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At Home: Keeping things for keeps

Marni Jameson continues her saga about cleaning out her parents' longtime home.
BY MARNI JAMESON Published: May 6, 2013
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/articleid/3806611/1/pictures/2044579">Photo - CAPTION:  Storing for keeps -- The gray boxes in this storage area are made for archiving. Photos, papers and garments worth preserving should go in acid-free boxes like these, which have reinforced corners and easy-to-read labels. When storing heirlooms in the attic, be sure the space is climate controlled. Photo courtesy of The Container Store. <strong></strong>
CAPTION: Storing for keeps -- The gray boxes in this storage area are made for archiving. Photos, papers and garments worth preserving should go in acid-free boxes like these, which have reinforced corners and easy-to-read labels. When storing heirlooms in the attic, be sure the space is climate controlled. Photo courtesy of The Container Store.

File under forever. Treasures come in all sizes. So does archival storage. Store paper items such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, immigration documents and military discharge papers in archival file or garment boxes.

Protective plastic. You'll also want acid-free plastic when storing photos, CDs or DVDs, especially those that contain family photos.

Don't forget the tissue. “If you buy an archival box, then wrap items in paper that is not acid-free, you've defeated the purpose,” said Hartman. This is also true for envelopes and folders.

Don't store dirty stuff. Have garments professionally cleaned. Remove pins, which can stain.

Stuff and wrap. Before putting the lid on, use acid-free tissue to fill sleeves and soften folds of garments. Wrap the whole garment in acid-free paper.

Put a name on it. Once you've carefully packaged, label.

Where to store. Put keepsakes in clean, climate-controlled places.

Syndicated columnist and speaker Marni Jameson is the author of “House of Havoc” and “The House Always Wins” (Da Capo Press). Contact her through www.marnijameson.com.


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