Did you buy Mother’s Day cards in advance for your mother and maybe your grandmother — but don’t remember where you put them? Do you keep cards on hand for all the different occasions but can’t find them when you need them? Has your pile of cards gotten so large that it’s too much trouble to find one — so you run to the store every time you need one?
According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans buy 6.7 billion greeting cards a year (astounding!). Mother’s Day is the third most popular seasonal card, after Christmas (1.6 billion) and Valentine’s Day (145 million), and is followed by Father’s Day (90 million). In case you were wondering, birthday cards are the most popular everyday card.
I’ve worked with clients who have stacks and stacks of greeting cards in no particular order. It’s a nightmare to find one for a specific occasion. One client literally had hundreds of cards in piles all around the room! Because it was too overwhelming to try to find them, she’d run to the store every time she needed a card. While helping her organize areas in her home, she also wanted the cards sorted — which I did. The next time she needed one, she knew exactly where to find it. No longer is she wasting time and money when she needs a card!
When people ask me what is the best way to organize greeting cards, this is what I say: Like everything else, there are several ways. However, what works best is what works for you. How about starting your own collection? Here are 10 tips.
1. Categorize by occasion (as stores do, which is my preference), person, month or day
2. Use a greeting card organizer that holds the largest card you buy (click here for the one pictured above from The Container Store
3. Make your own organizer: get a sturdy container, cut decorative file folders to fit and label the tabs
4. Use a stand-alone product like an accordion-type folder and label the sections
5. Use labeled file folders in a drawer
6. Use Ziploc bags in a decorative box
7. Use a labeled three-ring binder with page protectors and drop cards in
8. Store the cards near where you write them out
9. If you save special cards you’ve received, protect them in acid-free, archival storage products. See materials at UniversityProducts.com
10. Eco-conscious people may prefer e-cards, which is great for our environment, but remember those who prefer actual cards
When it comes to cards, I think nothing beats paper cards! Everyone enjoys getting them. Here’s an idea. Get some Thinking of You cards, put them in your new, organized greeting card system, and surprise people with cards for no special reason at all!
Product of the Month
Mugs Decorated With a Sharpie
Fun Project For Young Kids and Grown-ups
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift your kids can give to mom or grandma on Mother’s Day, here’s a fun idea. Create personalized mugs decorated by hand using a Sharpie! Here’s how. Get plain ceramic or porcelain mugs. You may find them at the dollar store. Draw a design on the mug with a Sharpie, then bake it for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Hand-wash only. From Good Housekeeping magazine (Feb. 2013).
Note: If the design fades, try Pebeo markers (available at Amazon) or an oil-based marker (available for about $3 at Michael’s craft stores).
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.” ~ Michelangelo
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