I have a confession. I’m a hoarder of memories. There are boxes and totes and my grandmothers hope chest filled with memorabilia. My kids actually tease me about how much I keep and how many pictures I take. Is it so wrong to want to remember the special moments and capture the ordinary ones too?
One of the things that my husband and I both collect is greeting cards. It stems from the fact that our relationship started with a card. It’s a cute story really. Girl meets boy. Girls falls for boy. Girl gives boy silly card with curse words inside and bam! Love is born.
Okay, so it wasn’t exactly like that. But it was close. We met at work and had the occasional workplace conversations along with mutual friends. Neither of us had made any moves but I knew I wanted to get to know him better and according to mutual friends he was kind of digging me. Then I found out he had put in his notice and was leaving.
What?! We were just getting to know each other. So…being the passive aggressive flirt that I am, I took the first step and gave him a card on his last day. This card in fact.
What resulted is, well…this pretty amazing life I’ve got (thank you Hallmark®). Needless to say, my sentimental man saved it and a new tradition (and collection) was born.
Since that day we’ve given each other cards just because, to say I’m sorry, to say I love you, on holidays, anniversaries and birthdays. Our boys give cards and my mother-in-law always finds the cards that make me cry. Needless to say, they’ve piled up!
Enter the IRIS Greeting Card Organizer. While browsing the aisles at Michaels I came across this box and just knew I had to have one (or three). If you don’t have a Michael’s nearby you can find them on Amazon as well.
Once home, I couldn’t wait to get started. I collected cards from buckets, bins, piles and files. I’ll spare you that before pic as it was not pretty.
Creating the categories came easy though, so I created labels and filed everything away.
- Shane’s B-Day
- Jenn’s B-Day
- Valentine’s Day
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
You could also use these same boxes and categories to store cards that you purchase. I’m thinking about adding a category just for “Future” cards since I have a horrible habit of buying them and then forgetting about them.
Our card boxes now live in the the family room. Having them in plain sight and easily accessible to re-live the moments makes my heart sing. Memories shouldn’t be stuffed away out of site but they also shouldn’t become clutter either.
Do you have any collections that you need to get organized?