For the longest time I had our addresses printed out on about four or five pieces of paper. Traditional 8 1/2 x 11 size. It was printed from some database program I had. At some point the database I used became obsolete. I had to rely on the papers. I would cross out an old address when someone moved and simply write their new address next to their name. It worked, but it was just getting messy!
Earlier this year, I decided to put the addresses I had written down into a different form. On index cards. I went through my pieces of paper and wrote each person's or family's name and address (and in some cases a phone number) on one index card. I used my colored pens for fun!
Once I had a stack of completed index cards, I punched each one with a hole and attached them to a ring to keep them all together. Yes, of course, they are alphabetized by last name!! I think I saw this idea on Pinterest. Of course that idea was even prettier than the basic set up I came up with, but mine was free. I already owned the index cards, the ring and the pens!!
I currently have mine stashed in my desk drawer, but I can imagine it could be hung from a hook in a convenient spot where one might usually write cards. It could just be put in a basket with other letter writing needs, such as address labels, stamps, pens, envelopes, stationary and cards.
I'm happy with my new way to keep these addresses organized. I had at one time considered finding an online program to handle such things or enter them into my email system. Once I saw the idea on Pinterest, I knew it would be more fun. In fact, it was so fun, I actually made another stack with addresses for my girls friends! I like that I kept them separate so that I'm not always looking through all their friends trying to find mine.
How do you keep your addresses organized? A book, a file, online? I'd love to hear how you keep this information at your finger tips!