Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How I'm Gonna Rock The Home Organization This Year

A week or two before school starts, I go on a cleaning/organization bender. I mean, I become obsessed.  I think it's the anxiety of knowing the doody is gonna hit the fan with four kids, three schools, extracurricular activities 7 days a week, homework, instrument practicing, dinners, chores... some days I feel like an air traffic controller trying to work out the logistics of it all.

This year was no different - I became obsessed with improving the organization around my home toward the end of August. "You need to develop better systems" my husband always lectures says. He is right(- ish). Systems and better habits do make things run more smoothly and when those buses unload my hungry, tired, rambunctious little angels who need to be chauffeured to various places, fed, showered, and things can start to spiral into our own little version of suburban mayhem. Throw one of CB's seizures, diaper leaks, property destruction, or bad mood in the mix and we've raised the ante.

But fear not, I am READY this year! Ready to change my stripes, alter my course, turn over the proverbial leaf.  I will be undaunted. I will be a finely tuned machine.  Because now, I have LABELS, my friend.

I discovered a fantastic label company called Kidecal. They specialize in customized, durable, affordable and adorable labels for anything and everything. What I love is that there are a bazillion cute designs and... cute is important.  More importantly, these labels are said to be made of "the most durable laminate on the market." Waterproof and able to stand the heat and cold, they can hold up on a soccer ball, gym or sports equipment bag, a water bottle, lunch boxes and back packs.  Because they are so durable, you can wash them in the dishwasher or laundry machine! They will fix securely to any surface (fabric, plastics, stainless steel, wood, glass) without peeling up and apparently won't damage them when removed, though I can't vouch for that because I haven't tried it yet. I have not put mine through the laundry either, but I have washed them and they are totally fine.

I use them for anything that needs labeling, particurly for school, sports and home organization. They would also be great for camp, homemade gifts, laptops and cell phones, stationary, beach and pool items. If your child has a food allergy, they have great labels specific for this - perfect for a preschooler or non-verbal child.

*Images downloaded from Kidecal website

What I personally enjoy is the ability to customize every label for your exact need and personal style. The prices are very reasonable, especially given the quality and the personalization. Their "Value Pack" is honestly the best bang for the buck. You can also chose the amount you want and sizes, like a mini sheet, or a mega sheet. Customizing is easy - the website walks you right through it. The only problem I had with the website is that there were so many cute labels, it was TOO hard to decide! You can shop by Use, Gender, Shape or Age and there are many colorful pictures that will inspire you to use labels in many great ways.

Free shipping on every order which I love (hate paying for stupid shipping). And if you sign up for their newsletter, you get 15% off of your first order.  Nice.

I ordered the little round stickers with our last name printed on it. You can pick any color you want, so I chose teal. They adorn the inside of my children's back packs and lunch boxes and I've saved some for clothing and coats.

My favorites are these little chalkboard labels for my glass jars in the pantry. The chalkboard REALLY works (I was worried about that). It's the little things that excite me.

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If you check out their website, you'll find a million inspirational ways to use labels instead of a thick black sharpee marker which fades off of some materials and can't be removed from others. Plus... not cute.  Kidecal labels? Cute.

I'm a fan. And so are these guys...

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*Disclosure: Product was received in exchange for an honest review. 

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