Besides keeping your vehicle secure, the garage is a convenient place to keep the clutter out of your home—but not all of it. There are just household items that are better stored somewhere else.
When you’re organizing your belongings, keep in mind the things you shouldn’t store in a garage.
• Items that could be damaged by extreme weather and fluctuating temperatures.
• Items that could warp, rot, or be damaged by mold and mildew due to moisture and humidity.
• Hazardous materials that can put your home and your family’s safety at risk.
• Anything that can attract pests and other unwanted guests into your home.
Most of the things we store in the garage are the ones we no longer want in our homes. But, the problem is that once they are out of the house, they become out of sight and out of mind, too. Continue reading for a more comprehensive list of items you should keep out of the garage, along with some tips to keep the space organized.
6 Things You Should Never Store in the Garage
1. Pet Food
Storing pet food in the garage is an open invitation for pests to visit your home anytime. If you have to keep pet food in the garage, make sure to store it in an airtight plastic container to prevent ants, rodents, and cockroaches, among other pests, from feasting on it. You should also consider investing in metal garage storage shelves to store more products and maximize the space in the garage.
Books are treasures that you would want to pass down to your kids and your grandkids, even. But, the dark, damp, and poor-ventilated garage is not the best place to store them. The mold that grows, including the insects that thrive in this area, can all damage their pages, along with any other paper-based items.
While firewood maybe a year-round essential, it is also a magnet for pests, particularly termites who feed on cellulose-based materials such as decaying wood, books, cardboard boxes, drywall, furniture, etc. Instead of the garage, store firewood at least 20 feet away from your house and preferably off the ground.
Clothes, as well as fur and leather, don’t hold up well when stored in humid areas. The moisture can promote mold and mildew growth, which can then attract moths and rodents that could damage your fabrics. Store these items someplace other than the garage.
Electronic devices, including TVs and computers are highly sensitive to high humidity levels and fluctuating temperatures, both of which can permanently damage their components and pose safety concerns. Always store electronics inside your home, and if it is time to get rid of them, you can consider selling, recycling, or donating them.
6. Documents & Old Photographs
Heat, cold, and moisture—these create the perfect recipe for damaging your treasured memories and important documents. If you have to keep old photographs and files in the garage, store them in an airtight plastic container.
For the same reasons above, it’s also advised not to store toys, particularly stuffed animals, canned food, a rug and carpeting, and old appliances in the garage. While the list can go on, don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of other things that are meant to be kept in the garage. These include your car and the supplies that go with it, power tools, gardening tools and accessories, and anything used for outdoor activities such as bikes, scooters, etc.
How to Organize Your Garage
Identifying what you should and should not store in the garage is the first step to organizing your space, allowing you to get rid of anything that you don’t need.
To conclude, below are some tips to clean and organize your garage.
• Set aside a time to purge your garage—get the rest of the family involved, if you want to get done with the job faster.
• Go through everything, including the boxes you haven’t unpacked for a long time, and decide whether to keep, discard, or donate them.
• Invest in storage solutions like the metal garage storage shelves we mentioned earlier. It will allow you to store more products and maximize vertical space.
Between the car, bikes, ladders, and tools, there’s usually not much room left in the garage for other things. Even then, it’s already difficult to enter and exit the garage without bumping on anything.
Realizing that the garage is not a place for all the excess clutter in your home and discovering a few space-organizing tips, you’re already armed with the knowledge to get smart with your garage storage.
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