5 Everyday Items You Should Not Store in an Outdoor Shed

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Having an outdoor shed is truly convenient, as it lets you store items that either don’t fit in your house or are hazardous to keep indoors. Some homeowners even use their shed as their man cave or an extended entertainment area for guests.

While it may seem practical to store any type of item inside a shed, there are specific things that you shouldn’t keep in one, especially for an extended time. Aside from the fact that you cannot fully ensure their safety outside, outdoor elements can also damage them.

Without further ado, here are five everyday home items that you should never store in your outdoor shed:

1. Food

It may be tempting to store grocery stocks or pet food on your shed, but you should never do so. This is because extreme heat, cold, or humidity can damage your food items and cause them to spoil earlier than they should. The same applies to canned food, as these products cannot withstand temperatures of more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You may think that canned goods will not spoil, but their taste and nutritional value will diminish when subjected to unwanted external factors.             

2. Artwork and Photos

As you may see from galleries, painted artworks are stored in well-ventilated spaces. This is because heat and humidity can destroy the paint and canvas. For instance, humidity can lead to moisture build-up on the canvas that will cause the growth of molds. Aside from that, high heat can cause the paint to crack and discolor. This applies to photographs as well. High heat can cause discoloration, depending on what type and quality of ink were used. Regardless, artwork and prints should not be kept in sheds as doing so can ruin them.

3. Electronics

Electronic devices and appliances should not be stored in an outdoor shed. As with food and artwork, heat can damage electronics very easily. Excess moisture can also cause the components to rust, which will prevent them from working effectively, if at all. 

4. Documents

Some people think storing important documents, such as birth certificates and passports, in their outdoor shed may be practical. However, most of them don’t realize that these documents are sensitive to heat and moisture. When they are exposed to extreme temperature and humidity, the ink might fade and make the documents unreadable and, therefore, invalid. If you want to keep your documents safe, consider storing them in waterproof and fireproof safes or vaults.

5. Paint

Some homeowners store their miscellaneous household equipment, like construction materials and paint, in their outdoor shed. However, paint, in particular, can get damaged when exposed to too much heat and humidity. Some paints tend to become solid while some become too thin, depending on the weather. Others even become unusable, as they spoil in the long run. If you want to keep leftover paint, store them in a secured cabinet inside your home.


There are many things that you can do with your outdoor shed. However, there are also several items that you shouldn’t store inside of it, as various external factors can be damaging to them. 

Heat and humidity can cause your food to spoil, artwork to crack, photographs or documents to discolor, and paint to become unusable. If you want to store these things, it’s better to keep them in a secure and safe cabinet indoors.

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