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The garage seems like the perfect place for all those half-filled buckets of paint leftover from your latest redecorating spree, but it’s actually one of the worst. Storing unused paint cans in the garage can subject them to extreme temperature changes, which can ruin the color (even if they’re sealed airtight), according to Good Housekeeping. Plus, leaving cans directly on the cement surface of your garage will cause them to rust faster, leaving an unsightly stain on your floor that’s hard to remove. To ensure your extra paint doesn’t go to waste, store it on a shelf in a temperature-controlled room that’s easily accessible when your walls need a quick touch-up. If you don’t have any room inside, many communities have designated places to donate paint, or you can safely dispose of it by adding a little paint hardener before tossing the can in the garbage. These are things you should never leave in your car.
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“Wool jackets, boots, rain slickers, scarves—basically anything you want to bring out of storage and wear when the weather turns—should be stored in airtight containers indoors,” organizing and storing expert Emma Gordon told Real Simple. “If stored in a garage, fumes and superfine dust brought in by the family car will work its way into the containers, making your clothing stink.” Plus, the fabric will be vulnerable to pesky insects and vermin, who can nibble away at your favorite sweater.