Easy Storage Solutions From A to Z
Learn how to give everything a proper home, from spare buttons to decorations.
As in: All those paintings and prints in the attic, plus the 87 drawings Billy brings home each week.
Wrap artwork with archival supplies. To keep moisture out, wrap framed artwork in archival polyethylene plastic, says John Jacobs, CEO of Artex, an art-storage company in Landover, Maryland. (Look for archival supplies at archivalsuppliers.com.) Then place in a cardboard mirror box ($40 for five, uboxes.com) and store upright. For unframed works on paper, separate each with acid-free tissue paper and lay them in an archival box. It’s best to store art in a temperature- and humidity- controlled space between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. “Too much heat can warp art, and extreme cold can make it brittle,” says Jacobs.
Frame your favorites; reuse the rest. As for those drawings by your third-grade artiste, Maria Gracia, owner of the website getorganizednow.com, suggests dating each piece and placing it in a box. “At the end of the year, frame a few favorites,” she says, “and use the rest as wrapping paper or gifts for Grandma.”