Keeping sports equipment and other rarely used household items in your home can be difficult when there is limited storage space. So where should I go? Slow down a bit. Many of your most prized possessions could be damaged or even a danger to you and your family if you keep them in the garage. To learn about the things you should never store in your garage, keep reading!

Firewood

Fuel is needed for the roaring winter fires on cold nights. Keep your firewood away from the garage, even if it’s convenient to get to it quickly. Pests can infiltrate your garage and eventually make their way into your home when you buy a cord of wood. What do you think is the best course of action for you? Cover your firewood with a tarp to keep it dry and store it away from your house.

Canned Food

Don’t put that extra canned food in the garage if you’re running low on space in your kitchen cabinets or pantry. Most garages don’t meet the USDA’s requirements for storing canned goods, which call for them to be kept cool and dry. Tin cans can rust in a damp garage, and canned food stored in a garage that is hotter than 85 degrees Fahrenheit is at risk of spoilage. Consider reorganising your kitchen if you’re running low on space for your nonperishables.

Propane

This is a huge no-no. You should always keep a spare propane tank for your camping stove or grill outside. Propane tanks should not be kept in enclosed spaces. To avoid both asphyxiation and fire, it’s important to make sure the garage’s propane valve is properly sealed. A single spark or pilot light can ignite propane in your garage, igniting the gas and engulfing your home in flames.

Refrigerator

Avoid keeping a spare fridge in your garage if you’re concerned about saving energy, which is a given these days. Temperatures in the 65-78 degree Fahrenheit range are ideal for refrigerators. An uncooled garage in the summer can reach temperatures of over 100 degrees, requiring your fridge to work extra hard to keep cool—and drive up your utility bills in doing so. Even the insulated doors of the fridge can’t keep perishable foods from freezing in the winter.

Furniture made of wood

Rather than storing antique wood furniture in the garage, give it to your children or grandchildren now. Wood’s grain swells and contracts in response to temperature and humidity changes. A veneer delamination or warped wood can occur as a result of this. A few months in a garage can completely ruin some wood products.

Electronics

Even if you no longer use an old gaming console, printer, or PC, consider donating it to a neighbor’s child or giving it away rather than keeping it in your garage. High humidity levels in garages are bad news for electronic devices, as they increase the risk of a device’s internal printed circuit boards being damaged. Even if humidity doesn’t damage your old electronics, insects can wriggle inside and damage the components therein. Don’t leave those gadgets out in the open.

Clothing and Mattresses

Fabric’s natural enemies include heat, humidity, and insects. Mold, mildew, and other damage can be caused by this triple threat, which is all too common in garages. There is no need to store your wedding dress in the garage, no matter how old or delicate. A spare mattress is also an option. Insects and car fumes can still get into it even if it’s tightly wrapped.

Photographs You Can’t Let Go Of

It’s best to keep your priceless photographs in a cool, dry, and dark location, like under your bed or at the back of an interior closet, so that future generations can enjoy them without fear. A jumble of faded and stuck-together photos is the inevitable outcome of storing photos in the garage. This is a treasured collection; don’t keep it in the same place as your car or sports equipment.

Paper Products

Paper products are the most popular breeding grounds for mice and other pests that eat wood, such as termites and silverfish. The garage is not a good place to keep your important tax documents, comic book collection, or the encyclopaedia set you inherited from your aunt. The changing temperatures in your garage, even if your books and documents are safe from paper-eating pests, can cause them to curl and crack.

Paint

Paint can separate or gel if improperly stored (for example, in an unheated garage). In extreme temperatures, even cans that have not yet been opened are at risk of spoilage. It’s fine to leave a half-full paint can in the garage overnight if the weather is mild and you’re painting the house. The lid should be taped shut if you don’t plan on painting for a few months, and the can should be stored in a basement or utility closet.

Gasoline

It’s perfectly legal to store gasoline in the garage, but doing so without proper precautions can put your life and property at risk. Fire codes in many communities limit the amount of gasoline that can be stored to less than 25 gallons. Properly storing gas in a container that has been approved for this purpose is essential to preventing condensation and ensuring that the gas does not freeze. Away from children’s hands and away from direct sunlight, keep the containers secure.

Alcohol

Do not store alcoholic beverages in the garage, including beer, wine, and hard liquor. Shocking temperature changes in an uninsulated garage can affect even tightly-sealed bottles—especially when it comes to wine. Store your wine and other potent potables at a steady indoor temperature to keep them tasting fresh.

Pet Food and Pantry Staples

With 5-pound bags of flour, bulging bags of rice, and family-size boxes of cereal, it’s easy to run out of pantry space. That 50-pound bag of dog food is going to take up a lot of space. Other than the garage, consider other options for storing your belongings. In addition to attracting vermin and insects, food stored in a garage is susceptible to spoilage due to the wide temperature variations.

Cherished Mementos

The garage is not the place to store beloved plush toys, CDs of family photos, vinyl records, or other items with sentimental (or even financial) value. Insects and mice can wreak havoc on heirlooms that have been meticulously preserved. Keep these mementos off the ground and in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids in a closet, attic, or basement.

Oily Clothes

Never put used rags in a corner of your garage or anywhere else after working with an oil-based product like a stain or sealant. Fires can be started by a single spark in flammable oily rags. Self-ignition can occur even if there is no spark to ignite the rags. Dry rags by laying them out on a non-flammable surface one at a time. Afterwards, place them in an empty metal paint can, add water, and close the lid. Take the can to a hazardous waste disposal facility near where you live.

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