It’s not exactly a secret how many people end up using their garages as a storage space for, well, pretty much anything.
From Christmas ornaments and pieces of furniture to old clothing and craft supplies, chances are that, if you don’t want it in your house, it’s already in your garage.
But in addition to making things look incredibly cluttered?
You might also be putting the items you’re storing at risk.
Not sure what you can and cannot safely store in your garage?
Read on to find out.
1. Canned Food
With survivalists and so-called “preppers” on the rise throughout the country, we’re willing to bet that you have at least some kind of canned goods on hand just in case the end of the world arrives.
Of course, finding a place to safely store all of the food that you’ll eat after the poles reverse or an asteroid hits the planet can get complicated quickly, especially if you live in a small space.
Sometimes, even high-quality garages can still get damp, and depending on the type of insulation you choose to build yours with, they may not be able to hold the correct temperature needed to properly store food items.
Wetness in a garage can cause things to rust pretty quickly, and the food inside will spoil before you know it.
Instead, install a few extra shelves in your kitchen or laundry room to keep things safe.
2. Cans Of Paint
We know — you’d love to be able to keep those paint cans in your garage as opposed to inside your home.
However, paint cans just aren’t something you can safely store in your garage.
First of all, when you put paint in your garage, even if you’ve re-sealed the lid, it can begin to break down and turn into gel very quickly. This is especially true if you live in a colder climate, and don’t have any heat in your garage.
This is true even for brand new cans of paint that you’ve never opened.
Additionally, you don’t want the fumes from the paint to build up within your garage, potentially causing discomfort and possibly serious health problems.
For best results, stick those paint cans in the basement or in an enclosed cabinet in your laundry/mud room.
3. Family Photos
If you want to extend the life of your treasured family photos, then be aware that keeping them in the garage isn’t a good option.
First of all, you’re exposing them to any elements that can sometimes leak into your garage. In addition to water damage, exposure to the heat from the roof of the garage can cause fading and discoloration.
Plus, any pests that make their way inside your garage could also eat up the photos.
Hopefully, this will give you a reason to finally make that scrapbook for the vacation you took three years ago.
This one is a serious safety issue.
No matter how bulky or annoying the look of a propane tank outside of your home is, you need to be aware that you cannot safely store it in your garage.
It needs to be outside at all times, because it’s never safe to store a tank of propane in an enclosed space. This is because, if for some reason the tank leaks, you put your entire family at risk of asphyxiating to death.
Additionally, leaks from a propane tank can easily cause a fire, especially if your car has been known to spark every once in a while, or if you do repair work in your garage.
We think a little more clutter outside your home is worth saving the lives of your family members.
As the temperatures drop, chances are that you’ll either start to spend more time chopping firewood, or simply head to your store to stock up on a few logs.
But when you’re looking for a place to store that firewood, know that you can’t safely store it in your garage.
A serious host of pests call firewood home. And even if you can’t always see these pests, trust us when we tell you that you’ll start to notice the damage that they can cause pretty quickly.
Termites, carpenter ants, and several types of pesky beetles all love the feeling of firewood.
For best results, keep your firewood outside of your home, and cover it with a large tarp to prevent the elements from ruining it.
6. A Second Refrigerator
Especially if you have a larger family, we know that sometimes, one fridge alone won’t cut it when it comes to food storage.
However, it’s time to either start making more trips to the grocery store, or to find a better place other than the garage for your second fridge.
Because it will seriously run up your bills, and won’t do much to help you conserve any energy, either.
This is because most garages, especially if there’s no climate control in place, can get hot pretty quickly. Your fridge will have to work harder to keep food cool, meaning your energy bills will skyrocket.
Plus, your food will still be at risk of spoiling.
How Can You Safely Store More Items In Your Garage
We hope this post has given you a better understanding of the items that you can and cannot safely store in your garage.
Not only will this help you to cut down on clutter, it will also force you to get creative when it comes to finding proper storage solutions in your own home.
But if you still want to use your garage for storage space, then you need to do everything that you can to create the best conditions possible for the items that is safe to keep there.
We can help.
We offer a wide variety of both design and insulation options so that you can build the garage of your dreams.
Get in touch with us today to get started.