Receiving a thank you note in the mail is pleasant. It’s even more pleasant when you’re being thanked for something you didn’t realize would make an impact on the other person. This happened to me when I offered a simple organizing solution to a Realtor I had met at a networking event. She asked me if I had any ideas how she could keep all her real estate forms portable and organized. I suggested a portable accordion file. The next thing I know, I’m reading a very sincere thank you note that makes me smile. It just goes to show you, sometimes the simplest organizing solutions are the best solutions. In this case, find a good home for paper and things.
Growing up, my mother always had me write thank you notes whenever I received gifts. I appreciate her doing that (especially since I’m sure I didn’t cooperate all the time). But now it’s second nature, and I enjoy sending them because I know they’ll make someone feel good. Here are a few tips to make the Thank You Note simple.
- Keep a stash of thank you notes or blank cards on hand at all times. Before the holidays, make sure you get a couple of packs while you’re out shopping for gifts.
- Keep a list of the gifts you receive. As you receive gifts, immediately write down who gave you what. When you receive several gifts at one time, keep the gift card and the gift together so you can write them all down later.
- Keep the note short and sweet, something to the effect of “Thank you for the _____ you gave me. I love [the color, the way it looks in our living room, how yummy it is, etc.]. Thank you for thinking of me.”
Of course, to actually send the notes, you need to know people’s addresses and to use postage stamps. If you don’t know some addresses, try looking them up on WhitePages.com. If they are listed in their local phone book, they will appear in your search.
After the rush of getting married, a honeymoon, a name change and finding homes for the gifts, we are left with the task of writing the thank you letters to our guests. Contrary to many people, I do not mind writing thank you letters. In fact, the wording comes rather effortlessly for me.
Regardless of the ease I find in writing the letters, sitting down to do them all at once is neither realistic or appealing to me. Instead I have put it on my task list to write five thank you letters per week. Breaking down the task and holding myself accountable for making progress I am more likely to finish the letters.