Are you a hoarder?
I'm definitely not a hoarder.
I just don't like throwing certain things away
In particular, sentimental things.
I especially don't like throwing away birthday cards.
As a child, my mom kept all my birthday cards and glued them into a book for me. I really enjoyed reading through those birthday cards for many years, until one day I decided to emigrate. Moving countries, is a true hoarding/sentimental/prioritising test. Before moving, I got rid of a lot of sentimental stuff that I really didn't need, I also kept a lot of sentimental stuff that I really didn't need. Somewhere in the move I threw out my birthday card books.
The bonus in growing up and not having as many big birthday parties, is that I don't receive as many birthday cards, and I don't need to decide what to do with them. My parents send me e-cards (which are GREAT ) there are personal messages, no carbon footprint, and I can just archive the link in my gmail. That way, I never get rid of it, yet it doesn't take up any space.
However, since having kids, the birthday card problem has returned. Here are two of my solutions.
One: Birthday-card decoupaged furniture.
Below is a pic of a wooden drawer set in my daughters' bedroom.
Here is a close up - you can see that I am in the ongoing process of using modge podge to decoupage their birthday cards (from their birth and first two years) onto the wood. On the top, I also used pretty paper napkins over the birthday cards. When I complete the decoupaging, I intend to paint over with varnish.
Two: Framed Wedding Card Art