Sentimental clutter is stressful. Stacks of sentimental pieces of paper with no practical use can send a sentimental slob right over the edge.
Personally, I’ve pretty much gotten over that.
I tend (which means it’s not a plan, just something that happens) to display the current year’s Christmas cards for the month of December and then shove them in a box of Christmas decorations when we reclaim the house after the holiday season. The next year (when I assumed I’d finally be ready to deal with this issue), I pull them out and groan. Do I keep them? Where? Or do I really stick somebody’s carefully posed family Christmas picture in the recycling?
I honestly don’t remember what I did with last year’s cards this year. I know there have been years when I pitched them and years when they were placed in a big envelope and hidden (like an unintentional time-capsule) in some random, logical-but-n0t-memorable spot.
Anyway, in my recent post about things I don’t keep, there was great discussion in the comments about greeting cards. A few ideas stuck out as extra-helpful and I decided to put them in their own post! Ti even sent me pictures to use!
I notice a lot of people have said cards were a problem for them. Just in case it helps: for my wedding and bridal shower I knew I wanted to keep my cards but I wouldn’t look at them in a box. So I punched holes in the spines of all of them and tied them into a “book” with ribbon. Its so much easier to enjoy them and I can keep them upright on my shelf where they take up almost no space definitely a worth while project if cards are one of those sentimental things you want to keep.
Her examples are in the picture at the top of the post. She also sent some details:
I just used a normal single hole punch. For each book, I picked a card that was a pretty average size and punched three even holes. I used that one as a template for the rest to make sure the holes were even. I lined them all up on the bottom edge to give it a sturdy base so I can keep it on my shelf. So cards that were too tall I just put the holes down farther rather than centered and for really short cards I only did one or two holes 🙂 I tied it slightly loose with ribbon so that it was easy to open the cards and Poof! You have a little book of all your well wishes.–Ti McKinney