Storing items in an outdoor shed can be tricky, especially if it isn’t environmentally controlled. There are some items that aren’t affected by the changes in temperature, moisture, and outdoor pests and there are items that will get ruined if stored outside for any length of time.
Do Store These Outdoors
Gasoline and Propane Containers: Gasoline and propane that are stored properly in a sealed container are perfectly fine outdoors. Unlike other liquids, these fuels will not freeze or be affected by changing temperatures.
Lawn Equipment: Lawn equipment and tools like lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, ladders, chainsaws, and flower pots can be stored outside in a shed. They are usually manufactured to withstand moisture and changing temperatures.
Outdoor Furniture: Patio sets, tables, chairs grills, and fire pits are suitable for outdoor storage because they are manufactured to withstand outdoor elements and are usually treated to prevent mold.
Seasonal Decor: It is fine to store your outdoor seasonal accents including wreaths, garlands, string lights, decorative pots, and outdoor rugs as long as they are kept in sealed containers.
Don’t Store These Outdoors
Food/Pet Food: Food should not be stored outside in a shed. Not only will it spoil, but it will also attract pests like mice, ants, and other uninvited guests.
Photographs, Artwork, and Paper Documents: Artwork, photographs, and paper documents should not be stored outside. The moisture will cause the paper to break down and moisture will cause mold and mildew.
Clothing, Curtains, and Bedding: Fabrics will attract moisture and mildew. Clothing, coats, shoes, sheets, bedspreads, throws, and all window treatments should not be stored outside.
Wood or Leather Furniture: Discoloration is caused when furniture is exposed to extreme temperatures and moisture.
Your friends at Marlo Furniture encourage you to properly store your belongings so you to enjoy them for years to come.