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Crafting a Collection: How to Store Your Treasured Belongings

April 23, 2020 in Storage Blog

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Hobby organization starts with having proper collectible storage to prevent unnecessary damage. Whether you’re storing your belongings in a basement or in a storage unit, you have to think about the outside forces that can ruin your items. With proper cataloging and storage, you’ll know exactly where things are and keep them protected in the process. If you’re a collector, consider self-storage as a way to help you keep your items protected from the elements and organized, allowing you to enjoy them for years to come!

Tips for Hobby Organization and Collectible Storage

Think About the Lighting

Direct lighting, especially from the sun, affects paper collectibles such as posters, artwork, and cards. It can dry out the paper, cause it to fade, and make it weaker over time. Light also affects fabric materials in a negative way. When you’re storing your belongings, always consider the lighting. Don’t keep your items exposed next to a window. Instead, use UV-resistant packaging to protect your collectibles from fading.

Watch Out for Humidity

Humidity is an enemy to your belongings. It not only causes certain materials to shrink or to crack, but it also promotes mold and mildew. High humidity levels also attract pest insects such as silverfish, which could feast on your paper collectibles. Maintaining the humidity will keep your belongings protected while they’re in storage. Use a dehumidifier in a basement or attic to keep moisture levels from damaging your items.

Keep the Temperatures Adjusted

Extreme temperatures can have a negative effect on your collectibles. The storage temperature should also not go through extreme fluctuations. Going from 80 degrees one day to 45 degrees the next is just as damaging as sustained extreme temperatures. Storing your belongings in an attic or a basement is never a good idea, especially if it’s not properly insulated and kept at a consistent temperature. Sudden changes in the temperature can cause cracks and other damage to glass, plastics and ceramics. Use climate controlled storage to keep your belongings at a consistent temperature and humidity level.

Climate-Controlled Storage Protects Your Belongings

When you invest in climate controlled storage, you protect your belongings from light, humidity and temperature damage. If you decide to store them at home, make sure to keep direct lighting off your belongings and to maintain the humidity levels. Storing your items in a temperature-controlled unit will not only protect them from physical damage but also keep them locked away and safe from burglary. To find a climate controlled storage unit for your belongings, visit Absolute Storage Management’s location page