Sunlight and moisture can affect what you put away

Plenty of storage space is an essential element to consider when you are buying a new house. Even if you aren’t planning on moving, there are options if you need to create extra space to store family belongings and essentials, as well as those items you just can’t part with. The answer can lie in the garage.

However, there are items which can be safely stowed away in the garage and others which shouldn’t be,  it’s probably best to keep them inside for convenience and easy access as you will need them regularly for household appliances such as clocks and television remote controls.
That’s because the temperature of the garage, whether that’s the extremes of winter or the soaring heat of summer, can prevent you from using it. Sunlight, infestations of rodents and accumulation of moisture can affect what you store in the garage.

Bicycles can be stored in the garage and if they are only used occasionally, they can be hung on hooks. This will not only free up space, but prevent the tyres from becoming warped.

Everyone has surplus CDs and DVDs which they refuse to part with. However, the garage is not the place for these as heat can affect the quality. Similarly, food and tinned produce should not be kept in a garage as temperatures above 75-80F can make them deteriorate.

Books belong in a sealed box

If you have an overflow of books and magazines, the garage is the perfect storage utility. Do beware of moisture, so keep them in a plastic box and ensure this is sealed to prevent mice from crawling in.

Racking keeps the garage tidy and longspan shelving which can be purchased from longspan shelving, will ensure you know where to find what you’re looking for.

According to Forbes, many items in your garage can be discarded or donated, especially if they have been untouched for months.

Nickel-Cadmium batteries can be packed away in an unheated garage. However, if you have an abundance of AA or AAA batteries, it’s probably best to keep them inside for convenience and easy access as you will need them regularly for household appliances such as clocks and television remote controls.

You can also store mattresses but make sure they stay in a sealable mattress bag to keep moisture out. Likewise with Christmas decorations, they can be wrapped in newspaper and bubblewrap to keep them dry.