Friday, February 11, 2011

Reader Question: Organizing the Greeting Cards

greetinb card organizer box in black and white, with flowers

Do you have any ideas for boxes to organize greeting cards?
-- fellow professional organizer Liz Jenkins

I love going on a product hunt - so thanks to Liz for the question.

One note, before we begin: Some greeting card organizers have tabs for type of card (birthday, get well soon, etc.) and some have tabs for months (so you put the cards you want to send in March in that section) - and some have a combination. Consider which approach would work best for you. You can probably relabel the dividers if you find an organizer you like, but would prefer different groupings.

While there are perfectly fine basic greeting cards boxes from The Container Store and from Iris, there are some other choices, too. Let's start with the card organizer box sold by Current.

greeting card organizer box

Phoenix Trading has this greeting card organizer — which also has a drawer to store stamps, pens, etc. Update on June 15, 2014: I'm no longer finding this product.

greeting card organizer tin

Kards by Jon has a greeting card organizer tin. Update on Oct. 27, 2012: I'm no longer seeing this product listed.

greeting card organizer box in pink and brown with flowers

And La Loupe has some nice-looking greeting card boxes in four different patterns - but they are sold as a package deal with some cards. Update on April 1, 2012: La Loupe's website has disappeared.

greeting card organizer

Although Liz didn't ask about this, you might also want to consider other styles of greeting card organizers - not just boxes. For example, here's a greeting card organizer from Regreet, a company that helps you reuse greeting cards - and track them as they get resent, serving as sort of the Bookcrossing of greeting cards.

greeting card binder

Over on Etsy, Creations Abloom has greeting card binders; there are seven different covers to choose from. Update on Oct. 26, 2012: I'm no longer finding this company.

And Current, mentioned above, has a greeting card organizer book in the same pattern as its box.

Celebrations greeting card organizer book

Finally, there's the Vera Bradley Celebrations Book, a "card organizer extraordinaire, with pockets and monthly date lists all packaged in rich Vera Bradley colors." Update on Oct. 27, 2012: I'm no longer finding this product.


Marcie Lovett said...

As always, you have picked lovely examples, Jeri. I would like to put in a plug for Michaels craft stores. They sell a card box, filled with assorted cards, and the price is very reasonable. The cards are really nice quality and the box is fairly small, which makes it good for a desktop or shelf.

I give these as gifts fairly frequently and people love having the variety on hand.

JustGail said...

Much nicer than the old, now overstuffed, frozen food box that I currently use! Although I do like that my box has the lid attached - no excuses for not getting in put back on when (if?) others put it away.

The English Organizer said...

The house design from Phoenix trading is wonderful. I have a bit of a weakness for buying cute cards and should probably not encourage myself by giving them such an attractive home!

SueBK said...

I'm looking for something similar - but different :-)
Stuffed in a large envelope in the filing cabinet is all our cards from our wedding. I'd like to have them in some sort of album, or box, so we can occassionally look at them. I don't want to scrapbook them, 'cause it's hard to keep the inside message and outside pretty all together.
Any ideas?

Jeri Dansky said...

SueBK: Yes - I'll do a post on this soon!

Jeri Dansky said...

SueBK: It took a while, but I finally have an answer.

John Trosko said...

These are great examples Jeri. I just don't know who is ever going to have the time to go to this level of detail with their organization systems!

John aka OrganizingLA