When it comes to decluttering, there are some things that we just can’t let go of. Whether they’re photos, heirlooms, or love notes, memorabilia has tremendous sentimental value. We are sharing a few of our favorite ways to store and maintain your irreplaceable keepsakes.
LINEN STORAGE BINS + CEDAR LINERS
Memorabilia should be able to breathe, therefore should never be stored in plastic. Linen storage boxes allow air in. According to MarthaStewart.com, cedar contains natural oils that kill moth larvae. To help prevent against moths, place cedar drawer liners at the bottom of your storage bin.
COTTON GARMENT BAGS
Protect specialty garments, such as tuxedos or beaded gowns (beads and sequins can snag other clothing so I always store in bags) in garment bags. I love these garment bags because the cotton backing allows air flow and they come in 3 different sizes. Also, extra bonus that they’re made of PEVA, a chlorine-free material, which is great for the environment.
ACID-FREE STORAGE BOXES
Use acid-free storage boxes to help maintain important documents and precious photographs. They neutralize acid and pollutants and shield sunlight. Paper memorabilia should never be stored in plastic and should always be kept in a temperature-controlled spaces, never in an attic or garage.
Acid-free storage boxes are also great for clothing!
Use bin labels to add a special, customized touch to store your memorabilia.
SILVERWARE STORAGE BAGS
Delicate silverware, like your grandmother’s favorite tea set, can be stored in silver storage bags to prevent tarnish that usually come with sterling silver, or sterling silver plated items. Note: don’t waste your time polishing silver if they aren’t stored properly. If they are still exposed to sulfur or other elements, tarnish will still occur.
If you have a favorite way to store your memorabilia, let us know how you do it!