I remember that sometime last year I showed you how I went about storing my snail mail. I had quite an elaborate system – I shoved my letters into a shoe box that I had covered with wrapping paper. Well, recently I went about upgrading that system. Now I have a bigger box!
This time, I went and bought a box in TK Maxx because they have a fantastic selection of pretty storage boxes. I spotted this large one with maps and the phrase ‘let’s find some beautiful place to explore’ which seemed fitting for my letters from around the world.
It’s quite a big box so it’ll last me for a while. I have all my 2015 letters in it on the left (June to December because I only actually started snail mail half way through last year) and my letters from 2016 so far (January and February as of when this picture was taken) on the right. It’ll be a lovely sight when I have the entire box full of letters.
I mean, that’s pretty much how I store my letters – in a box. Well, I also group them by sender so all the letters from a pen pal that year are together. For my 2016 letters, I use pretty clips to separate the letters and when the year is over I tie them into a bundle with some nice ribbon (because why not!).
As for storing my most recent incoming letters that I haven’t replied to yet, well, those sit in a little box on my desk along with my outgoing letters waiting to be mailed. The box is from a stationery gift set that I bought for €5 back in February from Aldi.
And that is my mail system! But I do have some more pictures of my mail for you to look at simply because I had fun taking pictures. I’m quite proud of getting my Lonely Planet travel guide to The World along with the wanderlust journal card in the background of my letters from around the world. Seems fitting! I have pen pals from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan and the US.
For the snail mail enthusiast out there, how do you go about storing your letters from pen pals?