9 Unexpected Things You Should Never Store in the Garage


1. Your cherished family photos

“Pollutants, moisture, and heat will quickly destroy your photos,” cautions Mitch Goldstone, CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com. “Within a year or two, the colors will fade and the images will be destroyed from the collection of mildew.”

2. Propane tanks

This may not surprise you, but you're probably still doing it. Don't.

Because these volatile suckers can leak and/or ignite, "they should never be kept indoors or so close to your home,” warns Kelly Tenny, social media manager for on-demand storage company Zippboxx.com.

No matter how convenient it is to store them on a garage shelf, "they should be stored outside on a flat surface and kept out of enclosed spaces," she cautions.

3. Car batteries

It's nothing personal—concrete's porous. It's able to collect moisture, which is then transferred to a battery sitting on top of it. The result is a premature drain.

Newer batteries are sturdier, and affected less by external moisture. Still, if you do keep an extra battery in your garage, place it on a piece of wood or cardboard. Better yet, says Pantazes, don't keep it on the floor at all.

4. Artwork and collectibles

Let's break down the reasons why: Dampness can cause coins to tarnish and mold to grow on paper and textiles, explains Kelly Juhasz, a Chicago-based member of the International Society of Appraisers. Insects will enjoy infesting and rodents feasting on paintings. (Gross.) Dirt and dust can cause stains and buildup on pretty much anything. And did we mention fumes from your car and old house paint can penetrate textiles and canvases?

5. Food—even the canned variety

Sweltering summer days can hasten the spoilage of canned goods, and freezing temps aren't great either.

"Canned foods are designed to work best within an indoor temperature range," Patterson says. As for fresh items, seal them in plastic bags in your pantry.

6. Your pet

Of course, you wouldn't keep your pet in your garage at all times. (Right? Right?)

"But if you live in a place that gets very cold in the winter and hot in the summer, reconsider making the garage 'their space' when you're at work or gone for the day," Patterson suggests.

Instead, try closing off another area of the house where your pets can be comfy and safe.

7. Paint

Contrary to what everyone in the world seems to think, your garage ain't the ideal place to store paint.

"It can actually spoil if it's not sealed well and gets exposed to temperature extremes," Patterson explains.

8. Lawn mower

Fun fact: "The exhaust and engine on mowers can stay at 240 degrees for up to 10 to 15 minutes after being turned off," he adds.

Safely store your lawn mower in a shed. Don't have one? Use a fitted cover which will protect it from the elements, and keep it outside. 

9. Carpet and rugs

A better plan: Store your carpets and rugs in a place where humidity levels don't bounce up and down like a game of Pong.

If the garage is your only option: "Make sure you’ve blocked any direct sunlight to preserve the rug’s colors, and place a dehumidifier near it to eliminate the possibility of any mold and mildew growth," Davies suggests.


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