I know that we (or most of us) have been taught that labeling is not. nice. However! When it comes to your inanimate objects…your belongings…your stuff, I’m here to tell you… It’s the best!
In my experience working in this field, so far, I am getting a general vibe that my people want (and need) accountability. Of course, if they could declutter/maintain organization on their own, they wouldn’t be asking me to come stand around awkwardly while they decide what they truly need in their life and where it should live. #ikid #onlysortof
As simple as labeling may seem, it plays a big role with the whole accountability factor; no matter if the task is sorting, or if it’s labeling a permanent “home” for some items. When it comes to a system, you will find this basic element can define the permanence of your efforts.
“But, Angie, I’m the only one using the space, and I know where it goes.”
Mmmhm, you do now. But a week in the future, when you’re hurriedly decluttering for a spontaneous visit from your in-laws, you may resort to “I’ll set it here for now”. This is the first step of the spiral staircase… Going downward…Things spiraling out of control again…etc.
Even more essential, is when you are NOT the only one using the space. Labels let everyone else know that there IS a system, and that you’re serious about keeping it that way. “Respect the system, and the work that it took to create it.”
So! Here’s the how:
An obvious indication of a specific home for an item, or items, sends a subconscious message to your brain! “No, silly, the band-aids don’t go with the extra shower items. There’s a bin labeled ‘first aid’.” Or, at my home, somehow, the silverware drawer SO often gets confused with the “multipurpose” drawer. (It’s NOT a junk drawer…we use that stuff!)
Anyway, labeling…It’s important. And it can be really fun! There are so many ways to make it look aesthetically pleasing, too. As a fellow organizer says, the key is “blending” the labels into your overall look.
Still not convinced? Maybe want some ideas? Check out my Pinterest board here.