We all have a difficult time “letting go” of cards, don’t we? Especially after the holidays. It’s so much fun to see those pictures of growing children and hear from relatives during this special time of year. But what do you do with those cards when the eggnog has worn off? Here are some suggestions that might ease the anxiety of purging your leftovers:

  1. Recycle: The senders gave you cards to make you feel good, remembered and loved not to make you feel guilty if your discard their notes and pictures. Repeat after me, “Nothing bad is going to happen if I purge my Christmas cards.” Now you officially have permission to let go…
  2. Go Digital: Scan them and turn them into a screen saver, slide show or put them onto a digital photo frame.
  3. Create Next Year’s Tags: Save and cut out your favorites for gift tags. Use a hole punch for the corner and place a ribbon through it for instant tagging. How fun would it be for someone to open up a gift next year with their previous year’s card? They will think you are organized beyond words!
  4. Christmas Card Box: Use as the same concept as a photo box or a greeting card box that has tabbed dividers in it. On one tab write the date for this year and store your favorites ONLY. You can then determine how many years of memorabilia you want to save as keepsakes. Keep your “Holiday Card Box” with your seasonal décor and make sure you truly do look at these relics yearly or they will simply become clutter.
  5. Donate: You can donate the fronts of the cards to places such as nursery and primary schools who will use them for crafts.
  6. Repurpose: You can take off the backs and use the reverse side of the front for scratch paper. How fun would it be to see a pretty card instead of a Post It when you need to jot a note? Then when finished with the note you must recycle it or I’ve taught you nothing.

Got Catalog Chaos?

It’s December and we all know what that means for our mailboxes, lots of catalogs. So in order to help the planet and your kitchen table here’s how to handle the holiday retail avalanche:

  • Do not let a single catalog pass through your house without an opportunity to go directly to your recycling receptacle. BUT before doing so take off the back and/or front page with your personal identification and unsubscribe information.
  • Create an “Unsubscribe” folder amongst your active paperwork. For those of you who work with POSSE that would be put into your tickler system.
  • If you keep the catalog, it must have a “home”. A place to live while it sits in a basket somewhere waiting for you to read it. Then you must write on your calendar when you are going to read/place an order. If you don’t place an order, recycle it. If you do place an order, rip out the page with the item and write your order number on it and place it in your “Waiting on Response” folder in you guessed it, your tickler system. Then recycle the rest of the catalog.
  • After the holidays set aside some time to go on www.catalogchoice.org. This is a great website for you to manage all your unwanted catalogs. Have your “Unsubscribe” folder with you when you do this, you will need information off those pages to unsubscribe. This is a FREE site.

“When In Doubt, Get It Out”

That’s POSSE’s motto for you this holiday season. The worst thing that could happen to you if you let go of a catalog you wanted to look at is you will have to go online or telephone that company. Not such a bad price to pay for clear countertops!