Let me guess… you have family pictures – LOTS of them. Prints, slides, negatives, videos… and you know you should protect them. You also suspect that the “pictures piled in the cardboard box in the attic” method isn’t the best way to do it. But there are SO many pictures! Since you don’t have time to deal with them right now, you leave them where they are and feel guilty.
Well, lose the guilt. Here are three quick and simple steps to protect those pix AND alleviate that guilt until you’re ready to sort through and scan them:
1. Move the boxes out of the attic, basement, garage or barn and into your house. Photographic images of all types should be kept in a dark location with stable humidity and temperature. They like to live where you do, but in the dark. A perfect spot is on a closet shelf inside the house, away from bathroom or laundry pipes. Remember the pipes may be in the ceiling.
2. Get some big, clear, clean zip-top bags. If you have loose photo prints or slides, put them in clear plastic bags (nothing fancy; a clean, clear zip-top bag will do but make sure it doesn’t have the strong “plastic” smell.) Close the bag leaving a bit of air inside and stack the bags carefully on top of each other in a box, which keeps the now slippery contents contained. Doing so will keep things flat and protected from water damage. Photo albums are typically best left intact as they protect the photos from light and keep them flat. Securely stacking albums should be fine. Video tape should also be fine if securely stacked. Consider encasing everything in clear plastic bags for water protection.
3. Store everything off the floor, again in case of a water problem.
Since I have your attention I’ll ask you to do just one more thing – make a date with your pictures. In other words, schedule a time to open the boxes and dig into what’s inside. And, I highly recommend a double date with a friend with his or her own pictures. It’s much more fun. JThat’s it – really! Not bad, eh? Guilt gone…
And, stay tuned (as we’d say in the old days) – in an upcoming blog post I’ll give you tips for sorting through your pictures that makes the task fun, I promise. In the meantime, enjoy your new “guiltless” feeling!
About Pixorium: Your pictures tell the story of your life. Your ancestors, your childhood, your children and grandchildren. From the family trips to the triumphs great and small. These memories deserve more than a shoe box in a closet. We’ll show you many ways to protect and share them, ensuring your lifetime of stories will be told for lifetimes to come. Founded in 2006, Atlanta’sPixorium has become a place to preserve, protect and share your family pix and stories. To learn more, please visit http://www.pixorium.com or contact Jiffy Page at 404.680.5341.