Older homes often lack ample storage space, as do outdated apartments. Trying to maximize the capacity of your closets and shelves can be a struggle unless you happen to have an attic area or basement area to take advantage of. While these locations may seem the answer to your prayers for storage, that is the furthest from the truth because you should really only store certain types of household items in these areas or risk damage.
The attic is often the first choice for many when it comes to storing excess belongings and holiday gear because it stays dry compared to the basement. On the other hand, unless there is central heating piped into this space, excess heat and cold temperatures throughout the year could cause damage to sensitive materials like photographs and wood.
Of course, if you don’t have an attic area, the basement is still perfectly fine to use. Just make sure to pack your items away in plastic bins to keep away the moisture and mildew. It’s also important to make every effort to avoid storing anything in an area that could become ruined if flooding or a sewage backup occurs. And just like an attic, be careful of items that are sensitive to heat or cold.
As you can see, the notion that anything can be stored in these spaces is actually subject to certain conditions and the type of items you plan to pack away. Below are typical items that are safe to store in either your attic or basement:
When trying to decide if items can be stored safely, consider the following tips:
Instead of cardboard and garbage bags, which pests and water can easily penetrate, use plastic storage containers.
Whether you choose the attic or the basement, without environmental management with central air, your belongings will experience humid heat and wet dampness. Don’t put sensitive items in these areas because of the damage these elements can cause.
Avoid creating stacks of containers that you have to move around like musical chairs to pick through. Store them neatly in rows.
You may be saving your wedding dress for your daughter’s future big day, but how good will it look if it has been damaged by moths or mildew? Store delicate lace fabrics in your bedroom closet in a box away from light and dampness.
The materials that legal documentation and photographs consist of can suffer severe damage by the moist atmospheres found in your attic and basement. These should remain on the main floor of your home in a proper storage container or safe.
Leftover paint and household cleaning chemicals should not be in areas that can get extremely hot or cold. Their flammable nature could cause even further damage to your home if they were to catch fire. Properly dispose of these items if you do not need them any time soon.
Wood is extremely porous and easily develops mold, cracks, and warping when exposed to high temperatures and damp environs. Leather is much the same in that it cracks when kept in significantly hot conditions. It also can become mildewed when left in dark, damp areas.
If you aren’t ready to toss out that old record player, avoid leaving it in your attic or basement. Store electronics in areas that are climate-controlled because extreme temperatures, dust, and mildew, can corrode delicate wiring. Keep these in your bedroom closet, utility room, or even under your bed to prevent damage.
This is the most important piece of advice to keep in mind when packing up unused items for storage. If you don’t need it any longer and it will be years before someone else may want it, you should probably go ahead and dispose of it. Learning when to let go of unwanted belongings and supplies is essential to keep clutter under control in your home. Just because it isn’t in the main living areas of your house anymore doesn’t mean you aren’t cluttered! You just moved it all to a different area.
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