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  • Writer's pictureShelley Diamond

Simple Steps to Protect Your Property and Collections

Updated: May 12, 2020

Welcome to my first blog post from Park Slope, Brooklyn.

It’s an adjustment refocusing our lives at home for now. Adapting to virtual work. Finding the right balance between work and family time and finding diversions to stay positive. It’s an ongoing process for everyone.

During this unique moment, you may have extra time to embrace and catch-up on household and personal property tasks. Things you know you should be doing, or that have been on your to-do list for some time and were placed on the back burner.

I’m no expert about personal healthcare and safety, but as a professional archivist, I know a lot about caring for valued collections and helping individuals manage and document their personal property. Home inventories, for example, are invaluable when you move, buy homeowners insurance or manage a family estate.

In future posts, I’ll be sharing useful tips on handling, storage, long-term preservation, organization and documentation of ALL types of personal property - fine art, antiques, collectibles… in fact, all your non-financial, personal assets. The kind of knowledge museum professionals and archivists use daily to manage institutional collections can help YOU better protect your stuff.

My objective is awareness: to get you thinking about how you’re managing your stuff, and to provide practical and useful advice. I want to help you find solutions to your needs.

Amassing a collection, whether it be fine art, antiques or collectibles, is certainly a labor of love. Collections grow organically over time, and as they grow it’s important to evaluate your home environment and consider whether you’re taking the right steps to safeguard your objects from deterioration and to ensure their longevity. You may discover the decisions you’ve made for display and storage need some updating.

Remember: simple steps go a long way in protecting your collections and property.

Through these posts, I believe you will identify issues that’ll help you protect, preserve and manage the things you love and value.

If you have questions, let me know. I’m here to help if you’d like personal guidance. You can always sign up for a free 30-minute consult.

Be well,

New York City


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