Inexpensive Label Storage and Organization Hacks

label storage ideas and hacks

Keep labels and stickers stored properly for better application and adhesion

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Keeping your labels stored in the proper conditions is important not only for pristine-looking products 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 storage ideas and organization hacks you can find in stores or online. Whether you use professionally printed roll labels or printable sheet labels, our team has some useful, cost-effective tips to store your labels properly and have them ready when you need them.

Store labels at the proper temperature

First, when storing and organizing your labels and stickers they should always 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 sheets and rolls in their original packaging until needed
  • Store rolls horizontally, not vertically
  • Do not hang heavy rolls, unless for application purposes
  • Keep the inner core of the rolls intact

Label storage that costs less

There are some easy, cheap storage and organization ideas that don’t take up a lot of space and can keep your sheet and roll labels in premium shape for application.

If you are 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 or holders 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 them protected until use. The same is true for sheets. Keep them stored in their original packaging until use.

Roll label storage & applicators

Shelves with cubbies used to keep roll labels organized
Keep rolls stored horizontally, not vertically.

For custom printed roll labels, any type of shelving can work but cubbies are a great, inexpensive option. It’s best not to stack rolls 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 you deal with at a time, a simple 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 storage and 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 roll label holder and applicator.

Jewelry display 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 to not use applicators as storage for a long period of time. It’s best to keep them laying horizontal when not in use.

Again, remember your labels should be stored between 60-77º F with 35-65% relative humidity.

Sheet label storage ideas

Whether you’re storing custom printed sheet labels or printable sheet 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 and sheet protectors are great ways to store sheet labels and stickers.

For sheets, keep them laying flat in their original packaging on shelves or in boxes until ready for use. Make sure they’re in a temperature-controlled environment as much as possible. Sheet protectors are a great way to store individual sheets you’re getting ready to use to keep them from getting dirty or damaged.

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

Once you’re ready to start applying your labels, you can use tiered document stands as a perfect, cost-effective way to temporarily store your sheets and keep them easily accessible for application.

When you use a company like Avery, where you can order your sheet or roll labels online with a fast turnaround, you don’t have to keep large stocks of inventory so you won’t need to worry about your label shelf life.

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

If you have any questions about label storage, please feel free to reach out to our customer care team at (800) 462-8379.

Author: Melanie Neff

Melanie has an extensive writing background built on an impressive journalism foundation. As a reporter 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, Raiders and Clippers games and movie premieres. She followed her newspaper career with a long tenure covering commercial real estate financing and development. Melanie has been writing about small business marketing and labeling needs for the last 12 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 Storage and Organization 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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