Some items being stored have more value than others. You may not worry how an old chair is holding up or how holiday decorations do while they are away for a year, but for items that hold sentimental and monetary value, you will want to take special care of these.
Baseball cards, historically significant newspapers and treasured family photos usually hold major value from a personal and financial standpoint. The right card or a really poignant front-page headline can be worth thousands and photos of a late loved one is priceless. The problem is, these items are fragile and don’t usually have a place among day-to-day décor and convenient storage spaces.
Often these pieces of memorabilia find a home in attics, closets and storage units. While these are perfectly acceptable spaces to stow mementos, how you store them is crucial to ensuring that they will survive years of being tucked away.
Understanding the Threats
There are some obvious threats to your items that are easily avoided. Light exposure and moisture and wreak havoc in a very short period of time, so you’ll want to avoid these natural elements at all costs.
Lesser-considered threats however, come in the form of living critters. Because theses belongings are paper-based, you just never know what six legged insect may want to snack on your stored collectibles.
Understanding the threats to your paper possessions is a huge part of keeping them safe. Know what dangers may be lurking in the areas you’ve chosen to store these irreplaceable items.
Tips for Safe Storage
Lori Ferber of Lori Ferber Collectibles offers these five methods for keeping baseball cards, newspaper and photos protected throughout the years:
1) Make sure it is worth saving in the first place.
2) Place it in a sealed container – preferably a plastic storage bin. Not a
3) Avoid sunlight and moisture, two of the most damaging elements to old
4) Realize that some deterioration in old paper items is inevitable. You can
only seek to reduce the potential damage over time – not eliminated
5) Keep boxes off the floor to avoid moisture and bugs from attacking boxes
or paper items. Bugs love eating paper.
Specialty Storage Options
In addition to storing your paper products in a safe spot within a plastic container, you can also add additional layers of protection.
For baseball cards, soft sleeves for each individual card can help create another barrier between your prized sports memorabilia and the outside elements. They come affordable and don’t really take up any additional space.
A newspaper topload holder is another great way to not only protect this delicate product, but to also keep it from getting wrinkled and bent.
Perhaps the most obvious solution for photos would be to place them in albums prior to storage. Just be careful about moisture exposure with the albums as this can cause photos to stick to the plastic and incur damage upon any attempts to remove them.
Paper is likely one of the most fragile items you can store alongside glass and cloth. Take special care of these belongings as they may also