Do you still keep your great-grandmother’s Faberge egg in the back of your sock drawer? (Honestly, is it in a sock?) Is an antique vase from your Russian ancestors hanging out in your closet, perilously placed atop stacks of records? No need to admit these things out loud, but it is time to start taking care of your precious keepsakes. Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure the safety of fragile items.
It’s a good idea to go through your belongings and separate everything you think should have some extra care in packing and storing. These may be important trophies or medals, framed artwork, glass or porcelain figurines, or antiques of all kinds. Once you have these things together, you can go about storing them properly.
Consider a storage unit.
Not only should your precious items be in one, safe place, but they need to be properly stored. A secure storage unit can offer you peace of mind, ensuring the safety of your belongings, and will also free up space in your own home for more practical storage. These self-storage facilities frequently offer climate controlled units if certain items may be warped or damaged by extremes in temperatures.
There is no such thing as “over packaging.” When preparing fragile figurines or other small breakables for storage, you’ll need to create as much of a buffer between them and other items as possible. Packing paper, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, box. Repeat. For larger pieces that may not fit in boxes, wrap as well as you can with paper and bubble wrap, then make sure they are isolated from the rest of the items in the unit and not in precarious, unstable positions.
Keep it in the family.
You may want to meet with local relatives to see if they have their own treasures to store. You can then organize your keepsakes together in a safe place, and everyone can share in the expense and responsibility of the unit. Make a list of inventory so all family members know what items are in the unit and who contributed them.
Before carefully packing away all your findings, sort through all paper mementos you may have. These include photographs and documents such as genealogy records, important certificates, drawings, letters, etc. Scan everything before moving them into storage so you have lifelong digital copies.
As the keeper of these historic treasures, you may feel a sense of responsibility, but it needn’t be daunting. By following these simple steps you can ensure the preservation of your most precious possessions for generations to come.