Some people collect stamps. I collect greeting cards. I hate making a trip to the store just because I have to pick up a last minute birthday card or a card to go a long with a gift, so I started collecting them. If I see an abnormally cute or clever card, I just go ahead and buy it, even if I have no idea who I’ll give it to. Needless to say, my card collection has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years.
I’ve been keeping my stash in one of the cabinets in my office, but the boxed Thank You card collection is slowly overtaking the occasion cards. That being the case, I decided it was about time to give the occasion cards a new, more organized home. Before working on an organization solution, I went through all of the cards and got rid of the ones that were out of date or not our style anymore. I stand by the philosophy that a card tells a lot about the person’s style. For the next day or two, I kept my eye open during my errand-running for a container to corral and organize the now slimmed-down collection of greeting cards.
I picked up this Nate Berkus file box from Target. The color and pattern made me happy just like cards do, so it seemed fitting. On top of that, it was the perfect size for what we needed, and it would make me keep my collection a reasonable size.
Before I got started organizing the cards, the first thing I did was attach a bookplate label to the front of the box. Everything is better with a label.
To get the organization ball rolling, I made a list of all of the categories of cards that I had on hand plus a few categories I needed to replenish (like Congrats and Get Well). After a minute or two of figuring out the categories, I came up with a reasonable list: Birthday, Birthday (for Kids), Birthday (for Family), Thank You (like I mentioned earlier, I keep boxed sets of Thank You cards in my office but this section is for single/special Thank You cards), Blank, Get Well, Just Because, Congrats, Anniversary, Wedding, Baby, Sympathy, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Holiday.
While at Target, I also picked up two packages of gold Nate Berkus file folders. Because I was having a “bad handwriting day” – and the fact that I’m obsessed with my label maker – I went down my list and made a label for each category. Whenever I’m making labels for a lot of things at once, I type everything out, putting two spaces between each word, then hit the “Print” button to print them all out in fell swoop. You’ll have to cut between each word by hand rather than with the machine, but you save a lot of label tape this way.
Once all of the file folders were labeled, I put them in the box and loaded in the cards. If feels like a tiny weight has been lifted off of my shoulders to know these are organized and ready to go whenever we need a card for someone special. If only every other area of our house was this organized. One tiny mountain at a time.