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What Items to Store in Your Garage

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Anyone who’s unfamiliar with garages will have some issues when it comes to using this area to its full potential. The garage is a dedicated storage area and knowing which items belong here and which don’t can get a little tricky. Some garages can offer quite a generous storage capacity and you can end up with too much clutter. An important step in its organization requires you to know more precisely what kind of items should be stored here and which need to placed somewhere else. This article will be divided into two separate guidelines for your convenience. In the first part, we’ll focus on what’s recommended to store in the garage while the second part goes a bit more in-depth about those items that should never be stored in the garage.

Things that Can be Stored in the Garage

1. Gardening Tools

If you don’t have a garden shed or an outdoor storage shed which offer dedicated areas to store your yard tools, the garage can make a good home for them. Various tools and appliances such as lawnmowers, garden hoses and wheelbarrows can be safely stored in the garage. Smaller tools that you use outdoors can be better organized if you keep them in the garage. Supplies such as potting soil, fertilizer, and weed killers belong in this place as well considering some of their bulky footprints.

2. Sports Equipment

All your tennis racquets, football boots, and snowboarding boards can be stored in the garage without issues. Other items that can be included in this category are outdoor toys or miscellaneous things used for entertainment. Some good examples are pool toys and extra patio furniture. Make sure you store all these items correctly so you won’t run into cluttering issues. Invest in a high-quality garage storage system for that purpose.

3. Car Supplies

Given how you keep the car in the garage, it makes sense to have other related necessities close at hand. Tools and cleaning supplies belong in the garage as well as other car items like roof racks. Most people don’t own a huge number of car supplies, so the garage should provide adequate space to store everything needed.

4. Rarely Used Items

The garage offers a solid opportunity when it comes to storing all those things that you don’t use very frequently. Take seasonal and holiday decorations for example. Whether they’re decor pieces destined for indoor or outdoor use, these will only be used at a specific time. Keep them in the garage neatly organized.

Other rarely used objects can be stored in the garage but you need to be careful to keep them in a properly sealed container if they’re more sensitive to moisture. As a general rule of thumb, more delicate items that you want to keep out of sight should be placed in the attic or basement while more durable things can hold up without problems in the garage. Take this opportunity and sort your stuff if you don’t have enough storing space. We recommend the KonMari method for organizing any area of your home.

Items That Shouldn’t be Stored in the Garage

1. Canned Food

It’s a good idea to keep a stockpile of canned food but the garage is far from an ideal place to store them. This is because these items are sensitive to temperature changes. As opposed to the basement, the garage will get much hotter in the summer which translates to accelerated food spoilage. In the winter, your canned food can also freeze which will affect the quality so it’s generally not recommended to store these in the garage.

2. Books

If you run out of bookshelf space and need a place to store old books, steer clear from the garage. Even if you plan to keep them here only temporarily, books can get damaged in dark and damp environments. You shouldn’t store books in either the garage or the basement because of the danger of bugs like silverfish that can feed on the starchy glue of the books.

3. Paint

Do you have some leftover paint from your latest redecoration project? Similar to other items that are sensitive to extreme temperature swings, paint can deteriorate very quickly in the garage as it will be exposed to intense heat in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Cool and dry environments work best for paint.

4. Propane Tanks

It may surprise you to find out that propane tanks shouldn’t be stored in the garage. While these objects are safe most of the time, it can be dangerous to have leaks in this enclosed space. The car’s ignition can start a fire so that means it’s highly recommended to keep the tank in a properly ventilated area.

5. Fridges or Freezers

It’s common to have an extra fridge or freezer in some households. That extra storage space comes in handy but you should be careful about the placement of this additional appliance. The fridge or freezer can contribute to increasing the moisture levels in the garage. There’s also the matter of inefficiency as this area is affected by temperature swings that force the appliance to work harder.

6. Electronics

If you have old computers or game consoles lying around and don’t know where to store them, there are much better options than the garage. Electronics are fairly vulnerable to moisture and there can be a lot of condensation going in the garage. Heat can also damage electronics over time so it’s best to donate these items as quickly as possible or find them a more appropriate storage spot.

7. Clothing

There are lots of natural enemies for the fabric that makes up your clothes. Moth infestations represent a serious threat while the damp environment can also create problems. Find a different area of the home for your old clothing where the fabric is protected from pests, extreme temperatures, and high humidity. A neat solution you should try for excellent preservation is to use vacuum-sealed bags which also significantly reduce the footprint of the items.

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