Inexpensive Label Organization & Storage Hacks

Label organization and storage ideas including paper towel holder, shoe cubby and file racks.

Keep your roll and sheet labels organized for less

Keeping your labels stored in the proper conditions is important not only for pristine-looking product labels but for proper adhesion as well. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. We’ve put together some easy, inexpensive label organization and storage hacks you can find in stores or online to keep your product labels in perfect condition from arrival to application.

Whether you use professionally printed roll labels or printable sheet labels, our team has some useful, cost-effective tips to help keep your labels organized and effective.

Store labels at the proper temperature

First and foremost, when storing and organizing your labels and stickers they should be at room temperature in a cool, dry environment. Whether on sheets or rolls, your labels can be affected by different weather and air temperatures. Humidity and moisture are your worst enemies. Damp labels can curl or peel. It can also cause the liner to stick to the labels beneath it when sheets are stacked or on rolls.

Keep these tips in mind when storing your labels or stickers:

  • Store labels in a dry environment between 60-77º F with 35-65% relative humidity
  • Always use the oldest labels first
  • Organize sheet and roll labels in their original packaging until needed
  • Store roll labels horizontally, not vertically
  • Do not hang heavy rolls, unless for application purposes
  • Keep the inner core of roll labels intact

Label storage that costs less

Whether you’re using sheet or roll labels or both, there are some easy, cheap storage and organization ideas that don’t take up a lot of space and can keep your labels in premium shape for application.

Just starting out in business? Don’t go crazy and invest in complicated storage units.

Simple items like file racks, shoe cubbies, paper towel holders and towel racks can make useful storage units for sheets and rolls or as holders for roll labels during application.

If you purchase large quantities of labels at a time, it’s good to only remove one roll or a few sheets at a time, depending on how fast you use them.

The plastic wrapping that roll labels generally come in, will keep your labels protected until use. The same is true for sheet labels. Keep them stored flat, horizontally in their original packaging until use.

Shelves with cubbies used to keep roll labels organized
Keep roll labels stored horizontally, not vertically. We used a shoe cubby bought online for this inexpensive storage idea.

Roll label storage & applicators

For custom printed roll labels, any type of shelving can work but cubbies are a great, inexpensive option. You can purchase a 12-hole shoe cubby for under $40 online.

It’s best not to stack roll labels for a long period of time, so deeper cubbies or shelves are better than taller ones, as you can fit more rolls in each cubby as your business grows.

If you only have one or two rolls of labels you deal with at a time, a simple vertical paper towel holder can be used for not only storage but as an applicator as well. Or hang a towel rod or paper towel holder on the wall for easy application.

A simple paper towel holder makes a space-saving roll label holder and applicator for small businesses.
A paper towel holder can make a simple space-saving roll label holder and applicator for businesses with just a few product labels.

Jewelry stands and bracelet organizers can also make budget-friendly roll label holders and applicators. However, keep in mind that large, heavy rolls may not work on lightweight jewelry stands.

Small acrylic label dispensers and applicators are also available for as little as $12. But make sure you don’t store your labels for long periods of time on the applicator. It’s best to keep them laying horizontal when not in use.

Organizing sheet labels

Whether you’re storing custom printed sheet labels or printable blank labels, you should always keep them flat. Think of them like stacks of paper. If you stand them vertically, they will curl and bend.

A wire file rack is repurposed to store and organize sheet labels.
File racks and tiered document trays are a great way for small businesses to store their sheet labels and cost under $20.

For sheet labels, keep them laying flat in their original packaging on shelves or in boxes until ready for use. Again, make sure they’re in a temperature-controlled environment as much as possible. Not too hot, not too cold.

Once you’re ready to start applying your product labels, mail sorters, file racks and tiered document stands are perfect, cost-effective ways to temporarily store your sheet labels and keep them easily accessible.

Similar to shoe cubbies, mail cubbies or document cubbies also work well for sheet labels, as you can keep your labels close at hand without taking up space. Whether hanging on a wall or on a tabletop where you do your labeling, it’s a simple, inexpensive sheet label storage option.

The shelf life of labels

The shelf life of labels is the amount of time that you can store your labels without them possibly becoming compromised. If you store labels beyond their shelf life it can affect the adhesive performance, the print quality, as well as causing things like tearing, curling and peeling.

The general rule of thumb is you should not store labels for more than a year. For this reason, the experts at Avery, recommend only keeping enough label inventory on hand as needed.

When you use a company like Avery, where you can order your sheet or roll labels online with fast turnaround, you don’t have to keep large stocks of inventory.

You can order professionally printed roll or sheet labels and have them delivered in as few as three business days. Same with Avery printable sheet labels. Order what you need online by the sheet or in retail packs and have them delivered to your door.

If you have any questions about label storage, please feel free to reach out to us in the comments below.

If you’re a small business owner that has a great way to store or apply your product labels without spending a ton of money, share it with our readers below.

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Author: Melanie Neff

Melanie has an extensive writing background built on an impressive journalism foundation. As a journalist for USA Today and The Los Angeles Times for almost 20 years, she covered everything from the Los Angeles riots, fires and floods to LA Lakers and Clippers games and movie premieres. She followed her newspaper career with a long tenure covering commercial real estate financing and development. Melanie has currently been writing about small business marketing and labeling needs for the past 10 years. She thrives on reading, researching and expanding her knowledge of everything going on in today's business world and looks to provide the most valuable information she can to her readers.

4 thoughts on “Inexpensive Label Organization & Storage Hacks”

  1. I have tried to use your 94215 labels in an HP OfficeJet 4650 printer. They always jam.

    The only way to use them is to remove the top two of the six labels and print on the remaining four labels. This will move through the printer.

    1. Hi Robert,

      There are a number of things that can cause the issue you are describing. The most common would be your printer settings. Try going into your printer settings and ensure that “label” is selected under your paper-type options. This lets your printer know that a special type of paper is being fed through and it will grab it differently. If that doesn’t do the trick, please call our California-based Customer Care Center at (800) 462–8379, Mon-Fri from 6 AM – 5 PM PST. They’ll be happy to help you fix the problem.

      We hope this helps!

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