Last fall one of my relatives was hospitalized for a few weeks while recovering from an illness, and the time she spent in the hospital made me realize something: greeting cards are powerful things.
So many sweet people from my church, who had never even met my relative, sent cards and words of encouragement – and wow, did it mean a lot to her!
One of my goals since that experience is to send more cards – whether they be birthday cards, sympathy cards, get well soon cards, or just thinking of you cards – thoughtful, written communication is impactful, and it’s something I want to take more advantage of.
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I created a system for organizing my greeting cards. At the end of this post I’ll explain how I DIYed the card box I’m using – it’s super simple! You can watch how I did it here.
I’ve talked many times about my love of Photo Boxes for organization – and they are the perfect thing for organizing greeting cards!
I got a case of 18 5”x7” photo boxes. (The case part is important! Otherwise you’ll just have a bunch of boxes floating around.) You could do it with the 4×6 boxes, but you’d have to pay special attention to the cards you get to put in the boxes to make sure they fit.
I labeled 12 of the boxes with the months of the year. Then I divided up birthday cards among them – January birthdays in January’s box, and so forth. I also have a friend I want to remember to regularly write to – he isn’t able to get out, so cards cheer him immensely. I went ahead and put a card in each month’s box for him.
If you want to be a super go-getter, you can go ahead and address the envelopes and stamp them!
I labeled the extra boxes with the type of card that was inside the box – so, for instance, there are “Get Well Soon” cards in the Get Well Soon box. I also used one box to store stamps.
It’s really a pretty simple system, but it keeps my cards super organized AND I don’t have to worry about forgetting birthdays – they’re already all accounted for in my box!
If you want to create one for yourself, here’s what you’ll need:
That’s it! Simply label your boxes, fill them with cards, and you’re good to go!
If you’re not into sending birthday cards, you can also buy a case of just 6 photo boxes and organize all your cards by type (i.e. Get Well Soon, Thinking of You, Thank You, Sympathy, etc.)
Hopefully this system can help you stay organized, and encourage others, in the New Year!
Organization that actually sticks for busy, happy lives.