Today I am sorting a drawer full of cards that my wife Mo buys with her shopaholic skills —– everywhere she goes.
Mo has cards for every occasion :-
- Birthdays — from giving birth, to first baby, grandson, granddaughter, then onto family members too many to mention but in all enough cards for a lifetime;
- Moving on to the less fortunate we have lots of ‘ Get Well Soon ‘ cards and if that doesn’t work, we have ‘ Deepest Sympathy ‘ cards for the bereaved relatives;
- Wedding Anniversary’s feature largely in Mo’s card collection, unfortunately living-in-sin and divorce have overtaken the need for most of these;
- Finally, we have Christmas cards — the unused ones from last year and the year before and the year before that year and so on. The ones that you can’t send again because people will remember them.
Now I have to confess our clutter of cards is not all down to Mo. I have a large accumulation of cards myself, which I have kept occupying a space on a shelf in the study for the six years since I retired. When I was at work at the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, I regularly used to send cards to residents, volunteers and staff to thank them for something special that they had done. I would often bump into people years later and they would thank me for the cards I had sent them.
So one idea to use up the cards that I still have would be to send cards to the many people that I haven’t been in contact with since I retired to wish them all the best and invite them to comment on my GrumbleSmiles blogs and my efforts with de-cluttering.
Has anybody got any better ideas on how to use the many other cards that I have which otherwise will not likely to be used in my lifetime?