Don't keep items that will get destroyed or never seen in storage. If it's not useful, donate, sell, recycle, or throw it away.
If you don't storage your big cans inside the garage, buy a small garbage can to keep in the garage.
Some items will get damaged if stored in the garage. Items like snowglobes, for example, will break/empty if the temperature drops. Store indoors.
Don't store old paint. It goes bad and it SMELLS. Look into how to properly dispose of paint in your area.
Don't' want to forget paint colors? Keep track of them in a home renovation tracker.
Save space by using the ceiling to store items! This is a great option for seasonal storage.
Add dryer sheets to bins to scare off mice and bugs. It helps. But a tight lid is important too!
Labeling bins makes it easy to find what you need!
Heavy and frequently used items should be easy to reach. Light weight or infrequently used items can be up high.
Plastic can be cleaned easily and if they have a good lid, they can keep out bugs and mice. Cockroaches lay eggs in cardboard so avoid cardboard for long term storage.
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