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How to store paper documents
Storing things like letters, papers, books and other paper documents is pretty straight forward and easy
Letters, loose paper documents, etc.
- Keep items stored in clearly labeled acid free folders
- The acid free folder will keep the paper from yellowing and keep it from getting too brittle
- remove any paperclips, staples, or rubber bands that will rust or get stuck to the sheets of paper
- Store the papers upright in an acid free box
- if you do not have a lot of letters, keep them stored flat, which will stop the folders from flopping over in the box and bending the letter
- Like photographs, keep the box stored in a closet
- While it's best to store photographs and paper materials in separate boxes, keeping them in the same box to save on space is ok too.
- Scanning letters to save as copies to send to others and to keep for worst case scenarios is also recommended
Books and things with bindings
- Store them upright or laying flat on a shelf (they probably already are!)
- Again it's best if they are stored in a box to keep the dust off, but a regular bookshelf usually does the job just fine.
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