Garage Storage Items
So you just bought a new house, and for the first time ever, you have a garage! You might be relishing the new storage space, but you also might be unsure about what to store in it. Aside from your car? Maybe some lawn chairs? Your roof rack? What else goes in a garage?
Alternately, you may be dealing with the opposite problem: a garage that over the years has become a room-sized junk drawer for all manner of clutter. If you’re wondering how best to use the extra space your garage provides, here are some guidelines on what to store in the garage.
Your Car and Related Supplies
If you have a car, it probably spends a lot of time in your garage or parked nearby. So it’s only logical to store in your garage anything you use for your car, like wiper fluid and tire inflators. A garage is also a good place for items you often transport in or on your car, like a roof rack or camping gear.
If you have space, try to hang items like roof racks on the wall or ceiling of your garage. They can be large and awkward so getting them out of the way is important. As for smaller items like extra wiper fluid and tire inflators, these can be stored within your garage storage system. Your system can be as simple as a plastic storage rack with bins or a full-on garage cabinet.
Yard and Gardening Tools
The garage is the ideal home for tools and appliances you only use outdoors. Think shovels, hoses, extension cords, lawnmowers, gardening tools, extra pots for flowers, and so on. Bags of potting soil, buckets of ice melt and other outdoor supplies that come in bulky packaging are also good candidates for garage storage. If you find you don’t have enough room, you may want to invest in a shed.
Outdoor Toys and Entertainment
Any product made for outdoor entertainment has already proven it can withstand the elements, so go ahead and keep it in the garage when it’s not being used. This includes toys for kids (or adults) to play within the yard or pool, extra patio furniture or plastic chairs, pool or hot tub supplies, bicycles and the like. This kind of stuff can get messy if it’s just stashed in an empty corner, but there are plenty of creative yet simple garage storage ideas to keep the space looking nice and neat. Hang lawn chairs on the wall, fasten pool and patio supplies to the ceiling with an overhead garage storage rack. If you can’t fit these items in your garage, try a basement or shed.
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Infrequently Used Items
If you need to store any items you rarely (or never) actually use, the garage – like the basement or attic – is often a great place to hide it away. Just keep in mind that sturdy, weatherproof objects will do better in the garage, while more delicate items, like documents and electronics, will hold up better in a basement or attic.
You can store a small supply of gasoline in your garage *if* you don’t have a water heater in there as well. High temperatures can cause the gas to expand and pop the top off. This leakage allows fumes to spread around and could get to the pilot light of the heater. If you do keep gas in the garage, make sure the lid is tight. Keep it away from sunlight. I would also suggest having it near the garage door to help with ventilation.
dumbellsYes, keeping your gym equipment in the garage is fine. The ideal spot would be a spare bedroom, so you are more comfortable and more likely to actually use it. Keep a fan near the workout machines and crack the door in the summertime. Don’t get heatstroke.
Like electronics, some people say you shouldn’t keep a refrigerator in your garage.
I’m not from that school of thought. We bought a cheap smaller sized refrigerator for the garage that holds all of our drinks.
It comes in handy for overflow food when we have large dinner gatherings as well. The nay-sayers will tell you that it will shorten the lifespan of the refrigerator and will cause your electricity bill to go up. These are probably both true, but it is too convenient not to have one.
Sports equipment can be stored in your garage. I use a large plastic bin to store soccer, tennis, volleyball, and basketball balls along with a hand-operated air pump.
It’s helpful to keep like items together. That way it’s easier to find something when you go looking for it. Hockey families have it rough in this regard. Here is a post with an infographic that is about storing hockey equipment in your garage. I hope it is useful.
No problem here. I’m sure Mom would prefer you didn’t track your muddy boots all over the house.
One caveat for long-term storage of boots and shoes in the garage: spiders. I have found a black widow in a pair of grass-cutting shoes I left in the garage for a few months. Be sure to bang them out and open them up far enough to see if there are any webs/eggs.
If you are squeamish about spiders, I suggest a tight-fitting container. Just be sure to let the boots dry before storing them.
cordless drill tools are a no-brainer. A garage is where your tools are supposed to go.
I use a rolling tool chest to keep all my screwdrivers, sockets and wrenches in. Nuts, bolts, and screws go in plastic drawers. For oversized items, I use hooks on a pegboard. I also keep all my power tools in their cases on metal shelves. If you are in a deep-freezing climate, you should take any lithium batteries in for the winter.
