Toy Storage Labels {Printable!}

Toy Storage Labels

Remember when you were pregnant (or maybe you are currently–congrats!) and they told you about the ‘nesting instinct?’ This biological instinct would come around eight or nine months, urging you to prepare your ‘nest,’ or prepare your home for the arrival of your new baby. Reportedly the urge is so strong in some women they find themselves unable to live without mopping behind the fridge, or using a toothbrush to scrub the bathroom tile.
{Pregnancy is seriously crazy stuff.}
The closest I ever got to ‘nesting’ was waking up at 6:00 a.m. with the need to clean the hallway bathroom. I cleaned for about thirty minutes, then got tired halfway through and went back to bed.

Four and a half years later, I’ve still been waiting for that nesting instinct to kick in.

The past few weeks though, the waiting has paid off! Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, my ADHD has momentarily kicked into high energy drive and the need to organize my house is crazy strong. I showed you my school room, but I didn’t show you my pantry or my bedroom–which is only partially done, but still! I’m ever so grateful for this temporary burst of desire for orderliness. It’s not that I’m cleaning on purpose. It’s more that I’m buying cute storage totes and putting them to good use, and can’t stop until three hours later when it’s finished.
{Any ideas on how to make laundry cute and organized? Because I need a lot of motivation to take on that project!} 

I’ve been wanting to tackle the girls’ room for awhile. It’s horrendous. There are three problems with this room:
-Rebecca
-Nicole
-Abigail
Ha ha, kidding, kidding. Though that is one problem. Three people share the room, and they are the least responsible people in the house. The other problems include the size of the room (Abigail sleeps in the closet people; for real) and the lack of decent storage. We have 2 dressers in the room for clothes, a bunk bed, and a toy shelf. And up until yesterday, a sea of clothes and a bucket of junk toys.

I have tried many organization techniques in this room. They’ve all failed, mainly due to one huge problem:
They’ve got too much crap

Once I put up my new toy baskets (more on that below), I realized there was still a ton of toys left to conquer. I began to purge. I had a garbage bag and a big laundry basket. Trash went in one bag; the basket held toys and clothing to store, donate, or take to the consignment store. I thought they’d be upset about the removal of certain items, but they are so thrilled at being able to see what remains they haven’t {yet} complained.

I have this little theory. It’s hard to clean when there isn’t a place to put things. It becomes less cleaning and more moving items from point A to the {less visible} point B. It isn’t actually cleaned at all. That has been my inspiration during this nesting period. {By the way, I failed to mention: I am not pregnant.} My house is small and storage is at a premium. If I can’t find a place for it, then it gets removed: stored, donated, or consigned.

For the toy storage in the girls’ room I bought 9 baskets for a dollar a piece. Then I used badge holders to create kid proof tags for the baskets. They zip but are pretty difficult to open up, so they can’t take the labels out. {I can, should we ever grow out of the ‘princess’ stage though!} The plastic is thick and would really take some serious effort before ripping off the baskets. I used some cute ribbon to tie them onto the basket and tied it securely.

How cute are these labels? I’m just in love. The tags have clear images that help my non readers know where to put the items. Nicole is loving the baskets, and is very excited to keep her room clean.

Okay, now I promised you a printable. With your input, I have made pages of labels sized perfectly for your badge holders! Just print and slip them in and you’ll have instant order among the chaos.
{Well, after you clean for 3 hours, of course.}

Click the image below to download all 54 free toy storage labels!
P.S. – After I merged all the documents, yada yada, it dawned on me that it would have been a good idea to place them by girl labels, boy labels, and gender neutral labels. That way if you needed only girl labels you wouldn’t have to print off the whole document. But, uh, I was kinda over it at that point. :)

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What do you think of the labels? Anything I’ve missed? If I get enough requests to create an additional page, then I will make another set of labels!

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34 Responses to Toy Storage Labels {Printable!}

  1. Vicky says:

    These are great labels! Thanks for sharing. I have pinned these. I am a new follower visiting from Milk and Cuddles. Vicky from Mess For Less

  2. Jason says:

    These were VERY helpful. I know you’ve heard it before, but thanks a ton!

  3. Beth says:

    THANK YOU! I have been looking all over for these printable labels! All the hard work you put into it was well worth it.

