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  • Master Labelling in 4 sure-shot steps 

    Master Labelling in 4 sure-shot steps 

    Labelling can be an underappreciated activity when we think about packaging and moving our goods or putting them away. We tend to be too engrossed in packing things away safely and boxing them up, that we may overlook the need to label what is inside those boxes. We sometimes put away some less used things like antiques or gifts, in a closet or storage, only to forget about what is inside the box.  A little attention to labelling activities at the start of the packing process can go a long way towards ensuring that when unpacking, it does not become overwhelming by the enormous number of unlabelled, sometimes similar looking boxes staring at you!  You can achieve three things when you label your boxes well:  You organize your items effectively.  You find those items easily and quickly  They are treated like they should be treated  Read on to find out how you can master the art and science of labelling your important items for storage, so they are easy to identify and retrieve.    1. Gather your labelling supplies   Elements of labelling resources include items like  Glue   Tag holders   Colour markers   Colour labels   Masking tape   Packing tape   2. Decide on a labelling system   Instead of using bland white paper to cut out slips and scribble labels upon, choose an appropriate labelling system. Depending on your requirement, select from one of the following two proven systems:   1. Numeric labelling system   Let’s suppose you have a box full of mountaineering gear, containing ropes, helmets, boots, etc. Conventionally, you would think that you need to write down every item that the box contains, on the paper. Listing every item in the box means that you will have to tack a long list to the box at the end. This is where the numeric system can be a saviour.   First, label the boxes numerically – i.e. 1,2,3, and so on. Then, on a single Master Sheet you write the number and against it, you write the contents of the box. For example, if box number 5 contains mountaineering gear, then, in the Master Sheet, you make an entry for both of them in a single row in separate columns.   This way, you won’t need to change labels on the box. You can simply update the contents in the Master Sheet.   2. Colour-coded labelling system   If you need a labelling system that helps you quickly find the stuff you need, this is the one.   Choose a colour for a particular set of objects. For example, green could be for gardening, pink for kid’s stuff, and yellow could be for clothes, and so on.   Once the colours are decided, use the appropriate coloured markers, tape, and labels for packing up the boxes. That means you use green masking tape, a green packing tape, and a green marker when boxing up gardening items. You can also use a green post-it and write the contents with a black marker on it.   This labelling system wins because even in an ocean of boxes, it will still be easy to find the right box once you know its colour. You don’t have to go through each box and read the white labels on them for their numbers or contents; just look at the colour.  3. Create the label   While labelling, it is important to remember the three characteristics of every label, namely:   It should be legible   It should be easy to edit and replace and yet the gumming should hold while undertaking intended movement.  It should last. It should be able to withstand normal wear and tear.  To adhere to the first one, write as clearly as possible in large, easy-to-read handwriting. Use capital letters, if possible. Never use pencils or erasable markers for labelling. They can wear off quickly and defeat the purpose of labelling.   Also, be detailed while writing the contents. Instead of writing ‘paintings’ on the box, specify which paintings are in the box, in the order in which you kept them. Ideally, mention if they are of a uniform size. If not, write the size against the painting name.   No matter the labelling system you choose, you must always specify the directions for handling the contents of the box. Fragile, expensive, delicate, or sensitive items need to be handled carefully. Once boxed, your items can go through multiple hands in transit and storage. Since you cannot ask everyone to remember to be careful with specific boxes, you take the help of labels by writing ‘fragile,’ ‘this side up’ with a black/ red marker so that the information is conveyed.   4. Affix the label   Ensure that the label has stuck properly to the box from all four sides. You don’t want friction due to contact from other boxes to tear away the label. Use the tape generously.   Also remember, never to stick the label to the top of the box. If the boxes are stacked on top of another (which is highly likely), then accessing the label will become difficult. Hence, paste the label on the side.   This short, simple and complete guide to the art and science of labelling will help you move and store your household goods or business goods easily. 

