Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring cleaning...

Sort of. We are rapidly running out of room in our apartment and we have accumulated a lot of stuff since moving in three years ago.  (Not to mention we've accumulated two new people as well). Since we're going to be moving soon, and for our own sanity, Marcus and I are slowly going through each and every thing in our apartment. It's going to take awhile I think. Today we packed away the babies 0-3 month clothes and most of their 3-6 month clothes which don't fit anymore and reorganized the nursery. I also boxed up the maternity clothes and baby girl clothes my cousin sent me so I could give them back.

And then I organized and filed my Christmas cards from 2008 & 2009 which were sitting in a stack on my dresser. I'm a pack-rat it's just who I am, and how I've always been. I like to keep things and always have really good intentions of creating great scrapbooks and memory books. Of course then life kicks in and I don't have for that, but I keep on saving things. Like our Christmas Cards. Although they are all (since 2003 the first year Marcus and I were married) neatly organized in one three ring binder.
I keep all of the letters that people send since it's a great way to keep track of the years events and I love looking back on old ones and seeing how things have changed.

I keep all pictures and all picture cards...
And I cut apart the rest of the cards and save just the writing (even if it's just a signature). So I have a record of who sent a card each year.

So maybe it's a little insane I don't know but at least I have a system for Christmas Cards and they're all organized.

Now the real problem is birthday cards, wedding cards and now baby cards. I just have them. Every where and they're taking over my life. I know I should probably just throw them away (which would make Marcus happy) but I don't know.

So for those reading. What do you do with your cards (Christmas, birthday, baby, wedding etc.) Do you throw them all away, keep a select few, have a really great organizational system. I would love to hear what you all do with them. (Even if it's just throw them away maybe it will motivate me to let go of some of my random cards from 10 years ago). 

4 comments:

mstone said...
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Marcus said...

Just throw those cards away. Not the christmas one but all the others. Love ya!

Debbie said...

I just told Grandad that I was going to make a "Grandma book" (then had to quickly say a gramma and granddad book) for all my grandchildren. I want a fancy scrapbookish kind of outside (3ring notebook) and inside they can save the letters I write to them and the pictures we send and just special stuff I send to them.

Thats not good....I am trying to make them packrats early. LOL

I throw the birthday cards away. And the Christmas cards, but I save the letters and pictures. I save every letter anyone has ever written to me....
I am no help.

~Jess said...

I always have every intention of saving Christmas cards...and some I do...others I tear the front off and keep it for tags. I do however keep a spreadsheet every year of all the cards we receive.

Specials cards/letters? They all go in a shoe box. Avelyn has an awesome box (from the dollar general) that I've put all of the shower/birth/christmas cards etc in.