How many times have you gone to your address book, only to find that you’ve had 4 or 5 different entries for one person and you’ve used up tons of room? So you cross off, try to erase or go over the pencil with pen to make it slightly easier to read. Do you end up purchasing new pages to copy the information over again. This is fine if you have spare time on your hands and some extra cash.
Have you ever found just the right address book and thought that it would work forever, but when you went to replace the pages or tabs, you found they weren’t available anymore? How do you keep all of these addresses in alphabetical order if you are constantly adding or changing information?
In 1987, I started doing direct sales. Without all of the great software that’s out today, it was hard to keep track of all the client information I had. So I started using index cards and boxes to log all of my clients and their pertinent information. The different information was broken down in all sorts of ways, for example, hostesses of parties were in the box with monthly tabs so that I could keep track of when they had their parties. I also put cards for upcoming parties in there. Hostesses personal information and clients who didn’t host parties were in a regular address card file in alphabetical order.
After I got out of direct sales business for a bit, I had index card files left. It occurred to me that when a customer no longer wished to purchase products, I took her card out and put it in a box for non-purchasing clients. The ones left were STILL in alphabetical order. Since I had all the boxes and tons of cards, why not use them instead of my address book? I copied all of my addresses onto index cards and put them in the boxes.
One day however, we moved and my mother thought I could use an address book she had laying around. It had a bunch of single, small inserts, one for each person, so I could take out old ones and put in new ones without ruining the alphabetical order. Again, I switched. This book was a good idea, but that company isn’t around anymore, or at least “I” couldn’t find their replacements. Also, the little inserts didn’t hold up for very long.
I went on an Christmas organizing retreat and was introduced to some great address cards that are the size of large index cards. What I’d been using wasn’t working, but until my kids started handing me lists with all of their friends information on it, I didn’t realize how much I missed this concept. When I saw how nice the cards were, I wanted them! Just pick up index boxes, size 4″h x 6″w x 2 1/2″d or something close from your local stationary store. Purchase these unique and specialized cards and start writing. I’ll forget to write down the different information on my own. With these cards, I don’t have to remember, they’re pre-printed!
Pre-printed Address Cards
With three teens in the house, there are a LOT of friends to have to know about. For a while, I had a piece of paper torn out of their notebooks with a list of their friends phone numbers. But with these cards, everyone fills out the info on their friends and puts it into the pretty box on the counter. If they’re not friends with one of the kids anymore, they can just throw away the card. How much easier can it get? I’ll tell you… This way, everyone can write in pencil so they can erase if their friends information changes.
Krisann Blair of Christmas Organizing made these to keep your friend’s, family’s and client’s names and addresses (plus more information) organized in a different way. Perfect for home and business! I recommend these to anyone and everyone.
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a central place to put everyone’s information and when someone moved, you could just make a new card without taking it out of alphabetical order? I know I’m thrilled to have received these for my home.