At some point, most people begin using their garage as a storage space. Although this is very convenient, it’s important to be mindful of what kinds of things should NOT be stored there. Because garages experience temperature and humidity fluctuations, and are less secure than other parts of the house, the following items are better stored elsewhere:
Temperature and humidity fluctuations can cause paint to deteriorate, affecting its consistency and quality. Paint that has been exposed to extreme conditions may become lumpy or lose its original color. To ensure your paint remains usable for touch-ups or future projects, it’s best to store it in a cool, dry location, away from direct sunlight.
Fluctuating temperatures and humidity can seriously affect wooden furniture by causing warping, cracking, and deterioration of the wood. While covering the furniture with a tarp or plastic sheet may protect it from dust, this doesn’t do much to slow the deterioration down. Consider finding a climate-controlled area to store wooden furniture.
While storing propane in its liquid form inside a tank is generally safe, propane gas is highly flammable. Garage environments may include a variety of ignition sources that could start a fire if your tank has a leak or gets bumped and damaged. Store propane tanks outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
Since temperatures in the garage can fluctuate significantly, storing a refrigerator (that is plugged in) will cause it to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. This results in increased energy use and a higher energy bill.
Electronic devices are sensitive – high heat or extreme cold can damage components, shorten their lifespan, and/or cause them to malfunction. Therefore, electronics should be stored in climate-controlled areas.
In addition to temperature and humidity fluctuations, garages are also more susceptible to pests, all of which can damage important papers. Valuable documents, such as passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, and legal papers should be stored in a secure, dry location inside the house.
Perishable Food Items
Temperature and humidity fluctuations, and exposure to pests, can compromise the quality and safety of perishable food items. Food also attracts pests, which is never desirable.
Valuables and Irreplaceable Items
The garage may not be the most secure place to store valuable or irreplaceable items. It is often easier to access than other areas of the house, making the items more susceptible to theft.
When considering storage options for various items, it’s important to consider factors such as temperature, humidity, and security. By making informed decisions about what to store in your garage and choosing suitable alternatives when necessary, you can protect your belongings and preserve their quality and longevity.