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How to Store Memories in a Storage Unit Safely

Father and daughter staring at photo album

Life is made up of a collection of memories that involve the people we love, the adventures we have, and the lessons learned along the way. Even in our modern digital age, there is still something pure and beautiful about keeping physical reminders of memories, such as photo albums, scrapbooks, and other keepsakes.

We put a lot of time and effort into taking pictures at important times, printing them out, and arranging and decorating them in ways that make us happy. So, it only makes sense to take the best possible care of these precious items so that you can enjoy them and share them with other people and future generations.

In this Stop & Stor article, we cover how to store memory keepsakes in a safe and secure way if you live in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, or even Manhattan.

Secure Irreplaceable Documents in a Fireproof/Waterproof Box

Most of us have a collection of important documents that need to be saved but not necessarily accessed on a regular basis. Self-storage units are a good option for these materials. But before placing them into your unit, make sure that they are safely locked in a fireproof and waterproof box. This precaution will ensure that your documents are preserved in the event of a disaster.

Place Delicate Pieces in Moisture-Proof Containers

For delicate pieces, such as collectibles and photographs, use moisture-proof containers for storage. Plastic bins are better than bankers' boxes or paper envelopes for storing photos in a locker or unit. Another tip to improve your picture storage ideas to consider is to choose non-PVC plastic boxes because PVC can produce gases over time that damage photos.

Install Shelving to Keep Items Off the Floor

At Stop & Stor, we pride ourselves on having bright and clean buildings that are protected from the weather and environmental conditions. For an added layer of protection, consider installing shelving in your storage unit to ensure that keepsake storage is up off the floor. This is a good idea to be prepared for the worst in case of a spill or leak.

Add Plastic Dropcloths to Prevent Moisture and Dust

Another tip for how to store keepsakes is to put a plastic dropcloth over your cherished items after securing them in bins and on shelves. A plastic dropcloth will prevent dust and moisture from collecting on your items without adding extra weight or reducing visibility so that you can still easily find items that you've stashed away.

Ensure Electronic Equipment Is Wrapped in Plastic

Many people store photos, documents, and other keepsake items digitally – in addition to having physical versions to flip through and reminisce about. In fact, it is a great idea to digitally back up your keepsakes for easy access and in case physical items ever become lost or damaged. Plastic wrap is also ideal for electronic equipment used for keepsake storage, such as flashcards and external hard drives. Securely wrap digital storage pieces, cameras, audio equipment, computers, and other electronics in plastic to reduce any dust or moisture accumulation.

Stop by Your Unit to Check on Everything 

For peace of mind, plan to visit your self-storage unit occasionally just to make sure that everything is okay. At Stop & Stor, we make it easy to access your items seven days a week (except for posted holidays, please check our website, or call the facility for exact holidays).

When you rent a unit from us, you’ll get a unique access code to get into your unit. You can bring your own lock or buy a lock from us at the time of rental. We have facility managers onsite at our buildings during normal hours of operation to assist you, or you can get through the gate outside of those hours using your gate access code. We also have a state-of-the-art security program that includes monitored video surveillance and 24-hour onsite personnel to ensure that your goods are always safe and protected.

More Ideas for How to Store Keepsakes

As you can see from these examples, it is best to keep heirlooms and keepsakes protected in a secure and safe self-storage environment. Yet it is important to secure them completely before you lock the storage unit door and walk away.

As a family owned and operated storage business since 1980, we have even more tips and advice to share with you about how to store your favorite memories, including these:

  • Make digital copies of photos and videos (or sign up for an online “cloud” storage option) before storing
  • Place acid-free paper between photos for preservation
  • Wrap breakable collectors’ items in bubble wrap before placing them in plastic bins
  • Consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit (We offer climate-controlled units at most of our NYC locations, plus heating and cooling in all of our facilities for a consistent year-around temperature)
  • Create a detailed inventory of what is contained in your storage and draw a map so you can easily find and retrieve your keepsakes

If you’re ready to find storage deals near you and safeguard your memory keepsakes for the future, reserve now or contact us today!

Established in 1980, Stop & Stor is a family owned and operated business that has become New York’s Self Storage Leader by offering cutting-edge facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.


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