How to Store Family Photos

Family photographs are more important than you may first think. Most of those photographs (old or new) depict moments in your life that you never want to forget–moments that you will want to share with friends and family members, and with future generations. Most of us don’t store photos properly, though, and if you have a lot of digital photos, you may not have actual prints at all. Here are some ways to store your photos so that they don’t become damaged–and we’ve also thrown in some tips about the best ways to store digital photos.

Photo Albums

The most natural form of storing photos can seem like the humble photo album. Photo albums have been around for a really long time. The materials used to create photo albums have changed, though, and this is for the better overall. When you search for a photo album, look for one that the paper is not acidic (or acid-free), and that the plastic used is not made from vinyl (polyester is a good choice). If you aren’t sure, just look at the album packaging.

When storing photo albums, store them in places that are cool and dry, and not susceptible to spills or other accidents. If you have large boxes full of photo albums, place these in a storage locker or storage facility, so that you can be sure that they will remain safe for many years to come.

Really Old Photos

Some older photos are extremely fragile, and these photos can be damaged with the slightest touch or with a ray of sunlight. If possible, keep older photos behind glass so that they do not become damaged.

Temperature Considerations

While most people don’t think of temperature when it comes to photos and other older forms of films and family items, it’s important to keep temperatures in mind when storing photos of any kind. Extreme heat or extreme cold can damage some photos, and this would be a shame. Keeping photographs in a place that has steady temperature and humidity control (like a self storage unit) is one very good way to make sure that your photos stay in good shape.

Digital Photo Options

Today, most people use phones or tablets to take photos, and there’s nothing wrong with this. But, consider the fact that technology is often very temporary, and some of the photos that you snap digitally might not be available twenty years from now. Since it would be a shame to lose those photos forever, get into the habit of printing out a few digital photos each month. Choose the ones that you really love, and use a printing service to make sure that those photos remain with your family forever. Once printed, you can place them in the right photo album, and then move those photos to a storage facility that’s temperature and humidity controlled. This is the best way to make sure to any photo you take today will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Storage Units in Fort Collins

If you like the idea of storing your family photographs in a controlled environment, call Waterglen Storage today to see what we can do for you. We offer Fort Collins storage units that will accommodate anything you have. If you’re looking for self storage in Fort Collins, CO, Waterglen can help. Call us today to find out what our rates are, or find us on Facebook for additional information.

It’s really important to take care of your family photographs–once those are gone, you can’t replace those moments in time. Do you have a good way of storing photographs? Let us know by leaving a note here, or joining in the conversation on our Facebook page.

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