Mothers are using a label maker to tidy their homes with military precision for spring, eliminating the hassle of rummaging in drawers forever.
The craze began when an Australian woman posted photos of her immaculately organised home in a Facebook group.
She told members she used the $460 ‘Explore Air 2’ Cricut from arts and crafts store Spotlight to label storage boxes and pantry baskets in the new house her family has just moved into in Melbourne.
The machine – which creates labels on everything from cardboard and vinyl to thicker materials like leather – heralds the end to rooting and misplacing belongings because the contents of containers can be clearly displayed on the front.
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Photos of her house-wide labelling have drawn delighted responses from fellow mums, with comments including ‘wow this is nice’, ‘goals’ and ‘serious label envy’.
‘Can I borrow you for a weekend to do my house?’ one woman asked.
A second called the organisation ‘next level’ while a third described it as ‘an awesome job’.
Others were inspired to invest in a label maker of their own.
‘Just ordered one of these tonight for the same purpose,’ said one woman.
Another tagged her friend saying ‘we need one, don’t we’, adding: ‘Let’s go halves on a Cricut, just imagine how organised our houses would be!’
It’s the latest household organisation trick to gain popularity on social media, following an Australian woman’s approach which keeps her home impeccably tidy with $7 trays and $5 storage racks from IKEA and Kmart.
The woman offered a glimpse inside her house in photos posted in a interior design group on Facebook, where she thanked members for sharing tips that have helped her to style her newly built home.
‘I know how to do the [Marie] Kondo fold and pretty much if Kmart doesn’t have what you’re looking for, then IKEA will,’ she wrote in the caption.
Her photos have gone viral since they were posted Wednesday night, racking up thousands of likes and hundreds of comments with one woman declaring: ‘That’s it, I’m moving in with you!’
To keep her bathroom cupboards in order, the mother stacked cosmetics on $7 Kmart Lazy Susans, rotating trays that spin around allowing you to grab items with ease.
While the turntables are typically used to store sauces and condiments in the kitchen, they work just as well for hair and beauty products.
People were impressed, with many calling the idea ‘genius’ and admitting they had never thought of using a Lazy Susan in the bathroom.
‘It’s easier to spin and grab what you need or [else] I end up with stuff cluttered up the back I can’t get at,’ the mother replied.
She also hung a $5 Kmart storage rack over the cupboard door and filled it with deodorant and other daily essentials to save time rooting through the back of the press.
But the star of the show was the mother’s pristine pantry which she styled with blue wicker baskets and white spice tins, both from Kmart.
The trendy look elicited comments like ‘very pretty job’ and ‘wow, that’s beautiful’.
She filed bills, letters and important documents in a tiered folder hung over the pantry door – a practice many called ‘inspiring’.
‘I didn’t know I needed this until now. So smart!’ one woman replied.
Another said: ‘You’re an inspiration. I’ve done my pantry, linen closet and laundry cupboard and my wardrobe is next.’