Happy Thursday! I know I have addressed this subject twice in the past, but remember what I said, organizing is not a set process! It is something that needs to be reevaluated continuously. A process that works perfectly now may not be so perfect a year from now. And, that is exactly the case with my unused greeting cards.
In my first greeting card post, I placed my cards in labeled file folders inside a mesh tabletop file.
This method took up WAY too much space and it wasn’t visually appealing. So, I tried a second method… an Iris photo storage box.
I still love this method, but I ran into one problem… The box wasn’t very big and I have too many cards for the box. I can’t help it! When the Books R Fun people set up in our school lounge and they have cute cards, I can’t resist. And, they are a fraction of the cost of the ones in the stores.
So, I had to rethink my organizing strategy. In a nutshell, I needed a bigger storage box. One that had enough room for all of my current cards and some extra room in case I purchase a few more.
I decided to purchase the translucent clear ArtBin semi-satchel from Amazon.
The first step in this process was to take all of the cards out of their original boxes and sort them according to category.
I ended up having to make three separate piles for the birthday cards: male, female, and gender neutral.
After about 30 minutes, I had everything sorted and categorized. The categories I used were:
- Birthday – neutral
- Birthday – female
- Birthday – male
- Get Well Soon
- Thinking of You
- Thank You
Next, using some file folders I purchased at Target and my label maker, I created section dividers for the box.
I used the inside divider as a measuring device.
Once this step was completed, I placed the dividers and the cards in the ArtBin container.
And, using the steps in the “how to create laminated labels” post, I created and attached a label to the front of the box.
Now, I know what you are wondering… How in the world are you going to close the lid? After thinking and thinking and thinking, I decided to take the lid off the container and store it underneath the box. I will place the greeting card box in my craft area cabinet (I will show this in a future post).
I know the top of the cards are not even, but there isn’t a lot I can do about it. Cards do not come in one generic size. I searched for a box that was tall enough for the tallest cards, but couldn’t find anything. So, this will be my solution for now. As you can see, I evaluate and reevaluate my greeting cards a lot.
I think placing the box in a cabinet where I can slide it in and out when needed will work perfectly. And, the different card heights will not affect my view of the organization method. If it was seen everyday (sitting on my desk, for example), I would definitely feel differently about it.