Want your home not just to get organized, but to stay organized? In this 4-part series, we visit different parts of the house where labels are very, very welcome.

By Renee Muller


I couldn’t have an entire “labeling obsession” week without including the obvious ways one should compulsively use their label maker.
My Labeling Obsession. Last Stops: The Pantry & The Toy Closet

An organized pantry is so inspiring. It makes me want to cook.


I like having my containers labeled so that I know, at a glance, what’s running low. Each box has its purpose and order is (for the most part) easily maintained.


My Labeling Obsession. Last Stops: The Pantry & The Toy Closet

I have the same system in the toy closet. There, I also added a label on the shelf where the coordinating box belongs. This is a way to ensure your closet remains the same as when you first organized it.

Magazine Files from Ikea. Where is my trivet? Ikea Hangers. 9 Things I Buy in IKEA. And none of them need to be assembled. Shopping at IKEA is my perfect way to spend a Sunday with my girls.Here you see my magazine dividers. You learned about this idea here, where I discuss how to keep the thin books (Curious George, Berenstein Bears….) in control.


Hope you enjoyed my tips. Please do share with me any other ideas. I need to figure out what else I can label!

Missed the first few days of this series? Read Part one, two and three!

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Renee Muller
Stylist Renee Muller is a trailblazer in the food and lifestyle styling industry. Her magnum opus, the “Our Table” cookbook, debuted on September, 2016. With her own European upbringing, she’s still getting accustomed to raising American-born kids (and the concept of takeout). You can follow her on Instagram @reneemullerstyling or view her work on her website www.reneemuller.com.


  1. Thank you for sharing! I am now inspired. Thank you for solving the toy dilemma. Time to label the shelves. Not sure which is more genius, that or the hubby file I must buy tomorrow.

    • Thank you! so glad to hear! sometimes its these little things you learn that totally change the way you do things, for the better. Happy to help

    • I have all sizes. Larger sizes for sugar, flour, beans and pasta. Medium sizes for chocolate chips, brown sugar, rice, lentils and such. The small ones are good for nuts, seeds, coconut flakes etc. You need to know what your family needs and use all sizes. And, of course, only the squares! neater and much more space efficient!

  2. my oldest is only 5 so the bins in my toy closet have pictures on them instead of words. i printed black and white pictures for my girls to color in and like this they know which bin it goes into. I also only let 2-3 bins at a time, although dolls and carraiges are always out for them to use…its an all girls house here:-)


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