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How to Best Store Clothes, Pictures, Art, and Other Finicky Items

Not all storage items sit in the storage unit patiently. Some can cause quite a bit of a raucous in terms of mildew, yellowing, and destruction. When it comes to these objects, packers need to take a few extra precautions before stuffing these items into storage for the next few months or years.

 

Clothes

 

Outfits can cause you stress, even in storage. Clothes are vulnerable to mildew and discoloration if stored for too long without the proper care. Most types of clothing should go into plastic or wooden boxes with lids. Place either acid-free tissue paper or white cotton pillowcases between each clothing item to help maintain the clothes' color. You'll want to make sure the lids have a hole or two so the clothes can breathe--otherwise the clothes can develop mildew when exposed to temperature fluctuation. 

 

Photos

 

Photographs are finicky things and are vulnerable to yellowing without the proper storage procedures. The best option is to choose a storage unit with cool and stable temperatures. It's also smart to keep your photos in containers which have passed the Photographic Activity Test (PAT). PAT indicates the container is free from damaging materials like oils and ink, which can ruin photographs. Most arts and crafts stores carry PAT containers.

 

Papers/Magazines

 

Paper paper paper. If there is one thing cluttering too many houses, it's paper. Of course, the last thing you want is your collection of diplomas, certificates, and published works turning yellow as you declutter your house and put them in storage. To best store paper-based items, packers should store their dry and clean paperwork in cardboard boxes free from oils and food stains. Certain types of oils can stain the paper and attract bugs.

 

Art

 

From Picasso to your children's finger paint, art is in the eye of the beholder. However, all artwork should be kept away from light exposure and stored in cool temperatures for a long lifespan. Don't wrap the art in plastic, since plastic traps in moisture. The best thing to do is wrap art in heavy but breathable cloth not touching the paint.

 

Electronics

 

Electronics are sensitive objects, especially in a storage unit. Electronics are susceptible to water damage if not stored properly. You definitely don't want to store electronics in an outdoor storage unit. Avoid using plastic wrapping, and instead, cover electronics with cotton sheets or canvas.

 

By using these tips, your winter coats, work certificates, and other items will be safe and sound, and just as pristine as you left them.