Keep or Purge :: Greeting Cards

(If this is the first Keep or Purge :: Trash or Treasure post that you have stumbled upon, you might want to check out my explanation of it here. Basically, I am sharing my real life struggles with deciding what to do with the STUFF in my life.)

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Greeting cards. Cards for birthdays, holidays, wedding showers, baby showers….

I have a hard time throwing away something that someone else gave to me. Often these are bought and given without much thought, sometimes they have heartfelt, handwritten messages inside. Occasionally they will be handmade, like the one on top of the stack.

What do you do with them?

Kevin James has a bit about greeting cards:


I have to say my opinion of them is mostly like his “man’s” view of greeting cards as opposed to the “woman’s” view. I dunno. But I still find it hard to throw them away. I mean what is the proper length of time to keep one before you throw it away?

Do you keep them in a bin like this? Do you recycle them into various craft projects?

Once I saw a beautiful silver card rack on a blog. It was from Pottery Barn or something, but I couldn’t find any when I Googled it. There are specialty ones for Christmas, such as wire trees, wreaths, and curly wall displays. This blog has a post about displaying, recycling, and keeping a select few. Do you display them and then toss them?

What do you do?!!

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Please vote and leave your comments below.



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7 thoughts on “Keep or Purge :: Greeting Cards

  1. I keep the ones with sentimental messages, cut out that parts of the designs I like and then toss the rest! If the back of the cover of the card isn’t written on, you can recycle it like by using it as a postcard or cute scratch paper!

  2. I tend to keep cards from special occasions – our wedding, when the babies were born, their first birthday cards… the rest get chucked, or cut up by the kids and used for craft, or recycled into gift tags or other cards.

  3. I don’t typically get thoughtful ones from people. So, it’s easy to get rid of them. But if it is a thoughtful one, I do keep it in a shoebox. Christmas cards I keep until the following year. Except for cards from my family in Poland, I always keep those. I kept the last Christmas card from my grandmother in law before she passed away and will always keep that. Seeing her handwriting is like having a little of her still with me.

  4. In the past, I’ve kept cards because for some reason I think people will find out if I toss them … ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, I keep cards for about a month then toss them (unless they’re sentimental, then I keep them). I’ve discovered that even if I think I’ll do some craft project with all the cards later, I don’t, and they just turn into clutter. Also, I rarely get actual cards anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for all the responses. I think the key is to have a system. Keep the sentimental ones, pitch the not-very-personal-obligatory ones, and keep a few pretty ones for crafts – ONLY if you will actually use them.

    I know for some people this stuff is common sense and easy. But I didn’t seem to learn this growing up, and I tend to get paralyzed with indecision, and throw them all in a box to keep forever. For me, a gal who is developing her systems now, in her 30s, it helps to know what other “real” people do. I can read it in an article, but I seem to need the confirmation of real people telling me it’s okay to throw non-sentimental cards away, even though someone else bought them.

  6. I think because my mom and dad never kept anything from when we were young( they moved a lot) I keep more than I should. In later years my mom kept lots more stuff like cards and letters. I have 58 albums of hers now to deal with! I just moved and I don’t want to move all this again! My idea is to divide them between my brother and his family and my grown kids. If there is ever a family reunion we can all bring them together again. 58 albums!

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