This month, I’m running a series called Taking Care of Small Things. Think of it as a counterpoint to a typical huge “fall clean.” Instead of scrubbing the house from top to bottom, we’re going to systematically tackle all kinds of little, but important projects. So far, some of the tasks we’ve done have included:
- Making sure our first aid supplies are up-to-date
- Making a list of our families’ favorite dinners to help with meal planning
- Cleaning out the spice pantry
Today’s task might be kind of different, but bear with me… I think you’ll be glad you’ve done this one! Today we’re going to make a Greeting Card Box. In this box, you’re going to assemble a variety of greeting cards, envelopes, and stamps.
For each of the tasks in this series, my goal is to help you save time and money in the future. In my world, I’m forever losing envelopes and stamps… and then having to replace them. And greeting cards purchased at the last minute tend to get expensive! My idea was to come up with one, dedicated place to store all my card and letter writing supplies so I could help save some time and money in the future. Also: my hope is that by having these things at the ready, I’ll be more inspired and likely to write cards and letters!
Now, you may well already have these items scattered here, there, and everywhere around your house. In which case, all you need to is gather them up! But, I was starting kind of from scratch so I decided to start a small collection. Can I recommend Trader Joe’s? All their greeting cards are $0.99 an they are so whimsical and cute!
I ended up buying 12 different greeting cards for a smattering of occasions – thank you, birthday, get well soon, and a few blank ones, too.
Everything else for this little project I just gathered from home… envelopes, a box that wasn’t getting much use in a closet, and I even grabbed some form letters to write my sponsor children.
I’m fresh out of stamps, so I’ll definitely need to pick some up the next time I’m at the store to add to my box. Other things you might add could include pens and stickers. Other thoughts?
My little box is currently sitting on my desk in my office, but maybe it would make better sense to put it somewhere else in your home. If you have another hour or so to spare, you could use the time to update your address book. I maintain my friends and family’s addresses in a simple Excel spreadsheet. It makes it easy to sort, edit, and print. (So that’s one simple solution if you don’t currently have one in place!)
I hope that this series has been helpful to you and organizing your home and life this fall! I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s post – how often do you write cards? Do you already have yours organized in your house? I’d love to hear about it!