Organizing Baby Clothing and Beyond {Free Label Templates!}

CLOTHING LABELS

Little ones grow quickly and go through clothing even quicker. It seems like just yesterday my son was wearing 6-month clothing and now he’s already in 4T clothing—the time really does go quick! I’ve tried to keep his clothes semi-organized over the past few years as he’s outgrown clothes and moved up to the next size. Since we hope to grow our family, I’m storing them in case we might need them for future use.

They system I had going for storing my son’s clothes wasn’t working too well for me (a.k.a. piling them up in old diaper boxes)—so I decided it was time for a change. I switched over to large plastic tubs and did a more thorough job of organizing his clothing by size. To complete the project I made some corresponding labels. I made firetruck labels since I have a little boy and I decided to make a girl version too since I was in label-making mode. That way I have them in case I need them someday and I also wanted to share them here, knowing that many of you have little girls :).

clothing stacked

The plastic tubs make it easy to access the clothes because all you have to do is open the lid and pull out what you need. I’ve found that the labels stick better to some containers than others. They stick well to the clear plastic containers in the above picture.

blankets...

Beyond just clothing…these tubs are also a great way to store other baby gear like blankets, burp cloths, bedding, and so on.

If you’re looking for a convenient way to store clothes for future use or if you’re looking for an organized way to pass along clothing to someone else—I hope you find these ideas and labels helpful!

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The labels go up to 4T clothing and there are 2 different sets:

Firetrucks for Boys

and

Butterflies for Girls

You will need white shipping labels for printing. The labels I used were 3 1/3 x 4 inches and came 6 per sheet. Avery makes them but I used the slightly cheaper Office Max version. They are in Word Document form so that you can change the wording if needed. 

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Templates:

Boy Labels 0-12 months

Boy Labels 2T and Beyond

Boy Labels Blank

Girl Labels 0-12 months

Girl Labels 2T and Beyond

Girl Labels Blank

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hannah

(C) 2014 Pocketful of Motherhood, All Rights Reserved.

 

DIY Recipe Binder

Collage BinderA few years ago I started keeping a binder with all of my recipes that I type up or print off from online sources—ones that I find on other websites and blogs. It was starting to overflow and it was also lacking in organization (contrary to how I usually am). So I decided it was time for a more polished recipe binder. I purchased a slightly larger binder, made several printable templates and organized it in a way that makes it much easier to find recipes.

Interested in making a recipe binder too? Let me walk you how I made mine and how you can make one too…

suppliesYou will need to gather a few supplies. Any type of 3-ring binder will do but I think a 1-1/2 inch binder is the perfect size. Decorative paper (or card-stock) is next on the list.  I found some fun paper at my local craft store and went with a pink and green theme. Most of the templates I created are black and white so they will print nicely on a variety of paper. Divider tabs will separate sections and make finding recipes a lot easier—again, there are variety of tabs to choose from so pick what suits you. And finally you will want lots of clear page protectors to protect your pretty paper and recipes.

TOC BorderNext you will want to decide how to break up your recipes into categories. As you can see, I came up with 17 different categories and I created a Table of  Contents to include in my binder.

Cookies & Bars BorderFor each category I created a cover page.

paper Then I printed them off the cover pages on my fun paper and stuck them in sheet protectors. I added a corresponding divider tab for each section. The cover pages I designed are made to fit on 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper…be sure to check out the details at the end of this post to find out how you can access these printable templates! You will just need to purchase the paper of your choice to print them on.

Conversions BorderMost cookbooks have different types of conversion charts. I reference them occasionally like when I’m doubling a recipe or cutting it in half. So I decided to put together a page with some general references to include in my binder. It doesn’t include everything, but it has some basic useful information.

Recipe Card Revised border

I also created a 8.5 x 11 recipe card—perfect for anytime you need a spot to write down a recipe! I printed out several copies and stuck them in a page protector. That way they are easy to access when needed.

RecipesThe final step is to fill your recipe binder with all of your wonderful recipes! The great thing about this size of binder is that it’s versatile. It will fit recipes that you have printed off, recipes from food magazines and it can even fit your smaller recipe cards if you buy recipe card page protectors (and yes they make those!). I had a stack of about 30 food magazines filled with some really good recipes—but every time I wanted to find a particular recipe I would have to page through a bunch of magazines to find it. Not anymore! I pulled out my favorite recipes and added them to my binder. They fit perfectly and it saves me time.

bindingI completed my recipe binder with a cover for the front and a label for the outside binding.

binder 2So have I gotten you excited about making a recipe binder?! Could your recipes use a little organization like some of mine did? Well I am sharing the templates I created for my binder with you!

You can access these printable templates anytime by going to the top menu of this blog, hovering over “recipes” and scrolling down to “DIY Recipe Binder.” Or you can click on the link below and it will take you directly there. Remember, you will need some paper or card-stock of your choice.

PRINTABLE RECIPE BINDER TEMPLATES

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I hope you find this helpful!

hannah(C) 2014 Pocketful of Motherhood and Hannah Bollinger, All Rights Reserved.

DIY Pen Container

You know how sometimes when you go to places like the doctor’s and the check-in table has a container with pens that have flowers taped to them? Well, I decided to do something like this for my home. My craft baskets are full of random things so I gathered a few items from them. Then I picked up what I still needed at the dollar store. This project cost only $3.00 and took less than 30 minutes to complete…you can’t beat that!!

For this project I used:

a 16 oz. mason jar

river rocks

some pens

fake flowers

green pipe cleaners

side- cutters (a tool that works for cutting wire)

a glue gun

I found a bouquet of daisies (my favorite flower) at the dollar store.  I used a pair of  “side cutters” to cut-off individual stems (thankfully my husband has a lot of tools and these looked like they would do the trick). I made the stems about 2 inches long.

I cut five stems total but you can do more depending on the size of jar you choose to use.

Then I took a pen,  put a flower by it, took a pipe cleaner and coiled it around from top to bottom. I used a glue gun to put a tiny drop of glue at the end so that the flower and pipe cleaner wouldn’t slide up and down the pen.  I cut off any excess stem that was sticking out of the pipe cleaner.

I did 5 pens in about 5 minutes!

Then I filled the mason jar with river rocks (another dollar store find!). I took the lids off the pens and added the pens to the jar to complete the project.  That’s all there is to it…

Quick, Easy and Inexpensive!!!

hannah

(C) 2012 Pocketful of Motherhood