Attics, basements, and garages are prone to extreme heat fluctuations, moisture/humidity, rodents, and insects. Therefore, they may not be the proper places for your most prized possessions. Protect your family heirlooms, photos, and valuable memorabilia so they last a lifetime by following this advice.
Photos should be stored in archival-quality albums and kept away from light and out of moist or hot spaces. Store videotapes in protective plastic boxes and on end (not lying flat on top of each other). Heirloom textiles and garments should be cleaned first and then wrapped in acid-free tissues and placed in acid-free storage boxes. Special books should also be placed in acid-free boxes. Memorabilia (when not being displayed) should be kept dust-free and in storage boxes as well. Then store these valuables in the main living quarters of your home — not in the garage, attic, or basement. Watch for rodents and insects, and deal with them promptly to avoid damage.
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