As the holiday season marches on, you’ve no doubt received a number of greeting cards from friends far and near (and maybe one or two from your dentist or stockbroker).
You’ve read them, displayed them and enjoyed the updates and photos. Soon it’s time to put away the Christmas ornaments or the menorah, and you find yourself wondering what to do with all those cards.
You could save them. If you’re a sentimental fool like me it’s hard letting them go. Assuming you get 30 cards a year, you’ll have a collection of 300 by the end of the decade. Double that and…well you get the picture. Consider this instead:
You have my permission! Statistics state that 80% of what we file is never accessed again. The idea behind the greeting is just that (to say hello, share a few updates, and carry on). Odds are you’ll never look at those cards again with an equally good chance that you’ll run out of storage space.
Another option: package and mail the front of your cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycled card program. They accept greeting cards year round, including birthday and thank you cards. Please note that they cannot accept Hallmark, American Greetings or Disney cards).
After savoring your beautiful cards, turn them into gift tags. I purchased a Creative Memories tag maker and 1/8th inch ribbon from a craft store. Simply punch the unused portion of the card, as seen below.
In recent years a number of holiday cards are photographs. It can be fun year-to-year to compare photos of children as they grow or your friends changing hairstyles. I’ve created a Reminisce Box for those beloved holiday photos. I enjoy thumbing through it once a year as I add the current batch of pictures.
Whatever you do, it’s great to have a plan in place now so those cherished cards don’t become clutter in your life.
“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” – Will Ferrell as Buddy in the movie Elf