So in an effort to be more organized I have a little snail mail system that works pretty well for me. Allow me to share...
I start with a 3x5 card file box. I call it the "Post Card Catalog." Inside this lovely container (really it's just an old, not-so-lovely, unused recipe box) I have placed alphabetical dividers behind which I file my pen pals by name. I created two custom dividers with an index card and a stick on tab. These are "To Reply..." and "Mailbox Magic".
When I receive a piece of mail I find the pen pal's index card (or create one if it's a new pen pal). This card includes the name and mailing address of my pen friend. On the back of the card I've created two columns, "Received" and "Sent". I write the date on the back of the card under "Received" and draw a little box under the "Sent" column.
I file the card under the "To Reply..." where it stays until I get a chance to write back. After I've sent my reply I check the box and file the card alphabetically by name. Sweet! Organization!
I do keep my incoming post in a small box so I can refer to it when I'm writing replies. (I purposely keep this box small so I can't get too far behind!)
I also have a snail mail journal. I make a short entry about the post I receive...
"29 Sept 2014 Got some lovely post from a new pen pal from Australia! She included some snaps of a wallaby, koala and kookaburra!"
I try to avoid packrat tendencies so I only save extra meaningful post...things I feel future generations might enjoy reading...like love letters from Mr. Murphy!
Oh! You might be wondering about that "Mailbox Magic" tab??? Well, that is where I place the "post cards" of people to whom I want to send some spontaneous mail. Magic!!
Go postal, everybody! (In an orderly fashion)
XOXO Mrs. Murphy