I work in publishing, and somewhere along the way I got into collecting books. I’ve never collected anything in my life–I despise clutter and I don’t understand the point of knick knacks at all. However, one day I found myself in a used and vintage bookstore and happened upon and illustrated work by my favorite author from the British Romanticism movement, and the rest is history. Yet with collecting comes preservation. I loathe moving now, because I have to put my vintage volumes in a separate box with acid free packing materials. I then sealed the outside of the box in plastic to waterproof it. I’m always so nervous about keeping these old volumes in great condition. Recently I decided to look up ways to help keep them in the best climate control conditions possible. I hoped it would bring me a little peace of mind. What I found was that they needed to be kept in as dry conditions as possible. This worked fine for winter, but the rest of the year it actually gets very humid. I also don’t have central air conditioning, so the air quality isn’t great to begin with. What I finally settled on was getting a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier works to suck moisture out of the air. It’s very simple to operate; just turn it off when the tank is full, empty the tank, replace tank and turn it back on. Even I can handle that. Now my books are stored in pristine condition with a dehumidifier and air purifier, and I have one less thing to stress about.