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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How I Organized My Greeting Cards....

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So today I scheduled in a little time to tackle this project that I have been wanting to do forever.
Not really forever. But at least since I re-organized my office space.
I had greetings cards 'thrown' into an Ikea storage box.
Every time I wanted a card, I had to rifle through the whole box to find what I was looking for.
No more.
 I took some bright pink cardstock and my index tab punch.
I love that index tab punch.
{I chose bright pink cardstock because it's easy to see and doesn't blend in with the cards.}
I cut the cardstock with the paper trimmer to make 'dividers' to fit the box and punched tabs from white cardstock for each divider. I stapled the tabs to each divider.
Then I sorted the cards into piles and wrote on each tab the contents.
Then I filed each card pile into the appropriate spot.
 Now I have this:

 This project cost nothing since I used things I already had...a paper trimmer, cardstock and index punch.
{You don't really need an index tab punch....you could just use small squares of cardstock.}

And here's one hint:
I buy most of my cards at the dollar store and the size fits nicely into this box.
If you buy more expensive cards...they are usually bigger and won't fit into this system as nicely. They may even be too big to fit into the box this way. So if you have bigger cards, you may want to buy a bigger box.



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35 comments:

Tanya said...

Very clever! I should stock up on cards and get a box going!

Amanda said...

What a Great Idea Angie -- I know what my mom is getting for Mothers day (with some handmade cards to organize!!)

Cortni said...

I love it! Your blog is my new favorite!!

Jessica @ The Virtual Scrapbook said...

I organize my cards in a similar way - my problem is remembering to use them! I like the dollar store card idea, I don't know why I don't get mine there more often.

I like your "why I blog" quote - mind if I snag it? ;)

Pamela said...

I'm stopping by to congratulate you on being featured on Maria's blog!
That is always an honour!

You need to rename your blog Angie to "The most organized Woman Blog" !!!

Pamela ox

Sandra D said...

Another great idea! It all comes down to the old saying: "A place for everything and every thing in its place."

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I've got a box for my cards, as well, Angie, but I do need to do dividers and tabs, too. You're right that it will make it much easier to find a card. I don't have too much on hand at the moment, but what I do have is a mixture.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Good idea. Guess where my cards are? Thrown into a box. I guess i need to give your system a go since it looks like a fab idea. I"m going to put your post on my inspiring ideas page.

Colleen said...

What great idea. Mine are all shoved in a box, it would be nice to have them labeled as you do.

Jennifer said...

Really great idea, I have to confess I figured you had all sorts of homemade cards to put in there...LOL! Dollar store cards are good as well. ;)

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

SUCH a good idea! I need to get organized...

XO
Lenore

alimoll said...

Great idea! You are sooooo organized! I love it!

Girl of The Grove said...

I do this same exact thing! I purchased a photo box from Micheal's last year that came with index cards inside it. Works like a charm. : ) I purchase my cards from Vistaprint, and love having cards readily available to pick from. No running last second to grab a card. Happy Thursday, Angie!

FourSistersInACottage said...

Angie,
Can I hire you????
I AM JEALOUS of your organizational skills.
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

I love this idea!! I see a trip to IKEA in my newar future! ;)

Blooming Homestead said...

Great Idea!
Just wanted to let you know I gave you a blogger award.
http://bloominghomestead.blogspot.com/2011/01/awards.html

Gayle @ Life on the Lane said...

What a great idea! Mine are all thrown in a box too. This will be a good cold weather project.

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

i love that tab punch too!
great idea :D

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

I love this. You did a wonderful job! I know my Blog Hoppers would love this too. I have a Mon & Wed. Blog Hop Link Party (Both different) Hope you will join us..
Barb

Laura said...

Do tell where you got the punch from, I want one! :)

Just Crafty Today said...

really great idea... I think I need to do something with my files!

Leslie said...

very nice angie. I cheated and bought a card organizer a few years ago.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Such a cute idea! I love this! I think I might need to get that punch. I also buy cards inexpensively, and keep them in a box. One of the sets of cards I bought came with dividers; but I could use more dividers.

Leanne said...

I organize my cards the same way and I buy most of mine at the dollar store too or I make them. Great minds think alike. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

Organize with Sandy said...

Even more impressed that you are still so good at sending cards. It is a dying quality!
Great job on organizing them!
I would love for you to link this up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party. I've been working on offices and this would fit in great.
I'm going to give you the link since I'm not on blogger and getting to my link is hard on google.
http://www.organizewithsandy.com/2011/02/07/organizing-mission-monday-mission-office-week-8/

Heather said...

I really like your tab punch! In our family Christmas exchange the theme was home/handmade gift. I got a calendar and put all of the family member birthdays on it, with a sticker of an envelope 3 days before to remind them to go to the post office. I stocked up on cards for all the birthdays and included extra cards for various occasions (thank you, sympathy etc). It turned out inexpensive because a card outlet was going out of business (cards for 5 and 10 cents!). My Aunt Lisa, who received it, said it was the most creative idea and she hasn't missed a birthday yet! I gave the cards in a box like yours.

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Angie-

I organize my cards the same way you do, but I do not have one of those cute little tab punches!!!. What a great idea. I am going to have to go out and get me one - TODAY! Thanks for sharing your idea.
My best- Diane

Mahmood Ali said...

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TWINS TWICE said...

Where did you get a punch like that- would love one! I just closed my store and the company never came to pick up there stock so i have about 80 cards to organize. thanks for the tip

Coley said...

Saw this at The CSI Project Link Up.... What a great way to organize cards!

Becky said...

My home made cards are organized similarly! But then again I am and organization freak.

Katie Newcomb said...

Really great idea, thanks for sharing! Now what do I do to organize gift bags? :)

Cherri said...

That is a neat way to organize your greeting cards. You have everything for every occasion. It's so cool! I can tell that you give a lot of cards, and you receive tons too. Hehe!


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Margaret Wilson said...
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Dee said...

What a fabulous idea - if the cards are bigger, you can simply do the cards the other way in the box with longer dividers ...

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