I love organization. Crisp, clean, everything-in-its-place… But with two kids and another on the way, it’s an ongoing challenge, to say the least.
I could spend my entire life cleaning up after my children, but I don’t want to (who does?!?!), not just because it’s not my idea of fun, but because I want to help my children learn – even at an early age – how to take responsibility. Just like my toddler-sized towel hooks, these chalkboard toy-bin tags have been an amazing tool in facilitating that responsibility.
And if you don’t have kids, they’re still a cute, inexpensive way to label bins or boxes around the house! All you need are the following:
- wooden craft tags
- chalkboard paint
- needle and black thread
Just drill a little hole in the top corners of the wooden tag, paint both sides with chalkboard paint, and make a few rounds with the black thread to attach the sign. Then label with regular chalk (not a chalk marker, as they won’t erase from the porous surface of the wood). My stitches were rough and imperfect, but they hardly show.
And the chalk images I drew have certainly been smudged by little fingers, but after almost a month, they’re more than legible. And, more importantly, my 1 year old can even figure out which box he needs and how to clean it all up!
And while we’re at it, I’ve got some amazing art skills, don’t I?
No really, I love chalkboard labels for these things. The pictures allow my non-reading children to know where things go, and it gives Mommy a little sanity. Win-win, right? Also, if you have hard-plastic storage bins (we managed to break those somehow… hence the new toy storage you see here) and would like to try a chalkboard label, consider this chalkboard contact paper and a chalk marker like I used to create labels for my son’s birthday party. There are wonderful chalkboard options for almost any surface, and I hope you find something that helps you and your family stay sane and organized, too!
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