Are you thinking about using your attic space for extra storage? Here’s the lowdown: attics can be tricky for storage, so let’s keep your valuables safe and sound!

Why Attics Can Be Tricky

Attics have wild temperature swings and fluctuating humidity. Some items don’t handle these conditions well, and pests might decide to move in.

Let’s dive in…

What NOT to Store in the Attic

Wooden Furniture: Temperature changes can make wood expand and crack.

  • Toys: Dampness and critters can ruin toys. If you must store them in the attic, use plastic airtight containers instead of loose or in bin bags.
  • Carpets and Rugs: Moths and beetles love dark places and might snack on your carpets. Humidity can also cause mould and mildew.
  • Candles: Hot summers will turn them into a melty mess.
  • Tech Gadgets: Devices like video recorders, smartphones, laptops, and consoles don’t like humidity or temperature changes. Moisture can sneak inside and cause damage.
  • Textiles: Clothes, sheets, and other fabrics are at risk from light, dirt, dampness, moths, and heat. Even airtight boxes could be better. Store these items in a cool, dry, dark area with good air circulation.
  • Leather: Extreme temperatures can ruin leather and give it a musty smell.
  • Photographs: Heat and cold can damage your precious memories.
  • Books: Dampness can lead to mould, mildew, and silverfish nibbling on your books.
  • Paper and Cardboard: Important documents and cardboard are vulnerable to dampness and pests, just like books.


Safety First

Don’t overload your attic. Too many combustible materials can turn into a fire hazard.

Happy storing, and remember – some things are better off in a safe, cosy spot!