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What To Put In A Locking Storage Cabinet To Kidproof Your Garage

If you have children around, the garage can be a dangerous place with all of those hazardous bottles sitting around. A locking storage cabinet can help to kidproof your garage. In this post, you'll find a full list of what to put in a locking storage cabinet if you're trying to kidproof your garage.

Thank you to Hirsh Industries for sponsoring this post! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

One of the many things we’ve been working on trying to keep clean and get more organized over the past several months is our garage!

Since we moved in a year ago, things have always been kind of a train wreck out there. There are several boxes that still haven’t been unpacked because we’ve been renovating pretty heavily inside since we moved in.

Last summer though, we did section off the back half of the garage to create a workspace for Logan. Over the last 4 years of renovation, we’ve accumulated renovation tools for just about every DIY job out there, so we need some more storage space.

One thing that Logan wanted to have space to set up was a table saw. More importantly, he wanted to build a large outfeed table for it. This definitely comes in handy when you are working with large sheets of plywood (which we used on the banquette bench & hallway cabinet).

After spending months organizing and building storage for wood and miscellaneous things, we were left with a whole bunch of random bottles….paint, wood stain, glues, gardening chemicals and landscaping, car engine cleaner and oil, etc. Ya know, garage stuff.

If you’re a mom and you just read that list of random bottles, you’re probably thinking one thing right now. Ahhhh…must keep away from the kids.

You’re right. These things that we were left with are extremely harmful to kiddos and we needed a solution to kidproof our garage for these hazardous items.

Did you know that according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 2 million poison exposures in the U.S. every year and 57% of them are children under 6.

And 90% of those accidental poisonings happen in the home (source). That right there is motivation enough!

How to Kidproof Your Garage with a Locking Storage Cabinet

A locking storage cabinet is a great way to keep dangerous and hazardous items found in your garage out of reach from your kids

Why do you need a locking storage cabinet in your garage?

You may be thinking to yourself…now, what kind of parent would let their kid roam around the garage unsupervised? Why do you need to kidproof your garage?

I get it. And, for the record, we don’t give our kiddos free rein of the garage by any means.

But you can’t have eyes on your children at all times. In addition to teaching children right from wrong…it is part of the parental role to protect your kids.

But as children get older, they get more curious.

For instance, our 2 1/2 year old has now figured out how to open exterior doors. So….on goes the childproof door handles.

But…like I said, you can’t have eyes on your children at all times. What if he was to get into the garage from the backyard?

Don’t have kiddos? It’s equally important to keep these chemicals away from your pets. Also, it is important to keep flammable products away from direct sunlight and in a cool, dark area! 

To calm my worries, it was necessary to start taking steps to kidproof the garage.

So, when Office Dimensions reached out to me about these 4-Shelf Storage cabinets, I was in seventh heaven. The locking storage cabinet has made it possible to kidproof the garage!

There's plenty of room in the garage to place a locking storage cabinet next to our tool and work bench
We cleared a space in the garage for the cabinets next to the workbench.

What hazardous items should you store in a locking storage cabinet to kidproof your garage?

So…if you decide to get some locking storage cabinets to kidproof your garage, you may be wondering what kind of things you’ll should put behind a lock. Here’s a list to get you started…

Generally speaking, if it is harmful and dangerous for my kiddos if they got ahold of it…it’s going in the locking storage cabinet.

These locking storage cabinets come pre-assembled so they're super easy to unpack and set up

My favorite thing about these locking storage cabinets is the fact that they come shipped pre-assembled, which saves so much time! You can move right to organizing in your garage.

We put our locking storage cabinets side by side in our garage, next to our work bench

Important garage items to store in a locking storage cabinet

  • Spray paint
  • Cans of paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Sealers
  • Strippers
  • Putty and caulk
  • Adhesives
  • Solvents
  • Mineral spirits
  • Laquer thinner
  • Wood preservative
  • Fiberglass and epoxy resins
  • Wood stain
  • Wood glue
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Drain cleaners
  • Lubricants
  • Pool cleaning products
  • Fertilizer or herbicide
  • Plant food
  • Pest control products
  • Bug spray/killer
  • Lighter fluid
  • Engine cleaner
  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Car polish
  • Oil
  • Gasoline
  • De-icing products

It is also important to note here that you should always always always keep chemicals like this in their original containers, whether they are in your garage or in your house!

Harmful chemicals, cleaners, and solvents are dangerous and should be kept in a locking storage cabinet and away from children

Spray paint, mineral spirits, and wood stains are dangerous items that should be locked away in a storage cabinet

Chemicals like bug sprays and cleaning solvents should always be kept safely stored in a locking storage cabinet and away from children

How much can these locking storage cabinets hold?

If you’re thinking of getting some locking storage cabinets for your garage, you may be wondering what size and how many you may need. Besides just looking at the general dimensions of the cabinets, I thought I would give you an idea of just how much these cabinets can hold. Now I have this 4-shelf storage cabinet, but they also have a smaller version with 3-shelves available too!

Each shelf on the cabinet was able to hold:

  • 15 cans of spray paint
  • 3 containers of mineral spirits, 2 large containers of lacquer thinner, 1 can of wood preservative
  • 15 small cans of wood stain, 1 large can of wood stain and 3 small jars of wood putty (with room to spare on that shelf)
  • 11 miscellaneous bottles of lubricants and cleaners
  • 4 bottles of engine cleaner, 8 small bottles of engine oil, 1 bottle of Rainx
  • 8 bottles of PVC cleaner/primer/glue, 4 cans of pest control spray
  • 1 container of Round Up and 1 container of plant food
We kidproofed our garage with these convenient locking storage cabinets to store chemicals and solvents
We keep these locking storage cabinets in our garage to store harmful chemicals and products like paint and cleaners

It took us literally about 30 minutes to unbox both cabinets and then 15 minutes or so to organize and fill the cabinets. Less than an hour for a worry-free, kidproof garage. Yes, please.

Why you need a locking storage cabinet to store harmful chemicals and kidproof your garage

What would you put in a locking storage cabinet in your garage?

Let me know in the comments below!

1 thought on “What To Put In A Locking Storage Cabinet To Kidproof Your Garage

  1. It’s true that some children get more curious as they grow up. I’ve tried putting some kitchen cleaning chemicals under the sink, but my toddler got access to it, and luckily, she did not touch anything. I think I’ll buy a tall storage cabinet so that I can keep it at the top so she won’t be able to reach it.

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