Organizing Birthday Cards

Written by Debra Wyatt (last updated December 2, 2021)

I love cards! I love sending cards and especially receiving cards. The thing that I hate is buying a card for someone and forgetting to mail that special person their card because I couldn't find it. Then I came across a great way to organize all the cards that I enjoy giving and doing so on time.

I store all my cards in a file drawer. In my file I have 12 dividers with the months of the year written on them. Placed inside each divider I have a paper with all the dates of that particular month. Next to the date I list the name or names of those having a birthday or anniversary on that date with their address. By having the address on the paper I don't have to waste time gathering all of their information.

Behind the folders with the months on them I have placed four more folders labeled sympathy, congratulations, thank you, and generic. When I come across a card that I especially like I purchase at this time. When I get home I put it away in the file drawer so I have it when I later need it.

The last week of every month I look at the names that are coming up for the next month. I make a list of all those for whom I need to purchase cards. After I purchase the cards I plan one evening to sit down with all the cards and personalize them with a special message inside each card. I address the envelope and seal it with the card inside. On the back side of the envelope I write in small letters the date that I want to mail the card, allowing 3-4 days so that it will arrive on time. So, if the birthday was March 15, on the back side of the envelope I write in small numbers 11. Knowing that on the 11th I would mail the letter.

Keeping all my cards in one place has really saved me time. Every year around the first of June I sit down and reorganize my birthday card file. I take this time to update my lists by adding new addresses or adding more names to the list of those that I would like to send a birthday or anniversary wish too. I do this in June, so that when I do my Christmas card list in December I have a more updated list. During the other months if I get a card or some information on updating my file I place the information in the file so I won't have to look all over for the information.

Author Bio

Debra Wyatt

Deb has a communications degree and applies her talents to her position as Marketing Specialist at Sharon Parq Associates. In her spare time she spends time with her children and grandchildren and devotes time to her church. ...

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