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Linen Labels

Martha Stewart Living, August 2006

Take a few minutes to tag linen-closet shelf edges, and you'll save time whenever you take things out or put them away. The labels (ours are fit into label holders from a paper-supply store) might say "guest room," "master bathroom," "cocktail napkins," "crib," or "twin fitted," depending on how your closet is arranged. You can also label table napkins with the number of pieces in the set: Wrap them loosely in cellophane or acid-free tissue, and then seal the package with a sticker stamped with the number.

Comments (38)

  • jamies123 15 Aug, 2011

    Thanks for the article. It was really informative.I am working on marketing of a clothes website.
    Jim, Lawyer Marketing, Real Estate Marketing

  • ldance1 6 Jun, 2011

    I, too, came to this site to get the label templates. The article says, "Our tags ( fit standard label holders." Disappointing.

  • WestVillager 7 Feb, 2011

    Gabby: Rolling them in art/poster tubes with AF paper might help. Label the tube. I do that in my city apt that has similar storage issues.

  • WestVillager 7 Feb, 2011

    I was hoping to see the templates too. That's weak.

  • kristensmother 24 Jan, 2011

    Thought this was a site to get the template for a linen closet. Once again the magazine somehow gets you to go online to see other marketing by Martha Stewart!

  • KokomoJen 17 Jan, 2011

    I got mine at Hancock Fabrics:

  • hubbs 14 Jan, 2011

    I want to buy the linen tag labels (metal tag holder for removable tags). I could not find them in the Martha Stewart shop. Does anyone know a good source to purchase the metal label holders? Thank you.

  • marneyjt 13 Jan, 2011

    This is the second time I have gone to the website for a template as directed by the magazine, and it isn't here. Frustrating.

  • MichYar 12 Jan, 2011

    Where do I find your tags as stated in MSL? Is it a template or do I need to purchase?

  • jrmbloom 10 Jan, 2011

    You can buy big ziploc bags (at smart and final) and label the bags. They are about 15"x!0' and are about $10 for 50!

  • GabbyCal 10 Jan, 2011

    I'm wondering if anyone has a good method for labeling table cloths by size. I don't have enough shelves to store them by size on shelves and always have to pull them out and put them on the table to see what is what. Any suggestions?

  • mainemoosie 10 Jan, 2011

    do you really have linen closets like this? i must be living wrong!

  • harvard44 19 Jul, 2010

    For wire shelves, one idea is to get those smallish colored plastic key rings - I've seen them at office supply stores - and block-print MASTER, NURSERY etc... then attach them to the shelves. Colorful, expensive and reusable.

  • stitchcoach 17 Jul, 2010

    I did this with the wire closet shelves and used a P-touch style label maker (must admit it was a Martha label maker I got years ago at K-mart) and just made the labels with lots of extra space at the beginning and end then wrapped the extra around the vertical wire facing of the shelf. This was in the laundry room and I had a section for each family member and other categories so as I folded I could group things by room to put them away.

  • amybdesigns 17 Jul, 2010

    I found a whole variety of label holders on Amazon!

  • MarthaFish 17 Jul, 2010

    I tried to do this with wire shelves. I used wide ribbon that I wrote on and tied to the shelves. It didn't work well.

    Anyone have any other suggestions?

  • MissMarple 17 Jul, 2010

    Label holders have become popular in scrapbooking and paper crafts. Search online for scrapbooking supplies and then for label holders. They are available in various metallic finishes and also in a variety of colors.

  • kjfeldman 2 Mar, 2010

    yes, does anyone have a source about where to buy these?

  • kjfeldman 2 Mar, 2010

    yes, does anyone have a source about where to buy these?

  • FrancesCT 20 Feb, 2010

    I like the label holder shown here, but can't seem to find it online. Which store did this come from?

  • franceswkoontz 19 Feb, 2010

    the label idea would be a good way to teach children in helping to put away towels or linens, their own shelf , Johnny's room, could be for his towels sheets ect. I have a mildly retarded daughter she was always getting the double sheets for her twin bed and then couldn't fold them back. This way she know her shelf. Also have used the idea of folding with the cardboard. Thanks

  • BethCBlue 19 Feb, 2010

    I have baskets and I bought hang tags at a craft store and used those (you can use a label maker and stick the description on the hang tag), tied with a ribbon. It would work well if you have write baskets as well.

  • Susanha 19 Feb, 2010

    I love the tablecloth idea. I have tried to pin labels onto sheets and tablecloths. When I use them, what do I do with the pin and label? The tape idea answers that question. Thanks.

  • AutumnBrown 19 Feb, 2010

    I always had a problem with figuring out which tablecloth fit the table with no leaves, one leaf or both leaves. I bought three exactly alike except for the size. I solved the problem by using blue painter's tape and wrote the size on the tape. When I use the cloth, I stick the tape on the back of the door so it is there when I return the cloth. This could work with linen's just as well (Twin, Full, Queen, etc.)

  • khsully 19 Feb, 2010

    Any suggestions if you have wire shelves?

  • Sicilian 19 Feb, 2010

    Thanks for the great idea. We're getting ready to go fulltime in an RV and this should help tremendously with our storage spaces.

  • Sicilian 19 Feb, 2010

    Thanks for the great idea. We're getting ready to go fulltime in an RV and this should help tremendously with our storage spaces.

  • susieinva 19 Feb, 2010

    I like this alot

  • tcw61 19 Feb, 2010

    You can find these anywhere!

  • Kathleen1952 28 Jun, 2009

    I found them online at; search for "cardholders." I haven't ordered them yet, so I can't comment on their quality.

  • CaliTexan 28 Jun, 2009

    Where can you find the actual label holders shown above?

  • SherriWilliams 2 Jun, 2009

    I use a similar idea on cardboard boxes that hold my extra sheets and pillowcases on a shelf in my bedroom closet. I use stick-on plastic business-card sleeves that I found in the dollar store, and slip a business-card sized card in labeled with the contents of each box.

  • benandbeckplus2 30 May, 2009

    You can get similar tags at Michael's or a craft store.

  • Willow01 30 May, 2009

    I would love for my linen closet to be so tidy but I am afraid it's the messiest space in the house. I'ts on my to do list and I will remember this tip in case it works for me once I tackle the closet.

  • jrmbloom 30 May, 2009

    I have not been able to find these labels....any ideas on where to get them? i have a vintage linen business and it would be SO helpful getting them more organized!!

  • Tinselter 13 Jan, 2009

    I have a number of tables in my house for eating. They are all different sizes and have various numbers of leaves. Every time I buy a table cloth I put it's measurements into an Excel list in my computer that has a column for each table, it's size and it's size with each leaf and then put a description of the new tablecloth in each column where it will work. It sounds like a lot of work but it's really easy to do and saves me a ton of time when planning dinners.

  • grantandy 30 Jun, 2008

    Where can these be purchased online?

  • kik 6 Feb, 2008

    put the size of your tablecloth on the label so you know for witch table or for how many table extentions the linnen is