After having new attic insulation installed, the heat that used to escape from the main house into your attic gets cut off, so your attic then becomes colder.

Although the advantages of insulating your attic far outweigh the storage restrictions listed below, it is still important to be aware of these points to avoid potential issues:

1) DELICATE FABRICS

Mice, insects, temperature fluctuations, and water damage are all reasons to keep delicate fabrics in a press. And beware, your beloved summer linen or cotton shirts may be prone to moth infestation. Fur and leather need a reliably cool climate to stay looking their best. Vintage pieces, wedding gowns, sentimental clothing and fine linens should ideally all be cleaned and packaged by a professional cleaner, then kept in the main part of the house.

2) THE SMART WAY TO STORE FURNITURE

Furniture and décor made from natural materials like wood and upholstered furniture don’t belong in the attic. Wood mildews and rugs, mattresses, and even plush toys can be susceptible to moisture damage and often don’t hold up for very long. They all need dry conditions and moderate temperatures for proper storage, otherwise dampness from humidity could damage them and promote mould growth.

3) IMPORTANT PAPERS

Birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, school and medical records don’t belong in boxes where they could become wet or illegible.  If important papers must be filed in the attic then put them into plastic containers up on a shelf. However, a safe or a press is a much better option if this is possible.

The same holds true for photos, books and artwork, which can be ruined by moisture and extreme heat. If they’re not properly stored they can suffer discoloration, staining or mould.

4) ELECTRONICS

Extreme heat and moisture can damage even the best quality electronic equipment.

5) CANDLES

Avoid putting extra tapers and pillars in the attic, where they’re likely to melt during warmer months.

6) ANYTHING FLAMMABLE NEAR HEAT SOURCES

Paints, turpentine, cleaning products, petrol, diesel, propane, kerosene, or other hazardous chemicals should never be located near anything gas-related (a water heater, dryer, fireplace, stove, furnace or oven) or anything that tends to get very warm.