  • How to Use Labels to Organize Your Things at Home and in Storage

    How to Use Labels to Organize Your Things at Home and in Storage

    Labels are great to keep things organised and easily retrievable. Not only are they practical and helpful when you need to find something quickly, but they are also pretty and fun to decorate with. Around the house, labelling helps keep things in their rightful places. Not just you, but everyone at home can just put things away according to the label as well as find things by following your labelling system.  While putting goods away into storage, we tend to pile a ton of things into random boxes before loading them into a storeroom at home or at a self-storage unit. This will get unused items out of your way, but you will realize later that you do not know where specific items are should you need them. This calls for organized storage and effective labelling. Pack similar goods into a single container and then label it with details on the contents. This way, months later when you are looking for a roll of parchment, you will know exactly where to find it.  Types of Labels   Let us show you five main types of labels that can help organize your possessions. Each type serves a slightly different purpose and helps you stay organized.  1. Chalkboard Labels for Temporary Labelling  Chalkboard labels make great temporary markers. They can easily be changed out, making them perfect for when you need something temporary. Using chalkboard paint you can create the surface of the sticker on which you write out the label or instructions. You can change this, as necessary. Or you could use chalkboard stickers because they are easier to apply and can be removed altogether if needed (Remember chalkboard paint is permanent.)  Chalkboard labels are perfect for kitchen items. These labels stick to anything, making them great for labelling small containers. You can also get chalkboard stickers that are super cute and fun to decorate your house with. If you prefer something smaller, there are chalkboard magnets. Chalkboard labels are also great for organizing and keeping track of all those random items lying around. You could put up a large chalkboard label in your storage unit to help keep track of items in there, items taken out, or write a note on anything that you need to remember on your next visit.  2. Make and Print Labels to mark Exactly What You Need  You could make your own labels by printing them out directly on adhesive paper. You could even take printouts on regular A4 sheets and then stick them onto required surfaces using double-sided tape. Either way, you will need to cut out the label as per your requirement from the bigger sheet. The advantage here is that you can design the shape of the label however you want – unleashing your creativity. For example, the label indicating a box of books can be in the shape of a book if you design it that way. You will first need to find a template online, then you can design your own image or text using any image editing software. Once you have designed the label, print it out onto paper, cut it out, and stick it on the box!  You could also laminate the labels for better durability as well as for a more professional finish. This would entail either owning a laminating machine or stepping out to get it done at the relevant store.  Steps to laminate the labels at home  Place them in a plastic sleeve first,  Then place the sleeves in the laminating machine and press the button to get the process started.  To make sure the label does not move within the plastic sleeves you could use adhesive tape at the back of the label to hold it in place within the sleeve.  However, lamination is not a particularly key step in labelling. You could just paste a layer of transparent cellophane tape over the label for a glossy effect.  You could further save time by using a store-bought label maker. Using white card stock is an innovative idea because it looks nice and sturdy and because it shows up well on the label maker.  3. Bookplate Labels to Organize Baskets and Bins  Bookplate style labels add a nice touch to any object or box that they are affixed to. You can use them to label boxes, bins, baskets, and drawers, with additional information about the contents.  4. Label Maker to Organize Binders and Small Items  Using a label maker means that you can easily create labels for all sorts of different items. From making labels for your planner and grocery list to labelling the kitchen cabinets – you can create labels for everything! Label makers available in the market let you customize the size of the label. If you are making labels for something small, like a tab on a binder, you will need a smaller label. If you are making labels for a larger item, like a cabinet door, you will need a bigger label.  Labels are great for labelling smaller items, especially if you have lots of them. You can even create custom labels using templates. However, once you start getting into bigger items, you may need something a bit more permanent. For example, you could use a wood stain to permanently mark a shelf or cabinet. Or you could use spray paint to mark an item that will come off easily.  5. Silhouette and Adhesive Vinyl Labels  Stickers are great for labelling items in storage, organizing your closet, decorating your desk, and even making custom gifts. You can also use stickers to personalize your phone, laptop, tablet, and more. Stickers are easy to apply and remove. You could even use distinct colours of stickers for different purposes. For example, red stickers to alert one about glassware, blue ones for stationery, green ones for perishables or products that come with an expiry date, etc.   Another type of adhesive label is the humble post-it note. You can stick them on a container and write a […]

