Welcome to Day 3 of our 5-Day Holiday Organizing Challenge!
Today’s Topic: Your Holiday Correspondence Plan
If you’re in the habit of sending out greeting cards during the holiday season or you wish you were and always find yourself running out of time or energy before you get the cards out, schedule some time to plan and prepare for this holiday project. Set up a project timeline starting with the day you want your cards to be mailed, then work backward from there.
Buying or Ordering Your Cards:
What type of cards are you sending? Holiday greeting cards you just need to sign and send? Photo cards you create and upload for printing? Perhaps a written holiday letter to update friends and relatives on the happenings in your family over the past year? It’s time to decide and to begin writing your holiday letter or creating those online photo cards.
Creating or Updating Your Mailing List:
Schedule some time to consider who you would like to send cards to and either update or create a mailing list. Doing this electronically in a spreadsheet or contacts application will allow you to easily update in the future and allow you to print mailing labels or envelopes. A good habit is to match up return addresses from cards that you receive with your mailing list to catch address changes. What system do you use for maintaining your address list?
Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Make sure you have all the supplies that you need: a good pen that won’t smudge, postage stamps, return address labels or an address stamp, and a damp sponge or dabber for sealing the envelopes (or someone in the family you can recruit to do the job for you!). Will you be printing address labels or addressing the envelopes by hand? Whatever your process, you don’t need to do it all in one night and it might be fun to make it a family project!
How many of these tasks can be done before the holiday frenzy sets in? What can you do now?
Today’s challenge: decide on the type of holiday correspondence you will send and put the date on your calendar for getting them into the mailbox. If December feels too busy to you, consider sending a New Year’s card!
Please comment below and share the things you do to reduce stress and make the process of sending out holiday correspondence run smoothly. We’d love to hear your ideas!
Also, if you’re looking for a resource for keeping track of your holiday lists and to-do’s, our Simply Organized Holidays Workbook contains checklists and forms that you can use to make this your smoothest, most joyful season.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for our Day 4 tip and challenge!