House For Six

Holiday Card Station

Deme CrinionComment
I could have titled this "Cultivating the Art of the Hand Written Letter" or "How to Body Slam Your Inner Procrastinator", but I stuck to the middle ground.

This past year has been overwhelming and challenging and really amazing....all thanks to a little girl named Livy Joy.  Admittedly, survival mode was the name of my game and one of the biggest areas to suffer was correspondence. Which is sort of important since most of our closest friends and family are scattered across the country.  I was late remembering special days and one missed thank you note lead to another.

In the coming year, I'm hoping to redeem that.  And with the onslaught of holiday cards hitting my mailbox, there couldn't be a better time to start.  To set myself up for success, I put together my own little holiday correspondence zone.
Holiday card station

I took a cue from this letter writing station we made for our daughter last year. We set up an area where she would have everything she needed to write and send off a letter.
Letter writing station
She still loves and uses this all the time.  In fact, I plan to sneak a new set of thank you cards into her stocking and pop her gift list into her station so she can easily work on thank you's during the Christmas break.

I filled my own card station with much of the same.  I wanted a spot to manage our own Christmas cards, update my address book as new cards come in, and keep track of gifts/thank you's.  I also wanted to keep a few extra blank cards in case I needed an unexpected holiday greeting.
Holiday card station

Holiday card station

Here's the run down of what's inside:

-Our family Christmas cards/envelopes
-Thank you cards/envelopes
-Blank note cards/envelopes
-Notepad for gift/thank you lists
-Address book
-Stamps
-Pens
-Clothes pin
-Branch from our tree #freearomatherapy

The Santa clothespins were a fun little DIY from a couple years ago that we use to display all the Christmas cards that come in throughout the month.  I stole one for this caddy and use it to keep outgoing mail together.
Holiday card station


Holiday card station

Having all the stamps right here instead of floating in my purse and random drawers throughout the house is (sadly) life changing.
Holiday card station

I keep this caddy on the desk in our kitchen, where most of our other household management tasks happen....making it easily accessible and super convenient.
Holiday card station

Holiday card station

The most important thing for me actually getting something in the mail is having ALL the things I need to do it in one spot.  Because laziness is strong over here and if I have to run all around the house for cards, then stamps, then my address book, well....it's a lost cause.  Throw in a large mailing like Christmas cards and keeping track of thank you's - I need all the help I can get.

And so far, so good!  Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest impact.  This is one of my favorite additions to our Christmas decor (if you can call it that) thus far. It only took me a few minutes to put together and it's already saving me time and sanity.  You can't beat festive and functional!


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