I promise this tip will be quick....after I make a confession....
When I got married, it took me a long time to send out thank you cards for our wedding gifts.
Like, a really long time.
So long that people were calling to make sure I'd received their gift. In fact (here's the really horrible part) by the time I got around to the last few thank you cards, it had been so long that I was ashamed to send them at all. Some people never received thank you cards.
I know, I know....that's awful.
As a result, I am now very prompt with thank you cards.
So here's the simple tip. Because I like to keep things simple.
- Keep the cards where you can easily grab one
- Write it out and address it right away so that it isn't just one more thing to do hanging over your head.
I keep some thank you cards, and blank note cards in an organizer on my counter. When I come home with a gift or from a nice visit that warrants a thank you card, I prepare a thank you card, address the envelope and put it by the front door, ready to leave the house next time I do.
Right now I have generic thank you cards in that spot, but while we were receiving gifts for the twins I replaced them with a stack of baby themed thank you cards.
(Before I bought this pretty white organizer, I used a basket as seen in this post. Now that basket is holding pumpkins in the living room as seen in this post. I move things around. A LOT. Tweak your home until it works for you. When it stops working, tweak again!)
Anybody else ever let a Thank You card go so long that they were too ashamed to send one at all? Or is that just me?