Labeling the Baskets in the Closet Expedit

Welcome to the 198th Metamorphosis Monday!

Recently, I made a trip to a lighting store in search of some items to “upgrade” a chandelier in my home.  I’ll be posting about that soon and can’t wait to share it!   Ballard Designs outlet is just a few blocks away from the lighting store.  Since I’m rarely in that area, I decided to stop in.

The parking lot was packed which is unusual even for a Saturday.  I got one of the last parking spaces.  Once inside I asked if something special was going on.  There was, they were having a sale: 15% off the retail side and 20% off the outlet side.

I walked through both sides of the store, the right side is a regular store (non-outlet pricing) while the left side is considered an outlet with reduced pricing.  While shopping on the non-outlet side, I came across these bronze metal hanging tags.

Bronze Metal Hanging Labels for Expedit Baskets

 (Picture above and below from Ballard online site)

I’ve been looking for something along these lines for some labeling I’ve been wanting to do.  The tags were bundled 12 to a package and were priced at $18 but since the retail side was having a 15% off sale, they came to $15.30.  They have an industrial feel and are super heavy.  In fact, I was getting pretty tired of carrying them around by the time I was finished shopping.   They were the only thing I bought, so I managed to get out fairly unscathed that day.

Bronze Metal Hanging Labels for Expedit Baskets


Once home I set to work in the office closet .  I use the baskets in this “miracle” closet Expedit a lot, so I pretty much always remember what’s in each basket.  But who can resist labeling them with neat little hanging tags.     Pssst:  You can see why it’s a “miracle” Expedit in this post:  IKEA Expedit Hack: How I Made it Work 

Bronze Metal Hanging Labels for Expedit Baskets


I used a little jute yarn to attach each of the hanging tags.  I love these woven PJÄS baskets from IKEA.  They are made from banana fibers and were a little on the “fragrant” side when I first brought them home.  They have simmered down now, though and the smell is all gone.

Bronze Metal Hanging Labels for Expedit Baskets


I just free-handed the labels, writing them vertically since the tags are easier to read that way.  The basket on the left says “Printer” and it’s where I store my printer paper.  The basket to the right says “Lenses” and it’s where I store camera lenses when I’m not using them.

Bronze Metal Hanging Labels for Expedit Baskets


A little further down are Craft Supplies and discs for various software programs I have.   You can take a little peek inside all the baskets to see how they are being used in this post:  IKEA Expedit for the Office Closet: Sneaking a Peek Inside

Bronze Metal Hanging Labels for Expedit Baskets


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  1. I LOVE those bronze tags. Such a great display and perfectly functional. Thanks for sharing and for hosting as well!

  2. What a terrific find! Your baskets look sublime and it adds a lot of pizzazz to your professional closet.

  3. The tags you found look perfect on your baskets.

  4. Love the tags, perfect basket accessory! Thanks for hosting the party…

  5. Love them, Susan! They are attractive and useful! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  6. Thank you for hosting a great party….have a wonderful week ahead.

  7. The tags and baskets look great, and are perfect paired together!

    Thanks so much for hosting! 🙂

  8. Thanks for hosting Susan!

  9. Susan, your organizational system in your office is IMPRESSIVE! Love the bronze tags from Ballards, and you’re so lucky to have that outlet near you. I linked up a recent project of ours (that we finally finished!) so thanks for hosting!

  10. Susan,
    Love, love, love the new tags, dear friend!
    I would be penniless if I lived near a Ballard designs store…one of my favorite catalogs here on the Prairie!!!
    Enjoy your newest finds!!! Great price!

  11. The labels for the baskets are a great idea. Cute, too! Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  12. Beautiful tags! And such a great deal!! Thanks again for hosting this week.

  13. Very charming labels . . .

  14. These tags are SO practical and SO chic!! We used them ALL OVER – even the boathouse to label everything (first comment people say when they walk into the storage area!) “SO NEAT,” too! franki

  15. love the tags…thanks for hosting…

  16. I need you to organize my house — it is getting away from me! I love the cube concept for keeping things orderly — I just don’t have anywhere to put the cubes!

  17. Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great week.

  18. Thank you for hosting! I love the Expedit. We have it in the playroom and it makes it so easy for The Dedicated Daughter to pick up her mess. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Those labels are so darn cute, Susan! Thanks so much for hosting.

  20. Dorinda Selke says

    Hi Susan – I think your tags look great and make the closet look “finished” . I also just love the little Thanksgivingy (is that a word?) touches you added to your header !! So cute !! Can’t believe the holidays are upon us again ! Hugs, Dorinda

  21. What a great idea! Pretty too!

    Thanks for hosting!



  22. Nicole-Lynn says

    This project turned out awesome! I love the way it looks. I’ve been using those book plates on picture frames! Who thought organizing, labeling things would be fun? 🙂

  23. Thanks so much for hosting! I love your tags. I think tags make everything looks so finished and polished. I need to label a bunch of stuff around our house from all the organizing I did. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.
    Have a great day.

  24. Wow – those look great! The attention to detail in your home is just amazing…. everytime I open your blog, I drool!!!!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting and blogging 😀


  25. So excited for this party. I linked up my best B&A to date…statement stairs! I hope you like it. Have a great week.

  26. Wow! These are great – what a perfect find. I love that touch of industrial with the rustic feel of the baskets…linking up!!! Thank you!

  27. Love Love Love those baskets and tags. Getting ready to go see my youngest Grand (Charlotte – 6 months) but couldn’t leave without reading your post and hooking up to your excellent linky party. Love your Blog!

  28. Susan I love how neat and organized this looks!And what a great idea for those tags! Easy to read and look so pretty too! Thank you so much for hosting!

  29. Love these basket labels! And the fabulous baskets! I need to do some more organizing in my studio area! These would work great! Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  30. Oh my gosh, Susan!
    You really found a way to increase the beauty of your closet?! How do you do that?
    I LOVE your new tags! They complete your baskets, perfectly! Plus, they are practical and helpful!
    (But I still love your heart-shaped tags, too, you showed us a few weeks ago! 🙂 )
    Susan, I slowly start believing, YOU created the quote: Organization is the key to success!
    Be honest! lol
    ~Hugs to you~
    P.S. And my son calls ME “Monkina”! Ha! He should read your blog, too! 🙂

    • Cecilia, you are so cute! You always make me laugh. Maybe my blog should be: Monkina in between naps on the porch. 😉 I’m still using the heart shaped tags…just using those to label the lens bags for the various lenses I use for my camera.

  31. Those tags are so cute! My closet is way overdue for some good organizing.

    Thank you for hosting,

  32. Those are pretty labels on your baskets, Susan. Thank you for hosting the party today!

  33. Now what’s the fun of having baskets if you can’t put some really cute labels or tags on them? 😉 Those are too cute, btw.

  34. I have an Expedit in my workroom and have it filled with all my different supplies. I like how you used your baskets. I also have the same tags for labeling so I might copy your idea.

  35. I am really liking these markers. What a find!

    BTW, I really appreciate that you have set your links to change colors after viewing. It is so helpful to be able to work my way through your party without reopening the same sites over and over. I wish others did the same.

  36. So neat and organized! Very visually appealling!

  37. The baskets and labels look wonderful! Thank you so much for hosting, have a wonderful week
    xoxo, Tanya

  38. Love the tags! Loved reading the IKEA setup tutorial! laura
    Thanks for the party!

  39. Love the closet! I need to do this in my closet. Thanks for hosting, Laura

  40. love the baskets and the tags! great for labeling holiday gifts, too!

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