Aside from the fact that I find attics creepy, my attic doesn’t have a proper floor, so I don’t keep anything in it.
My clients, however, use their attics for storing out-of-season clothes, furniture they want to give to their children, memorabilia and holiday decorations.
If you use your attic for storage, remember that it gets extremely hot in the summer, so you don’t want to store anything that can melt or be damaged by heat. You might have critters living in your attic, so avoid storing things that can become food or bedding for them. Keep in mind that rodents and insects are attracted to paper and glues; therefore, plastic bins are better than cardboard boxes for storage.
Plastic also can keep items dry, avoiding growth of mold and mildew. If you find mold on things you’ve stored, remove them from the attic. If you aren’t able to clean off the mold, you probably need to throw out the infected items.
The attic isn’t the best place to store photographs and delicate pieces that can’t endure extreme temperature changes. Those things are better suited for the living space that you inhabit – on a shelf, under the bed, in a closet or cabinet.
Do you keep anything unusual in your attic?