When I was young, I was always so impressed with how organized my grandmother was about sending birthday cards to all of the family and friends. In January, she would go to the store with her list and buy about 80 birthday cards, specifically chosen for each person that she planned to send a card to that year. I remember being amazed by her enormous stash of greeting cards in those early months of the year, and that's definitely a habit that has stuck with me over the years (because you're more likely to send a card if you already have one handy, right?). After careful card selection,she would then go through her birthday calendar and organize them by the month they needed to be sent. Then, in her free time over the next few weeks, she would methodically go through the cards and address them, even months in advance...
I think the most clever part of her whole process was that she knew exactly when she needed to mail the card in order for the recipient to have it waiting in their mailbox on the right day, and she would write that date in the upper righthand corner of the envelope. I remember asking her about it once.
Glancing at the organized stack of cards for the month, I said, "Why does this card have May 25th written on it?" My grandmother said, "That's when I need to mail the card so he will get it in time." Of course I, the perfectionist, responded "But won't it look messy with that written on the envelope?" to which she replied very proudly with a smile, "Not once I cover it up with a stamp."
So simple. Yet so genius. The perfect little "soon-to-be-hidden" reminder of when to mail the card so that it arrives on time, and with no more effort than addressing the envelope. Do you have any tips for card-sending that make it easier on you? We'd love to hear them!
Until then, happy mailing!