I don't know about you, but I am one busy Mama and some how I ALWAYS manage to send gifts and cards out late even when I had them picked out for the people months and month in advance. This year I am determined to find a better way to keep track of everything and getting them sent out ON time!
Because I buy (and make) cards for the individuals months in advance, I need an organized way to store them all so they don't get lost and I don't forget I already have one for the occasion. I come across (and will post when I find them) codes for creating personalized cards all the time. Websites like tinyprints.com, cardstore.com, and walgreens photo are some great websites to watch for offers including free cards.
So, I was looking at all the cards I already have, and I came up with the perfect way: A photo box! These frequently go on sale at Michael's for $2 and then you can use a coupon on top of that.
Use the dividers that come with it (or make your own) to separate by month for birthdays and anniversaries, and then by occasion for extra cards like thank yous, wedding, baby shower, miss you, get well, congrats, etc. Then on each month's card, write the loved one or friend's special date and even address to keep track. As you acquire and make the cards, file them in the appropriate spot.
I'll be keeping my card box close to my desk were I pay bills, so I can make a habit of checking the following month's important dates every time I pay bills.