Organize Your ‘Stuff’ with Vinyl

When I moved to Arizona we chose a utility billing plan that specified times that we could use major appliances economically, commonly known as ‘off peak’.  The problem was – I couldn’t remember what times I had agreed to.  So, after being reminded ‘umpteen’ times, I decided to write it on the wall above the washer and dryer.  My designs was created with Make the Cut software.  Then, my KNK Maxx Air was used to cut Oracle 631 vinyl from KNK USA.  (Force 23; 1 pass; Red blade; .35 Offset).  Font used for the words Laundry Room is Amienne.

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It completely solved my question of ‘what time?” but also serves to tell guests when it is okay to do laundry.

Initially my laundry room had no cabinets, but when we remodeled the kitchen, those from the previous kitchen fit perfectly!  I was totally excited because I had left a basement with lots of storage behind. Surely the addition of these cabinets would be all I would need – but I kept noticing that there was 32″ from the top of the cabinets to the ceiling and I had stuff in the garage that I wasn’t happy storing when temperatures reached triple digits here in Arizona or I just wanted them stored in a handy place.  I measured the space and went on a search for ‘pretty boxes’ with lids to fill the space above the cabinets.  When taking measurements, it is important to note that most cabinets are configured on top like mine are.

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Pretty boxes weren’t to be found, but I did find the perfect size in a craft color.  Each measures 15 1/2″ long X 9 1/4″ wide X 12″ high. They served the purpose, but certainly weren’t pretty.

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I didn’t come up with a ‘pretty’ plan, but I did come up with a novel plan… I used Oracle 631 vinyl from KNK USA to create my own personal version of subway art.  (Force 23; 1 pass; Red blade; .35 Offset).

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If you wonder how I got all that is written on the side of a box, in the box.  The answer is I can’t.  So I filled in with words that made me smile about or related to what is actually stored in the box.

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The upside of this project is every time I go into my laundry room I have personal graffiti that brings back happy memories and a smile to my face.

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Click on this link for Fonts Used in creating the graffiti.

24 thoughts on “Organize Your ‘Stuff’ with Vinyl

  1. What a fab idea, think i’ll try to use this way of storing, will save hours of going through all boxes to find what’s needed, thank you

  2. What a clever idea. The boxes look great and the Laundry info is perfect. I am going to have to start using the walls in the house more.
    Thank you.

  3. It looks great! I like that you put words that make you smile and bring back happy memories on the boxes.

  4. These look great, Lynn! A dynamite organization idea. I’ve seen some of them in person and it does make me smile to read the words and see all of the fonts used in such a clever way. Thanks for sharing the fonts so I don’t have to go looking for them.

  5. Can’t tell you how much I love your over-cabinet storage idea. I’m going to measure my overhead storage space tonight. Thanks you for sharing.

  6. Wow, this project turned out great! Next time I visit you I will smile with you knowing how long you have been working on this idea.

  7. OK, Sandy, where do I find the boxes and the labels? What a perfect idea. Someone should package and sell the labels. 🙂

  8. I love those boxes, Lynn. Do they still carry them wherever you got them? I’ll be on a mission to get some. The labels are gorgeous. I love all your fonts and downloaded your font page. Thanks for sharing that. You did a great job on making those boxes “pretty” by using the labels and fonts that you did. You must organize like me as I saw several things I need to put into boxes in AZ also. I know my cupboard tops in AZ are just like yours. I was shocked the first time I cleaned them because ours are finished in ND. This is a good way to help keep the dust off those cupboard tops too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lynn, you did another amazing job. I really like the way you did the subway word art on the boxes to give you warm memories. You continue to come up with such unique ideas.
    AR

  10. What a GREAT idea! I’ve labeled my Christmas boxes and other things with vinyl. But I would never have thought of using the Subway Art idea. Love it!

  11. What great ideas! I’m always trying to figure out what my boxes hold! Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Thanks for all the generous complements on my post. It thrills me to hear how many of you like the idea of using for labeling all your special ‘stuff’.

  13. Clever idea! If you had wanted “pretty” you could have covered the boxes in colored paper before labeling. I love them and intend to use your idea for my storage!!

  14. PS I love your clean, modern laundry! It’s great you could recycle you old kitchen to fit!

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