I am thrilled to welcome Kristin Sterk to the blog today. She’s sharing some great tips for how to organize greeting cards.
Have you ever found yourself running to the store last minute, to pick up a birthday card so that you don’t end up having to get a belated birthday card instead? Maybe you have found yourself staring at the stacks of cards you own, but wonder just which one would be the best one to send? Or just maybe you have such a large stack that you don’t even know what’s what? Sending a card to someone should not be a burden – it should be that one thing you enjoy giving, as a thoughtful way to remind someone how much they are loved and cared for.
Believe it or not, greeting cards can be one of those items that can easily be overlooked when it comes to organizing. Think about these questions:
- Why do you send someone a card? Only because Hallmark designated it as a day that you should?
- Do you have greeting cards, boxed cards, or even Christmas cards, stored in multiple places?
- Do you have cards that you know you are never going to use?
Keeping greeting cards organized and decluttered, will not only help you in the decision making process, but will also help you save space for the cards you actually WANT to use. Taking the time to declutter and organize them will be worth it in the end.
Find all the cards you own
- Look in all of the places you may think you are storing greeting cards. Drawers, shelves, and even all the cards that are still in their designated boxes. Take them all out!
Decide and Declutter
- Do you like the card?
- Would you ever send it to someone? Who? (Put their name on it!)
- Does it have a matching envelope (or do you have an envelope you could use?)
- Do you boxes of cards that you will not use every card in?
Whatever you will not use, recycle them
- Simple as that – put them in the recycling bin. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Find an old box and make dividers for the different categories you have cards for. (Example: birthday, Christmas, get well, anniversary, etc.) I used an old photo box and dividers that I had from an old card holder. You can also make dividers using cardstock and labels. By having those dividers, you know what types of cards you are low on and what cards you have too many of.
- Keep spare envelopes in the back, just in case a mistake is made writing the address.
Write down all of the birthdays and anniversaries you need cards for
- Who do you send cards to? Do you have a list written down of the name and date you need to send the card on?
Make or buy cards for ALL of the people on that list
- This may seem like a daunting task, but the time you take now to do it, will save you many unexpected trips to the store later on.
Label each card with the name of who the card is for
- I bought little sticky tabs (also known as page markers) to label who the card is for.
With this system, you are now set for the entire year! Those panic moments, unnecessary trips to the store, and disorganized cards are all in the past!
Isn’t it nice to just grab the box, grab the card, and send it, instead of going through all of your cards, wondering which one to send? Obviously there are occasions you can’t necessarily plan for, like thank yous, sympathy cards, etc. Just keep those “areas” well-stocked.
Now you can ENJOY sending a card to someone, instead of it being a chore!