Looking for ways to encourage your children to tidy up? These cute and visual DIY labels help even the littlest ones know where their belongings live.
One of the most frustrating things about the Konmari process is… well… kids. But as maddening as it can be, I try to take a positive approach to it. The second this tidying thing becomes bigger than my main job (being a mom), I know I need to regain some perspective. That said, I do like to try and keep our home as orderly as possible, even with little ones running around.
I also appreciate the value of teaching my kids tidy habits. They’re still learning (shoot, they’ll probably be learning till they’re 30), and that’s OK. Just like any other habit or virtue we try to instill in our kids, we can’t expect them to magically start doing it after the first request we make. We need to be ready to lead by example and reinforce the habit consistently.
One thing I’ve found super helpful in this area is to make it absolutely clear where my kids’ belongings “live”. Since they can’t read yet, images work better than words. I love these cute DIY labels because they make it simple for kids to know where to find their belongings and where to return them after playtime.
Supplies for These DIY Labels
These are the supplies I used. I know not many people have a laminator, but I sure do love mine! It’s great for preserving the kids’ drawings, making special cards for their friends (perfect for DIY Valentines Day cards or Easter cards), and a bunch of other things! The craft geek in me is so happy to have one of these!
If your toy/clothing baskets don’t have a handle for tying the labels on (e.g., maybe you use plastic toy bins or drawers), you can skip the hole punch and twine, and opt for some tape instead.
Uses for DIY Labels | Clothes & Toys
At first, I used these for my daughter’s clothes. For my first round, I went old school and used construction paper and literally cut out the shapes of clothing (#craftgeek).
We didn’t have a dresser for her at the time and just used one of those cubby storage shelves with some baskets. I created the labels during her nap time, and then attached them to her baskets after she woke up. She was fascinated by what I was doing (of course) and was eager to start sorting her clothes into the right baskets.
Once I realized how helpful these were, I created another set for our toys too… but this time, I used graphics. Again, this has helped both of our kids know exactly where their different toys live. It makes the cleanup process so much easier, too, since we can just grab the right basket and start collecting the appropriate toys from wherever they’ve been scattered around the house.
For these tidying labels, I followed Marie Kondo’s advice and tried not to overcategorize. When we overcategorize, it complicates the tidying process. With that, I used the following sub-categories for these labels:
Labels for Clothes
- Pants & Shorts
- Underwear & Socks
- Pajamas (and Pull-Ups)
- Jackets, Sweaters, Coats
Labels for Toys
- Cars, Trains, & Vehicles
- Play Kitchen
- Arts & Crafts
How to Make These DIY Labels
These DIY labels were very simple to make. So simple, you can do it during nap time!
- PRINT them out.
- LAMINATE them.
- CUT each circle label out.
- PUNCH A HOLE up at the top of each label.
- TIE the label to your basket with twine (or attach it to a plastic bin with tape).
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