There are so many things we have that we cannot let go of. Some childhood memories, some rare items that have been passed down to us by our ancestors that have now become valuable antiques; when I shifted into my new house with my husband, it was just the two of us. I brought with me all these precious valuables but I didn’t know what to do with them.
My new house wasn’t big enough to keep my precious trinkets all over in a decorative manner and I didn’t want to lock it all up in a storage unit or a locker room where I couldn’t see them. So after a lot of consultation (and losing a precious porcelain statue or two), I came with the perfect set of tips to take care of your old things:
Testing Things For Drugs
Many times when valuable things go into storage for long periods of time, people forget to test them for drugs! There was a lot of cocaine back in the day that no one knew about and no one talked about unless you were on the inside. We know it has the best information on what is going on in the synthetic pee world.
Clean Them Often
My mother had this crystal unicorn bell that she received as a present for her wedding. She has been married for over thirty-five years and I see that bell spotless, on one of her shelves or the other every time I go there even now. This is the case with every single antique piece she owns. What’s the secret? She cleans them. Every single week, she takes to all her little decorative items with a dusting rush and cleans them and that is why they sparkle as if they are brand new to this day. So yeah, clean things live longer!
Give Them Some Shine
This goes for the furniture mostly, and any other wooden items you have in the house. Get some varnish for your old wooden bed, sofas, tables or even bookshelves. You may need to test the legitimacy of the varnish if needed. For any other items, you can polish them or wax them up. These layers of protection keep the material itself from deteriorating and give the items a brilliant shine!
Keep the Valuables Safe
If any of your old things include items that are very valuable, like jewels or gold, it’s best if you keep them safe. You can use a storage unit, you can also use a locker room in a back or a club that you frequent in, or you can just buy a sturdy safe for your house and place them there. Even if you don’t want these items to perish from your sight for a second, this is a compromise you will have to make because in this day and age it is actually very dangerous to keep such valuable items in plain sight.
Keep Them Away from Children
Please pay close attention to this point. Children are innocent, and boy do they create a ruckus! If there are any children that frequently visit your house, it is best that you keep the fragile items in places where they can reach them. Lock them up in a showcase, or place them on a shelf that is high enough to be out of their reach. Hide your things even if a child comes to visit once!
Over the door storage “rack”
Workshops acquire a wide range of spray cans, glue containers, lubricants, containers of cleaning wipes, and other round or cylindrical objects. Instead of cluttering up shelves, drawers, and other traditional storage areas with these tools and substances, pick up an inexpensive shoe bag and attach it to the back of a door with cup hooks. The pockets may be intended for sneakers and boots, but they’re also perfect for miscellaneous items like rolls of duct tape, bottles of glue, and a flashlight to help you find your way in the event of a power failure. To keep the plastic clean, wipe out the pockets periodically with a microfiber cloth.
Dating and identification of cosmetics and beauty supplies
Keep a log sheet in the basket to track acquisition dates. When you buy a new product, record the date of the purchase and what you bought. Every month, reevaluate your products to assure that they haven’t become too old to use safely. Discard liquid foundation after six months to a year, liquid eyeliner after six months, and mascara once it reaches the three month mark. To minimize the risk of bacterial contamination, never use someone else’s beauty products or allow them to use yours.
Substitutions for drawer or linen closet space
In houses that lack large amounts of storage suitable for fresh bedding, save the drawer space for items that you can’t reasonably store elsewhere, and hang your folded sheets over a clothes hanger. For King sized bedding, you can use one hanger for a flat and a fitted sheet, and another for pillow cases. For smaller bedding sizes, hang an entire set of linens together.