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Clothespin Labels

Organizing Good Things 2005, October 2005

Upgrade storage containers without a messy succession of sticky or peeling labels. Tags made with clothespins let you mark anything -- from shoeboxes to sturdier bins, such as these raffia boxes -- and change them as often as needed. Hot-glue clothespins to containers; affix either a written label, as on page 27, or a sample of their contents, like the fabric swatches above. When it's time to re-label, just unclip the old marker, and fasten on a new one.

Comments (9)

  • msddesign 12 Aug, 2008

    Great tip about painting

  • sharonmanis 11 Aug, 2008

    You can also paint the clothes pin any color and get a bag of those little wood flowers and shapes then glue them onto the top of the clothes pin. So cute...

  • bethknight 10 Aug, 2008

    Glue called "Goop" will work for wood and plastic

  • gekkolisa 10 Aug, 2008

    That's beautiful. When you have to clean out your parents' house you invarably find clothespins and they're such sentimental value (since they held our little britches on the clothesline) and that's a great way to remember little things like that. Also, economical when you consider label maker plastic waste.

  • lilysnana55 10 Aug, 2008

    On plastic shoe box style boxes, I use Velcro dots-put one on the box and the opposite one on an index card. When the contents change, you can add the new topic to the card below the previous one, or replace the card completely.

  • lilysnana55 10 Aug, 2008

    On plastic shoe box style boxes, I use Velcro dots-put one on the box and the opposite one on an index card. When the contents change, you can add the new topic to the card below the previous one, or replace the card completely.

  • ejphelan 10 Aug, 2008

    If you rough up a plastic bin (or plastic clothes pins) with fine grit sand paper or sanding block, the wax glue of a glue gun should stick. Until the other day I had a hard time finding wooden clothes pin w/ the spring. I found a lone bag at Wal-Mart.

  • jeannecre 10 Aug, 2008

    Sounds good for the quilter's stash

  • m_w 18 Apr, 2008

    Hmm, maybe 2-part epoxy for plastic bins? Gorilla Glue?