...Done? Your minute of bliss is up.
Now that you have your supplies, have you asked yourself where these boxes and folders and cabinets need to go? You should. You could also ask us, but we’re not answering that question today. Instead, consider all of the places they shouldn’t go.
Your attic or garage might seem like great places to store your crap, but resist the urge. You’re just asking for trouble. Most attics and garages aren’t properly ventilated and in the summer, they become hot boxes. Heat is tough on paper, and absolute murder on photographs and audio tape. Paper becomes brittle. Photographs curl. Magnetic tape can lose data. Basically, these are bad places to store your stuff.
And don’t even think about the basement. It’s wet. Moisture can lead to mold, which will destroy everything. Seriously, it will eat through paper. Your tapes could also suffer sticky shed syndrome. Only you can save your tapes from sticky shed.
You can’t stack your boxes in the corner on the floor and think you deserve a gold star. If your house or business floods -- which could happen for a variety of reasons (weather, broken pipe, leaky roof, etc.) -- your stuff is gone.
Near the Window
Does your window leak? Then your stuff is damaged. Also, unless you’ve shelled out for brand new double-pane energy efficient windows, heat and cold is going to seep in. Unstable temperatures are a no-go.
In the Bathroom
Do we really have to explain this one?
There are other potential household hazards, including placing your boxes under an overhead water pipe. At some level, you will just have to cope with some risk, but if you are concerned, figure out where your pipes are.
Are you sufficiently scared? Don’t be. We’ll be back in a few days to give the lowdown on where you can store your materials. Also, in the coming months, we’ll teach you how to a) prepare for a disaster, and b) how to recover after one. Stay tuned.