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The Dime
I have a lot of trouble throwing things out. I realize this, and I'm thinking this whole moving thing would be easier if I were just able to part with more. I'm about to throw out my class notes and folders from both Chemistry courses, Calculus II and Intro to Psychology. But I'm nervous, like always. Can anyone think of a reason to keep this stuff? I mean, reasons that aren't crazy like mine. "Some day, some where, some how, someone might need this!"

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I have three ECONOMY SIZED 16oz Styrofoam cup boxes full of notes I have kept.
Need I say anything more?

Most of my notes I finally got rid of after graduation...unless there was no text for the class.

However, I still have hard copies of almost every paper I wrote the whole four years. And some papers from high school, too. The only ones I don't have are the ones I never printed off my own copy of at the end of my last semester, and never got returned to me.

You don't even want to know what writing a thesis will do to a packrat. *looking nervously at the corner filled with old journal club articles and stuff that could possibly be useful for my thesis, if I ever dig it up*

To Toss, or Not to Toss?

Have you ever looked at the notes once the class ended? Will you, in the forseeable future, every take classes where you would look at the notes? If you answered no the the above questions, Toss them!

On the other hand, I still have a box of notes, handouts, etc. from some of the class I liked more than most. The notes from my Womem in Classical Antiquity class I actually refered to after the class was over. So I kept them. They might not survive the next move, however.

I tend to keep source documents and research for the papers I enjoyed writing - and I do go back to those from time to time. On the other hand, paper weighs a ton.

If you ever need to know anything about these classes ever again, I think it would be reasonable to say that you can ask your friends (which is us) for help on such a thing. And if you ever need to use calculus again, for any reason, let me know so that I can help - it imagine it would be quite hilarious!

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