Storing Newspapers and Magazines
There are many people that say that the print industry is dead, but there are still plenty of other folks out there who subscribe to magazines and newspapers on a regular basis. While you can get a lot of your news digitally these days, there’s still something to be said about sitting in your favorite chair with a new issue of your favorite design, science, or art magazine. There are also those who have subscribed to the same magazine for decades, and have compiled quite the collection over the years. If you’re someone who has stacks and stacks of magazines, or you’ve saved newspaper editions to commemorate historic moments, then self-storage might be a viable option. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we can help you find the best solutions!
Every newspaper and magazine has something in common – paper. When storing paper, it’s important to protect it against humidity and moisture, as those two things can be paper’s worst enemy. Newspaper can deteriorate very quickly in the wrong conditions, and the glossy paper of magazines can be ruined by even the slightest amount of moisture. Because of this, it’s best to store your cherished magazines and newspapers in a climate-controlled storage unit. By controlling the temperature and humidity levels inside your unit, you can help ensure that your collection is fully protected, no matter how long you leave it in storage.
Acid-Free Boxes and Tissue Paper
When organizing your magazine collection or stacks of newspapers for storage, it’s important that you don’t just stick everything in cardboard box. The acid in certain boxes can eat away at paper over time, so it’s important to find some acid-free boxes or protective sleeves that can safely hold your collection. It’s also a good idea to put tissue paper between the pages of a newspaper so they don’t stick together and smudge the ink. For magazines, make sure that each issue is separated by tissue paper or another acid-free material. The last thing you want is to open your boxes in a couple of years and find everything ruined!
Stacking Your Boxes
Once you have everything sorted and boxed safely, it’s time to think about how you will stack your collection in your storage unit. It’s a good idea to start by labeling each box with what it contains, whether that’s the name of the magazine, the year of the issues inside, or another label that’s easy to read and understand.
When you start stacking, keep in mind that a box of magazines can be fairly heavy. You don’t want the boxes on top to crush the ones on the bottom, so be sure to space things out and not stack things too high. If you want, you can use shelving to hold your boxes so that the weight of each box is properly supported. Our staff can help you find the right shelving options, should you decide that you need them.
If you’re going through your collection of magazines and newspapers, and you need an affordable self-storage option for all your boxes, come to EZ Storage® in St. Louis today. We can help you find the best options that fit your budget, and our month-to-month leases make it easy to store everything for the time you need. Instead of your collection taking up space in the basement, the attic, or the garage, you’ll know that it’s safe and sound in your climate-controlled storage unit.
With four locations to best serve you, we know that you’ll be able to find a facility that’s close to your house or apartment. Call us today or stop by one of our locations to find out more about our self-storage options.
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