Greeting Card Organization - Remembering People through Sending Cards
Three Different Greeting Card Organizers
Why Organize Greeting Cards?
I have loved getting and receiving greeting cards for most of my life. I have been blessed to be part of family that sends cards to each other. I even had a grandmother that kept and scrap-booked several of her most precious cards over the years. You can find these sometimes in antique stores, with lots of neat old greetings. I mention this because a fairly high importance was put on remembering people in such a way.
So over the years, and as I became an adult, I of course wanted to continue on in the same manner. I think my very first card organizer was passed on to me from my mother. Does anyone else remember the catalogue company called Current? They sold greeting cards and wrapping paper, and all kinds of other things? It was a neat company. At any rate, I thought the organizer was brilliant, and it allowed my cards to be kept all in one place. Not only that, but it allowed for a month by month glance at who had upcoming birthdays or anniversaries, etc. This meant I would never so easily forget anyone that I wanted to remember with a card!
Greeting card organizers protect your cards also, and keeps them sorted. Have you ever purchased a card, only to lose track of it somehow? This prevents loss and damage. Your investment wont accidentally be thrown out with the junk mail, for instance, or get lost some other way.
A Little Book Card Organizer
What Different Card Organizers are Like
There are a multitude of different kinds of greeting card organizers out there. As I mentioned, the first one I had was from a company called Current. It was a spiral bound book, that had twelve large pockets in it. On the front of each pocket was labeled the month, and a list of days with blanks next to those.
So you had a visual peek ahead, basically a perpetual calendar, for each month. You could insert an aunts name in the slot, or your parent's or sibling's anniversary. It is nice as you can basically write all your cards in one day, then have them ready to send when its time.
This allowed me to remember my cousins, my aunts and uncles, or to just put the Mother's Day cards I purchased into the "May" pocket.
No More Card Messes!
Box Organizers for Your Greeting Cards
Box card organizers which you can see a couple pictures of here, have become my favorite. These are sturdy, and have large tabs or folders with the same lists of months and their days. Some of the tabs might include a "type" of card. For instance, there is a tab or a folder for thank you cards, congratulations cards, birthday cards, anniversary cards, etc.
My favorite one I think is a Hallmark Card organizer. It has tabs both for the months, and for the category. So I may have some birthday cards, but not for anyone in particular, and can have them there as needed. This has been great if there is an unexpected need for a quick card for someone. It removes the need to run out to a store, or spend extra money when I have some nice ones already purchased that I like.
An Example Month in the
Little Book Card Organizer
One of the organizers I have is a really sweet little book, that is a system just to write in. You could technically just make something like this with a spiral book or journal too. This has the months, and the days, and several spaces on each day.
This allows you to carry it in your purse or backpack, or grab on your way to a card store. I have seen great coupons, but I need to buy a certain amount, to get whatever the deal is. This way, I can buy cards I know I need in the coming weeks or months.
This particular book was given as part of a set of goodies from a local Hallmark store to some of its more regular patrons, at Christmas one year. I was so excited to get that!
Inside One of the Organizers
Where To Get Greeting Card Organizers
You can purchase greeting card organizers online, or through a catalogue, or in a local store. One of the favorite ones I got one time, was with a set of cards I was purchasing at Sam's, believe it or not! I imagine Costco has them also. It was an incredible value really. You got something like 20 cards, or 40, for half the price and an organizer also. So that is a great way to get one essentially for free! If you have ever purchased cards, you know how much money you can drop for those! So at fifty cents a card, and a free organizer, you can't go wrong.
Some of the other places were Hallmark, where they were having a special for like 7.95 for this nice organizer, with the purchase of three cards. Another place I found one was at a bookstore. So keep your eyes open.
Perhaps it would be rather easy to make your own greeting card organizer! Why not? It might be a fun creative outlet, and achieve the same goals as with a purchased one.
Happiness is being Organized!
I don't think I will be without a greeting card organizer in the future. They are just great to have on hand, because as busy as I get, this helps me to get that card found and sent without losing much time at all. That is what I need, so it works!
In this day and age, so many people live so far from their family members. Greeting cards are not a necessity of life, by any stretch of the imagination. This is part of what makes them all the more special though! Getting a piece of mail that isn't junk mail or a bill, is almost a treat anymore!
So this makes me happy to stay organized in this manner. I am thankful to whoever came up with the idea of making greeting card organizers, even if it was a card company. They are so beneficial! When I do get to see the family that lives far away, so many say, "Thank you for always remembering us with your sweet cards!" This is something that brings a lot of joy to me. Bringing joy to others is a great way to spread love and joy around to others that may really benefit by getting a card.
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