5 Secrets to Store Family Heirlooms

Published on 11/12/2021

5 Secrets to Store Family Heirlooms

Holding onto cherished heirlooms and memories from past generations is a part of our heritage. And as we move through life, members of older generations pass on and leave us with special and unique family heirlooms. However, we can start to run out of storage in our homes after a while. If you’re in this predicament, utilizing a storage unit is a great way to hold onto those memories for future generations. Here are a few secrets to safely store those precious heirlooms. 

1. Invest in a climate-controlled unit

First thing to know is that attics or basements are not the best option for storing precious and antique items. These spaces are often boiling hot or freezing cold through the year. They are usually humid as well, and moisture is a big danger to some of the most fragile belongings. Invest in a climate-controlled unit to keep the temperature relatively safe for these heirlooms. It will help preserve them for years to come.

2. Know what to keep and what to let go of

While you may want to keep everything with sentimental value, it can be tricky to find the space after a while. One option is to ask other family members if they are interested in items, especially larger pieces of furniture. This way, heirlooms can stay in the family. Another option for items that don’t have sentimental value to you or other members of the family is to auction them or consign them. Again, for larger pieces of furniture you don’t have a personal tie to, this is a nice way to pass those on to other people who might get more use out of them. 

3. Store important documents safely

For important paper records or documents, store them carefully to preserve them longer. They need to be protected from light, heat and too much moisture. Keep them in a Mylar or acid-free paper envelope and then store flat in a file box. 

4. Protect vintage clothing and fabrics

In order to preserve old clothes and fabric pieces, place in a special preservation box and line the box with acid-free tissue or muslin. Also be sure to place mothballs or cedar chips in as well to keep everything preserved. This is a great way to keep old wedding dresses or vintage outfits that have been passed down for generations. 

5. Preserve old photographs

Photos can be easily damaged by direct sunlight, whether they are older or not. If you have old family photos out on display, use a glass frame with UV protection. Otherwise, place flat in a box and lay acid-free tissue in-between the photographs to keep them from sticking. Store in a cool, dry place to preserve them longer. 

Whatever it is that you want help to preserve for future generations, it’s worth it. These are the memories that bring us together and give insight into what our family members’ lives looked like. If you’re in need of a storage unit, we are here to help. Give us a call today at 919-934-7446.