Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I am FINALLY sharing a blog post that has been on my list for several months. I shared my unused greeting card storage, but I haven’t been able to decide on an organization system for our special cards that have been given to us… Until now!
After telling myself I HAD to get this organization task done, I finally came up with a solution, but it wasn’t without some bumps along the way.
Here is a picture of one of the many boxes of cards that has been floating around my office.
That is Kate’s first box of cards. She has a second box as well. A complete mess, right? Plus, the box was not big enough for all of the cards.
So, I tried the binder process first. I purchased all of these cute items below and started organizing Kate’s cards first.
Yeah! Kate’s cards were supposed to fit in only one binder. It didn’t happen that way! After sorting and placing box #1 of cards, they had already filled two binders and she is only five. Many more cards are in her future.
So, I started back at step one and brainstormed.
And, I decided to go with the filing method, which turned out to be a lot better process for us.
Step 1: I picked a specific color folder for each one of my kids.
I already had these folders in a drawer in my office, so I didn’t have to run out and purchase anything. That in itself made me happy.
Red = Kate
Blue = Derrick
Step 2: I chose a file container.
The container that I chose was a Sterilite file box with a latch that I had in Kate’s closet. Somehow, she had an extra box sitting in the back corner of her closet that no one was using.
Step 3: I created labels using my label maker.
I started with their birth year and made at least eighteen labels for each of my children. This ensures that they will have a place to store all of their cards up until the time they graduate high school.
Step 4: I sorted the cards, labeled the back of each card with the year (if it wasn’t on there already), and inserted them in the correct folder.
Step 5: I created a label for the front of the box using Microsoft Word, scrapbook paper, and my laminator.
I attached the label to the front of the container using washi tape.
Now, my kiddos have a place to keep all of their special greeting cards.
Be looking for an additional post in the future detailing the storage for the cards that my husband and I give to each other.
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