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Things You Should Not Put in a Self-Storage Unit

Self storage units are a great way to store your belongings when you don't have enough space in your home. When packing up your belongings to move into a storage entity, it is important to remember that not everything is allowed. You cannot store certain items in a storage entity due to safety concerns or legal restrictions. These items can pose a risk to your belongings, the facility, and the staff. Here are a few of the most common things not allowed in private storage entities.


1. Flammable or Combustible Items

This can include gasoline, containers whose contents are under pressure, propane, chemicals, and cleaners. If these things leak and cause an explosion or fire, you will be held responsible, and the rest of your belongings in the unit will be in danger! These items are not only a fire hazard, but they can also pose a danger to the other items in your unit and the people who work at the storage facility. If you have any questions about whether an item is safe to store, ask a professional before putting it in your storage entity.

2. Toxic Materials

One thing that you should not put in a storage entity is anything toxic. This includes things like fertilizer and cleaning chemicals. These types of materials can be corrosive and cause damage to organic materials. Additionally, it would be best not to store anything with air-bound acids with organic materials as they can break them down over time. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your storage entity is safe and free from harmful materials.

3. Weapons and Ammunition

While some people may feel safer storing weapons and ammunition in a storage entity, it is not advised. These items are typically not allowed in storage entities, but there is also the risk of being stolen and used in crime. If you must store weapons or ammunition, keep them in a locked box or cabinet out of sight. It would be best if you also informed the storage facility manager that you are storing weapons or ammunition. By taking these precautions, you can give yourself and your weapons insurance.

4. Food

There are a few things you should never put in a storage entity. One of the most important is food. Avoid any perishable items that can go bad. This includes things like dairy products, meat, and produce.These items can quickly rot or grow mold, spreading to the rest of your belongings. Additionally, try to avoid storing anything that might attract pests. This means keeping candy, grains, and pet food in sealed containers.


Be sure to keep your storage entity clean and free of crumbs or spills. Otherwise, you might end up with some unwanted guests!


5. High-Value Items

You should never store certain valuable items in a storage entity, no matter how secure the facility. Although most storage facilities provide high security, it is still best to keep your most valuable possessions with you where you live. That way, you always have an eye on them.

This can include family heirlooms, jewelry, and important documents. Similarly, any items that are irreplaceable or difficult to replace, such as photographs or one-of-a-kind collectibles, should also be kept at home. Such things are best kept in a fire-proof safe or deposit box.


While storing high-value items in a storage entity may be tempting to save space, it is not worth the risk. 

6. Plants


Many people underestimate the importance of live plants in their homes. They add a splash of color and life to any room, and play a crucial role in purifying the air. However, live plants are best left at home when it comes to storage.


Without proper care, they will quickly wither and die. In addition, live plants can act as a breeding ground for insects, which could then infest your stored belongings. If you must store live plants, keep them in a well-ventilated area and check on them regularly to ensure they are getting enough light and water. You can avoid turning your storage entity into a plant graveyard with a little effort.

7. Anything Wet

Most people are aware that they shouldn't store perishable food items or open containers of liquids in a storage entity, but other items can cause problems if they get wet. Even if it's only slightly damp, any wet object can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. This can spread to surrounding belongings and cause them to deteriorate. If you have an item that gets wet, dry it completely before bringing it into the unit. You can help keep your belongings safe by taking these precautions.

8. Furs


Furs are luxurious and elegant fabrics used in high-end fashion garments. Fur clothing requires very specific climate conditions to be properly preserved, including strict requirements around temperature and light. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to care for and require special storage conditions to stay in good condition.


Furs should be kept in a cool, dark place where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat. To prevent them from becoming musty, they should also be stored in a breathable container, such as a cotton bag. When stored properly, furs can last for many years. However, if they are not cared for properly, they will quickly deteriorate and become unusable.

As a result, it is important to take the time to research the best way to store your fur garments before placing them in personal storage.

9. Non-Operating, Unregistered, and Uninsured Vehicles

When it comes to personal storage, certain items don't belong. Non-operating, unregistered, and uninsured vehicles are just a few things you should avoid storing in your unit. These items take up valuable space, but they can also pose a serious safety hazard.


Non-operating vehicles can leak fluids and attract vermin, and your storage insurance policy may not cover unregistered and uninsured vehicles. In addition, all three types of vehicles may be towed or impounded by the authorities if they're found on personal storage property. So if you're looking to declutter your home or garage, be sure to leave these items out of your storage entity.

10. Stolen Goods

It should go without sayings that do not store stolen goods in your storage entity. It is illegal and can also get you evicted from your storage entity. If the police find stolen goods or illegal drugs in your unit, they will assume that you are the one who stole them, and you will be arrested.

Even if you didn't steal the items yourself, you would still be charged with receiving stolen property. It’s  best to avoid storing any items that could get you into trouble with the law.

11. Animals and People


Animals and people are not allowed in storage entities for various reasons. First and foremost, it is against the law to confine an animal to a storage entity. In addition, animals can cause damage to your belongings and make noise that will disturb other tenants.


People are not allowed in storage entities for several reasons:


• Storage entities are not meant to be inhabited by people.

• People can damage belongings and disturb other tenants.

• People may try to break into storage entities to steal items.


If you are caught with either one in your unit, you could be evicted and fined.

12. Money

Most people would never dream of storing cash in a storage entity, but you'd be surprised how often it happens. After all, storage entities are typically located in secure facilities with limited access, making them seem like the perfect place to stash extra cash. However, there are several reasons why this is a bad idea.


Often, the storage entity is not insured against theft, so if your money is stolen, you will have no recourse. Additionally, a storage entity can be subject to search by law enforcement, so you could face serious consequences if you're storing cash illegally. Finally, even if your money is safe and sound, there's always the risk that you could lose the key to your unit, leaving your cash inaccessible. For these reasons, it's best to avoid storing cash in a storage facility altogether.

13. Dead Items

While a storage entity can be a great place to keep your belongings safe and out of the way, some things don't belong in storage. Dead items, for example, can attract pests, cause odors, and create unsanitary conditions. If you have any dead animals or plants, it's best to dispose of them properly rather than putting them in storage.


The same goes for any expired food. These items will start to rot and attract pests, but they can also cause serious health hazards. In short, when it comes to storage, it's best to stick to non-perishable items that won't attract pests or cause sanitation issues.


14. Gaseous Chemicals

Gaseous chemicals can be incredibly dangerous to store in a storage entity. They are flammable, but they can also leak and cause serious health problems. This is why it's important to take extra care when handling and storing gaseous chemicals.


Make sure that containers are tightly sealed and labeled clearly. In addition, it's important to keep these containers away from heat sources, as they could explode if they get too hot. If you're not sure how to properly store gaseous chemicals, it's best to consult with a professional. 

15. Illegal Drugs

Illegal drugs are not allowed in private storage units. This is against the law, and can lead to serious consequences if you're caught. In addition to eviction and fines, you could also be arrested and charged with drug possession. So, it's best to avoid storing any items that could be considered illegal drugs.


So, what should you not put in a self-storage unit? The list is long and varied, but if you keep these things in mind when packing, your storage experience will go smoothly. Remember that the best way to avoid any issues is to declutter before moving anything into storage. If there are items you can't seem to part with, try renting a small unit instead of cramming everything into a large one. And finally, always read the terms and conditions of your storage agreement to know what is and isn't allowed. With this information in hand, you're ready to store your belongings safely and securely.

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