A little while ago we were at my friend Natalie's house for her son Jack's birthday party.  You can see more from the party here, here, and here – there's fabulous tips if you are looking for rainbow, scavenger hunt, or balloon party ideas.   Anyway,  I went to check on Flynn who was happily playing in Jack's bedroom when I noticed some fabulous storage bins in the top of Jack's closet.  They were labeled 'too big', 'too small', and 'toys'.  I needed to do this (at least for the kids clothes).  So I did.

Closet organizers
My sister sends clothes from Australia for Flynn when my nephew grows out of them, and I frequently buy clothes on clearance that are a size too big, and let's not forget about the clothes they grow out of as fast as I seem to hang them in the closet.

I didn't think to ask Natalie whether she'd purchased her bins with labels on them, or if she had DIY'd them herself.  Nonetheless, I thought they would be fairly easy to make.

I popped into Target and picked up 4 bins for $5.99 each.  Then using a sheet of printer labels, and some Martha Stewart chalkboard paint that I had at home I set to work.

martha stewart chalkboard paint

I painted four coats of chalkboard paint on the labels (allowing each coat to dry before painting the next), then left them overnight to dry.  The next morning I labeled each and attached them to the bins.

Now if I ever need the bins for something else I can remove the labels, or erase the chalk and re-label them in the future.

Organizing bins
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Natalie April 15, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Ha! You are awesome- I have been meaning to do a post about those tubs forever and I keep forgetting. I love the way you did yours- mine are just cardstock scraps, but I do love the system. So glad you liked it!

Sharlene April 15, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Brilliant T! I pinned that idea. What are of Target were those bins in? I need them!!!!

Tonya Staab April 16, 2012 - 6:38 am

thanks Shar.  Storage and organization section.  They are with all the storage bins you can get for the garage.

Km April 16, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Great!!!! I have ten million t00-smalls and too- bigs to use this for. 🙂

Tonya Staab April 18, 2012 - 11:05 am

oh me too, they were taking over. 

Tonya Staab April 21, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Ha, no problem Susan.  I found them in the organization aisle.  The one with all the storage bins for the garage.

susan April 21, 2012 - 3:14 pm

I love the “too big” “too small” bins!!! great idea! will you share where you bought them? thanks!

susan April 21, 2012 - 3:15 pm

OOPs –just saw that you bought them at target–can you share what department? thanks

susan April 21, 2012 - 3:47 pm

THANKS!! i was just at target today–might have to make another run in the next couple of days!! thanks again!

Elizabeth May 4, 2012 - 8:47 am

I love your bins and will be heading to Target to grab some up. I use to cloth bins at the bottom of my girls closet to collect “goodwill” and for shoes. But I am making that space a reading nook so I will be moving them to the top shelf of the closet. I think these bins would be perfect for organizing all of that stuff.

Natalie Thomas August 18, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Hello, so I am on a search for those plastic bins! I looked online, but couldn’t find them 🙁

katrina August 22, 2012 - 12:42 pm

What is the brand? essentials?

Tonya Staab August 25, 2012 - 9:53 am

Katrina, the ones I purchased are RE (Room Essentials) Flex Tubs

Tonya Staab September 7, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Those are round, the ones I purchased are square.  I've googled all kinds of things to try and find them, but all I found was another blogger who had used one as a toy bin for her child: http://simplythisandthat.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html

I haven't seen them in my local store lately, but with back-to-school and now holidays, they are removing a lot of stuff to make room.

Katrina September 7, 2012 - 10:41 am

Cool, thank you. I was at Target last weekend and didn’t see them.

Monica October 3, 2012 - 9:25 am

Hi! I love this idea. Also wanted to let you know that Martha Stewart now sells removable chalkboard labels! They are only available at Staples or through http://www.avery.com.

Tonya Staab February 5, 2013 - 6:34 am

Hi Susan, I’m not sure if you were ever able to find these, but I was at my local Target last night and noticed that they have put these bins back into stock again, they were available in 3 colors including red.

Tonya Staab February 5, 2013 - 6:36 am

Hi Katrina, I’m not sure if you were ever able to track these down, but I was shopping at my local Target last night and noticed they had brought them back. They are available in 3 colors in my store including red and are in the storage box area, they had them on an aisle end.

Denver Dust Bunnies July 18, 2013 - 9:19 am

I love this idea! For the too small bucket I would donate/hand down the clothes once it was full. 🙂

Margaret April 22, 2016 - 12:49 pm

What a great idea! I love your post and I love chalkboard labels. My newest fascination is organizing whole house with them. I just post on my blog article “Tame the mess with chalkboard labels. Part 1 – toddler room” and I made your idea part of it. Please check it out – hope you will like it 🙂


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