Depending on the age of your home, storing items in the attic may cause more problems than solutions. Especially during Texas summers, the attic can be HOT HOT HOT. With East Texas also comes humidity, and possible pests as well! By storing items in the attic, you could potentially:
- Ruin fabrics
- Damage furniture
- Void safety devices
My husband, Travis, and I live in a very old Victorian home, and our attic access is approximately 2ft x 2ft square. We have an additional 10-11ft of height to the top of our home. However, Travis and I are really trying to not hold onto excess items we don't need. I know many friends and family members who use their attic for storage. Take a look below to see what items I suggest you should not store vs. store in your attic.
Never Store These Items In Your Attic:
- Anything made of fabric
- Art Supplies
- Cardboard Boxes
- Fire extinguishers
- Flammable Chemicals
- Wooden furniture
What about Holiday Décor?
Some people think it is ok to store the Christmas tree and holiday garlands in the attic as long as they are wrapped up. However, fabrics, old ornaments, handmade treasures, should probably be stored inside the home.
Possible Items to Store In Attic
- Nonporous and nonbiodegradable items
- Plastics (certain types)
- Items should be in an air-tight resealable bag and then in a stackable container.
- Use CLEAR plastic container so you know what is inside.
When you go into your attic, and you see items STILL in boxes from when you moved into your home and it's been weeks, months, years... maybe this would be a good time to reflect and truly think if you ACTUALLY still need those items. Maybe letting go of unnecessary items could make your home even better. Maybe your items could be something that one of your neighbors have been dreaming of owning! You never know! :)