Things You Should Never Store in Your Garage

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Gas, food, electronics… who knew you weren’t supposed to store these things in a garage?! Take a look at these garage storage to see what else you may be storing in your garage that you shouldn’t be.

Propane tanks

You can store a lot of your bbq items in your garage, but a propane tank isn’t one of them. If the valve isn’t completely shut, it can leak, which could be deadly. Rather than risking your life, store your propane tanks in an enclosed area far from any potential fire or sparks. A shed is typically your best bet.


Your garage isn’t safe from little critters seeking warmth, shelter, or even food. Unless you want your clothes to become a home to a family of mice or a nest to a raccoon, you’ll want to keep your clothing stored inside.


Just like your clothes, your bedding is at risk if you leave it in your garage. If you want to keep blankets intact, store them inside where animals and bugs are much less likely to get to them.


You might be able to get away with storing canned items and non-perishables in your garage, but storing any other type of food could mean one very bad thing: pests. You should even make sure you’re careful with where you store pet food, bird seed, or dog treats. A good rule of thumb: if it’s edible, store it inside!


Believe it or not, paint, stain, and other solvents can spoil — they can separate, curdle, or rust, rendering them unusable. If an item has a specific temperature requirement, store it inside your home — your basement or a closet works great.


Electronics can be damaged by extreme heat or cold, so be sure to keep them inside. If you’re storing electronics, why not donate them to a local charity or pass them down to someone in your family who could use them instead?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a storage expert — that’s our job! If you have any questions about what you can and cannot store, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you’d like a storage unit you can trust, click here to find a Space Shop location near you.

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