Garden Sheds- and the things not to store in them

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Garden Sheds- and the things not to store in them

Garden Sheds provide a much need extra space for additional storage and most people across the country have one. While they are great for the garden lawn mower and garden tools, you should consider wisely what you put in there.

Three Factors You Should Consider

  • Temperature
    Extreme temperatures can damage a variety of items. High heat can do as little as melt candle wax or as much as making an expensive item unusable.
  • Moisture
    From mildew to rendering logs useless, moisture and condensation is a definite factor. Always take humidity into consideration when deciding how to store your items. Make sure that your shed is ventilated properly. See our tips below on why you should ensure that your shed is ventilated.
  • Pests/Animals
    We keep our belongings indoors for a reason, right? Of course! We want to protect them from the bugs that will destroy them.
    Outdoor storage isn’t built to keep them out, so bear this in mind when deciding to store anything.
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Storing Items- what not to store

1.Canned Food

  • Rust
    Any food container that contains metal – yes, even the lid – is subject to harmful rust. Rust will cause holes in the container and make the food spoil.
  • Corrosion
    The food itself will interact with the metal container. This is especially true for acidic foods like tomatoes.
    This not only affects the taste and texture but the nutritional value, as well.
  • Temperature
    Even canned food is not safe in a shed. Outbuildings are prone to extreme temperatures. Anything 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) and above will spoil your food.
    If canned food freezes, the can swell and will need throwing it out. It could contain bacteria that causes paralysis, in some cases.
    It could be possible that it is only the expansion of the contents due to freezing, too. It’s not worth the risk, so it’s best to throw it in the trash.

2. Food

It is not unusual for families to buy in bulk from the supermarket, however do not be tempted to use your shed for storing food items.

Storing food in a building with a varying temperature and humidity will be a waste of money. The extreme temperatures of an outdoor building will spoil most foods before you have a chance to enjoy them.

Don’t risk it. Keep your food in a safe, refrigerated area indoors

3. Clothes and Bedding

Mothballs exist for a reason. Insects can ruin your clothes! Not to mention, they may wind up smelling musty after prolonged storage. You should store your clothes in a dry place and if you cannot fit them all in you wardrobes then consider some storage solutions to help you. Below is a video that might help.

3. Paints and glues

When subject to extreme temperatures, paints and glue can often break down. If they freeze due to cold weather, they will become lumpy and be unable to be used. Ideally store them at room temperature.

4. Pet Food

When storing animal feeds, you run the risk of not only spoiling it but also attracting animals. When storing bags of animal food, you use an airtight container and store them at room temperature.

5. Photos

In a digital world we don’t have the same problems storing printed photographs. Don’t be tempted to store old photos in the shed. Humidity and high temperatures will cause photos to stick together. They could also develop mold. Your shed is the perfect environment to destroy family memories.

6. Important documents

Again, humidity is not a friend of paper. Storing important documents in a shed could result in moldy or illegible paperwork. Best to keep them in the house.

7. Wine

It might seem like a clever idea to cool your wine in the shed, but it’s also another one to stay clear of. When it’s kept at inconsistent temperatures, wine can have a metallic taste. Always store it somewhere dark and cool indoors

8. Electrical and Electronics

Rust can completely ruin the internal wiring of electronics, which is common when they are kept in garden sheds. Large plasma televisions for example, require temperature control, as the screens can be badly destroyed if the temperature constantly changes

9. Musical Instruments

Instruments can be affected by both heat and humidity, so store these inside. As many are crafted from wood, and others from brass, they can often corrode when exposed to humidity.

As mentioned above, storing anything outdoors requires care. Airflow is key to keeping your items in the best shape they can be. This is why.


Why should you check you have adequate ventilation in your shed?

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Stale Air

  • The air smells
  • Items stored begin to smell
  • Respiratory issues and eye irritation


  • Fumes from gasoline, pool chemicals, fertilizers and other products you store in your shed are dangerous to your health
  • Short-term exposure can cause respiratory issues and eye and skin irritation
  • Some chemical fume mixtures can be explosive

Excessive moisture

  • Causes mold and mildew to grow
  • Inhaling mold can cause respiratory issues, headaches, and other concerns
  • Mold and mildew can also damage the items you have stored in the shed


  • Causes wood to rot
  • Metal tools, roof and siding to rust
  • Causes mold and mildew to grow with the same issues as Excessive moisture


  • Heat makes working in your shed uncomfortable
  • Heat can cause mold to blossom causing respiratory issues
  • If your shed is hot, then proper venting will help reduce heat


  • Cold makes working in the shed uncomfortable
  • Heating means insulation and vapor barrier, so no cracks or crevices for “fresh” air which means you need proper ventilation
  • Heating can also cause condensation and its related health issues if not properly vented
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So What You Can Store In A Shed?


Petrol won’t freeze like other liquids. The freezing point of Petrol is -100 degrees Fahrenheit (-73 Celsius). So if you have a Petrol lawn mower you will be fine to store your fuel here.


Propane is another fuel that is not ill-affected by extreme temperatures. Its freezing temperature is -306 degrees Fahrenheit (-188 Celsius ). A garden shed should not become this cold. It also has a boiling point of -44 Celsius.

Another way to keep propane from freezing is to make sure to keep it full. Propane is less likely to freeze if its vapour pressure is high. This prevents condensation build-up that can contaminate the fuel.

Lawn tools and Equipment

The best things to store in a shed are lawn-related items. Lawn mowers, chainsaws, wheelbarrows and garden hoses are great examples.

Why? Because most items used outdoors are already built for moisture and extreme temperatures.

Lawn and Plant chemicals

This one is a case-by-case basis. You’ll need to check for the best temperature to store the individual product. Some can tolerate freezing; others cannot.

Sometimes, the container displays the appropriate storage temperature. Take a look before deciding if it’s an outbuilding item or not.

Power Tools

Power tools withstand both extreme temperatures and humidity. The only component you will need to store separate are the batteries.

Why? Because batteries will, at best, fail after exposure to extreme heat. At worst, they can explode!

Outdoor toys and Recreational items

Inflatable pools, tennis rackets, and so on are fine to store in an outdoor building. They’re made for the kinds of fluctuating temperatures you find in an outbuilding.

Also, dry and well-ventilated shed is a good place for bikes.

Seasonal Decoration

You know the wreaths you hang on your front door each Christmas? They’ll fair as well in the shed as they did on the front of your house. No need to worry!

Outdoor Furniture

It goes without saying, manufacturer’s design outdoor furniture was designed to repel water and resist mould, so storing in the shed will be fine.

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