Did you know that self-storage units are commonly used to store books and photos?
Photos and books are held onto because they hold sentimental value, monetary value, or both. Book collections, especially, can have tremendous monetary value. And while photos hold sentimental value, they are often considered priceless and irreplaceable, depending on where and when they were taken.
The most common reasons our customers store their books and pictures at our self-storage facility is because:
When storing books and photos, humidity, temperature and light can cause irreversible damage to these precious items if not managed correctly:
This is why it’s best not to store them in attics, basements, garages or sheds. These places are often damp, experience major fluctuations in temperatures and humidity, and can have unpleasant pest issues – none of which are good for storing books or pictures.
For ultimate protection and safeguarding of your photos and books, store them either a temperature controlled or climate-controlled storage unit. Temperature controlled storage regulates temperature, while climate-controlled storage regulates both temperature and humidity levels.
While there are many opinions about what the optimal temperature and humidity should be for storing books and photos, from reputable institutions and experts around the world, a good rule of thumb is that if you’re feeling warm and sweaty, your stored paper items are likely experiencing the same thing.
Now, just the act of moving books and photos into a self-storage unit does not instantly preserve or protect them. If not properly prepared for storage or stored properly inside a self-storage unit, these valuable items can still get damaged or fully ruined. It’s also important to rent a self-storage unit from a reputable storage company who maintains a secure and clean facility. The last thing you need to worry about is your storage unit being broken into or pests like rodents, feeding, gnawing or burrowing into your stuff.
Here’s how you can help safeguard your photos and books while in self-storage:
One final tip for storing books and photos in a storage unit is to keep them off the ground, even if they are tucked away in boxes. We suggest using a pallet or shelf and leaving at least 4 inches between your stored books and photos and the walls, ceiling and floor.
If you’re currently using ‘regular’ self-storage to store books or photos, or any other valuable items that don’t fare well in humidity, here are 6 tips to help limit humidity inside your unit.
If you’re looking for safe, secure, affordable temperature controlled self-storage, consider Storage Solutions Woodstock. Our facility is located minutes off Hwy 401 and Hwy 403, providing easy access to customers in Woodstock, Tillsonburg, Norwich, Ingersoll, Thamesford, Beachville, Drumbo, Innerkip, Shakespeare and other Oxford county communities.
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