Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, we love to help people make the most of their storage space, particularly in their garages. Your garage is one of the most useful parts of your home, with the potential to be storage space, workspace, craft space, and so on. But while we’re all for getting the most out of our garages, there are some things that they aren’t suited for. While garages are excellent places to store things from bikes and tools to gardening materials and cars, these are some of the items that you shouldn’t store in your garage.
- Propane and Other Flammable Materials
Flammable gases like propane should always be stored someplace away from your car. The potential for them to ignite when you rev up your motor in the morning is a serious and dangerous risk. While you might want that propane tank on hand come summer for your backyard barbeques, it’s not worth the risk of burning down your house, or risking the lives of your family.
While the garage might seem like the logical place to keep that old paint that you redecorated your walls with, it’s actually a poor spot for it. Garages are subject to extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations, even if they are well insulated, and this can cause the paint to react poorly and go bad, particularly in the Las Vegas heat. Furthermore, if you leave paint cans lying around on concrete garage floors, they’re liable to rust through.
- Food Products
Food products, even canned goods, should never be stored in your garage. As tempting as it is to save money by buying in bulk, if you don’t have a pantry to keep your food safe, avoid the garage altogether. Canned food, despite its reputation, can cook or spoil in high temperatures, and the Las Vegas heat is certainly a likely culprit in that regard. Keep your canned food indoors and try not to store it anywhere that the temperature regularly goes higher than 70 degrees.
- Paper Products
Paper products such as photo albums, paper plates and cups, cardboard boxes, old books, and files are all things that should not be stored in your garage, but are better suited for indoor storage. These sorts of items are tempting treats for vermin and pests, who like both snacking on and living in paper products. To avoid infestations of mice or flies, keep your paper products that need storing in a well insulated attic instead of your garage.
- Linens and Fabrics
For the same reasons that you should avoid keeping paper products in your garage, you should also avoid keeping linen and fabric products in your garage as well. Things like old bedding and sheets, blankets, towels, or table cloths all serve as tempting homes for vermin.
To learn more about garage storage, or to find your own storage solution, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!