Good question! After I’ve looked at and enjoyed the cards and letters I receive, I put them in a stack.
I’m too sentimental to throw cards away right away. My husband doesn’t have a problem with reading a card and then recycling it, but then again, he never thinks about topics such as “how to organize greeting cards.”
The stack method really does help me to keep them at a reasonable amount. Though I can’t look at one card and then toss it, if I’m looking at a stack of cards that has accumulated, it’s easier to let some of them go.
What do I do with the cards I save? I tie them with ribbon and put them in a wooden box with other sentimental things. I don’t scrapbook them, and the reason why is because something I decide to keep today might not be so important to me later.
A few tips to keep your card collection manageable:
If you save only the cards and not the envelopes, you reduce the storage space needed by half.
Once you’ve built up a stack, separate them into little piles according to who gave them to you. It’s easier to throw away a few Easter cards from your granny when you can see that you have six of them, and then you can pick your favorite.
Save the cards from the people who are closest to you, not every acquaintance who ever sent you a thank you note.
When I’m going through cards for my kids, I set aside some as keepsakes for later and some to use now for decorations and activities. My daughter likes to tape birthday cards to her bedroom door or color on them.
We treat Christmas cards a little differently. They are displayed during the holidays, then I scan the ones with photos and save them on the computer with the rest of our December photos. Cards with illustrations are later cut up and reused for gift tags or decorations.
The most important thing to remember whenever you go through sentimental items is this rule:
When you save fewer cards and letters, you are more likely to enjoy looking at them later, which is the whole point of saving them in the first place. Just save the ones that are most important to you.