So inspired was I by my medicine box makeover this week that I decided to tackle another area of disorganisation – birthdays.
I am officially hopeless at remembering birthdays, so much so that I normally rely on my sister to text me a couple of days before important datess, and am totally lost otherwise. The only birthdays I really remember, apart from the family I live with obviously, are my mum, dad and sister. If you’re not one of these people then apologies for all the birthdays I have accidentally ignored.
I do feel though that in this age of modern technology, fancy gadgets and what not that I should be able to organise myself. There isn’t really an excuse is there when you could have a million electronic devices all beeping at you at once? First off though I have to know when the birthdays are, so I text my sister for information. Birthdays are tricky – if you’ve known someone for most of your life it seems a bit rude to ask ‘so, when is you birthday exactly?’ It’s a bit like meeting someone new and forgetting their name. You can’t ask more than twice. After that you just have to make sure you never find yourself in a situation where you have to introduce them.
Armed with dates then, I spent a happy half hour tapping away on the iPad, setting myself reminders. Part one complete.*
The next stage is having a plan for when you get beeped at and realise you have five minutes until the last post goes. This is where my emergency birthday kit come in. Here I was very lucky, as The Art File very kindly sent me some bits and bobs to get me started, including a selection of birthday cards, some rather lovely notebooks to give as gifts and a box to organise it all in. The Art File have a really lovely collection of useful things, including assorted card packs, which would be perfect for a project like this.
(Spoiler alert: if you are someone that I am ever likely to give a notebook to as a gift in the future then look away now.)
Next I popped over to my local gift shop and got a few more cards, a couple of cute little gift bags and some lovely wrapping paper. I also popped in the personalised cards I got for Belle recently.
Then I added an assortment of ribbon.
Finally I added the boring bits – scissors, sellotape, stamps and a pen – and there you have it! I never have an excuse for forgetting birthdays again.
Are you good with birthdays? What’s your secret for remembering them?
*If you want me to remember your birthday in the future then please let me know what it is and I will try my best! I can’t promise you’ll get a notebook though.