There are a ton of ways to listen to your favorite tunes. Most people stream their music now, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your music collection. Whether you’re old school and have a big vinyl or cassette collection, or you just can’t let go of those CDs, Affordable Family Storage has a self-storage solution for you. If you do decide to store your music collection in self-storage, there are a few things you should keep in mind to keep them safe and ready to go when you take them out to show the kids what “real music is.”
Vinyl records need to be carefully stored to preserve their integrity. The first rule is to never stack them on top of each other, otherwise, you risk warping them over time. Instead, you’ll want to store them in a vertical position. To do this, make sure you get a good container to hold them. You can make your own storage container that keeps them vertical and separated, or you can find plenty online. We also highly recommend climate-controlled self-storage for your records, because humidity and extreme temperatures can really give them a hard time. Storing them in a place that is open to the elements is a sure way to ruin a great collection.
Much like their vinyls, people are very protective of their cassette collections. And why not? They look cool and bring back some nostalgia. But cassette tapes are sensitive and need to be stored properly to ensure they last a long time. The part of cassettes most sensitive to damage is the magnetic tape inside. Just like vinyl records, cassettes should not be laid flat when stored. They also need to be set vertically. They should also be placed in a storage container that protects them from dust and other contaminants. While records are sensitive to dust, cassettes are even more so. Make sure your hands and the storage container are extremely clean when handling them and getting them ready for self-storage. Once again, we recommend a climate-controlled self-storage unit for cassettes since extreme temperatures and humidity will definitely ruin the magnetic tape.
Although not as valuable as vinyl records or cassettes, people can still get attached to their CD collections. Luckily, CDs are pretty resilient and easy to store. The only thing you really need to worry about is protecting them from scratches and from the elements. If you keep your CDs in cases or a sleeve in a climate-controlled self-storage unit, they should be just fine.
Whether you’re storing records, cassettes, CDs, or even your old MP3 players, we have a self-storage unit for you! Contact Affordable Family Storage today for more information and to learn more about the self-storage units we have available.