Ok, so it's nearly the end of January and you’re probably thinking it's about time to take the Christmas cards down. But what do you do with them?
I recently threw out thousands of greeting cards from a client’s home. There were cards from the 40’s to recent. Some stacked in the years, but mostly just dotted around the house in piles. Checking for forgotten money I opened the majority of them. The thing that stood out for me is that most of the cards had nothing personal written in them. Just things like… “To Mum… Love Dad” with the standard greeting card message in the middle.
Sure, keeping cards with lovely messages or a particular picture to use is understandable and I have certainly kept some really special ones myself, however the majority are not like this. I know it can feel like a waste when it comes to throwing them out but there are a couple of things you can do instead of putting them into land fill. You could put them in the recycling bin instead or you can donate them to schools that use them for arts and crafts.
So this year, as you put the last of your Christmas items away, rethink you Christmas cards. They will just take up more room in your storage area and you’ll probably throw them out at a later date anyway. Taking a small step like this to reduce your clutter will get the new year off to a clear start!