How to Safely Store Your Important Papers in Your Storage Unit

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
October 20th, 2021

With so much of our important documents becoming digitized, it can be hard to remember how and where to store important papers. With the help of a storage facility, you can keep documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, and passports all in a single place, a storage unit. This allows you to always know where they are, and that they are protected from theft and loss. But if you don’t know how to store your important papers, they can get damaged. That’s why in this blog we’ll go over some steps on how to store them properly so they don’t get harmed by the elements.

Don’t Store Papers In Sunlight
Although some self-storage units don’t have windows, if you plan to store legal and financial documents for long periods, you’ll want to keep them in a dark place. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade ink and make them illegible. Sun can also give papers a yellow hue that makes them hard to read and sometimes even unusable for their intended purpose. Either ask the facility for a windowless unit or be sure to store them in a box with a top on it.

Keep Them Off The Ground
You don’t want to have anything in your storage unit on the ground, but particularly not papers. In the case of water damage, flooding, or leaks, your papers would be destroyed. Some unit renters get metal racks to organize items in their units, while others bring in file cabinets.

Papers Should Be Protected
If you have a social security card or a birth certificate, you want to make sure that it’s in a sealed plastic container of some sort. Plastic page slips can help keep air away from the documents as well as ensure they don’t rip over the months or years you plan to store them. Three-ring plastic pages can also work as well as archival crystal-clear bags, all of which can be bought online.

What Not To Do
Don’t store your papers all together in one pile, they can get damaged or stuck together due to weather conditions or leaks. Never use newspaper or magazines to store or hide important papers, as the ink can bleed onto the stored items and they can get stuck to one another. Don’t keep papers in a room that’s humid, hot, or wet. Be sure to keep your unit free of dust as much as possible as that can also harm papers over time. Don’t store important documents out in the open, as this can lead to theft. Try to keep them away, but in a place that you will remember.

Keeping documents in a storage facility is a smart way to keep them safe and organized, but you do have to be thoughtful about where and how you store them. When done correctly, your papers can last a lifetime and be easily accessible whenever you need them. MI Mini Storage in Newton, NC is ready to serve your self-storage, RV, Car, or Boat storage needs.

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