After much prompting from someone in particular (my blogging-partner-in-crime, Joy, to be exact) I’ve decided to sit down and try and put together my thoughts about what I’ll call The “Art” of Snail Mail. ‘Cause, let’s be honest, everyone LOVES getting something special in their mail box every once in awhile – and by special I’m not meaning your APS bill, a letter from your HOA or the worst – all of that junk mail!
So let’s start off with a definition from Urban Dictionary because well, some of you ladies may not even know what the term “snail mail” refers to 🙂
snail mail – Using the regular postal service as opposed to e-mail; suggesting that the service is as slow as a snail.
Yes ladies! People actually do send cards, letters, packages and postcards still. It may be shocking to you, but it’s true.
But the question I’ve been asked time and time again is specifically “How do I actually remember to put a card/package in the mail?” So, to answer your question I’ve put together a list – we’ll just call it Steph’s How-To’s of Snail Mail (because frankly, I can’t come up with anything more creative).
Steph’s How-To’s of Snail Mail
1) Keep a Calendar with Important Dates Highlighted. I know, I know…with the invention of the smart phone it seems as if an actual printed calendar may seem like overkill. It isn’t. Really. For our calendar I highlight birthday’s in blue and anniversaries in pink. Choose whatever color you want but be sure to highlight those dates so you’re sure to remember your loved one’s on their special days.
2) Keep your Calendar in a very visible place. Ours is on our fridge. Why? Because as a mom, I open that fridge at least 25+ times a day so the dates on the calendar are consistently on the forefront of my mind. Pick a spot that’s one of the most visible places in your home and throw the calendar up there.
3) Think one week ahead. That’s one of the bummers about snail mail. That’s why it’s called snail mail – it’s just a bit slower than your gmail account “send” button. Every week I’m looking to what events are on our calendar for the following week as I want to be sure to get cards and packages in the mail on time. Most cards shipped via USPS will arrive anywhere within 3-5 business days of being shipped.
4) Keep cards on stock. This is honestly the best advice I can give you. When you buy a card at Target, buy 5 others. Birthday cards, anniversary cards, thank you cards, just saying hello cards. You’ll use them if you have them! Really, you will! I promise. When you have plenty of cards available it’s super easy to stick it in the mail to your friends and family AND it will more than likely get there on time. It simply helps to reduce the stress of having to make a special run for a card.
5) Send just because cards/gifts. Although special occasion cards/gifts are always welcomed, a “just because card/gift” is an extra special treat in my book. Send a card telling someone you’re thankful for them. Send a card letting an old friend know you’re thinking of them. The list could go on and on.
6) Remember the “Other” Events Too. Snail mail isn’t just for birthday’s and anniversaries. Don’t forget to send something when you find out a friend is expecting, is engaged, got a promotion, is hurting (physically or mentally) or like I said in #5 – just because.
BONUS: Don’t forget all of those baby birth dates. The day I get a text from a family member/friend announcing the birth of their baby, I mark it down on the calendar.
So that’s’ it ladies! Nothing overly special – but hopefully something to encourage more simplicity in your busy lives.
Any snail mail suggestions from YOU??!! Comment below.
Steph is the Co-founder of Scottsdale Moms Blog and Social Media Director for Family Matters. She is mamma to Nora (July 2009) and wife of Alan. She loves shopping for great deals, wearing funky jewery and spending loads of time with friends. Steph gets a kick out of multitasking and loves nothing more than throwing a good party. You are always welcome to e-mail Steph at [email protected].