Are you resolving to declutter your home in the new year, but having a hard time finding a place for your sentimental possessions? A great solution is to put items such as sports memorabilia, vintage vinyl records, old vacation souvenirs, or even your wine collection in a climate controlled storage unit. By placing them in storage, you can cut down on clutter in your home while still holding on to the possessions that are most meaningful to you. Here are a few tips to help you store those items safely and securely.
Picking the Right Container
The type of container in which you choose to store your memorabilia will largely depend on the items themselves. If you are storing paper goods, such as photos or old newspapers, a waterproof, air-tight bin will preserve your possessions while blocking out moisture. Long, flat bins will also prevent folding or bending. If you are storing vinyl records, make sure that each record is placed in a sleeve, and place them upright in crates.
Moisture and Heat Control
You will want to store most sentimental possessions in an environment where they can remain dry and cool. Humidity can often lead to mildew, and if plastic or vinyl items get too hot, it can easily warp and bend. Determine the ideal storage environment for the items you will store, and plan accordingly when packing them up and moving them into your storage unit.
If you have a large wine collection that you would like to store away from home in order to free up space, you may want to keep the collection in its own storage unit, as the temperature and humidity controls need to be very specific in order to ensure proper preservation. If the corks on your wine bottles get too dry, they can begin to let air into the bottles which can eventually lead to spoiling the wine. While the ideal humidity for wine storage is 70 percent, anything from 50 to 80 percent is safe. Additionally, wine should be stored at a temperature anywhere from 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Use wine racks to store bottles sideways in a dark environment to avoid premature aging of your wine, so that it is delicious as ever the next time you pour a glass.
At Big Tex Storage, we want to help you preserve memories and irreplaceable items while giving you the ability to declutter your home just in time for some deep spring cleaning. You can rest easy knowing your invaluable items are safe and secure by following these tips for proper packing and protection. Contact us today for more information on storing your invaluable possessions with one of our climate controlled storage units.