Two ammo cansYes, you can store ammo in a garage. Keep it in a tightly sealed container and off the floor in case of high water. Ammo is susceptible to moisture and heat so try to limit those as much as possible.
Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad) batteries are fine to store in an unheated garage. As mentioned above, if you live in a very chilly climate, bring in your cordless tool’s lithium batteries or their lifespan will be reduced. If we are talking AAA batteries and stuff, find a drawer to keep them in inside. It’s much easier when you need new batteries for the remote.
Beds & Mattresses
You can store a mattress in the garage, but there are a couple of things you need to do first. One, make sure the mattress is clean and dry. Then, encase it in a sealable mattress bag.
Your best bet to help keep the mattresses shape would be to lay it flat. You don’t want it resting directly on the garage floor though. If you have the room, place some 2x4s width-wise down and set the mattress on top. If you don’t have the room to keep it flat, then on its side is your next best option. Don’t store it longways up as that could warp it.
Why are you storing beer? Shouldn’t you be drinking it?
I think it would be okay for a little while. And if you are in a perfect 72-degree climate, it can probably be stored for years. Any high temperatures and I would say a few weeks at most. What you need to watch out for is sunlight. That will skunk your beer and make it taste bad.
Another easy one. You can store bikes in your garage, no problem. If you don’t ride very often, I will hang them up on hooks like the ones shown below from Amazon, so their tires don’t warp after a prolonged sitting.
Books and Magazines
You can store books, magazines, and other papers in a garage no problem. You do want to watch out for moisture, so keep them off the floor. I would use a sturdy plastic bin and lay the books flat. If you need to stand them up, make sure to pack them in tight, so they can’t fall over and warp. Make sure the container is tightly sealed so bugs and mice can’t get in.
Yes, you can store Christmas decorations in your garage without any issues. Just be sure to wrap up the breakables in newspaper or bubble-wrap and place in a hard-exterior container like a plastic bin. The trick will be to get your fake Christmas tree back in the original box it came in!
Clothes / Clothing / Linens / Blankets
Clothes and blankets are fine to store in your garage. Make sure they are dry and put them in a tightly sealed plastic bin. Even better would be to put them in a vacuum sealer bags and then place in the bin.
Coolers are perfect for the garage. Just make sure they are completely dry before putting them away. Otherwise, you’ll find a nasty mould growth the next time you go to use it.
I don’t see a problem with it. I’m talking about the enclosed barrel type units. As long as you don’t put in the wrong ingredients that will attract bugs and pests, it should be fine.
Triple coupon day at the store, huh? Storing boxed diapers in your garage is fine. With the way babies go through diapers, I don’t think they will be in there long anyway. Keep them off the floor to minimize any insect or rodent damage.
There are some varying opinions here, but I believe you can store electronics in your garage as long as you keep the items packed tight in a sealed bin and away from moisture.
I collect retro computer equipment, and I have old computers that have been in a hot garage for years. The capacitors on those old machines leak even if they are in a climate-controlled museum, so no big deal there. Now, this is for electronics that aren’t turned on. I wouldn’t put a working server rack out in my garage.
You can store firewood in your garage, but it isn’t the best option. Look it over before you bring it in and make sure there are no bugs in it. I would place it a few inches from an exterior wall and keep it nicely stacked.
Having a disorderly pile of wood in your garage is just inviting critters to live in it, so keep it tidy. A better choice would be to put it on some 2x4s, so it is off the ground and lay a tarp over it.
Furniture / Couches
Lay a movers pad over wooden furniture before storing it in your garage. This padding will protect it from dings and nicks.
For couches and other fabric-covered furniture, I would make sure to clean it thoroughly first. Then, let it completely dry and then wrap it with adhesive wrap. You don’t want any moisture getting in so keep these garage items up off the floor.
Workbenches and Vice
Performing our mechanical duties often keeps us under the vehicle, but sooner or later we’ll need open space for certain items. The radiator and the carburettor are two of the main vehicle parts that benefit from using a workbench with a vice.
The vice is particularly effective in providing those extra hands to keep the vehicle parts steady while we’re working on them. It is not only for vehicle parts either. There are plenty of tools that benefit from having a workbench nearby.
