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Staying in Touch with Greeting Cards Despite Migraines

Do you ever feel that Migraines have stolen your memory or organizational skills? I don’t know if Migraines have really done that to me, but it certainly seems that way sometimes. I used to be really good at remembering to send birthday and holiday cards. USED to be.

If this is a problem for you too, I have a system that you may find helpful. Hit a card shop in late December or early January, and buy cards for as many occasions as you can. Cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day, and other occasions that occur later in the year won’t be available, but Christmas cards will be on sale, and you can buy birthday cards any time.

How to make this system work:

  • Make a list of people to whom you want to send cards on birthdays and other occasions. If you organize your list by date, you’ll have a master list to check off during the year. List the people and cards for each month on a separate page. If you put addresses on your list, it saves you looking them up when the time comes to mail the cards.
  • Go to a card shop and buy as many of the cards you can for the people and occasions on your list.
  • While you’re out, stop at one of the “dollar stores,” K-Mart, Wal-Mart, or somewhere similar and buy a portable file box and some file folders.
  • Mark 12 folders for the months of the year.
  • Put the cards you bought in the appropriate folders. If the people the cards are for aren’t likely to move, you can go ahead and address them so they’re ready to put a stamp on them and mail them. Those that won’t be mailed are easy. Go ahead and write the names on the envelopes.
  • Mark your monthly lists to indicate cards you still need to buy. Place the lists in the monthly folders with the cards.
  • Each month, take a look at your list and your folder for the month. Then you can get the cards you still need and get them all sent or given.

This system can be customized to optimize it for your use. Lists can be created and maintained by hand or on your computer. I prefer to maintain mine in a spreadsheet because it’s easy to add to or make changes to the lists. It also saves rewriting the lists each year.

This type of system not only helps with organization, it helps us get cards out even if we’re having a difficult time with our Migraines and can’t get out to a card store. When Christmas cards and cards for other holidays are purchased in January, we can address them as we have time and feel well enough to do it. We give ourselves a gift in doing this too — the gift of feeling great about getting cards out to the important people in our lives without the stress of rushing at the last minute.

Migraines can be very isolating. It’s difficult to maintain relationships when Migraines are chronic and prevent our spending as much time with friends and family as we might like. Greeting cards are a great way to keep in touch and let people know they’re important to us.

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  • Teri-Robert author
    8 years ago


    I SO hear you on the forgetting. The monthly folders have been a great help to me. I also put events in Outlook on my computer, and found a service to go with it that sends a text message to my cell phone to remind me of events and appointments that are listed in Outlook. With nine grandchildren who would be very upset not to hear from Granny on their birthdays, I just can’t let them get by without sending cards and presents and calling them on their birthdays.

    I like the idea of putting them in your bills folder. I have to admit that there have been times when my Migraines were chronic that my bills were sometimes paid late because they simply slipped my mind. Thank heaven for audo-debit, online bill payments, etc. Most of our bills are set up to be automatically debited from our checking account. Not all of them offer that though. There are a couple I pay online, and for a couple that don’t do that either, our bank’s bill pay works well. I can just go online and enter the payment. Our bank will print and mail checks, at no extra charge, not even for the postage.

    Whatever it takes!

  • tucker
    8 years ago

    I am so good about putting those names on the calendar and I usually even have cards (maybe not person specific, but always generic will-do-in-a pinch), but I still seem to forget! The monthly file folder is a great idea. Esp since I like to get cards for folks as I see them (but then totally forget to send them…) I think I will try this – then maybe put them in my bills folder at the beginning of each month – just mailing them on the 1st and 15th. LOL! everyone will be so shocked to get them early, much less at all!

    Diane, who is thinking that “Christmas” letter that hasn’t made it out in at least 3-4 years will finally go out for Valentine’s day. Or maybe a snowman with hearts all around it???? (I used to make cards (like others scrapbook) until my craft space became the overloaded junkroom) So many people have told me they miss them – I don’t tell too many people about my chronic brain pain, but maybe this is the year to ‘fess up!

  • Teri-Robert author
    8 years ago

    Thanks, Shelly!

    Over the years, I’ve learned to do things ahead of time, when I feel well. So many times, that’s made the difference between something getting done or not getting done.

    I’ll definitely be sharing more organizational tips!


  • Shelly
    8 years ago

    This is a great idea! It will be so helpful since migraines keep me from doing a lot of things. It’s nice to organized things ahead of time when I’m migraine-free. If you have other oganizational ideas, I’m sure we’d all love to hear them! 🙂

  • Teri-Robert author
    8 years ago

    Thanks, Andrea, and you’re welcome! It’s really fun to share ideas when they can help other Migraineurs.

    I guess it could be said that Migraine has done something good for me — forced me to be more organized and do things in advance when possible.

  • Andrea
    8 years ago

    Excellent idea! I am going to do this. I am so tired of forgetting to send cards out. Thank you, Teri.

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