Reader Kathy submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer:
What do people do with their diplomas? I have my high school, undergraduate, and graduate diplomas. They’re sitting in my closet because I don’t know what to do with them. I could frame them and put them in my cube, but no one else at work has done that. I wouldn’t enjoy looking at them framed at home, but I could hang them in the house.
Kathy, your question made me laugh because I have no idea how to answer it. All three of my diplomas sit in my office closet in a clear plastic sweater box labeled “THREE EXPENSIVE PIECES OF PAPER.” One is framed, one is in an envelope, and one is rolled up in a mailing tube.
Unless you’re a lawyer, medical doctor, psychologist, or professor, it’s usually socially awkward to hang your diploma in an office environment. That awkwardness increases tenfold if your desk is in a cubical. (Where would you even hang it?) The reality is that your coworkers and bosses want to know if a project is on time, is your work mistake free and sufficient in quality, is the client happy, and is more money coming in than going out — companies care about performance, not about where you went to school. Additionally, hanging diplomas up at home can be weird because you already know you graduated. At least in my experience, closets are the permanent storage location for the majority of diplomas in the world.
I want to open up the comments for suggestions because I sincerely have no good ideas for this one. Where do you store your diplomas? Does anyone frame and hang their high school diploma on the wall? Has anyone shredded theirs and tossed it in the trash? Where is your diploma and why? Do you have any creative solutions for Kathy?
Thank you, Kathy, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column. Sorry that I couldn’t personally be much help, but my hope is that one or more of our readers will have the perfect solution for your problem.
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