Working in our vehicle will have us under it for the majority of the time. To keep it well lifted and in a perfect position for us to get under it, we’re going to need a floor jack. This tool makes sure the car is steady up above the ground, allowing us to work below the car without having to worry.
Nonetheless, we do recommend checking out as many floor jacks as possible, because there are different models, with each one withstanding a certain amount of pressure.
Screwdrivers work for many applications. Heck, I once opened a beer using it. However, they are useful tools for different types of jobs, whether you’re working or your vehicle, or doing remodelling in the house.
There are many brands available, but we recommend getting Allen-head. The Ball-head work fine too, or you could also consider getting the Torx-head. You might not need them regularly, but having a complete set of quality screwdrivers is always a benefit for our garage.
These tools are very effective at making our jobs easier. With the right power tools, there’s no need for us to work as hard as we used to do in the past. One of the items every garage must-have is, at least, one cordless drill.
The cordless drill often includes an opening capable of holding a bolt to polish the vehicle.
On the other hand, you might want to have high-speed Dremel as well, which is capable of trimming small pieces to enhance the look of our car. While we’ve established vehicle applications for these two tools, there are many more circumstances where they come in handy.
It might not happen to more organized people, but for me particularly, keeping my items in the proper place is sometimes difficult because there are just too many of them.
For those cases, and to avoid accidents because a tool is lying around the floor, we need a storage chest. It is a toolbox of a larger size capable of keeping everything in one single spot with easy access. It might seem like an exaggeration, but it truly improves the organization system of our garage.
Different Types of Air Tools
Air tools, in general, are amazing items that we can use for many purposes, and it will work efficiently. For instance, we could use it to blow air in the vehicle’s tires, but also to clean under the vehicle and small areas where we cannot access by ourselves. There are different types of air compressors, so be careful you choose the right one for your purposes.
Even if you’re not familiar with vehicles, you must be aware that keeping every piece tightened up is the best way to avoid unpleasant accidents while driving.
If you want to have your pieces tightened with precision at the right angle, using a torque wrench becomes necessary. It will keep everything set in their place without the risk of getting loose. Sometimes, it is not only about screwing with plenty of strength, but rather with precision. In that regard, the torque wrench becomes a valuable tool that every garage should have.
The garage is a working space that gets dirty rather quickly if we don’t do the proper maintenance periodically. To an unpleasant working environment, the garage must have cleaning supplies available for each time we finish working.
There are different supplies you could use. For instance, the shop vacuum is quite useful for cleaning up, just like the old but reliable broom. You want to do the right maintenance because there are plenty of tiny pieces that may lie on the floor, which could end up hurting you, your children, or worst: it could damage your car.
A first aid kit is a must-have in basically every area of the house. You never know when you’re going to need it and, believe it or not, working around engines with powerful drilling machines and sharp-edged tools nearby could lead to a nasty accident.
Better to be safe, than sorry. So, don’t let your pride get in the way, and keep a first aid kit somewhere accessible in the garage.
One moment you’re working on your vehicle, and the next minute a fire starts. Sounds impossible? Well, it is unlikely, but I’m sure you don’t want to become a statistic for such an accident. Having a fire extinguisher nearby is a great decision that we hope only hurts your pocket.
Rugs and Carpeting
Rolled up rugs and carpeting make great homes for insects and mice so consider storing them in a spot other than your garage. The rug and carpet fibres will also absorb moisture and odour, which may ruin them if left for long periods. Learn how to clean area rugs yourself.
Important Papers and Files
Don’t risk keeping those important papers such as medical records, passports and birth certificates in your garage. Same goes for photos as they could be damaged by water and excess moisture in the air. If you need to keep some paper items in the garage, store them in an air-tight plastic container.
Fluctuating temperatures and humidity are not ideal conditions for storing fabric. It can get mouldy, and rodents love to chew it. It’s tempting to stash sleeping bags with other non-fabric camping supplies in the garage, but don’t do it! Store sleeping bags, clothes and other fabric items inside your house.
Finally, don’t risk storing things that are worth a lot to you, either monetarily or emotionally, in the garage. In addition to being more vulnerable to weather, a garage is easier to break into than a house or apartment. So if there’s anything you wouldn’t leave lying around in a hotel room or parked car, don’t leave it in your garage either.
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