Every individual and situation are different in how they keep organized. Recently I went to a friend’s lake home to check out an unusual use of a Reusable Envelope.
To me, the old plain, plastic-lined envelopes were a wonderful place to put bills, receipts and other tax-related information. On the inside of the envelope was always the person’s name, address and phone number. Then there would be room for postage. All in all, it was a very neat way to send mail.
It seems the problem was that this good use for the envelope was being abused and put to use improperly. The envelope itself was often filled with personal items and not enough room for postage. This resulted in the envelope never leaving the person’s hands. Some people would even throw these at the mailbox when they received mail.
When I learned about this I immediately made one of two decisions. I could either get a new one or attempt to remedy the situation by creating my reusable envelope. There are many ways to design your own. I did my research online and came up with several different ideas that I am sure you can apply to your situation.
One of the best ways to create your reusable document envelope is to take an old piece of paper and staple the sides together. Then I sewed an envelope-shaped flap over the top of the old sheet of paper. I sewed this flap into place and stapled the sides of the envelope together.
Another great way is to make an envelope that looks like an envelope but has holes in the front for the person to hang something off of. Hang a piece of string from it. Place a magnet on one side of the envelope and the item you’re hanging off of on the other. Place the magnet on top of the hole and allow the string to hang through it. As the person pulls the string through the hole you can insert a sticky note underneath and hang it up.
If you have an item that you don’t want to lose such as a receipt, I also found a great way to dispose of it. By wrapping a piece of paper around it. Use a sharpie marker to write the person’s name and phone number on one side of the envelope. You can then place the receipt on the other side. Hang this on the mailbox outside.
This is a good idea because it prevents the item from becoming lost. And it makes it easy to find. I’m sure I’ve used this process already so it’s time to give it a try for myself!
The next thing you can do is to recycle items. This can be done by using the item’s postage.
Some companies will not accept the use of recycled mail for their own reusable and some companies will accept them. To determine which is the case, you can ask the company directly or consult with the National Recycling Center (NRC) website.
If you want to learn how to make a reusable envelope yourself then look for some free or inexpensive resources online. They usually contain step-by-step instructions. and photos to help you make your first reusable envelope.
Once you have a unique gift or creative idea for making one of your own, don’t be afraid to try. It’s free and the possibilities are endless!
One of the great things about making your own is that it is your very own and you have complete control over it. So don’t worry if you mess it up a bit, no one else will be able to see it either.
Another advantage of making your own is that you can make as many as you want. You can sell them to friends or family or even to your customers. And who knows? They may even end up being a huge hit!
Make one now. It’s free and you’ll be amazed at the variety of things you can create.