Professional organizer Scott Roewer sent me a Christmas card this year with an uncluttered message printed on the inside of the card. After the seasonal greeting and his signature was the phrase:
“This card expires January 2, 2010, at which time it should be recycled.”
Scott got the idea from Jill Revitsky, a professional organizer from Pittsburgh, who produces a line of greeting cards for organizers. On the inside cover of each of her Clearly Noted cards she includes the phrase:
“This card is good for one week — Then you have my permission to toss it!”
Unfortunately, I’ve already mailed my holiday cards, so I can’t do something comparable this year. However, I’m definitely going to add a similar sentence to my cards in years to come:
“You should immediately recycle this card or run the risk of it turning into a monster that will eat your arm.”
Okay, so maybe not exactly that, but you get the idea.