Common Household Items You Should Never Store in the Basement

Basements and crawl spaces seem like the perfect storage spots. Since you don’t use those areas every day, it makes sense to keep holiday decor, patio furniture, and other items there. But not all your excess stuff should be stored in your basement. In fact, the following household items may get ruined or create major safety risks. One common item could be especially hazardous (page 10).

1. Rugs

Rugs

Rugs | JackF/iStock/Getty Images

Instead: Wrap your rolled carpet in brown craft paper and store it on its end in a climate-controlled environment like a bedroom closet.

Rolled up rugs are cumbersome, and moisture can seep into the carpet fibers, which absorb the smell. Another issue with storing rugs in the basement? Mice can make their homes inside.

Next: You won’t even recognize this item after storing it.

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