Things You Should Not Store in Your Garage
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Things You Should Not Store in Your Garage

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Many people find that they have accumulated too much stuff, and that they have no place to put it. This is when people start cramming their garage full of the overflow of items.

Be aware that there are things you should not store in your garage. Doing so could lead to an expensive mess to clean up. Here are a few common items that people store in their garages – but shouldn’t.

Food: There are people who use plenty of coupons specifically so they can afford to create their own stash. The purpose is to save as much money as possible. Unfortunately, many decide to store their stash in their garage. It is never a good idea to store food – people food, or pet food – in a garage.

Animals may be attracted to the food you store in your garage. Mice, rats, raccoons, and stray pets can rip open the packages and spread food all over the place.

Perishable food can go bad if it is not stored properly. The temperature in your garage could become too hot, or too cold, for the food you have stored there. If your stash goes bad before you can use it, you will have to throw it away and waste money!

Cardboard: It can be tempting to store the cardboard boxes that you used when you moved in. People figure there is a chance they might need them again. This often leads to people using the cardboard boxes to store all manner of things in. The problem with doing this is that cardboard boxes tend to attract insects.

Insects and spiders often think that cardboard boxes are a great place to live. They can damage the box and the items that are stored inside it. If you must store non-perishable, non-fragile items in your garage, make an investment in plastic tubs with sealable lids. This will protect the stuff you want to store inside a box.

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