Do you save greeting cards you’ve received? What do you do with these cards after you shove them into a box? And, do you even have one special place to store the cards you’ve received? Or, are they here, there, and everywhere? Does the mere act of saving a card make it special?
I’m not opposed to holding onto greeting cards you’ve received, but … if you keep every card (even those that someone has only signed their name to without writing any sort of personal note), I think that diminishes the importance of the cards that are most meaningful.
I think that not keeping received cards together in a memory box also weakens their value. If cards are everywhere around your house – some in a dresser drawer, some in your desk, others in a box of papers that’s up in the attic, you’ve taken something that you may consider a special memory and turned it into clutter.
You may not find all your saved cards during today’s task. That’s fine, you’ll know what to do with any that you find in the future.
To sort greeting cards that you’ve received:
You do not have to save every card your best friend, significant other, child, or parent gives you. The fewer you keep, the more special those cards become.
Set the cards you are keeping in a shoe box-sized memory box that you can flip through every so often. When you find other stacks of cards with your future decluttering, you can evaluate which you will keep and which you’ll recycle.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.