Monday, January 19, 2009

Too Adorable to Throw Away?

Quinn got this handmade invitation to a birthday party.


It is so cute that I don't want to get rid of it. But I know that keeping it is not a good solution. I could frame it and make it into art, but I don't have the wall space. It needs to be recycled.

I used to keep all kinds of greeting cards because I felt bad about recycling them. But unless they have sentimental value, they are just clutter. Now I keep them for a few days, look at them, show them to my kids, and try to squeeze full enjoyment out of them. Then I recycle them.

And I think that lets them serve their purpose without living in my house forever.

9 comments:

Manic Mommy said...

I've got a couple of years' worth of picture Christmas cards we received from friends and family. I hate throwing them away but what to do with them?

I wouldn't frame my former neighbor's kid's pictures but it feels wrong to dump them...

Stimey said...

I go through the same thing every year. You should get rid of them. If you sent a photo card to them, do you expect them to hold on to it? If not, you should consider all your enjoyment gotten and then recycle them. Keep photo cards of people your care about. Maybe cut the photo out and put them all in a box or an album.

*m* said...

The invitation qualifies as something that we describe in my house (when I'm trying to get my kids to clean out their desks) as "Fun but DONE."

As for Xmas card pix...I cut the photos out and slip 'em into one of those cheapy small photo albums from Michael's and keep the little albums with the rest of my Xmas stuff. It's kind of fun to flip through them and see how all my friends' babies have grown up.

Abbysmom said...

I put our favorite photo cards in magnet frames on the fridge. It's easy to enjoy and update them, and visiting friends get excited to see themselves. After I log who sent them, the rest get recycled on Jan 2nd.

Carmen said...

Just wanted to tell you that I am so happy I found your blog! I am trying to do the same but it is hard. I need to go through all the papers I have collected over the years, including a big stack of old cards. I look forward to reading more of your entries.

BetteJo said...

In this area - I'm good. I rarely keep any of the paper stuff. But uh ... it's the going through it all that gets me. It sits a while before I get to it. THEN - I show no mercy.

Anonymous said...

I had a really tough time with that invitation too. Maybe if we are super nice to M, more of those lovelies will come our way. Or we could purchase them.....

L

Kristina said...

Thanks for sending me this link via Twitter. I feel better knowing that others throw away these things too.

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

I think it's funny that we had the same discussions on our blogs about this!

Thank you for giving me the permission to toss them. I just don't have the time to put them in an album and am so tired of having this stuff sitting in miles around my house.