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The longer you live somewhere, the more you time you have to
accumulate items. Items may range from clothes, books, antiques, and
furniture, to items such as household chemicals, cleaning equipment,
photographs, and important documents. Finding the extra space to use
for storage is not the tricky part. The difficulty comes in knowing
which items can be stored in which spots to ensure their safety.
Below is a list of storage tips that will help you make some smart
decisions on what to store, where to store it and what to store it
• Use extreme caution when storing flammable materials. Pay special
attention to household chemicals, turpentine, and paints. Make sure
that none of these flammable items are stored near a heat source.
• Before storing items in the attic, check for leaks, mice and
properly working fire alarms.
• Before storing items in the basements, make sure that there is a
properly graded foundation with adequate drainage.
• When storing for long time purposes, be sure to use detailed
labels on boxes and other storing containers. Also, it is a good
idea to map out what items are being stored in what places so that
if the time comes when you need to get it out of storage you will
know exactly where to look.
• Make period checks on long term storage to ensure that moisture,
mice, moths, and extreme temperatures have not ruined anything.
• Be sure to store books and important documents in dry places with
temperatures between 60-75 degrees.
• Cardboard boxes are not the best means for storing items such as
books and other starchy items. Roaches, bookworms, and silverfish
are prone to eating their way through the box causing significant
damage to the items stored within it. Plastic tubs are a wonderful
alternative to cardboard.
• Built-in organizers for closets, drawers, cabinets and pantries
make storing extremely easy and convenient. Any local handyman can
assist you in assembling these helpful storage units.