Thursday, January 7, 2016

Question Of The Day


Not all. But I do save some and store them in decorative boxes. I've kept greeting cards that my kids have given me over the years (the ones they made in school when they were little and the ones they bought as they got older), funny or sentimental cards from close family members and friends, and every single card the most amazing man has ever given me. Every single one. Those are kept in a separate box.

It sounds like a lot but these cards actually take up very little space, which is very important to someone like me who cannot stand clutter.

How about you? Do you save greeting cards?

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  1. No, I don't tend to. I'm not much of a sentimentalist that way.

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  2. I think I used to save them, but now only some. Warm greetings!

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  3. I used to save them all but over many years it does add up. I still keep a few of the prettiest designs usually.

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    1. They really do add up, Christine. I'm going to further streamline some of mine eventually.

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  4. That is so sweet that you have saved all the cards from your hubby :) I used to, but then we had so many moves that I got less sentimental with each move :) Hubby's parents saved cards from each other and basically from anyone that sent/gave them a card; 64 years of marriage worth!

    I rarely save a card; sometimes I will for a period of time based on a message someone had written, but eventually they all get discarded or shred.

    betty

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    1. Moving really does make us want to discard the excess. I've done that a few times over the years and I'll be doing it again this year. I've only kept the best cards and they don't take up much space.

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  5. I do, all of them, unfortunately in my impossible move I lost so much, I didn't move fast enough...I lost a lot of cards, and important papers, ten garbage bag full, I was told, but now I'm very careful where I put them, I'll never lose any again, and if anyone cares to send me one for my birthday it's April 21 hihi

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    1. Hahaha...I like how you snuck that in, Lorraine! Your birthday is not that far away...

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  6. I never do, that's a big divide between men and women. Men don't really care much for cards but women will dig them out of the trash can if the husband tosses one out.

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    1. Not all of them! My husband has kept every single card I've ever given him. He says they are very special to him.

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  7. I have saved every single card Uncle Jeffy has ever given me since the day we met 35 years ago. Couldn't tell you where they all are, but they are stuffed somewhere in the boxes in the attic. I figure I will need the reading material when I'm lonely and in the nursing home some day.

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    1. HAHAHA...this made me smile! 'Cause I think of the same thing :)

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  8. I am the same as you Martha...save the ones from my kids...and cards{altho very few} from my boyfriend!
    I found an envelope before Christmas with all my kids childhood Christmas lists in it!
    I pulled them out after Christmas dinner...and we all had a good laugh...and a few tears too!
    enjoy your day!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Aw...sounds so nice, Linda! In addition to cards, I have kept some art projects my kids did at school. I will give them to my kids at some point and they will decided whether they want to keep them or not.

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  9. Hi Martha! Your question and the responses have me smiling this morning. I am slowly getting rid of things, and this year I decided I had to start tackling my massive collection of greeting cards, in particular Christmas cards. I'm keeping certain ones ~ definitely every card that Terry has given me or I have given him, any from my siblings or parents, and a few others. Then I started photographing each card before I recycled it, inside and out. That made it easier somehow. So I have them digitally if I want to go back and see them. LOL! Sorry I've been absent! Things have been like a perfect storm here, but they are starting to settle down. I'll be back to catch up later; company unexpectedly coming, so I've got a busy day in front of me. I hope you have a lovely day! Hugs to you!

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    1. I love the idea of photographing them! This is also great for getting rid of furniture/decorative items, etc, that people can't seem to give up for whatever reasons they may have, most of them emotional. And all these unwanted but difficult to part with items end up in attics, basement closets, garages for years and years. Taking a photo and never donating/giving away/discarding is a great way to hold onto the memory but release yourself from the burden of lugging it around.

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  10. I save cards and letters. They go into a large envelope in my drawer until that is full. When it fills up it goes into a storage bin in the attic, and I get a new envelope. Now that I think of it, it may be kind of a strange thing to do...but I've been doing it for a decade or so...a bit of a habit.

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    1. I don't think it's strange. It sounds very organized...something I would do! And something my family would tease me about :)

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  11. I save all the cards, too :)
    My husband's are stored separately as well ;) And then a few boxes with cards from the last 20 years - birthdays, Christmas, anything. Every time I go through them I do not have the heart to throw them away. Too many good memories there :)

    Have a wonderful day, Martha.
    Lots of hugs to you,
    Beate

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    1. That's the thing, Beate, there are so many good memories there. And that's what makes it hard to toss them.

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  12. I've been wondering about this! I use to save most of them but recently I started throwing them away (not from him, of course). I'm just glad you started the conversation because I never knew what to do with them and feel bad throwing some of them away. I like Fundy Blue's idea of taking a photo of them! So clever, I'll have to adopt that. xoxo

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    1. I agree...taking a photo of them is a great idea! I'm going to have to use that on some things around here, too.

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  13. I often save the cards that touch my heart or have a handwritten note written in the card that I love.

    Other cards are saved for art work. I like to make face sculptures with casting material and use bits and pieces of cards and natural items and paint to finish them off. Also cards that a three dimensional can be used to help shape clay. (I also save all the little cards that come with credit card offers, cut patterns in them and use to create texture in clay).

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    1. Wow, such a great way to reuse these items! Very cool. I like it :)

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  14. I have a special few saved ...
    Those not needed I re-cycle, we have lots of recycling places in which to put our un-wanted card / paper

    All the best Jan

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    1. Those special few are the ones that are cherished enough to have a space in our home :)

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  15. Special ones. Then sometimes I save them for crafting. Andrew and I made Christmas magnets for Christmas gifts one year using the old Christmas cards.

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    1. What a great idea! A nice way to reuse old cards.

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  16. Yes, but only the most unique ones. The rest head to recycling.

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    1. Every single one? You must have so many over the years!

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  18. Someone did keep most of the cards here but they got to be unmanageable when other things began to clutter as well.

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    1. Sounds like you had many of them. Did you recycle or do you still have them?

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  19. Good question! Let me see....Christmas cards I'll keep from year to year, exchanging the new with the old.
    Birthday cards are all kept and also those for special occasions. But I have periodically sorted through them all and discarded a few over the decades.

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    1. We pretty much handle it more or less the same way, Jim. Keep some, recycle some...

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  20. I do have a few that I have kept. The little ones my son made in nursery school and one from my late husband Rich that he gave to me on my birthday just a few days before our wedding. And of course now I do keep the lovely ones that Ray has given me. I'm sentimental.

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    1. Some are too special to toss. For me (the minimalist), as long as they don't take up much space, some are welcome to stay. Or else, out they go. I'm ruthless like that :)

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  21. I used to save them, especially from students during Teacher's Day. But nowadays the cards are fewer because they prefer to tell me instead.

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