The Ultimate Guide to Storing Your Geek Treasures

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Have you watched Marie Kondo on Netflix telling us how we all need to declutter? Her philosophy in tidying up is that we should only keep minimal possessions, the ones that bring us joy. Oh, and she suggests that we should only have thirty books maximum. Thirty books – is that in the to-read pile? Or in the bathroom? Or by the side of the bed? The fact is, for most of us, the Marie Kondo way isn’t going to work. We simply have too many cool books, comics, and (of course) cosplay costumes. So instead, here is your ultimate guide to storing it all. 

Install some storage units

Putting some storage units together can be a good choice for storing books that perhaps you don’t read all that often. And let’s face it, once you’ve lined up all the Eddings novels, the Shannara chronicles and all of the Discworld series, they can take up a lot of space. In terms of outdoor space, garage kits are an easy solution, either with or without doors, to protect your books. They can be custom built to fit your space, or you buy a kit with standard measurements. You should try and store books in alphabetical order, so that you can find them again easily, or simply label up the shelves.

Storing comics

A comic collection is a treasured thing. It is likely that you’ve been  collecting these for a long time. It would be a shame to get them damaged just because they haven’t been stored properly. Comics should be put in clear plastic bags and boarded to keep them flat. Make sure that you use bags that are made of polyethylene or polypropylene, rather than mylar. Mylar bags turn yellow very quickly and will need replacing every few years. The size of the bags are dependent on when the comics are published. Pre 1950s, bags should be size 7 3/4” x 10 1/2”. Between 1950 and 1980, bags should be size 7 3/4” x 10 1/2”. After 1980, bags should be size 6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″. Damage occurs to comics when they are exposed to air and light. By putting cardboard sheets in the bag too, you will keep them protected. You can then store them in a box.

Storing costumes

A lot of cosplay costumes can include bulky elements that are difficult to store. For items such as helmets and headgear, put large coat hooks up on the walls – place these high, so that they are out of reach to the little people. They will also make great statement pieces in your home. When you are storing fabric items, make sure that they are put away neatly in a dry cupboard. If you aren’t wearing them often, you should still take them out every six months and shake them out, checking for moths. 

Your book, comic, and cosplay collection brings you joy. By storing it properly, you can make sure that it lasts a lifetime.

1 Comment

  1. Um, No, don’t store your comics in polybags for long term storage. Definitely use “acid free boards”
    and Mylar bags and replace them every few years. Keep up with the maintenance on your collection or get them slabbed by a grading company like CGC or CBCS. Paper is in a constant state of decomposition so take care to avoid too much light or extreme temperature and moisture. Go through your collection regularly or you may find something got into your stash and ate half of it. There are plenty of resources online to support my argument that are easily accessible. Whoever wrote this should definitely do some deeper research before spreading general misinformation that could result in long term damage to a valuble collection.

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