So I have a lot of stuff and a lot of space in my parent's house and and obviously, I want to move some of my stuff to them (mostly paperwork, some packaging, catalogues, etc. - typical "hoarding" items).

What are some practices / what should I do to ...

  • prevent stuff from degrading and
  • prevent pests from spreading / catching on (moths, silverfish, ...)?

I thought about putting everything inside cardboard boxes, but this is obiously too little to keep moths etc. out. Should I put everything in vacuum bags? Is this enough? Should I put my stuff in the freezer overnight just in case to kill anything and everything? Should I put my stuff in an airtight box (plastic? metal?)? Should I fill said box with a noble gas so that no chemical reactions happen?

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Also, please move my question to another board if this is not the right board; however, I couldn't find a better fit.

  • Hi throwaway312, Welcome to Lifehacks StackExchange.
    – Stan
    Aug 20, 2018 at 1:59
  • I'd try buying plastic boxes. You get them in various sizes and can mostly fit a lid on them, keeping unwanted things out
    – CustomX
    Aug 21, 2018 at 14:38
  • @CustomX I will probably go with plastic boxes, thanks for the advice. Do you know if I have to fear any chemical reactions from degrading plastic? Are theere any materials I should avoid? What if I indeed choose to fill an airtight plastic box with Argon? Aug 22, 2018 at 15:01
  • @throwaway312, Not sure to be fair. You might not want to get the cheapest ones then, but as long as you keep them in a dry and ambient temperature, it should be ok.
    – CustomX
    Aug 22, 2018 at 16:01
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    In small areas, dryer sheets are a good defense against most pets; in larger areas, mothballs work (and do come in less "granny's attic" scented varieties).
    – Allison C
    Aug 23, 2018 at 18:27

2 Answers 2


And whatever containers are used, add a bunch of those Silica Gel packets that absorb moisture, to each container. You can probably buy them by the hundreds on Amazon.


Use plastic boxes, since they come in many sizes. Place all your stuff in there.

If you have important documents or items, put them in a Ziploc bag so you can minimize water damage or if you want, you can put them in sheet protectors (for papers and documents).

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