Get organized with reusable, waterproof labels

Every once in a while, a company contacts me about reviewing a product. When the Kidecals folks wrote me offering to send me some of their products for free, it took me a while to get back to them because I wasn’t sure at first that I could use them for anything.

Kidecals are reusable labels you can stick on water bottles, food containers, clothing, walls, etc. Their main product is a pack of personalized labels in all different sizes that you can stick to your kids stuff as they carry it off to school, soccer practice, whatever other places kids go. The idea is to get your kid’s name on all their belongings so they don’t go astray. But I don’t have kids and I don’t go anywhere requiring labels.

What I could use though is a little organization in the kitchen. As someone that likes to cook and bake, it’s overflowing with ingredients, many poorly labeled. And the fridge ends up full of unidentifiable leftovers. Okay, now I’ve got a starting point. So I picked out a couple of label sheets and ordered them.

The first sheet is Kidecals set of pantry labels. You can customize what each label says to meet your unlabeled pantry item needs.

kidecals pantry labels

Most of Kidecals labels are printed, but they also have chalkboard labels that you can write on, clean off and use again. These are perfect for labeling containers of leftovers in the fridge.

kidecals chalkbaord labels

At the bakery, we labeled things with masking tape and a Sharpie. And I carried this habit home. It works, but it’s not pretty.

labeled mason jar

And here it is with my new label. Much prettier on the shelf!

kidecals mason jar label

The chalkboard labels are definitely limited by my horrendous handwriting. Protip: put the label on the container, then write on it otherwise you’ll probably smear it like I did. No big deal though, you can clean it and rewrite it.

kidecals chalkboard labels

The labels are supposed to stay on containers on the top rack of the dishwasher. And they’re supposed to be removable. To test this, I left the label on a a leftover bucket and sent it through the dishwasher. The label definitely stayed on the container through the wash. I tried to peel the label off while it was still warm from the dishwasher and it was sticking. So you probably have to let the dishes cool completely before trying to take labels off. Or just take them off before washing. It’ll stick to something else.

All in all I think these are pretty cool. Being cheap, I’d probably stick to my masking tape/Sharpie labeling method for my purposes, but if I had to keep track of a bunch of kid’s stuff, the Kidecals label packs would be super useful.