The Do's And Don'ts Of Placing Photographs In Storage

Posted on: 29 February 2016

Birthday parties, big events, special moments, and even just little moments that you want to remember forever--pictures may be worth a thousand words, but over the years, you can accumulate thousands of pictures and may not always have room for them around the house. Even though you may want to always hold these precious memories dear, there may be a time when some of the photographs you have will end up in storage. Before you place any of your pictures in a storage building, there are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind to keep them rightly protected. 

Do place your photos in a tightly sealed storage container before storing. 

Storage containers will be a layer of protection for your treasured photographs, keeping away pests, dust, and other contaminants that could otherwise cause damage. Look for storage containers that have a tight seal when the lid is closed, which will help to ward off humidity in hot summer months. 

Don't place pictures in a storage container loose. 

Even though your photos need to be in a storage container before going into storage, they should not just be tossed in there by the stack. If the slightest amount of moisture or humidity manages to seep inside the container, your pictures can stick together, which will ruin them when you retrieve the photos and try to pull them apart. Therefore, it is always a good idea to place loose photos individually in an envelope for safe keeping. 

Do place your photos in photo albums for safe keeping.

Photo albums are almost always a good choice for storing photographs over the long term--even if the photo albums are placed in storage. The plastic sheeting that covers each picture will keep it safe from moisture. However, it is a good idea to place albums in a sealed storage container as an extra measure. 

Don't leave pictures in frames assuming they will be protected. 

It may seem like a layer of glass will keep your picture protected from the elements, but photos that are left in frames in places where there is no climate control can be vulnerable to high temperatures and humidity levels. The front side of your photo could stick to the glass surface of the frame if it gets too hot or humid in the storage unit. Remove photos from their frames that you plan to place in storage and store the frames and photos separately. Click here for info about storage.