Let’s be honest; your garage often ends up as the catch-all or backup for anything you can’t or do not want to store in your home. Unfortunately, the garage isn’t always the best place to leave items, which is why we have created this list of things to not store in the garage. Do you have any of these stored in your garage right now?
Don’t Store These Items in the Garage
If you are a wine lover, you may find it difficult to store all your precious bottles in the house. However, fluctuating temperatures can alter the taste of wine and spoil it. If you want to keep your wine tasty, it needs to be temperature controlled.
As with wine, canned food can also spoil with changing temperatures. While storing all those peaches you picked last year may be a challenge, they too should be temperature controlled.
You never want to leave any open food source in the garage as pests will find it. The last thing you want is a swarm of ants or mice eating your dog’s food and making a mess in your garage.
As with food, pests also love firewood. Firewood should always be kept outside, at least 15 to 20 feet away from any building.
While storing outdoor toys in the garage is just fine, you never want to store toys with any stuffing, fur, or fluff as they can mold or attract insects. If you must keep them in the garage, we suggest vacuum-sealing them and placing them in an air-tight container.
This same rule applies to anything with fabric, such as sleeping bags, clothes, or rugs. Pack them up tight or keep them inside.
While it might be tempting to store old books, photographs, or important paperwork out of sight and out of mind, the garage is not the place for that. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity can quickly destroy any type of paper product, so it is best to keep them stored in an always cool area.
Again, changing temperatures and humidity is a killer for sensitive items, electronics included. Unless your electronics are rated for outdoor use, we recommend always storing them inside.
Paint is another item that we should keep in a temperature-controlled area because extreme heat or cold can actually change the composition of the paint formula, possibly ruining it completely. It won’t happen overnight, but if you plan on storing paint for a long time, it’s best to do it inside.
Anything with oil on it is a hazardous material as it can catch on fire. If you have oily rags, you want to store them in a place where they won’t suddenly combust due to high internal heat.
While you are usually going to be okay leaving propane tanks in the garage, there is always that off chance of a leak. It is recommended that you keep them outdoors and out of high temperatures.