What to Store in the Garage (And What Not To) – A Complete Guide

Garage meant extra storage!

I know the feeling when we first moved into our home here. We came from a smaller neighborhood and I was excited to have so much space to myself. Well, the minimalist that I have become over the years is a far cry from what a hoarder I was back then. So, obviously, the prospect of having so much space to hoard must have excited me no end.

We had a small car those days and we had a porch so the husband was very keen on not keeping the car in the garage most of the days.

Nothing could have pleased me more!

I set about thinking how to be able to use the garage to store more things. One was that I was not ready to make any new addition because restructuring would have caused a lot of money. Also, permissions from the planning authority were not easy those days so I had to make do with whatever it was that I could creatively think of.

Here is my list of things that you can or cannot store in the garage:

  1. The car and the related things:

Any spare parts of the car like the Stephanie or the toolkits etc. can be stored in the garage. We used to have a battery charger and a tire inflator kept just in case.

  1. Cleaning tools:

I used to keep my housekeeping and gardening tools in a corner. That helped because the laundry room was a bit small and the garage did seem like a good place for the storage.

  1. Extra clothes:

I had earmarked a small corner for charity things where I had kept a big box and used to stash away anything that I did not or could not use for more than a year. This box was religiously taken to the charities and donated. I had a couple of times also conducted garage sales the proceeds of which were also sent to the charities that I associated myself with.

  1. Solvents only labeled:

One thing I was very wary of storing there in the garage was solvents, car fuel or cooking gas or even cleaning solvents unless they were duly labeled and kept in a cool spot where they would not be easily inflamed.

  1. The carpentry tools:

Most of the tools lovingly sourced by the husband from https://theprecisiontools.com/ lied around in the garage which he would suddenly take to using. The rest of the time, of course, they idled around!!