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.)
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.