All about archiving

Spring cleaning through the magazines, letters, kids’ paintings and bills that accumulate over the course of a year is an important annual task.

The first step is to create three piles: keep at hand, throw away, and recycle/archive. After that, make a golden rule with yourself to only touch each item once. Pick it up, decide which pile you’d like to place it on, then move straight on to the next item.

At the end of the process you’ll have a selection of archive items probably ranging from the practical (like invoices for tax returns) to the emotional (a special birthday card). The best way to keep these important items safe is with specific storage boxes, such as Easi Store Plastic Boxes, which are stackable and come with lids to keep dust well away from your precious belongings.

Keep in mind that archiving doesn’t mean ‘forgotten’, so as you fill your box or boxes, make sure you’re making your archiving work for you. Take some time to have a look at what you’ve got in your archiving pile: photos, household receipts, memorabilia, certificates, work documents and so on. If everything is jumbled together you’ll struggle to find what you need just when you need it.

Instead, spend a bit of time thinking about the most efficient way to sort the archiving materials into appropriate groups. You might even break your groups down further, perhaps bundling together photos from a particular event or year. Ultimately, you want to create a library so that all you need is a label on the front of the box and everything will be safely stored just a moment away.

Archiving clothes
Spring cleaning – as the name suggests – is timed perfectly with a change in the weather. It’s a chance to put away the doonas and big coats of winter and pull out the thinner blankets and dresses of the warmer months.

It’s also a perfect opportunity for sorting through your clothes at the end of the winter season and seeing which need repairing, dry cleaning or donating to charity.

The only problem with winter items is that they’re bulky. Their thick size may be their biggest advantage on cold days, but it also proves to be their biggest weakness when you’re trying to cram them into a cupboard.

Fortunately, there’s a solution: Space Bag vacuum storage bags. Perfect for storing clothes, blankets or valuable items, you simply load them up, seal the edge and suck the air out of the bag with your vacuum cleaner. One extra large bag can hold a queen doona and two pillows! Sucking out the air compresses everything in the bag – making it around three times smaller – while creating absolute protection from insects, mildew, dirt and odours.

For shelves that are on display (or for keeping the interior of cupboards looking pleasingly organised) Compactor Compressible Trunks are ideal. They also vacuum seal the contents, but they do it within a smart, stackable trunk-like exterior. Better still, they are available in four sizes (with handles for easy accessibility) and a clear label at the front for visibility.

If archiving your winter clothes simply means moving them to an empty wardrobe in another room, be sure to add a DampRid Disposable Moisture Absorber, The Climate Egg or a Hanging Bag to prevent your cherished outfits being ruined by humidity and moisture damage.

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