By Ryan McDonald, Writer
People love to read. It is a great way for us to let go of our busy lives and fall into our imaginations. And even though many have gone the way of the tablet or e-reader for books, many still prefer the hard copy as well. However once we are done reading a wonderful hard copy book, what do we do with them? Take your library out of your home and into a climate-controlled storage unit.
Many of our treasured books, whether we will admit it or not, haven’t been touched for years. Why let them take up all that space in your home when they can be safely stored within a storage unit?
Storing books in a storage unit is a common practice these days, however you must take proper precautions if you decide to do so. Books are delicate objects and can be very meaningful to people so you will want to make sure and follow these steps when you decide to store your books in a storage unit.
Prepare & Organize
Get ready for the dust bunnies. Go through each book and check for dust, mold, or even insects, (gross I know but you’d be surprised what people have found). If you find any books with mold you will want to keep them separate from the others and look into what can be done to rectify this problem. You do NOT want to store a book with mold on it with the others because that can ruin your other books. Shake out your books and wipe off as much of the dust with a dry dust rag as possible. Like with most things, books like to be stored in a dry, clean, dark, climate-controlled space.
Organize, organize, and organize. Oh and one more thing…..ORGANIZE!! If your library is anything like mine then this may be the hardest part. Just take some time and neatly alphabetize your book collection by author. If you have your own way of organizing that’s fine. Genre, favorites, alphabetize by title, or even organized by if they are your books, your kids’ books, or anything else is good too…just so long as the system works for you and will allow you to find something when you need it.
Once you have your organizational system down, be sure to label the boxes. Without labeling, your efforts for organization may be nothing since most of us don’t have photographic memories to remember what books were in which box.
Pack your boxes
Try and use smaller boxes rather than larger ones. Your books and back will greatly appreciate this. Even though books look small and harmless, they get heavy quickly and using smaller boxes will help you to not over pack. Every box should be durable, tightly sealed, and odor-free. If you have some books that have more value to you than others keep them in a separate box. You can get bubble wrap or packing popcorn to be extra safe if you would like.
When you go to place the books inside your box make sure the spine is facing down so the paper edge is facing you. Most of your books should fit upright but the larger ones should be placed flat and stacked accordingly. Make sure you alternate them so the spines are never touching.
Also, a climate-controlled storage unit is a good choice for storing your books. This will help reduce the rate of yellowing and will ward off damage due to changes in temperature. Using a storage unit instead of displaying your valuable books is a good choice as well because your books will be safe from sunlight. Sunlight can quickly fade book covers and hurt a book’s value.
So take some time and clear out space in your home and keep your books in a storage unit. You will enjoy having the free space and you can be confident that your books are being well taken care of. A lot of money has been poured into your book collection, so take care of it and store it properly.