  4. Shannon T. says:

    These are great! I was thinking boys dress up, regular cars, Toy Story movie, a random tag (cause you know we all have a bucket o’random!), and other figurines besides actions figures.

  5. alycia says:

    Awesome! I just printed these! You’re a life saver :]

  6. I love your labels and am using them for my kids bins. How do you do these…or can you make some more…

    I need some for the following:

    ABC Books

    Baby Books

    Princess Books

    All the rest work awesome for our home!

    I love to organize!

    Janelle

  7. Thank you for this awesome idea, I really like it. I’ve printed your great labels, they’ve been very helpful to us. I’ve also included you in my post about toy organization, you can see it here http://stepfordska-supruga.blogspot.com/2012/10/uvijek-uredna-kuca-uz-kutije.html#

    I like the rest of your blog, too!

  8. emma says:

    Hi there,

    I love these, they are great!!

    I would love a few extras for say;

    Miscellaneous toys

    MacDonalds toys

    Puzzle train

    Zhu Zhu puppies

    Toy story

    I notice a few people are after some extras, is there any chance you could give us how to s to make extras or perhaps even a template we could use?

    Many Thanks, fab idea!!!

  9. Jemma says:

    I love your labels! I’d really like a sheet with Zoobles, Zoobs, Playmobil, Magnext, Hexbug
    Some crafty ones would be great too!
    Thank you!!

  10. Katie says:

    Hi! Love these! I have three little boys and was wondering if you could add a few more… Trios, GeoTrax, LeapPad, Board Games, Books, K’nex, Angry Birds??? Thank so much!!

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  12. Brigitte says:

    Thanks for creating such cute and colorful labels! They cover all the bases for my kids’ toy collection. I can’t wait to get them laminated and fixed to our toy bins. Great work!

  13. Amanda says:

    A friend of mine had used these, and I thought-how great is that!!! simple and uber cute. If you are making a list of more, Tinkerbell. My daughters have loads of Tinkerbell toys.

  14. Stacey says:

    Just used these to organize both kids rooms–we had the bins/cubbies, just no pictures so it’s still chaos even when they clean–hoping this will help. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Stacey says:

    Just realized you were asking for other items:
    *Imaginext Dragons/Knights/Castles have a ton a pieces, the dragon and castle itself are huge but I printed off a pic of the set to put our pieces in.
    *Pirates–we have tons of pirate gear :-)
    *Outdoor toys that stay inside–magnifying glasses, binoculars, etc.
    *Random/Miscellaneous

  16. Heather says:

    What truly moved u to post “Toy Storage Labels Printable!
    | Confessions of a Slacker Mom”? I reallyhonestly enjoyed the post!
    Thanks for your time ,Luther

  17. Lara Masters says:

    These are perfect! Before I found them, i had already purchased the badge holders. I came home and did a search for free toy box labels, and these turned up and of course I was thrilled!! I have 2 girls and a boy, and these cover just about everything. There are a few I’d love to have, though:
    Star Wars
    Build A Bear
    Knights, Dragons, Pirates
    Palace Pets
    Lalaloopsy
    Boys Dress up
    Thanks for offering these awesome labels. I hope to see more in the future!!!

  18. Lara Masters says:

    Playmobile too

  19. Allison says:

    Thank you SO much for these! I have printed them all out on cardstock and laminated them. They are seriously an answer to all my hair-pulling stressors.

    I do have a few that I would like to add personally. Do you have, maybe, a blank template that you could share? Or maybe share the dimensions and font so we can personally add a few of our own that are not listed? (Mostly educational things…) heh.

    Again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  20. Rachael says:

    These are so incredibly cute and useful. I just printed them, mounted them to tags and laminated them. Thanks! I know how busy moms can be, if you get back to this and can let me know the font you used- that would be awesome. I’d love to make a few more that match! Thanks again for sharing, our playroom looks amazing!

  21. Jillian says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the fabulous labels. I’m just trying to keep everything the same and was just wondering if you had a label for Books and Colouring Books? I have seen other labels but just love yours the best and I am trying to keep it all the same. Do you have one?
    Many thanks
    Jillian

  22. […] aesthetic, were just words – not ideal for non-readers. So, I chose the labels I found on Confessions of a Slacker Mom. Those labels were very specific (Transformers, American Girl, etc.), were big enough and had […]

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