So, what do you do with all the letters that you receive from correspondents? Do you keep them or throw them away after you have read them?
I keep all my correspondence, which presents the next problem...how do you store all those letters and postcards?
When I first started corresponding with new people it was not all that difficult, because I didn't have that much mail and I would just tuck the letters into the back of the journal that I was currently writing it. But as my list of penpals grew this method quickly became impractical.
I had this black photo storage box which was just sitting around so I turned it into a letter and postcard storage box.
However, it quickly filled up and I obviously needed something bigger. This box is now used to hold my "fold and mail" stationery and other small pads and writing stuff.
I told George that I needed something bigger in the way of a storage box, and I was actually thinking of some of those plastic boxes, when he brought two of these home. This is a colorful file storage box, used to substitute for a file cabinet. It is a little large for the purpose that I intended but it works.
This box is especially good for larger envelopes and some package envelopes. I've kept some of these because I like the stamps or the addresses. Like the unpronouceable one from Wales which contained the pen I blogged about The Unknown Brit, or the one from the Ukraine from a fellow FPNr with whom I swapped a nib for a Parker 45. But it still really wasn't what I wanted.
Then last weekend I stopped by Target to pick up a couple of things and found this box on the sale shelf. It measures 11-3/4" by 10" by 6" and is proving to be perfect. Yes, it's missing a stud on the front, which I didn't even notice until I took the photo for this review. But who cares?
Here's the best part: This box was originally priced at $29.99, but was on sale for $7.34. Hey, you can't beat that...and when I fill it up, I'll just move the letters to my yellow file and start over.
I also bought some colorful, eco-friendly, file folders and cut them to size to make the dividers. I get two dividers from each folder and then I use what's left and make it into an envelope using the pattern I found on Tejal's website Artistic Inklinations. Kind of cool, nothing wasted here.
Lastly, I use colorful gel pens to label the dividers or address the envelopes.