I don’t know why, but I like to keep greetings cards, especially from important people in my life and for my children, I have a few different draws, that contain numbers of birthday cards in them. There are scrawled names I do not recognise, there are Christmas cards without a clue of the year, there are beautiful handwritten notes in gorgeous cards from my children and my husband, and those are going to be kept!
I am very lucky to have two gorgeous children with lots of love and creativity that enjoy writing and drawing, they are prolific to say the least!
I am clearing out piles of cards, and here are my rules
- If I do not know who it is from – it goes
- If I don’t know who it was for, it goes
- If it is a generic card, with no message, it goes
- If it is from someone I no longer see, know or have a connection with, it goes
- If it is a significant birthday from a significant friend or family member, I put it in the maybe pile
- If I am keeping them to crop with zigzag scissors and make into wonderful creations – they must go, it will never happen 🙂
- If it is from Beanie, the kids, or is a personal letter from family or a dear friend, then the maybe pile it is!
- Christmas cards, keep one from each person I love, or if it is hand drawn, or a photo – then the maybe pile
The Maybe Pile
Personal stuff – all letters or cards from Beanie (my husband) I keep, because I get about two a year and that is lovely and wonderful.
From the kids, I keep most of their cards unless they are the same each year and haven’t been drawn by them. I weigh it up, if I can’t decide, I take a picture and keep that 🙂
Christmas cards I keep if they are from close friends or family and there are no duplicates, others, take a picture and recycle the card.
Emotionally clearing out this stuff can be hard, so if you really need to, take a picture of the sorted cards, inside and out, as digital space is far less space wasting 🙂