This New Year, Resolve to Protect Your Precious Stored Memories

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New Year’s Day will soon arrive in Elyria, OH. While we reflect on both the waning year and the dawn of a new one, it’s important that we remember to protect our treasured memories of the past. We’re fortunate to live in an age where technology can help us preserve the sights and sounds of yesterday through media such as photographs, video recordings and more. For those who don’t have enough room in their homes to display or store all of their media, local storage units can be a lifesaver. However, media is fragile and must be stored carefully. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your media items located in self-storage units stay in top condition.

How to Properly Store Your Memories

  • Photos require low humidity, low light levels, cool temperatures and protection against dust, chemicals, oils, insects and sudden environmental shifts. Handle them as little as possible to avoid getting oil from your fingers onto the emulsion. Never store photos with newspaper clippings. The acid in the paper will damage them. Avoid using rubber bands, paper clips and adhesives when storing photos. When possible, keep them in PVC-free sleeves, or plastic bags. Select acid-free or metal storage boxes for long-term storage. Treat negatives with the same care, but store them separately. Whenever possible, scan your photos, especially if they are old or valuable.
  • To store VHS tapes, rewind them fully, and place them in plastic VHS cases. Enclose groups of video tapes in black garbage bags to protect them from light. If you are storing multiple tapes in boxes, fill any empty spaces with packing material to prevent impact damage.
  • Computer media devices, DVDs and Blu-Ray movies should be stored in their original cases if possible. If you don’t have the original cases, wrap them in soft fabric to prevent scratches, and protect them from heat and light.

Keep Up with Technology at Storage Zone

Technology changes rapidly. Just as Super Eight films are no longer playable unless you have a working antique projector, you may find that today’s media is obsolete in 20 years. For this reason, it’s important to transfer files, store the contents of physical media digitally and create backup copies of anything important. If you own delicate media like VHS tapes, reel-to-reel or cassette recordings, slides or floppy disks, it’s a good idea to have them professionally transferred to modern media storage devices before they disintegrate and are lost forever.

If you don’t have room in your home for media storage, don’t trust a damp basement or musty garage with your precious memories. At Storage Zone, we have clean, affordable standard and climate-controlled storage units available in the Elyria, OH, area. Contact us today or visit us online to learn more about our great self-storage solutions.