Good morning! Another lovely Tuesday and we're here talking about snail mail, could it get any better? Last week I went over my tips on how to build an inventory; this week we're going to build upon the greeting cards you've put together and talk about creating an entire snail mail command center. Let's get started!
So why do you need a command center? First and foremost, it's just like we talked about last week: having everything organized and on hand means you'll be more likely to and more excited about sending out your cards when you need to. Let's say you have to mail a couple of birthday cards every month: if you know you have the cards, stamps, and addresses ready, it becomes a fun project rather than a chore to mail out the cards.
If you watch any cooking or baking shows you might notice that the cook usually has all the ingredients measured and set out on the counter before starting the recipe. This is a huge help not only in making sure the recipe comes together at the right time, but also that it's measured correctly and no ingredient is forgotten. This can be applied to your mailing process! If you have all the stamps, cards, pens, envelopes, and addresses together in one spot you can easily sit down, write out your card, and pop it in the mailbox all at once. You don't have to run around searching for stamps, boot up your computer to check Facebook for an address, or wait until your next shopping trip to buy a card. Having everything ready to go lets you get it done right when you think of it so it's not a giant chore, it's a fun and simple task that makes you happy and most definitely makes the person receiving the snail mail happy.
So what things should you have in your command center to make it easy and fun? Stationary things! If you're here, I'm assuming you're a paper nerd like me, so let's geek out about the fun products you can keep stocked in your snail mail command center:
- Cards and envelopes | I go into detail about what cards you should have on hand here.
- Stamps | I talked all about stamps a few weeks ago here. After reading the post you'll be able to figure out what stamps you specifically should stock up on.
- Pens, markers, pencils | Whether you're a straightforward black or blue pen kind of person or a multicolored marker writer, stock your space with writing tools that make it fun and inspiring. Is anything more annoying than a pen drying up halfway through a letter?
- Paper, stationary, sticky notes | Having pretty paper and personalized stationary makes sitting down and writing your letter an experience rather than just another thing to do. Post-it-notes are great for jotting down a brief explanation on why you are sending a magazine or newspaper clipping to that person specifically. Tell them why you thought of them, it will make your card even more personal!
- Scissors and tape | For obvious cutting and taping reasons. Bonus fun points for washi tape!
- Stickers | Great for those envelopes that aren't really sticking (or if you want to skip the whole licking process) and for decorating.
- Address Stamp or Stickers | These are a hand-cramping lifesaver, especially during the holidays. You can also print your own address stickers or order them online.
- Address Book | We've already discussed my feelings on having a hard copy of your addresses and having it right by all your mailing tools is a no brainer!
- Calendar | Having a wall or desk calendar by your command center allows you to keep better track of not only what you have going on, but also what's coming up as far as card-sending events.
- Things You've Saved | These are the little magazine clippings, newspaper articles, recipes jotted down, pictures, children's artwork, etc. that you've saved to tuck into your next card.
- Fun Extras | Crayons, markers, colored pencils, stamps, glitter, tissue paper, post cards, perfume, or anything else you can think of that will make your snail mail fun, personal, and unique!
- Organizers | Pen cups, cubbies, paper storage folders, drawer dividers, and anything that creates a neat, organized, and accessible area to avoid the frustrating rummaging that happens if you toss everything in one bin or drawer.
Once you have all the things you want and need to make your snail mail command center, find the best spot for it. If you like clean spaces and don't want everything out and visible, devote a drawer in the kitchen or a tote in the hall closet to this purpose. Make it central, but somewhere that won't annoy you. For example, I have a medium sized kitchen and definitely don't have enough drawers to spare one, so my command center is tucked away in an antique secretary desk in our guest room. It's on the first floor a few steps from the kitchen and front door, so it's accessible, but not in the way or cluttering up my counters. If you have a hobby room/area this would be a great space to keep your cards as all the extras you need are already at hand. Like most things in your home, if it's tailored to your style you'll enjoy it more so make it eye catching (whatever that means to you) and accessible.
Okay, that wraps up this Tuesday's discussion on all things "on it" regarding your snail mail! I'd love to hear what you do to keep your mail going out on time on the regular so let me know your ideas in the comments below. Next week we're going to talk all about how to get the people you live with involved in your process without pulling teeth or missing a deadline. See you next week!