Whether you're full of excitement or dread, the holiday season is officially upon us.
The holidays can be chaotic no matter your own personal feelings on the season. During this busy time of year, it is easy for your home to suffer from clutter and disorganization. I think it's safe to say we all have the thought of "What am I supposed to do with (this/that/the other)?" more often than usual during the holidays.
One holiday tradition that trips up a lot of people is organizing, displaying, and storing greeting cards. We all love seeing adorable pictures of family and friends! However, it is important to establish a functional way to organize these cards so that they don't start taking over all flat surfaces. Your favorite professional organizer is here to help!
Here are six ways to manage your greeting cards this holiday season:
1. An easy way to display, organize, and store greeting cards is to hole punch the top corner of each card. Next, grab a binder ring clip and thread all of your cards on the ring. This is a great method to keep your cards from being scattered all over the house and to easily flip through all of them.
BONUS: if you're really feeling ambitious, you can create a "cover" card to label the year. A cover card, for example, may say something like "Christmas 2019" or "2019 Holiday Cards." Feel free to make it as pretty and festive as you like!!
2. Another way to organize greeting cards is to store them digitally. Of course, you can scan each card into your computer or laptop but for those of who are a little more technologically challenged, it is simpler to take a photo with your phone. Make sure to create a "2019 Holidays" folder for the photos to be kept in so that you aren't cluttering your phone gallery while decluttering your home!
3. Shop for a festive card holder! You can find just about anything on Amazon, am I right? A great way to show off those beautiful pictures of your kids and grandkids is to use a card holder that doubles as holiday decor. I found this absolutely gorgeous card holder that looks like a chapel here on Amazon: Chapel Card Holder
There are tons of different styles if you prefer something else like this Wire Christmas Tree Card Holder
4. Another more "trendy" option for displaying photos and cards is on strings of light using clothespins. Here's a link to a string of lights that has the lights IN the clothespins, we are truly living in the future folks: Photo Clip String Lights
A lot of people keep these lights up all year round and switch out the photos as often as they like. This is an easier way to display more recent memories without having to find places for more photo frames.
5. Card storage boxes or accordion file folders are great options for storing those cards of your sweet little ones. Here's a storage box on from Bed Bath and Beyond: Card Storage Box with Dividers
Whether you use a storage bin or an accordion file, make sure to take advantage of the labels! You can either label by year or even by child. This is a great way to see how your kids have grown through the years.
6. One last tip is the importance of differentiating cards that turn into keepsakes or clutter. Consider why you are keeping holiday cards? If it's out of pure guilt, know that it is okay to recycle the majority of your cards. The KonMari method is a great tool for this situation. Keep the cards that truly spark joy!
What is your favorite way to display or store cards? Comment below!
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