On Saving Your Stuff, or Archival Supply Porn: Container Store Edition

Say you’ve got a bunch of family papers and photographs. They’re really old and you feel badly because they’ve been stuck in a few PONY shoeboxes since the 80s. You’ve got a free weekend coming up and think “PROJECT!!!” You don’t quite know what to do, but you know the shoebox isn’t cutting it anymore. It’s time for mainstream, Main Street archival supply porn. To The Container Store!

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Straight out of the gate, The Container Store bills itself as the originator of organizing stuff. Pfft! University Products has them beat by ten years.

Anyhoo, archival supplies aren’t their forte, and what they have is expensive and limited in range, but if you’re a layperson looking to just get that stuff out of the shoebox and into something sturdier and safer (and maybe just a little more grown up), you could do worse than go to your local Container Store.

Archival supplies, sadly, aren’t the prettiest peacocks. The best preservation supplies don’t have fancy plumage at all — and The Container Store sells some downright dogs. But we like dogs! They’re sturdy, dependable, and do what we want them to do. Check out these puppies:

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There’s a hefty price to pay for storing your stuff in a Container Store document box ($19.99 for a standard letter-sized document box that comes with a set of 12 archival folders, which retail individually for $9.99) but there isn’t a minimum quantity you have to purchase, which can be the case with archival suppliers. And you don’t have wait for it to be shipped. Just go to the store, buy a box, and get to work.

But won’t any old box do? Why not a pretty one?

Unfortunately for your room’s color scheme, archival supplies lean towards tan and gray. Ignore the exterior and look for inner qualities that will support a lengthy relationship between you, your records, and your storage container. Don’t just be satisfied with the word “archival” printed on the packaging. Seek out lignin-free, acid-free, buffered paper products and polymers such as polyester, polyethlyene, and polypropylene that will slow the degradation of your records.

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Always remember that when it comes to your love life and your loved ones’ archival materials: Safe is sexy!

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