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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How to Organize Cards to Send On Time All Year Long!

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In 2014, I am focusing on being intentional with my time, love, and energy. One area where I really want to focus is on my connections with my family and my most treasured friends. So this year I am determined to be better about remembering to send birthday and anniversary cards to our loved ones.



I used to be so good about sending cards, but with social media helping to keep us all in touch and being busy with four little ones of my own, I've slacked on it for a few years now. Every time one of my family members birthday's passes, I feel bad for not taking a few minutes to write a handwritten note on a card picked out just for them and popping it in the mail.  

But no guilt this year {hopefully!} because I finally have come up with a system that I am confident will be convenient, easy enough, and affordable for me to keep up with! It only took a few dollars and about 30 minutes to get my system organized for the whole year.  

Here's what I did...

I shopped at Walmart for the perfect cards for each person on my list for the year.  Walmart is the perfect place to shop for cards because Hallmark has an entire aisle of Value Cards, priced at just 47 cents and 97 cents so it's easy and affordable to find the perfect card for every person on your list too.


Here are a few of the cards I picked up...





The quality of the Hallmark Value Cards is awesome, plus they come with brightly colored envelopes {and it's always fun to get a pretty envelope in the mail because it just shouts out "Look at me! I'm fun! I'm not a bill!"}, plus the selection was amazing. Gone are the days of just a few, not so great cards if you're looking in the bargain section. Hallmark Value Cards at Walmart definitely was the perfect place for me to shop to get going on my goal of sending a real card in the mail to my loved ones in 2014.

So then I came home and got my system organized...


Using a file system I found for $1, a printable calendar from the always adorable Lauren McKinsey {I printed them really small to fit inside my file system}, and sticker labels that came with the $1 file system to label the months of the year in my file.

So then I just wrote out each month of the year and attached them inside the file system.

I transferred all of my important birthday and anniversary dates from my ridiculously unorganized sheet of scratch paper and onto these adorable calendar pages that I clipped right onto the front inside cover of my file system.


I wrote the date I plan to mail each card to make sure it arrives at its destination on time right in the front corner of each card. Once I pop a stamp on the card it will cover up my little note there. I learned this trick from my Grandma years ago and it must work because we ALWAYS get birthday cards in the mail from her right on time!


Then I just filed the cards where they belong.


My plan is to open up my file every Sunday when I'm planning meals and activities for our family for that week and put the cards that I plan to mail that week in my outgoing mail tray then so I don't forget during the week. I really do plan to keep up on getting cards in the mail on time this year, but if I do happen to get a little behind, not to worry because Hallmark Value Cards also have a great selection of belated cards too!



Plus when you buy Hallmark Value Cards at Walmart, you can enter those cards UPC codes at Hallmark Cards Reward Program to earn fun rewards for free! You can earn a reward with every 5 Hallmark cards purchased at Walmart, and the rewards to choose from are awesome. I'm seeing a Starbucks card in my near future thanks to Hallmark Cards Reward Program!



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8 comments:

Michelle Paige said...

A great idea! Love how you used the mini calendars-- super cute!

Melanie said...

Nice! I love seeing "it's not a bill!" in my mailbox too.

Laura MyNewestAddiction said...

Love this organization idea. I need to do this too. Love the idea of getting them ready and then just popping them in te mail!

LocalFunForKids said...

That is such a great idea! I love surprising friends or family members with cards throughout the year. This is the perfect way to keep it organized.

mamichelle said...

Great job! My mom does this. I make mine so I'm always trying to be a couple of weeks ahead.

Kari said...

Sweet deal about the rewards program! I just entered all my cards in there and have 2 rewards already.

Brandi said...

Aww! What a great system! I need to get myself together and do something like this. Good thing it's still early in the year! Brandi from Collective Bias

The Mommy-Files said...

I love the system you came up with! I also love the idea of writing the date the card should be mailed in the upper right hand corner. So glad you found a great selection of Hallmark Value Birthday cards at Walmart. Thanks for sharing. #client

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