Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paint Chip Labels {Playroom organization}

Now that Halloween is over I'm ready to start thinking about Thanksgiving...then after that Christmas!  Can't skip Thanksgiving! I don't usually start Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving but start cleaning up my house and throwing stuff away in November.  Especially the toys, I purge the ones the kids don't play with and get some ideas of what stuff they may want. As part of organizing I thought I'd make some cute labels for the storage bins. The bins are part of the Trofast storage system from Ikea. They came unfinished and I primed and painted them.

The playroom is really colorful so I thought some paint chip labels would be perfect.  With pictures and words so none of the kids have any excuses for not helping pick up!



I had a pile of paint chips that have been collecting in the garage in lots of different colors.


I just went into my Mac word program and typed up what was in all the bins. I used a simple arial font in 68 pt. I have a kindergartner so I thought the words with the picture would help him recognize the names of the toys.


I took a picture of what was in each bin. Then printed it off them off in iPhoto using the contact sheet setting.


After cutting out the words and picture I taped them to the paint chip.


Then stuck them into a laminating sheet, 4 would fit into each sheet.


Ran the sheet through the laminator.


Cut out the labels.


Then I taped them onto each bin. Easy, cute and colorful!


Now my kids can't whine and say they don't know where anything goes!


I took lots of pictures of the new Playroom today and will have a whole tour post coming up Friday! I used most of the same stuff from our old playroom and added a few touches since it's a bigger space.


Sources:

Striped rug: Ikea Strib
Bins: Ikea Trofast storage
Curtains: Premier Prints Elephants Chartreuse/White
Laminator: Scotch TL901