Sure, buying in bulk is cost-effective, helping you save money in the long run. But leaving your kitchen pantry feeling a little cramped might tempt you to store some of your extra groceries in your shed.
Then again, an outdoor building is not an ideal place to store food, and we think you already know why.
Food can invite unwelcome pests, like rodents, into your shed. This means that these tiny intruders can eat your food, let alone destroy your other stuff.
Going back to the temperature, the exposure to heat—anything 100 degrees Fahrenheit and above—and humidity can cause your food staples to spoil. Other than human food and animal food, seeds should not be kept inside the shed as well.
Canned foods are not advisable, too. So avoid storing tins and cans, or any food container that contains metal as they can be subjected to rust, causing holes and spoiling the food.
Corrosion is another issue here; the food itself (e.g. acidic foods like tomatoes) will interact with the metal container. Not only this affects the taste and texture but also the nutritional value.
As for the drinks, you should never store wines inside the shed. You may think it is a clever idea to cool your wine in your shack, but the truth is that it will only clear them off.
When they are kept at inconsistent temperatures, wines will produce a metallic taste. If you have a cellar indoors or somewhere dark and cool, that is the best place to keep them.
Electronics like household appliances can take up a lot of space in your home, especially the bulky ones and those you do not use often. If you are thinking of storing them in your shed, you better think of storage alternatives.
Appliances and gadgets like microwaves, phones, computers, refrigerators, to name a few, can be subjected to moisture. When exposed to intense heat, this will result in rusted components, causing your appliances to fail.
Tip: You can designate one central storage location for devices and their corresponding cords, such a cabinet shelf or desk drawer. Prioritise convenience and accessibility when choosing where to store your electronics.
Going to your shed when you suddenly need your backup computer in the middle of the night is surely the last thing you wanted. It makes sense to store your backup device at your desk instead, or somewhere near your working space.
Humidity does not have a good relationship with paper. Just like with artwork, your photos and documents should be kept away from heat and dampness.
Moisture can cause photos to stick together and grow mould which eventually can destroy the photograph. As for the documents, storing them in a shed could also result in moldy, cramped, discolouration, faded, and even dissolved paperwork.
The best way to keep your photos is in a well-ventilated and humidity-free environment. The same goes for your important documents. Your closet or bedroom cabinets would make a better storage than your shed.
Insects and moths can grab their chances to occupy your clothing and bedding if kept in your shed. Not to mention that the fabric could also end up smelling musty after prolonged storage.
Need extra storage for them? You can always rely on your wardrobe or drawer. Do not even think about your shed. You can do better than that.