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Protecting Family Heirlooms with Storage Solutions for Treasured Memories

2024 July 09
Written by Make Space Storage

Losing a loved one is never easy, and amidst the emotional turmoil, you're often faced with the practical task of handling their belongings. Decisions about selling, downsizing, and preserving family heirlooms can be overwhelming during this challenging time. Self-storage solutions offer a practical way to store these precious items, giving you the breathing room you need to make thoughtful decisions. Here’s how Make Space Storage can help you safeguard your family treasures.

The Importance of Protecting Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms are more than just items; they are tangible connections to our past. Protecting family heirlooms is essential to preserve these memories and pass them down to future generations. Whether it's a piece of jewelry, a vintage photograph, or an antique piece of furniture, proper storage is crucial to prevent damage and degradation.

Climate-Controlled Storage Units

One of the best ways to ensure your family treasures remain in excellent condition is by using climate-controlled storage units. These units maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, which is important for protecting family heirlooms from outside weather conditions, moisture, and pests.

Benefits of Climate-Controlled Storage:

  • Prevents mould and mildew growth
  • Protects wood and metal items from warping and rusting
  • Preserves paper items and photographs from yellowing and deteriorating

At many of our Make Space Storage locations, we offer a range of climate-controlled storage units to meet your needs and ensure your valuables are protected year-round.

Easy Access and Convenience

Storing your family heirlooms should not mean they are out of reach. Our storage solutions are designed to offer easy access whenever you need them. We offer a range of access options at our facilities. 

Some of our Convenient Access Options:

  • Extended access hours
  • Drive-up units for easy loading and unloading
  • Gated facilities with coded access to keep your belongings safe while also providing access when you need it.

These features make it convenient for you to retrieve or check on your stored items on your own schedule.

Guide to Storing and Protecting Family Heirlooms

Protecting family heirlooms involves more than just placing them in a storage unit. Proper preparation and storage techniques are essential to ensure these cherished items remain in pristine condition for future generations. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you store your family treasures effectively:

1. Inventory Your Items

Before you begin packing, take an inventory of all the heirlooms you plan to store. This step is crucial for keeping track of your belongings and noting their condition.

  • Create a List: Write down each item's name, description, and any distinguishing features.
  • Photograph Your Heirlooms: Take clear photos of each item from multiple angles. This visual record is useful for insurance purposes and future reference.

2. Clean and Prepare

Proper cleaning and preparation can help prevent deterioration during storage. Each type of material requires specific care:

  • Jewelry: Clean jewelry with a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner. For delicate pieces, use a soft cloth to polish and remove dirt.
  • Textiles: Wash or dry clean clothing, quilts, and other fabric items. 
  • Wood Furniture: Wipe down wooden furniture with a wood conditioner or polish to maintain moisture levels and prevent drying or cracking.
  • Metal Items: Clean metal objects with appropriate cleaners to remove tarnish and prevent rust.

3. Pack Carefully

Packing your heirlooms with care ensures they are protected during storage:

  • Use Appropriate Packing Materials:
    • Acid-Free Tissue Paper: Ideal for wrapping textiles, photographs, and paper documents. This prevents yellowing and deterioration.
    • Bubble Wrap: Provides cushioning for fragile items such as glassware, ceramics, and delicate decorations.
    • Sturdy Boxes or Totes: Choose strong, durable boxes that can withstand stacking and handling. Alternatively, invest in large clear plastic totes which can help with both stacking items securely and locating your heirlooms with ease. 
  • Wrap Items Individually: For extra protection wrap each item separately to prevent scratching and breakage when packing and unpacking. 

4. Label Everything

Clear labelling is essential for easy identification and handling of your stored items:

  • Detailed Labels: Write the contents of each box on the outside, along with any special handling instructions (e.g., “Fragile,” “This Side Up”).
  • Colour-coding: Use coloured labels or markers to categorize boxes by room or item type, making retrieval more efficient.
  • Inventory List: Keep a master inventory list that corresponds to the labels on your boxes. This helps you locate specific items quickly.

5. Choose the Right Storage Unit for protecting your family heirlooms

Selecting the appropriate storage unit is crucial for the long-term preservation of your heirlooms:

  • Climate-Controlled Units: Opt for a climate-controlled unit to maintain consistent temperature and humidity levels, protecting items from extreme weather conditions and moisture.
  • Size Considerations: Choose a unit size that accommodates your inventory comfortably without overcrowding. Larger units are ideal for storing bulky furniture, while smaller units work well for boxes and smaller items.

6. Arrange Thoughtfully

How you arrange your items in the storage unit can support accessibility:

  • Create a Floor Plan: Plan the layout of your storage unit before you start moving items in. Consider leaving pathways for easy access to all areas.
  • Place Frequently Accessed Items Near the Front: Items you may need to retrieve more often should be stored near the front of the unit for easy access.
  • Avoid Stacking Heavy Items on Fragile Ones: Ensure heavier boxes and items are placed at the bottom, with lighter and more delicate items on top.
  • Use Shelving Units: Consider using shelving to keep items off the floor and organized.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your family treasures remain safe and well-preserved. Proper storage not only protects the physical integrity of your heirlooms but also maintains their sentimental value, allowing you to pass them down to future generations with confidence.

Personalized Support

At Make Space Storage, we understand that storing family heirlooms can be an emotional process. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team and facility management team are here to provide personalized support and answer any questions you may have. We can help you choose the right storage solution, provide packing tips, and offer guidance. 

Easy Online Booking and Move-In Process

We aim to make the storage experience as seamless and convenient as possible. You can easily browse our storage options, book your unit, and even move in through our online platform.

  • Explore Storage Options Online: Compare unit sizes and prices, and check availability in real-time.
  • Simple Online Booking: Select your unit, complete the reservation, and receive immediate confirmation.
  • Convenient Online Move-In: Sign your lease digitally and receive detailed access instructions.

Enjoy Peace of Mind with Make Space Storage

Self-storage is an excellent solution for protecting family heirlooms and ensuring they remain in excellent condition for future generations. With climate-controlled units, easy access, and personalized support, Make Space Storage provides the ideal environment for your cherished possessions. Check out our list of locations and contact us today to learn more about our storage solutions and how we can help you safeguard your family treasures.

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