hanging on

i’ve always been a packrat. ever since i was young, and in a very endearing way. i would hang on to the most random things, convinced that one day i would need them again for some reason. as i’ve gotten older (and been forced to move these things from my parent’s house to college to apartments and to houses), i’ve learned to let go. prom dresses have been donated. boxes have been cleaned out and thrown out. i’ve learned to simplify. (admittedly, i can still fall back into my old tricks, but i’m happy to report that i recently donated 14 purses to a local women’s group, and several suits to my stepmama’s women’s resource center. so there.)

but one of the things that i have always saved…literally since birth…were cards. greeting cards, cards sent with flowers. when i was young, i have this very distinct memory of having a large box filled with all of the cards that my parents were given when i was born. how cool is that? a huge thanks to my mom for thinking of doing that. (i’m thinking she might have had something to do with my packrat syndrome, but that’s neither here nor there.)
i still save cards. i have a drawer filled with cards for my son. i love having these as small memories of a special day or event that remind me how much others were excited for me. but that of course means that i needed some way to manage the keeping of these cards. (something more managable than an old shirt box.)

so to keep from having a mountain of cards falling everywhere, i needed a storage solution. i came across this great idea from apartment therapy that i incorporated into our decor. it’s super simple – just taking a simple glass bowl or vase or anything else you have that can collect and display cards (ours is a simple glass bowl/vase – picked up at tjmaxx for less than $10). i have ours in our dining room as a unique and personalized decorative accent. not all cards go in here – just the super special ones (like the very special anniversary card my son made for us on top) i love that it’s a cool conversation piece and what i love even more is that when i walk by, one will catch my eye, and i’ll stop and take a moment to re-read the card. it’s a nice reminder every day that i was special enough to receive a card from a special someone.




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