Hello, my name is Jacob Langston. My father passed away two years ago, and I inherited his entire estate. Dad was a great guy, but he sure did have a lot of stuff. He lived in a large home, and I honestly don’t think he changed a thing since my mother died twelve years before him. I couldn't afford to keep the house, so selling it was one of the first things I had to take care of. I was at a loss for what to do with all the belongings inside. I had to start moving things out in order to get the house ready to sell. Once it sold, I had to move the rest out. I hired a moving and storage company to help with this daunting task, and am I glad I did. Stay tuned as I share this adventure with you!
If you love to take photos, either as a hobby or a profession, you may find yourself running out of space for storing them at home. Many photographers decide to store their photos at a self-storage facility, as they do not need access to them every single day. Before you start moving photos into storage, there are a few things you need to know to make sure your photos last a very long time.
Do I Need To Use Climate-Controlled Storage For My Photographs?
Photos do not typically become damaged when stored in your house since you keep your house temperature controlled. You always have the heat or air conditioning going, so the house is never too warm, cold, or humid. Leaving photos in conditions that are not ideal can cause photos to stick together or fade.
That is why using a climate-controlled storage unit is a great option when you need to store photographs. You will not need to worry about moisture damage or extreme temperatures, both of which can even attract pests that can ruin your photos.
What Conditions Are Ideal For Photographs In Climate-Controlled Storage?
If you have control over the temperature settings in your storage unit, it's crucial that it is set between 65-70F when storing photographs. This climate prevents mold spores from growing, which will keep safe any sort of document on paper.
For photographs that you want to ensure are protected, you can go one step further and purchase plastic sleeves for them. Much like how you would protect a valuable baseball card, plastic sleeves will stop a photograph from curling and help keep them flat. Verify that the sleeve is made out of polyester that has not been coated with harmful chemicals if you want your photos to stay pristine. If the sleeve has a seam down the middle of it, make sure the seam is along the backside of the photo to prevent damage from happening to the front.
Photographs that have been placed in sleeves can then be stored in a box. It doesn't matter if the photos are horizontal or vertical in the box, as the sleeve prevents the photo from curling. Photos that have not been placed in sleeves should be stacked horizontally to prevent the photo from curling.
By following these tips, it will help ensure that your photographs are preserved while they are away in climate-controlled self-storage.Share