Through the years, I’ve received many meaningful greeting cards and letters. I’m ready to part with some, but not all of them. What’s the best way to organize these mementos so I can enjoy them for years to come?
In this day and age of e-cards and Facebook, we’re sending less snail mail than ever. But, you may still have many cards and letters from years past that hold a special place in your heart. Here is what you need to do to get them organized.
Your first step is to grab a shopping bag and go hunting for your cards and letters around the house.
Next, define what you will keep and what you will toss. This can be tough, so consider these suggestions;
- Keep cards in which the sender wrote a meaningful personal note.
- Only keep one type of card from each year. For example, keep your favorite birthday card or anniversary card and toss the rest.
- Get rid of holiday cards (even if they have photos), because you’ll receive another one next year.
- Only save wedding invitations for your best friend and siblings.
- Recycle all envelopes.
These guidelines are unique to each person, so take some time to determine what makes sense for you.
Before you begin purging, sort the cards into categories. For example: birthday, spouse, anniversary, holiday, wedding, wedding invitations, sympathy, get well, thank you, and Valentines. As you sort you are likely to create additional categories. Write each category on a Post-it so you can quickly identify the cards as you go.
Now that you’ve gathered and sorted all the cards, it’s time to put your keep or toss guidelines into effect.
Finally, it’s time to identify the best container to store you cards and then file them away. The container you use should make it easy for you to read and enjoy the cards in the future.
I recommend using a box with tabs that you can use to separate each category of cards. Remember to label the tabs.
By Korinne Kubena Belock, http://www.UrbanSimplicityNYC.com