The Do-Not-Store List for a Safe & Efficient Space

the Do-not-store list

The allure of a spacious garage often tempts homeowners into using it as a catch-all storage solution. However, not everything belongs in the garage. Storing certain items there can compromise their longevity or even pose safety risks. Let’s explore the common items and materials you should think twice about before tucking them away in your garage.

1. Perishable Food:

  • Extreme temperatures and potential pest access make the garage an unsuitable storage place for perishable items. Mice and insects are attracted to food, even if it’s sealed.

2. Wine & Liquor:

  • Storing bottles here can lead to spoilage. Wine, especially, requires a stable temperature to preserve its flavor and characteristics.

3. Paint:

  • Extreme cold or heat can ruin paint, making it separate or go lumpy. Always store paint in a cool, dry place.

4. Important Documents & Photos:

  • Humidity, fluctuating temperatures, and potential water leaks can damage or destroy precious memories and essential papers.

5. Electronics:

  • Cold and dampness can wreak havoc on electronics, causing internal condensation and damage.

6. Flammable Materials:

  • Storing propane tanks, certain chemicals, or other flammable items can pose a fire risk, especially if stored near electrical appliances or outlets.

7. Clothing & Bedding:

  • Textiles are susceptible to mold, mildew, and pests when stored in the often damp and poorly ventilated environment of a garage.

8. Wooden Furniture:

  • Wood can warp in the fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels found in most garages.

9. Pet Food:

  • It can attract pests and might even get spoiled if left in the garage for extended periods.

10. Hazardous Chemicals:

  • If children can access your garage, certain chemicals pose a poisoning risk. Always lock them up or, better yet, store them elsewhere.

11. Refrigerators & Freezers:

  • While it’s common to have a second fridge or freezer in the garage, it can be less energy-efficient. Extreme temperatures make these appliances work harder, consuming more energy.

12. Canned Food:

  • Contrary to what you might think, garages can be too hot or too cold for canned goods. Fluctuating temperatures can compromise the food’s taste and safety.

Remember, the garage, while versatile, has its limitations. By avoiding these storage gaffes, you can ensure the longevity of your items and maintain a safer environment. It’s not just about what you store, but where you store it. Make informed choices with these insights from Arizona Garage Builders.

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