Whether it is a horrible local tragedy, or your favorite sports team wins the national championship, people feel inclined to hold onto these important newspapers.
But, do you ever look back at these items to read them? Or, do you think that someday your kids will want these reminders. Probably, no.
If someone wants to look up something, they’ll do so online. They won’t root around in the basement for that stack of papers they know their parents were holding onto.
Also, too many newspapers just become a fire hazard or a danger if they topple. If you want to find a particular piece of information, you’ll have to flip through numerous pages in countless editions to find what you want. Even if you didn’t go online, you could probably find a book that offers more information than a brief newspaper article.
Would it be interesting to flip through an old newspaper from the day you were born? Sure, it might be. Will you really do so? Would you expect your child or grandchild will want to?
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.