Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Yearbooks

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Today is the first day of 2024. Hard to believe! I hope you enjoyed a fun and safe New Year’s Eve last night and are looking forward to lightening up in the month ahead. We will begin the month by talking about how to let go of sentimental items, particularly yearbooks.

Yearbooks can be a lot of fun. They provide a window into our past and a reminder of how we used to look. Nevertheless, there may be reasons why you wish to get rid of yearbooks, such as:

  • You have yearbooks from relatives with whom you don’t really connect.
  • You don’t have particularly fond memories from your schooldays.
  • You are downsizing or are otherwise limited on space.
  • No one else in your family (e.g., children, grandchildren) wants them.

Whatever your reason for letting go, you may wonder what to do with them. Unless you went to school with someone quite famous, odds are that your yearbook doesn’t have much monetary value. That said, you can always check with your local book reseller to find out. In southwestern CT, you can reach out to David Greif at Griffin Books (email DAGreif at Yahoo.com). Another resource for all used books is Bookscouter.com, where you can type in an ISBN number to find out if there is a market or not.

If you’d like to see about donating them, your best bet is to contact the school from which they came. Sometimes the school will be happy to have them as part of their records. If you have moved away from your old school, be prepared to pay any necessary shipping to have your yearbooks returned.

If your alma mater is not interested, there are a couple of other options:

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is compiling a nationwide yearbook collection. They index and publish the yearbooks, making images available online. If you would like to learn more, click here.

Classmates.com

Classmates.com is a site that connects individuals with classmates from their old school. They are actively collecting yearbooks to be scanned and shared with their members. One thing to note is that they typically return the yearbook to you, so you may want to check the fine print if your goal is to totally let the yearbooks go. Learn more about their yearbook program here.

If you can’t find anyone who wants your yearbook, or if you simply want to dispose of it responsibly, your best option is to recycle it. Leather bindings or plasticized pages are not typically recyclable, but old paperback books are. Since there is nothing toxic in yearbooks, they can be placed into the regular trash if you don’t want to take the time to separate the recyclable pages from the rest.

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Yearbooks, like any other possession, should be kept only if they are adding value to your life. Never feel guilty for letting go of any item that you don’t use, need, or love.

Do you still have your old yearbooks? Have you ever thought of letting them go or do you like having them?

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16 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Yearbooks”

  1. Yearbooks are one of the items I see most frequently in homes. I have my own still and know where these are. Thank you for encouraging us to let go and not feel guilt or remorse.

  2. I got rid of my old yearbooks many years ago as I was not a happy camper in my High School. My husband still has his and has fond memories of those times. Thank you for the resources to help those who are ready to dispose of those yearbooks.

  3. Fabulous advice. I had a client last year who had all of his yearbooks, as well as his late wife’s yearbooks from high school, so eight in total with two overlapping years. He wasn’t quite ready to let them go, but liked my idea for donating them to the high school, but he passed away mid year in his late 80s, and I’m not sure his family feels ready to let go of the yearbooks yet now. These are all great solutions!
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  4. OK. I’ll fess up. I have my yearbooks from junior and high school. I don’t plan to let go of them for a few reasons. People wrote comments on them, and I like going back to read them every so often. Also, the one time I attended my high school reunion, it was helpful to look back at the yearbook before attending the event. It reminded me of people and some of the connections we had. In addition, I was the yearbook art editor in high school, so from that standpoint, it’s fun to look at.

    They only take up a little space. 🙂

    However, if I ever decide to let them go, I appreciate the resources you shared.

    1. Sounds like you have wonderful memories, and these are treasured keepsakes. How wonderful! I still have a couple of mine too. 🙂

      The vibe of this whole series is not pressure to let go, especially when it comes to sentimental items.

      Rather, my hope is to offer resources for those have made the decision to let go, but aren’t quite sure how forward.

  5. I have all my high school yearbooks and earlier class photos too. It would never occur to me to part with them, and I was shocked when I learned that a classmate had discarded hers.

    That said, when the day comes that I have to do more serious downsizing, it’s good to know there are places who might take them off my hands.
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    1. Sometimes people are tasked with getting rid of someone else’s yearbooks as well, so I hope these resources are something that can be kept on hand should the need arise!

  6. Great ideas Seana. I think yearbooks are the only item that you can find in every client’s home that they are not ready to let go of yet. It takes them back to the young age and fun times they once lived, memories they cherish. Thanks for sharing.
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