DSC_0529I found this “mailbox” lunch box at an antique store in town and instantly snapped it up…  I especially love the “Mr. Zip” on the side (hehe).  While I don’t take my lunch to work much these days, I did think that this could be the perfect vessel for housing outgoing mail…  DSC_0504We often write “thank you” notes at work to customers, and having a way to organize them seems pretty perfect.  I’m just excited that now I have a cute way to do it!

This adorable little mailbox only cost me $14 (but honestly I would have paid more).  I completely love the graphics on it, as well as the overall design.  With the “mailbox” look on both sides (including the flag), I think it’s a pretty special piece.

To act as a divider for the outgoing mail, I cut some kraft cardstock and added Avery tabs with the name of each month.  I love that these tabs are self-adhesive and the title can be changed easily too!  To keep with the colors of the box, I only used the red, white and blue options from the package, and I think it works well.

Here’s a shot of the inside, showing the monthly tabs and a few cards already filed in place.DSC_0539

My grandmother, who sent a birthday card to EVERYONE she knew (maybe that’s where a love of paper), taught me a pretty cool trick when I was in college.  She used to label each envelope (in the top right corner) with the date that it should be mailed to get to the recipient ON their birthday.  If all of the cards are filed away nicely, all you have to do is pull out the card to be mailed (on the date listed), place a stamp over the written date, and drop it in the mail!  DSC_0543Such a simple (but totally genius) idea that has stuck with me for YEARS…  It’s been really helpful!

I’m so excited to have this little treasure as my “mail organizer”.  It’s WAY better than a boring office filing system, don’t you think?  🙂  Happy mailings, all!