Items Not to Store in Your Garage

Your garage protects your car from weather, debris, and theft. Because more garages have automatic garage doors, more car owners are using the garage as their primary means of entry to their home. For the first time, more people use the garage as their primary means of entering the house rather than the front door. As a result, a garage has become a standard storage space for things we might want later.

But, there are some things which a homeowner should never store in the garage. Today we’re going to review things which should never be stored in the garage. If you have any of these items currently stored in your garage, consider relocating them.

Refrigerator (or freezer)


It seems like a perfect spot to put a spare refrigerator, but, if you consider the extremes, possibly not. If it’s too hot, the fridge takes the cold from the freezer section, and it sends the compressor into overdrive to cool the freezer. This irregular cycle shortens the life of the refrigerator. But, if it’s too cold, the fridge and freezer both freeze.

In between, when it’s cold enough in the garage to keep the refrigerator food fresh, the thermometer thinks everything is beautiful, and the compressor (which cools the freezer first) never goes on. Everything in the freezer melts.

The solution, if you insist on having a garage refrigerator, is to get one with a dual thermometer setup (fridge and freezer) or to insulate the garage, or even just an area for the fridge.


In higher temperatures, food goes bad. This includes pet food, which always carries the caution to store in a cool, dry place, and canned food, which can spoil in temperatures over 85 degrees. Dry food will also be the dinner bell for rodents and bugs, as a garage is generally sealed less tightly than a home.


Gasoline, propane, even cans of hairspray are all subject to the whims of intense heat. These are all dangerous as a vapor. If you must store flammable objects, please store them somewhere where they aren’t subject to sparks from pilot lights or aren’t attached to the house in the event they do cause a fire.


Paper includes thing like books and journals. It may not seem possible, but paper is extremely delicate and subject to decay, either by moisture, which causes it to mold, or by dry air, which causes it to yellow and become brittle. In the spirit of preservation, a homeowner may use sealed tubs to store them, which will have the added benefit of keeping them safe from roaches, silverfish, and spiders. But, honestly, if they’re of any value, keep them in the house.


Fabrics are similar to paper in that the heat will make them rot in short order. If they are clothing and have elastic, that will also rot. Pests, including mice, think of fabric as the perfect nesting spot. Cotton fabric needs to ‘breathe,’ as well.

Anything which doesn’t handle wild temperature fluctuations, moisture, or dust

Furniture, paint, toys, and other materials which don’t handle dust or heat well should remain in the house. It should also be noted that anything which can handle heat fluctuations but isn’t stored in a tightly sealed container will be subject to the fumes of your car every time you start or run it in the car, so expect some residue film as a result.

As always, a garage door which is in good and operating order will help protect your car and other belongings in the garage. If your garage door is giving you problems, call us! We’d love to help.

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