Is there anything more satisfying than a a well organized space that’s also inspiring? When creativity and organization meet, I’m ALL IN! And these teacher rolling cart labels are just one of those intersections.
Spiriteds, I am expanding my classroom supply labels to include teacher rolling cart labels and book bin labels, and I cannot even explain the sheer joy of doing this. The process slow but steady and totally worth it! This might be one of my favorite Spirited Learning product expansions ever! With more resources inside the product, the options for classroom organization are endless! And what is really missing in this paragraph is more exclamation points.
Back to the issue at hand, though. Rolling cart labels are my new favorite thing. I love to organize, and if you do, too, then it’s time to rock a customized rolling cart setup. The level of giddy I feel typing that last sentence borders on the ridiculous.
So, if you’re a regular pro at rolling cart customization, new to rolling cart labels, or you’ve tried to work with them before and got frustrated, then read on for how I assemble rolling cart labels on my 12-drawer rolling cart! (Have I used enough exclamation points in this post so far? y/n?)
Ooh, and quick note before we go any farther. The colors you see in the photos below may look different than what you’ll see in the product previews in my store or turn out differently for you when you print yours. This is down to two reasons. 1) Each printer prints differently. 2) The paper you use will affect how the colors look. My colors always look more muted because I use a cardstock that isn’t as bright as standard copy paper.
What is included in the classroom supply labels product?
When you select rolling cart labels it’s important to know what you’re getting. You’ll need to know the dimensions and shape of the labels. Do they come in more than one shape? Do they come in more than one size? Originally, the classroom supply labels products in my store included standard labels only. I decided to expand the product to include:
- Book bin labels in two sizes
- Rolling cart labels in two styles and sizes
Now this product includes text editable rectangular and square book bin labels, as well as 10-drawer and 12-drawer rolling cart labels. In addition to the standard classroom supply labels, pre-filled rolling cart labels now include the following:
- To Grade
- Construction Paper
- Lined Paper
- For Volunteers
How do you put labels on a rolling cart?
Once you’ve selected your rolling cart and the labels you want to use, it’s time to assemble everything! First, print your labels. This might seen obvious, but I have a pre-step I like to follow before I do anything official or permanent. I suggest printing a black and white draft of one sheet of labels, cutting the them out, and affixing them to the drawers. If you like the fit, THEN go back and print your labels as you normally would. If you find, however, the labels don’t fit the best, use the scale function in your printer’s dialogue box to size the labels up or down, according to what you need. I don’t print a full-color set of labels until I’m satisfied with my draft tests, even if this means printing one sheet of black and white labels more than once.
Next, print the final version of your labels. Depending on the rolling cart label color scheme, I’ll select the high-quality or best printer settings for deep, saturated colors or the normal printer setting for something lighter. I also like to print my labels on cardstock so they hold up well over time.
Now decide whether you want to laminate your rolling cart labels or leave them as is. If you plan to laminate them, do so before trimming them. To trim them use either a small paper cutter or scissors.
Then decide how you’ll affix them to the rolling cart drawers. If you laminated your labels then you can use tape. If you did not laminate your labels, I suggest using sticky tacky to affix your labels to the drawers. And since the sticky tacky will lose its effectiveness over time, I highly suggest using a new package of sticky tacky just for your rolling cart labels.
As for the drawer nobs, I don’t use them. Many rolling cart drawers have a lip or ledge to them that make pulling them out easy to do without a nob. If you need to use the nobs for your drawers, then poke a hole in the center of each label, affix it to the drawer, and insert the nob.
Text editable teacher rolling cart labels
If your teacher rolling cart labels come with text editable options, make sure you have the correct program for editing. My products include text editable PowerPoint files. Other teacher-authors may use additional programs. Double check the file formats before purchasing digital ready-to-print classroom resources.
Teacher rolling cart label ideas
In my classroom supply labels product, I include rectangle labels as well as angled, trapezoidal labels. Scale them up or down to fit your rolling cart label drawers. But don’t stop there! These labels are also great for labeling tubs, activity trays, and more! The book bin labels are great for temporary pocket folder labels. You can also laminate them and adhere them to file folders for longer-term use. The options are endless!
While I left my rolling cart as is, you can also spray paint yours to customize the color to your classroom decor theme.
Perhaps one of the reasons I love this product so much is that it combines my love of organization with my love of design. Customizing your rolling cart labels is a fantastic way to organize your classroom while at the same time having fun with colors and styles.
Spiriteds, I hope you’re doing well! Keep me posted on how your rolling cart process goes and, as always, know I’m glad you’re here. ❤️
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