Your garage can be a great source of organized storage, but storing the wrong things in the garage can lead to damage, or worse, become a safety hazard. Here are seven things that you should never store in your garage.
The Garage Freezer or Refrigerator
If your garage is not climate controlled then please do not store your upright freezer, chest freezer or supplementary refrigerator in the garage. Sensors on these appliances take their cure from the room temperature. In the winter or summer, the garage temps can tax this system, force your unit to work harder, and lead to early failure of your appliance.
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If you are storing extra paint in the garage for touch ups or an upcoming project, you might be in for a surprise when you actually need to use it. The summer and winter temperatures of your garage can ruin your paint. Plus, cans stored on the floor of the garage tend to rust quickly.
(For more information on household paint, read this.)
While the electronics that you use every day are probably not being stored in the garage, what about the ones that you are temporarily storing for future donation, gifting or holding for a relative? The extreme temperatures and moisture in the garage may render electronics useless.
The changing temperatures of your garage will cause expansion and contraction of the wine, which leads to oxidation and can ruin the wine. Choose a wine refrigerator or wine cabinet, and keep the wine in the house.
(For more information on home bars, read this.)
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We know that storing propane tanks is essential for some forms of outdoor grilling or propane fueled power tools, but propane should never be stored in the garage. Keep it outside and away from the house. Escaping fumes from the tank can fill the garage and be ignited when you start your car.
Food storage left in the garage poses two problems. The first relates to those fluctuating temperatures that will shorten the shelf life of stockpiled food. The second is the fact that stored food may attract rodents and pests, visitors that may then find a way into your home as well. A better choice is to build a new pantry within the home.
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Cardboard and Paper
Spiders, mice and other creatures love cardboard boxes, newspaper, towels and other paper products. Your best bet is to keep them out of the garage, or if you must store paper products in your garage, first place them in plastic bins that can be sealed.