Vinyl records just won’t go away, and we’re glad. If you love vinyl but don’t have space in your home for all those albums, self storage is a smart option. These three tips will help you protect your collection while keeping clutter at bay in your home.
1. Clean Before Storing
Anything that goes into self storage should be cleaned first, and vinyl records are no exception. Dust is a record collector’s enemy, as it can damage your collection over time. Resist the temptation to flick away debris with a t-shirt or other fabric. Instead, invest in a record brush and vinyl-cleaning solution. Wipe away any dust left behind with a microfiber cloth.
2. Pack Your Vinyl Carefully
We probably don’t have to tell you that stacking your records horizontally is a bad idea. Placing records on top of each other puts them at risk for warping. Choosing the right music storage containers is essential. If you want to invest in a heavy-duty container, try Odyssey’s carpeted storage case. It may not be attractive, but this durable option is ideal for keeping your vinyl out of harm’s way, both in route to your self storage unit and for the long term.
If you’re trying to keep costs low—especially when storing a large collection—cardboard boxes and plastic containers with lids will do the trick. New boxes are ideal, since used ones can become weak over time. Pack boxes tightly so they don’t slant, but don’t cram so many in that you can’t remove records easily. A climate-controlled unit is highly recommended, especially in areas where we have a very humid climate and extreme temperatures.
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3. Label Clearly
Labeling each box allows you to find exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll need to decide what kind of system to use. Do you find it easier to store albums by genre, or does your brain automatically look for items in alphabetical order? You may want to store records the same way you do at home.
If you’re storing your vinyl records in boxes, use a marker to label the front of each box for quick access when you enter your unit. A label maker is a great little tool for almost any organizational project, including music storage. If you don’t have one, tape paper labels to your plastic containers. Sticky notes are fine, but they may fall off if you don’t reinforce them.
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