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Island Problems: Protecting and Storing Important Items {2023}

Updated: 5 days ago

Tropical House on Beach

Living on a tropical island presents unique challenges when it comes to protecting and storing important items.

The combination of intense sunlight, humidity, and other environmental factors is detrimental to certain possessions like family documents, heirloom linens, leather goods, and timeless garments.

So, what can you do to keep the frustration at bay and the good vibes flowing?

Keep reading if you want recommendations from me, Brittany Smith, a professional organizer living on Maui on how to protect and store your family valuables at home.

Protecting Family Documents:

Hands in file box

Be CAREFUL with your documents! Direct sunlight can cause papers, documents, and photographs to fade, deteriorate, or become brittle over time.

To mitigate sun damage and finger prints, it is crucial to store these items in transparent file holders, AWAY from direct sunlight.

These holders act as a protective barrier, reducing the direct exposure to sunlight while still allowing easy visibility.

Placing documents in a cool and shaded area, is also advisable.

Blankets and Pillows

Wrapping and Containing Linens:

Humidity is a constant companion in tropical regions, and it can lead to problems such as mildew and musty odors on linens.

To protect your valuable linens for an extended time, it is essential to wrap or contain them properly to avoid dust accumulation and GECKO droppings.

I live upcountry and have two sets of sheets: one sateen set and one flannel set. I store the flannel during the summer months and vice versa during cooler months.

Ensure your linens are clean and completely dry, before storing them.

Place the wrapped linens in airtight containers or storage bags to keep them protected from moisture and pests.

Dust Bag open

Using Breathable Bags for Leather and Garments:

Leather and garments are particularly susceptible to moisture-related issues, such as mold and mildew, if not stored correctly.

To avoid such issues, it is advisable to put them in breathable bags.

These bags allow air circulation, preventing the buildup of moisture and reducing the risk of mold and mildew.

Don't forget: it is crucial to clean and dry leather items thoroughly before storing them AND to periodically check for any signs of moisture or damage.

Choke Tips for Protecting Valuable Items:

  1. Invest in quality storage solutions: Consider using climate-controlled storage units or cabinets with humidity control features to protect sensitive items.

  2. Use UV protective film or blinds: Applying UV protective film to windows or using blinds can significantly reduce the amount of direct sunlight entering your home and protect valuable items from sun damage.

  3. Implement proper ventilation: Ensure that your living space has adequate ventilation to minimize moisture accumulation and maintain a dry environment.

  4. Regular maintenance and inspection: Periodically inspect and clean your valuable items, checking for any signs of damage or deterioration. Promptly address any issues that arise.

jungle hawaii surf boards

Living in a tropical island environment provides a unique experience, but it also requires special attention to protect valuable items from the harsh effects of sunlight, humidity, and moisture.

If you start using transparent file holders for papers, wrapping linens in breathable materials, and storing leather and garments in breathable bags, you will safeguard your possessions and preserve their longevity.

Taking proactive steps to protect and store your valuable household items will help ensure that they remain in pristine condition, enhancing the enjoyment of island living for years to come.

In Harmony,

Professional Organizer Maui

Brittany Smith

ZenSmith Owner & Lead Organizer

"Harmonious Home, Harmonious Life"

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