The fate of your newspaper collection


You know you’re in Washington when practically all of your clients have a stash of newspapers with headlines from presidential elections.  I saw a surge in these after President Obama was elected, though the collections weren’t at all limited to him.  In recent years though, I’ve held many a clients’ hand as they felt it was time to send those out with the rest of the recycling.  Recently a client did just that, her collection pictured here in the recycling bag.  Pause was given, but no tears were shed.  A few days later, I was at an estate sale and saw a similar collection for sale from Clinton’s and Bush’s elections - proof that this is not a new phenomenon! 

Within one week, I saw one collection get recycled and another get sold to strangers.  

Do you have a collection of newspapers or magazines with headlines of historical interest or sentimental value?  Given the likelihood of these (or similarly mundane) fates, are they worth the space they take up?  To what extent are they truly cherished?  Is it worth the effort it will take to determine if they are of any real monetary value?  Are you willing to let them go? Please share in the comments! 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.