(Closed) keep or throw away old greeting cards/christmas cards/graduation cards and bday

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I keep all the cards that make me smile, that have a nice message inside, or that are from friends/family members who are very special to me (:

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I keep them for a while then donate them to a local program for kids. They use them to do crafts.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I keep just my favourite ones or from my fav people

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I keep EVERYTHING.  About seven years ago, I went through more than 25 years worth of mementos and filed them into categories by significant person, family or friend group,  or life experience. I cannot begin to tell you how meaningful it was to look through all of those notes, cards, and letters! The most precious were all of the cards and notes that my grandmother had sent to me throughout my life.  Although she’s been gone almost ten years, I can still open her “file” and look through all of those special thoughts expressed to me in her own handwriting.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

When my nan passed away, I was so sad when my birthday came around (9 months later) and I realised I wouldn’t get anymore cards from her. To remember her, I put up a card I’d received from her in a previous year.

I’ve seen a pic on pinterest where you make a book of the cards- that might be an easier way to transport them.

Otherwise, perhaps just keep the precious cards.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I put cards up on the mantle for a couple weeks then recycle them. I’m not very sentimental!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@outgoingcutie15:  I throw them away like that day. I think cards are a waste of money and paper 99% of the time.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My husband throws them out all the time, but I tend to keep those kind of things (I’ve already glued all our wedding cards into our guest book!). When it comes time to go through them all or throw them out, I tend to chuck the ones that are from people I’m not close to at all (some distant cousin sending me an obligatory card), or ones that don’t really have meaningful messages. Many of the cards I’ve got may be from people I don’t know that well (work colleagues, etc.), but they’ve still got meaningful messages, thanking me for something, or with a particularly kind message.

Long story short, my advice would be to keep any you think are special to you – if they are from someone you care about, or have a special message in them, then keep them. Other wise, throw them out or deal with the build-up of thousands of cards!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I keep anything that has been given to dd. Of the cards I receive I keep all from to/dd. The rest I just keep the ones I love.  I use to save them all but it got out of control!!! Lol

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@outgoingcutie15:  I could never relate to keeping HallMark cards that are simply signed. What a waste of original money and effort and space to keep them.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I get rid of things like that. I’m not a sentimental person, and I don’t like clutter in my house. I only keep the cards that Fiance has given me.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I keep them for a little while.. christmas cards go above the fireplace until I take all other christmas decor down – then they hit the trash.

Birthday cards get hung on the fridge until someone else’s birthday rolls around.

To me, it’s just “junk” – not really a big deal.

I do however keep everything my fi gives me, in a box. Love notes from when he gets flowers delivered to my work, birthday cards, ect.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

I used to keep all my cards for yearsssss! Im talking 10+ years worth. I recently decided to get rid of them. 

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