Getting Carded

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 12 Sep, 2016
Greeting Cards
Oh the lovely greeting card! In this day and age it is so nice to receive a kind, hand-written message in the mail. Greeting cards are often a lovely work of art with sentiments that ring true to everyday life. But what about life after the card–where do they end up? How long should they […] 
Oh the lovely greeting card! In this day and age it is so nice to receive a kind, hand-written message in the mail. Greeting cards are often a lovely work of art with sentiments that ring true to everyday life. But what about life after the card–where do they end up? How long should they be kept? Where should they be kept? When is it okay to let go?
Card piles usually manifest themselves in 2 ways: they get thrown into an ever growing incoming mail pile, or they end up in boxes and boxes of memorabilia.
As a general rule of thumb, we tell our clients that the majority of cards are meant to celebrate a moment–not to be stored into perpetuity. Only ones that are particularly special, usually with a meaningful message from the sender, are the ones to consider keeping long term.
But before deciding to keep, we should determine the end game. Are we keeping to review again one day, do we want to make a collage or a card album, do we want to share them with others or put them on display–or will they live their days out in a box? The end goal is important. Here are a few ideas that might help with how to keep cards in a meaningful way:
  1. Use a photo/memory album to store favorite cards by theme. For example, I like to keep the family-photo Christmas cards together in albums. I generally have the albums available around the holidays for others to enjoy too.
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  3. Do you have several meaningful cards from the same person–a favorite Aunt, perhaps? Why not collage them in a memory book or shadow box along with photos.
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  5. Framing certain cards-especially that remind you of a place visited-can be a nice addition to a guest room.
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  7. Photo memory boxes designated for your card memories will show nicely in a room
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  9. Scanning to an app like ArtKive will help you preserve the card without keeping the pile. Apps such as these allow you to make a book, calendar or other media from saved files.
If none of these sound appealing, then card keeping may not be for you. And we never recommend holding onto a card as a reminder to send a thank-you note or to record an address. Rather, put the address in your contacts list and make a calendar notation to send thank-you’s.
On the flip side, if you know someone who struggles with paper disorganization, we recommend refraining from sending paper cards. There are a number of eCard services that will allow you to create greetings to send via email. Save a tree–save a friend.
For more tips on paper management, visit us at http://www.getorganizedcolumbus.com
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