What To Put in a Letter Writing Kit

Resurrect the charmingly old school habit of sending letters and put everything you need in one simple kit.

I am a lifelong lover of all things stationery and I adore getting mail, so I decided I wanted to put my collection of cards and fancy paper to good use and finally start sending out some mailbox love to my friends near and far. 

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

Make it easy to make the return to snail mail again by putting everything you need in one simple kit.

I sent out a few notes early in the month after a quick trip to my favorite stationery store, but by the middle of the month, my commitment to send out a letter each day had failed. I would find a few minutes to write a note, but then I’d go on a hunt for a pen and I’d get distracted by laundry that needed folding. 

Or I would have a few minutes before I needed to pick up my daughter, but no idea where I’d put the card I had earmarked for a particular friend. This intention/distraction cycle happened many times over before I decided to try to create a new system. 

Inspired by Lish’s post on how to organize your greeting cards, I decided to organize my letter writing supplies. I know myself well enough to know I’m absurdly particular about pens, so I gathered up a few of my favorites to make sure I always had them on hand. 

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

Make it easy to make the return to snail mail again by putting everything you need in one simple kit.

Next, I collected all of the greeting cards, note cards and monogramed stationery I have stashed randomly around the house. 

I also grabbed a few rolls of my favorite washi tape, because we all know how much I love washi tape. Washi tape is fantastic for a pretty way to securely seal an envelope, especially if the taste of envelope glue makes you gag. 

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

Make it easy to make the return to snail mail again by putting everything you need in one simple kit.

Next, I found a sturdy box that I could fit into an alcove next to my favorite chair. Into the box went the pens, the stationery, the washi tape and my stamps. 

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

What To Put In A Letter Writing Kit

Make it easy to make the return to snail mail again by putting everything you need in one simple kit.

Keeping the box next to my favorite chair meant that anytime I’m relaxing, I can grab the box and jot off a quick note. And because the box is sturdy, it doubles as a makeshift desk.

This one simple organizational change has drastically increased how often I send letters, which I love. 

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