Storing your personal belongings can be a bit of a scary situation. Especially, when it comes to those precious moments that have been documented on film. We have compiled a list of best practices for storing photos. If you're careful and follow the tips below, your photos will be around for your viewing pleasure for years to come!
Make copies of your photos
When storing photos for an extended period of time make copies. It guarantees you that even if a photo gets ruined you'll still have an extra copy to reminisce. There are local companies that can digitize your negatives or photographs onto a CD or DVD for you to keep those memories secure. If you're a D.I.Y. type, purchasing an external hard drive and loading your photos onto it, will save space on your computer.
Use temperature-controlled storage
Make sure that you choose a temperature-controlled storage unit to ensure that no harsh weather or extra moisture melts or cracks your photos. Having a unit that does not maintain temperatures, will cause further issues for your belongings. If you're unfamiliar with the term "temperature-controlled storage" we urge you to learn more about it. Alone, this feature can greatly reduce the environmental factors of excessive heating and cooling on your valuables. If you're storing in Winnipeg – this is a must-have for anything in storage.
Packing photos for long-term storage
There are some precautions you must think about before packing away your photos. Peel and stick albums will damage your photos over time. Look into purchasing an acid-free album to further protect your photos. Remove anything that could damage your photo or stain them such as paperclips or rubber bands.
Label containers for easy organization
When labeling photos, use a marker instead of a pen to ensure no marks are made on the photo. If you're storing photos in boxes, label the outside of the box as well. This can save you a lot of time when you go back to look for something. If you are using boxes for storage, placing a piece of paper between your pictures to prevent them from sticking. Like the previous tip, an acid-free archival-quality paper is recommended.