A garage can be a great asset when the storage potential is maximized. But it can quickly become a danger zone when you store the wrong things. Today’s blog is outlining what you should and should not store in your garage to keep it safe and accessible.
3 Types of Things Not to Store in Your Garage
Let’s begin by going over the top 3 things that are not good selections for garage storage.
1. Objects that are sensitive to changes in temperature. Most garages aren’t entirely climate-controlled, which means that anything you keep in there has to have the ability to withstand changes in temperature throughout the year.
Some of these items include:
Paint: Extreme cold and heat will make it either too thick or too watery.
Wine: Changing temperatures can cause corks to expand and contract, which allows air to seep into the bottle and contaminate the contents.
Wooden furniture: Wood that’s exposed to excessive moisture can warp, rot, and crack over time.
Important Documents and Photographs: These items can be damaged when stored in places that tend to get very humid.
Electronics: Computers, DVD players, and Televisions can be damaged by intense cold or heat.
2. Hazardous materials. Propane gas should never be stored inside a garage, as a single spark could set it – and your house – on fire. Some dangerous materials can be kept in your garage with proper precautions in place.
3. Items that could attract pests. Pests like mice, possums, insects, and bats can easily get in. Avoid keeping food – including birdseed and pet food – in your garage so they don’t attract pests.
3 Types of Things That are Perfect for Garage Storage
There are plenty of things that are perfect for garage storage.
1. Your vehicle and accompanying supplies. Garages are meant to keep your vehicle (or vehicles) protected against the elements and for storing other car-related items such as wiper fluid, roof racks, and tire inflators.
2. Gardening supplies. Most of the tools used for gardening are safe to store in the garage. This includes items like flowerpots, manure, gardening soil, fertilizers, shovels, and equipment like weed whackers and lawnmowers.
3. Items designed for outdoor recreational use. Patio furniture, bikes, sports equipment, and outdoor children’s toys are all ideal items to keep in the garage. This will protect them from rain, snow, and wind damage. Keeping them in the garage also means that they’ll be easy to access when you want to take them out.
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