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Organizing is Sexy + Free Printable

Ladies and gents, we are days away from Valentine’s Day and I’m thinking outside the heart-shaped chocolate box. Like way out. Like beyond all sweets, jewelry and love letters. I’m talking about getting organized. An organized home relieves stress, helps clean the air (reduces dust) and energizes. Doesn’t that all sound like the key to romance?

A while back I wrote a post on tips from professional organizers. You may want to revisit that.

But today I’m going to give you an action item for organizing quickly and effectively – with chalkboard labels!

If you have a lot of clutter, toys, or supplies that need to get out of your living space, the fastest and most effective way is with recycled boxes and chalkboard labels.

Chalkboard labels supplies to get organized

If you want to decorate your plain boxes, simply add a strip of decorative contact paper or scrapbook paper to cover any branding.

Then place on a self-adhesive chalkboard labels.

Organizing with Chalkboard labels

 

How to Make DIY Chalkboard Labels

Now if you’re looking to upcycle junk mail, here’s a fun way. Paint your junk mail with Plaid’s Chalkboard paint, let it dry, then cut it out!

To stick them onto boxes, bins or whatever container you’re using, you can either Mod Podge them (just the underside if you want to be able to wipe off the chalk and change the writing)  on or use double-sided tape. Hot Glue also works but often makes the label not sit flat.

DIY chalkboard labels

Okay, I’m really excited about this….I made 4 label shape templates for you to download for FREE! Oh yeah, put a bird on it! You can print them out and trace onto your chalkboard painted junk mail until your heat’s content.

Free label shapes

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 4 Free Printable Label Shapes!

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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10 Responses to Organizing is Sexy + Free Printable

  1. Lucy Schmidt February 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Thanks for the download. Labels are ALWAYS good when it comes to organizing. It’s nice to see you put your recently reupholstered bench to good use, too.

    • Lucy Schmidt February 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      I just tried downloading the file a couple of different ways and get an “error — file not found or has been moved” message. Is it something I’m doing wrong?

      • Eve February 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

        Sorry, Lucy I just fixed it! Thanks for letting my know!!

        • Lucy Schmidt February 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

          Thanks for fixing it. It worked like a charm this time.

  2. Betty819 April 26, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    I’m looking on my “fridge” at several advertising magnets and thinking to myself..why not cover them in black chalkboard paint and make them more useful then they are now.
    I have a question for you, if you receive a useful advertising postcard in the mail like you show in your picture, how are you sticking it to any surface? Did I miss something in your tuitorial about that?

    • Eve April 26, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Betty, yes chalkboard paint on advertisement magnets is a great way to repurpose them! I just added instruction for making the junk mail labels stick. Thank you!

      • Betty819 April 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

        Thanks! I have the chalkboard paint and foam brush, will take those commercial advertisements that are magnets and paint thme. They could still be used as magnets but I can also write notes on them..Do you tink I’d need some type of primer on before the chalkboard paint?

        • Eve April 27, 2014 at 11:17 am #

          The chalkboard paint is really thick. It should be okay without primer. To be on the safe side, you may want to test one. Maybe just buff the surface. Those magnets may have a coating over them that makes them resistant to paint.

  3. Betty819 April 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    The magnets I’m thinking about are from either a pizza chain, real estate co. and even an engagement announcement..they seem to be made out of a rubber like substance, what do you use to buff it up with…find sandpaper?

    • Eve April 28, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Yes, sandpaper or even an emery board if you have it. If the top where you’re painting is super smooth the paint might flake off if it’s not roughed up a little. If you’re more comfortable with primer, go that route. Have fun!

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