What to do with used greeting cards? It’s wonderful to receive greeting cards throughout the year for the different celebrations like, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas! It’s also so appreciated when we receive thank you notes too!
What do you with the all of the cards afterwards? Do you save them all and if so, how do you store them? Saving every single card can become quite a significant collection over many years. Or do you toss, recycle or re-purpose them?
I do a combination of things depending on the card, the message and whom it came from.
I save all of the cards that are meaningful including Mother’s and Father’s Day cards from my family, anniversary cards from my husband and any card that is written with a particularly special message. These are just loosely stored in a photo box and I have to admit I will go through them every so often when I am missing my daughters who are away at school. It is a lovely way of reflecting and revisiting some memories. These cards are the keepers…
The last thing I do is something I learned from my mother-n-law who has been doing this trick for years. For the remaining greeting cards, I cut out the blank portions and re-purpose them into note cards. I use these for reminder notes, phone messages and small grocery lists of a couple of items. Whenever a family member needs to communicate a message as in “the dog has already been fed” or a reminder as in “pick up dry cleaning” we just leave the note card on the kitchen counter for easy visibility. I also find reminders keep me very organized because it takes away one more thing from my brain to have to remember since it is the reminder note that is doing the work. These notes were all cut from used greeting cards…
Several note cards can be made from one greeting card so you can end up with quite a collection. I keep a small stack in a plastic basket in the kitchen desk drawer. The rest of the cards are secured with a ribbon and stored in another hallway desk until they are needed. The bits and pieces that were left from cutting up the greeting cards go into the paper recycle bin.
It does take a little bit of time to go through the cards, sort and cut them up but it is well worth the time and effort. I have kept things a little more organized at home by reducing a bit of the clutter, created a collection of very handy inexpensive note cards, kept the special cards in a special assigned place, set some aside for crafting and recycled the unusable parts keeping paper out of the landfill. Now these are some great ways to use up greeting cards!
Are you interested in some other re-purposing ideas?
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