  • The Subtle Art of Labeling Well

    The Subtle Art of Labeling Well

    Snort. Who worries about labeling well? Well, if you don’t, now is not too late to start. And we promise: the result of this little extra care will pay off well when you want to find something in the 20+ boxes you have at your house or a self-storage facility. Truth is: the size of the house doesn’t matter; you’ll always have a lot of stuff. And when it comes time to move, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of it and question why you ever thought this was a good idea. Not labeling well will only add to the stressful nature of the process. Because the thing is: most people are prone to taking a haphazard approach to moving and storing. They’ll take the easiest way out (as is typical human nature) and not invest a few extra minute or resources to make things more comfortable and organized in the long run. The Subtle Art of Labeling Well When you label your boxes well while moving, you achieve three things: You keep your items well-organized You find those items quickly and efficiently People handle them like they should be handled Think of your delicate vases, your imported chinaware, and the antique jewelry box gifted by your grandmother. The above three points will hold more significance then. While labeling, it is important to remember the three characteristics of every label. Namely: It should be legible It should not come off containers and boxes while moving It should be easy to edit and replace So how do you go about labeling boxes in a way so as that all of the above points are covered? Follow the guidelines below: Gather your labeling supplies These include materials like: Glue Tag holders Color markers Color labels Masking tape Packing tape Decide on a labeling system Instead of using bland white paper to cut out slips and scribble labels upon, choose an appropriate labeling system. You can select one of the following: Numeric labeling system Conventionally, you would think that you need to write down every item that the box contains, on the paper. Now supposing you have a box full of mountaineering gear- ropes, helmets, boots, etc. etc. Listing every item in the box means you’ll have to tack a long list to the box at the end. This is where the numeric system can be a savior. You label the boxes numerically- 1,2,3, and so one. Then, one a single Master Sheet you write the number and against it, you write the contents of the box. For example, if box number 5 contains mountaineering gear then, in the Master Sheet, you make an entry for both of them in a single row in separate columns. This way, you won’t need to change labels on the box. You can simply update the contents in the Master Sheet. Color-coded labeling system This one is great for quickly finding the stuff you need. Decide on a color for a particular set of items. For example, green could be for gardening, pink for kid’s stuff, and yellow could be for clothes, and so on. Once the colors are decided, use the appropriate colored markers, tape, and labels for packing up the boxes. That means you use green masking tape, a green packing tape, and a green marker when boxing up gardening items. You can also use a green post-it and write the contents with a black marker on it. The best thing about this system is that in a sea of boxes, it’ll be almost effortless to find the right box if you have the color right- no need to go over white labels over each of the boxes. Specify the contents As clearly as possible. Instead of writing ‘paintings’ on the box, specify which paintings are in the box, in the order in which you kept them. Ideally, they’ll all of a uniform size. Mention that, too. If not, write the size against the painting name. Specify handling directions No matter the labeling system you choose, you must always specify the directions for handling the contents of the box. Fragile, expensive, delicate, or sensitive items need to be handled carefully. You cannot go around telling everyone to remember which boxes contain these items, but you can write ‘fragile,’ ‘this side up’ with a black/ red marker so that the information is conveyed. What if I am storing stuff? If you are taking your items to a self-storage facility for safekeeping (due to downsizing, renovation, relocation) for any period, then you’ll want to go for plastic storage containers. Storage boxes specific tips Never stick the label to the top of the box. If the boxes are stacked on top of another (which is highly likely), then you still need to read the contents. Hence, paste the label on the side. Never use pencils or erasable markers for labeling. They can wear off pretty quickly, and then you’ll have to sit down, unpack each box to see what’s inside it and label it again. Ensure that the label has stuck properly to the box from all four sides. You don’t want friction due to contact from other boxes to tear away the label. Use the tape generously. Make the labels easy-to-read and clear in legible handwriting. There you have it. A short, simple, complete guide to the art of labeling, meant to smoothen your moving and storing process. Try it once and see it work its magic for yourself!