7 Items You Should Never Store in Your Garage
Normally a great storage spot, your garage should not be used to store these common items. Not only can they become unusable, some may even become hazardous!
If you’re prepping for a yard sale or pulling items to donate to the local thrift store, avoid stowing those items in the garage. Moisture and heat wreak havoc on electronics, and clothes and linens are a favorite place for nesting mice and other rodents. Consider storing donations in a cool, dry closet inside the house instead.
Storing extra nonperishables in the garage may be convenient, especially if you buy in bulk. However, canned goods do not do well with temperature fluctuations, which can cause bacteria to grow inside the cans. In addition, those pesky little critters living in the garage can easily get into cereal boxes and other cardboard packaging. Instead, try to find room in your pantry.
Unless you have a climate-controlled garage, store leftover paint in the basement. Not only can paint cans rust if exposed to moisture, the paint actually becomes unusable when left in extreme temperature conditions.
Resist the urge to store those bulky cases of beer in the garage! Although beer and wine contain alcohol, they can easily freeze in cold climates. Alternatively, wine can turn to vinegar if heated, and beer can turn foul when exposed to light. It’s best to store alcohol in a cool, dark place.
Store propane in a well-ventilated spot away from the home. It’s not worth the risk of storing propane tanks in the garage just to safeguard running out of gas in the middle of a barbecue. In winter months, you can simply cover the tank and leave it outside with your grill.
Storing wood for an immediate project is fine, but if you’re holding onto pieces for a project in the future, take caution. Wood can easily warp, especially when not supported properly, or exposed to temperature and moisture.