Things you can store in an attic

Updated February 21, 2017

An attic experiences extreme hot and extreme cold, infestation from small animals and bugs and condensation from the shift in the weather. The attic may not sound like the ideal place to store your family's things, but if you take the proper precautions, you can safely store many items in your attic for years.

Stuffed Animals

As your children grow up, the stuffed animals they loved when they were younger start to take up room. To preserve those childhood memories, you can store the stuffies in the attic. But before you do, you need to do some prep work first. Wrap each animal in a dark plastic bag, which will protect it from the elements while also preventing any colour fading due to exposure to the sun. Small animals such as mice like to eat through plastic bags and live in stuffed animals. To prevent that from happening, your final step for safely storing stuffed animals in your attic is to put them in light, metal storage boxes.

Old Electronics

As you upgrade your home's electronic appliances, you may find yourself unable to sell your old ones. Rather than throw them out, store them in your attic in case a friend or family member is in need of a television. Wrap your electronics securely in dark plastic bags to keep out moisture, direct sunlight and animals. Seal the components in plastic storage cases to keep out bugs and dust.


The key to safely storing clothes in an attic is to wrap each individual piece of clothing in plastic to protect it against moisture. Once you have the clothing wrapped in plastic, use a storage trunk to protect the clothes from animals and direct sunlight. Portable attic closets are available that you can purchase to hang wedding dresses and old suits in your attic and protect them from outside dangers.

Holiday Decorations

Storing holiday decorations in the attic is common among many households. But there are a few extra steps you should take to make the process of accessing your decorations easier and to protect them. The large cardboard boxes that decorations come in may seem like a convenient way to store the decorations in the attic, but cardboard gets wet and does not keep out small animals. Use plastic storage bins for storing your decorations in the attic. If you are storing them in an area of your attic where there is no floor, lay 1/4-inch plywood sheets across the roof frame to create a floor and to protect your attic floor, which is also the ceiling to the room below the attic.

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George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.