery booklet adhesive seals (#5278), both available at office supply stores.

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File Folders

    Make managing paperwork less of a hassle. Store important notes and documents in brightly colored file folders with color-coordinated labels. Print the file folder labels on adhesive labels and the file tab labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper.

    Editor's Tip: The file folder labels (shown here on the green folders) are designed to be printed on Avery folder 2/3x3-7/17-inch adhesive labels (#8366), available at office supply stores.

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Desk Utensils

    Repurpose a silverware caddy as a desktop storage organizer for your markers, pencils, and scissors. Here's a DIY trick: Slip a block in the bottom of the marker caddy so you can see the lid color clearly.

    Editor's Tip: These labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1x2-5/8-inch folder adhesive labels (#8160).

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Don't Forget!

    Call out important dates or reminders on your calendar or planner with "don't forget" labels.

    Editor's Tip: These labels are designed to be printed on Avery booklet seals (#5278), available at office supply stores.

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Send a Note

    Add a little color to your envelopes with brightly hued address labels and return labels. If you're looking for a fun, personalized gift, fill in a friend?s address in the return label template and print out. Place the label sheets in a pretty stationary box and wrap with a ribbon.

    Editor's Tip: The address labels are design to be printed on Avery 2x4-inch adhesive mailing labels (#5163), and the return labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1x2-5/8-inch adhesive folder labels (#8160), both available at office supply stores.

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Shelf Labels

    Organize a slender set of shelves with labels and fun hardware. These metal label holders (look for something similar on reproduction hardware websites) simply screw into the shelf and then labels slide into the holder. Print the labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper, and laminate for extra durability.

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Get Clean, Get Organized

    Keep toiletries in order with baskets and labels. Designate a basket or bin for each category of toiletries (or assign a container to each family member). Print these round labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (laminate the labels for extra durability) and place inside metal-rimmed tags (available at craft stores, in the scrapbooking department, punch a hole in the label, and hang from the basket handle with ribbon.

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Weekly Wardrobe

    Avoid the what-to-wear fight in the morning with these helpful labels. Slip a day-of-the-week tag over a hanger with a complete outfit. Print the labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (if desired, laminate for extra durability), and use a large hole punch to make a hole in the top of each tags.

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Book Worm

    Make a mark on your kids' book collection with customized book plates. Write their names on a sticker label and adhere it on the inside cover of their favorite reads. And the labels work great for grown-ups' books too.

    Editor's Tip: These book plates were designed to be printed on Avery 2x4-inch adhesive mailing labels (#5163), available at office supply stores.

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Play Bin

    Toys clutter a room instantly. Keep labeled rolling bins in plain view. The kids will know where to put their toys when it's cleanup time. Print the labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (laminate the labels for extra durability). Punch two holes in the labels and attach to bins with zip ties.

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Orderly Toys

    Give smaller toys a place in buckets suited to their size. These kid-friendly buckets are easy to tote from room-to-room. Print these square labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (laminate the labels for extra durability) and place inside metal-rimmed tags (available at craft stores, in the scrapbooking department, punch a hole in the label, and hang from the basket handle with ribbon.

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Gallery Labels

    Show off your little Picasso's artwork in a gallery-worthy display. Frame favorite pictures and projects from your kids and use an adhesive label to indicate the artist and the work's title. (Plus, you can use the square labels on the previous slide to label memory boxes, as shown here.)

    Editor's Tip: These labels are designed to be printed on Avery folder 2/3x3-7/17-inch adhesive labels (#8366), available at office supply stores.

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Pretty in Pink

    Put pretty, girly accessories in clear plastic bins and acrylic jars. Labels keep things organized and add another touch of color to a tween bedroom.

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Bedside Manner

    Hair things, lip gloss, and nail polish add colorful flavor to a tween nightstand. Organize these easily misplaced items into designated containers for easy organization. Plus, placing the jars on a tray keeps them corralled and cute.

    Editor's Tip: These labels were designed to be printed on 2-1/2-inch sticker labels from Paper Source (papersource.com).

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More Beauty Organization

    Use bins to store bigger items, such as curlers and headbands, and less frequently used items, such as makeup. The adhesive labels are easy to remove from plastic bins when storage needs change.

    Editor's Tip: These labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1x2-5/8-inch folder adhesive labels (#8160).

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