How to Organize Greeting Cards
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Looking for a good way to organize your greeting cards? If none of the store-bought greeting card organizers seem up to the task, or you aren’t interested in spending any money, try this simple method that I’ve been using for years. It’s easy to set up, and just as easy to scale up as your collection expands. I’ve even included a free printable and svg file that you can use to get the job done.
The key to my simple method: greeting card dividers.
Over the years, I’ve slowly assembled a collection of greeting cards to cover just about any occasion. Being frugal, my cards have all come from free offers, yard sales or friends and family who were thinning their own greeting card stashes.
When I began collecting, my greeting cards fit neatly in the little basket pictured above, and I created a set of dividers, so I could organize my cards by occasion. This made it easy for me to file my cards as I got them and to “shop” for a card, whenever I needed one.
My greeting card collection has grown quite a bit since then, but those dividers still work just as well today. Whenever I need to add another occasion to my card collection, I just add a new divider, and I’m good to go.
This is my current greeting card set-up. It’s quite an upgrade from my initial set-up. I got my husband to build me four custom boxes to house my collection. The insides of each box measures 15.5″ long x6″ wide x 4.5″ deep. I’ve found the 6-inch width works well with most cards.
He built the boxes out of some scrap wood that we had on hand. Then, I painted them to give them a pickled look, and added a yard sale bin pull to each end, so they’d be easy to pick up and move around.
The first box holds most of my greeting cards, sorted by occasion. The second box holds my Christmas cards. The third box holds blank cards, and the fourth box holds invitations, postcards and spare envelopes.
I keep my greeting card boxes on the top of a dresser in my gift closet.
I still find myself adding new dividers from time to time, but here are the occasions that I currently have in my card collection:
- Father’s Day
- Get Well
- Mother’s Day
- Thank You
- Thinking of You
- Valentine’s Day
The dividers are arranged in alphabetical order, so it’s easy to quickly zero in on the occasion that I need.
You may also find it helpful to create a divider for each month, so you can file your cards by the month they need to be mailed.
Printable Greeting Card Organizer Divider
If dividers sound like just the thing to get your greeting cards under control, I have a free printable you can use to create them. Just open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader; type the first occasion you need on the tab; and hit print. Then, repeat the process, until you have a divider for each occasion.
Print Greeting Card Organizer Dividers
Note: This is an editable PDF, so you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader in order for it to work properly. It’s available as a free download, if you don’t already have it on your computer. If you’re having trouble printing or editing one of our printables, click here for help.
I printed my dividers out on cardstock and laminated them to make them extra sturdy. If you decide to laminate yours, I recommend doing it, before you cut them out.
Free Greeting Card Divider SVG File
Own a Cricut, Silhouette or another cutting machine? Here’s a free SVG file that you can use to cut out your dividers. This isn’t editable, like the printable version, so you’ll need to use a label maker or pen to fill out the tabs, after you’ve cut out your dividers.
I love this idea! I have cards all over the house and every commercial “greeting card box” I buy becomes too small in a hurry. Thanks Erin!
I have used this system for some time but also have anniversary, graduation & sympathy because I make my own cards for the most part. I also have another box with dividers by month. The divider has each date with a line next to it, in 2 columns. On the correct line, I write the name of the person whose birthday or anniversary falls on that date. When I have the card for that person, I face it toward the envelope & paperclip a little sticky-note size paper to it with the name & date on it. It is a cinch to pull out the card & mail it, then the little note & paperclip goes into a plastic bag to await use next year. Hope one or the other system helps you.
My dilemma is the envelope flaps are sticking to the cards and ruining my cards. Any ideas, please?
That sounds like a humidity issue. I’d store them in a sealed container, with a few silicate gel packets to absorb any moisture. That should help.
I also get a free monthly Hallmark (crown rewards free club) card. Never thought to ck at yard sales. This is a great idea instead of my current jumble! LOL