When it comes to storing certain items - vehicles, patio furniture, tools and hazardous chemicals - it is best, for various reasons, to keep them out of the house. Whether the issue lies with space constraints or safety issues, outbuilding storage is often the answer.
During the long, cold winter months it's unlikely that you'll want to sit outside in your parka to eat dinner at your patio set. So what can you do with it? Outbuildings are the answer! Whether it's in your shed or garage, by stacking your chairs and disassembling your table, you should be able to find the space to store your set out of the elements, to avoid damage. Even during the warmer months, wind, rain and sun can damage fabrics and cushions. Store your furniture accessories in a handy deck box when you're not using them to extend the life of your decor.
Your tools are something you use all the time right? And when you need them they should be easily accessible. Therefore, building a workshop is a great idea if you have the room. A workshop keeps all of your tools in one place and will actually encourage you to use them more often.
Household chemicals are dangerous stuff and must therefore be stored safely away and out of the house. Locked, heavy-duty storage cabinets or lockers are your best option, and they should in turn be properly secured in a locked garage or shed. These locked cabinets or lockers can be secured with either lock and key or a combination lock. The keys should be hidden away and out of reach of children, and the combination should only be known by the adults in the household.
Furthermore, the locker or cabinet should be made of materials that will not corrode if leaks or spills occur and should be in a cool, dry location - away from your water heater, pilot lights and any appliances that produce heat.
Hazardous chemicals that should be locked away include:
And remember to always store chemicals in their original packaging, to be sure it is compatible with the chemicals and contains proper labeling.
Outbuilding storage can be your solution for safety and convenience.