6 Things to Consider When Storing Keepsakes
There is so much good that comes with a life well lived–the endless memories, the cherished moments, and the souvenirs we accumulate along the way. With all of our sentimental treasures, it’s no wonder we find ourselves running out of space in our homes, attics, basements, and garages as we try to find ways to store all the keepsakes and items we hold dear.
As one of Sydney’s most trusted storage facilities, we know how convenient storage space can be, whether you’re moving, downsizing, decluttering, or just looking for more space. And they happen to be perfect for storing all of your sentimental treasures. So, let’s dive in and explore our top 6 tips on how to best store keepsakes and sentimental items.
1. Take inventory of what you have.
Before you start packing your keepsakes into boxes, take some time to go through them and decide what you want to keep, what you can part with, and what can go into long-term storage. Don’t be afraid to get a little ruthless! Do you really need that commemorative mug from the 1998 Olympics? Do you even want to keep that sweater your ex gave you? Once you’ve separated the proverbial wheat from the chaff, make a list of the items you plan to store, and consider creating a spreadsheet or a database to keep track of them. It may seem like overkill, but trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
2. The right containers are key.
When it comes to storing your items, not all containers are created equal. Sure, cardboard boxes are cheap and abundant, but they’re not exactly built to last and can attract pests into your unit. Plastic bins, on the other hand, are durable, stackable, and provide better protection against creepy crawlies and moisture. Plus, they come in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can color-code your storage while impressing your friends with your mad organisational skills. And if you really want to go all out, consider investing in some acid-free archival boxes for your most delicate items, such as photographs, artwork, and paper documents.
3. Label everything.
Labeling your storage containers may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to do it or do it haphazardly. Don’t be one of those people! Invest in some quality labels or masking tape, and make sure you label each container with its contents, the date it was packed, and any other relevant information, such as fragility or special handling instructions.
4. Pack strategically.
When it comes to packing your sentimental items and keepsakes, there should be a method to your madness. Start by packing your heaviest items on the bottom of the container, and layer lighter items on top. This will help prevent damage to fragile items and ensure that your containers are stable when stacked. Use bubble wrap, packing paper, or foam peanuts to fill any gaps and provide cushioning for delicate items. And don’t forget to leave some breathing room in each container to allow for air circulation and prevent moisture buildup.
5. Consider climate control.
Speaking of moisture and depending on the climate where you live, you may need to consider renting a storage unit with climate control. Extreme temperatures and humidity can damage sensitive items such as electronics, wooden or leather furniture, artwork, photographs, paper documents, and musical instruments. Climate-controlled storage units regulate temperature and humidity levels, providing a safe and stable environment for your valuables. While climate-controlled units are usually more expensive than regular units, knowing your personal treasures will remain free from warping and mildew makes the additional cost worth it.
6. Don’t forget security.
When it comes to storing your items, security is an important consideration. You don’t want to store your valuables in a unit that is easily accessible to thieves or prone to break-ins. Look for a storage facility that has a secure perimeter, surveillance cameras, and a robust security system. Some facilities even have on-site managers or security guards for added protection. And of course, always lock your unit with a sturdy padlock and keep the key in a safe place.
Using a storage unit can be a great solution for those who are short on space or need a place to keep their treasures safe. If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art storage facility with climate-controlled units monitored 24/7 by CCTV security cameras, we hope you’ll contact us at Holloway Storage. It just makes sense to store your irreplaceable items the right way…with Holloway.