Food Storage Friday ~ What I Store In My Garage…

A friend of mine asked me to post what I store in my garage. I am NOT an expert on this at all, it is mostly trial and error. Who knew deoderant would melt?? Well, I do now! It was also nicely pointed out to me by a friend that I was killing my batteries by keeping them in the hot garage. Honestly, I had forgotten my basic 11th grade science class about how batteries work and that I really needed to keep them in the cold if possible.

Also, there is the issue of the cement, the chemiclas from it will leach into your food products so you have to store everything up off the ground. This also goes for anything you are storing water/liquid in. Do not store your food or other products near gasoline, insecticides or other chemicals. The plastic that these chemicals are stored in is porous and can leach into your food. These items should be in a separate cabinet on the other side of the garage.

Most people have the same problems with garage storage. Either your summers are too hot or the winters are too cold. I am not sure there is a perfect climate for all year long non-climate controlled garage storage.

These are the things that I store in my garage:
Laundry Products
Cleaning Supplies
Liquid Hand Soap
Shampoo and Conditioner
Paper Products
Air Fresheners
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Body Wash

Things that I don’t store in the garage anymore or never have
Lotion ( it all separates in the heat, even shaking it something happens to it!)
Diaper’s ( they smell milldewy to me… call me crazy!)
Candles (obvously these melt!)
Make Up (I never kept this in the garage, but the heat will ruin it)
Food, canned or boxed

Although I do not keep food in my garage out in the open, I do have a refridgerator and chest freezer in my garage.

What do you keep in your garage?



  1. says

    These are such great posts! Previous owners of my home had converted the stand-alone garage to a studio apartment, so we have lots of storage space. I'm still trying to figure out the best ways to organize it all though! FYI – I just got 30 swag for searching for your blog! Yay!!

  2. says

    I love, love, love seeing pictures of stockpiles. I would love to see your food stockpile!! With 6 kids plus 1 to-be, I know you'll have a huge one!! I enjoy your blog so much!! It is one I never skip reading!!

  3. says

    I had no idea deodorant could melt! I'll bet that was a crazy mess! I just have a large standing deep freeze in our garage…but I am lucky enough to have a cold storage room in my basement that we have turned into a food storage. It's SO fun (and slightly nerdy) to fill mine up like my own mini store. :)

    • Erica says

      ewwww. mice.

      I don’t keep anything in my garage outside my stack of papertowels.
      I used to be an extreme couponer too. I’ve been asked NOT to shop two different stores in my area because they said “you save too much money”… and they CAN do that. You can be banned from shopping a store for any reason. It made me feel so bad, like I was doing something wrong..even though I knew I wasn’t. I couponed the RIGHT way. I never cheated, never bought the wrong size to get a better deal…and still I was treated like a criminal.
      I just got tired of having to teach the stores their own policies and felt like I was being treated like I was stealing.
      When we moved from our previous home …we had one uhaul load that was solely stockpile. Now THAT is a bit much. I donated tons. I shared with those who I personally knew were having a rough time by leaving care packages anonymously on doorsteps, provided countless dinners and snacks for church events….and then I just stopped.
      I decided that when I felt guilty because I didn’t cut coupons …and my couponing was affecting me negatively…it was time for a break.
      but…..I’m back!
      Prices are higher. Only one of my stores doubles cpns, and the coupon expirations are sooo short.
      I remember storing 50 boxs of capri sun juiceboxs under my sons bed, I still have enough tampons to last until menopause…and that’s some yrs off. I have yet to buy dishwasher tabs…still have a few boxs left from the finish deal about 2yrs ago. I doubt we will ever see those kinds of deals again…but I’m trying…watching and matching my coupons to sale ads. I’m happy if I save 30% or more on my average shopping trip. Sometimes I do better sometimes not so much. I guess I’m saying…I love couponing. But you have to keep it in perspective…and not let it keep you from living and loving your life!

  4. Maricela says

    LOVE IT! Your AWESOME! Thanks for answering my question. This really helps and I can see I wasn’t the only one wondering. : )

  5. Jack says

    I just got our garage cleaned out today planning on keeping the home gym in there a radio, small refridgerator,paper towels, and a pool table…can you say heaven lol. Yes it’s huge big enough to fit 4 cars I only have 2 cars. Go figure I think it’s time to have fun

  6. Rebecca says

    Watch your laundry softener it will separate in the heat too and get gooy. I got tired of chasing chip deals as the big bags go stale. I went to sam’s and bought the big box’s of chip that are one flavor. I stacked them in the garage with the rest of bagged snacks and they are fine. This works out great when you are running out the door and need to pack drinks and snacks, they are all in one place. We pack drinks and snacks every time we leave the house that way I don’t have to stop and feed any body before we get home. Saves me lots of money.

  7. Becca says

    I learned the hard way that Proctor and Gamble liquid products should not be stored in the garage. It doesn’t specify it on the packaging, so I was surprised when they told me during a phone conversation. My fabric softener had somewhat congealed when it froze. The only way to use it after the thaw was to mix it separately in hot water to dissolve it and bring it back to its original consistency. It was very aggravating. P&G sent me a coupon for a free bottle of any size, but I had 8 bottles stored in the garage at the time. Granted, I mixed every one of those bottles with each load of laundry, it was still a pain. I suggested they post star age recommendations on the bottles for that reason. Just a heads up for anyone else considering storing yours in the garage!

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