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Old 02-28-2007, 06:07 AM
 
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We are moving to Florida and are trying to get used to the fact that we will not have a basement. I can give up my extra rooms, but it is storage that concerns me.

Are the attics in Florida good for storage, or do they stay too hot? What about the garages?

I have a lot of fabric and extra clothes (maternity, clothes the kids haven't grown into yet, etc) and I'm just wondering where most Floridians store their extra stuff, especially clothing.

Thanks so much!
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:52 AM
 
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Best thing to do is thin out your stuff before you move. Getting things in and out of the attic is a pain.

If you have a well-vented attic it will still be pretty hot, too hot to even go up there in the daytime in summer. Your clothes will probably be okay. I store my extra clothes, sheets, etc., in those large rectangular plastic containers with snap on lids. They work great for packing and moving. Then you can simply stack them in the back of the closet or the garage.

I also haul a big bag or two of stuff to the Goodwill every year. I gradually collect a bag of things I don't want anymore and once it's full or gets in my way, I take it away.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:03 AM
 
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Florida attics and garages get hot. I keep only Christmas decorations in the attic. Even cans of left over paint are kept in the house under a/c. We had them in the garage for the first year but the paint started to break down and the cans rusted.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:25 AM
 
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I have a decent sized attic - not big enough to make a room out of or anything like that, but I do use it for storage. I mainly store boxes, and some things that I never use, but can't part with, up there. Better make sure they are well sealed, because bugs will get into them.

It gets very hot in Florida attics! And the only way to access them is usually with a ladder or one of those pull-down ladders going up into the attic. So, I only go up there in the cool winter months once or twice a year.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Central FL
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I had a huge attic in my older Winter Park home and used it for storing seasonal decorations and a few special baby clothes, blankets and toys. It get HOT up there in the summer - you will not want to store anything there you need to access frequently.

In my new home, I have a HUGE attic again, but it is filled with 3 or more feet of blown insulation so is not useful for storage. Most newer homes are built this way and unless you have a garage that does not have a second floor over it (mine does) you will probably not have usable attic space.

It required us to clean out and keep just what we can fit into one side of our garage. Perhaps that's why 3 car garages are getting so popular in Florida?
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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We put an a/c in our garage. Attics, unless well ventilated and roomy, may not be a good idea.

We rented a storage unit.
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