Storage in Plain Sight and Labeling


Confession time, with Becca.

I am a labeler.  I have this thing–call it OCD, or just the need to not mess around with things in my home unless it is necessary–Things need to be labeled.  From staple items in a pantry, to the contents of boxes, to homemade goods, to what switch does what on the entertainment center, my home has its fill of labels.

Full disclosure: I live in an apartment, and we don’t have a lot of space for storing things out of sight. This means that rather than having a nice tuck away place for all of those staple foods and bottles of various cooking ingredients, they are out in the open.  Because of the layout of my apartment, anything in the kitchen is in full view of all the common areas in my home.  Anyone in the dining room or living room for that matter, can see everything in the food preparation area.  As such, my partner and I made a conscious decision to decant and store as much as we can in matching containers.  This means that our ingredients now become an array of texture and color, rather than a topic of what brand of cereal we buy. It’s ‘art’.


Labeling is a way of unifying the look of a group of items. I find that labeling makes things seem clean organized, which is arguably the point.  While I am cooking dinner, I do not want to have the niggling question in the back of my mind of whether that was the olive oil or canola oil that I just put in the pan.  My partner is very tolerant of me and my labeling habits.


I use white, stick on labels called LabelOnce, and they are phenomenal (no, this is not a sponsored article!). This product comes in multiple sizes, which is handy for tight spaces. They allow you to write with permanent marker on them, and have an erasing system.  These labels stick amazingly, and go through the dishwasher without a problem.  Yes, really. This allows me to label to my heart’s content, and my storage is clearly marked.

When it comes to food, I find that I am labeling the contents and the date it was purchased or made. For cleaning products, such as our laundry solutions, its use and how much goes in the washer are noted. The myriad of accessories that accompany gaming consoles are stored under the couch in boxes, which are labeled by their console.

What do you label?


About Becca Russell

Writer. I write about my own experiences and things I've learned along the way. I like things organized, neat, and adventurous. Entertainment should be immersive and innovative.
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4 Responses to Storage in Plain Sight and Labeling

  1. Alicia Jernstrom says:

    I definitely like the idea of getting rid of boxes and such in favor of matching containers. My fiancee and I want to slowly collect different sizes and shapes of small glass bottles to store our spices, 100% because we think it’d look cool. I’ve always viewed even packaging as a kind of art, it’s just not necessarily art I want to display. Also, I like to make things I own kind of their own art, just like you said. I hang my collections of scarves, earrings, and necklaces up so all their colors and patterns can be seen, not just for convenience’s sake. If fresh produce will do well at room temperature, I like to have it sitting on the counter.

    As you can see, I really appreciate this post topic and could go on and on about it, but to answer the actual question at the end… I think the only things I really label are foods I put in the freezer, and then only things I have cooked or removed from their original packaging. I like to make stock now and then (though we have the same small space issue as you do, and it’s not like I have a lot of freezer space), I also cook and freeze a lot of dry beans. Those foods are the only things that get consistently labeled in my house!

    • Becca Gagnon says:

      Thank you for your comment! I love using scarves and necklaces as art, they’re just so much fun. We have collections in various forms around our home, and I adore how they grab the eye and make people wonder and think about what is there.

  2. My father’s mom was a professional housekeeper, and I’ve spent a lot of time with her over the years. Her favorite saying (still) is, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” There is nothing in my home that does not have a specific place. I don’t label so much–the boys are too fond of pulling off “stickers”–but darned if I don’t have a specific bin, shelf, or box for every one of their toys. I find, too, that having less “stuff” helps with neatness, so there’s at least one purge a year. Your storage system looks awesome. Happy labeling!

  3. I’ve loved this idea for awhile. However I always come down to one main problem — finding the containers to use around the house that are the same style and within the price range I’m willing to spend. (No container store in Oklahoma 😦 ) Then I have the problem where I’ll buy a bag of flour to refill my container, except that I always end up with leftover flour in the bag and no idea what the heck I’m going to do with it. 😐

    I did recently come across these though:
    250 containers for $35?? Yeah, I can probably swing that.

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