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6 Things You Shouldn't Store In A Storage Unit

Nihad K.
August 1, 2023
5 min read

Storage units offer a convenient solution for housing belongings on a short-term basis, but there are certain items that should never be stored in them. Here are six things you should avoid storing in your storage unit:

1. Illegal Items

Storing illegal drugs or weapons in a storage unit is strictly prohibited and may even be illegal. Even with the legalization of certain substances, such as cannabis, storage units are not appropriate for growing or storing such items.

2. Live Plants or Animals

Pets and plants require proper care, including food, water, and sunlight. It's not suitable to store living beings in a storage unit. Instead, arrange for a friend or family member to care for them while you're unable to.

3. Flammable and Combustible Items

Items like compressed gases, chemicals, and alcohol are flammable and pose a safety risk if stored in a storage unit. It's essential to store these items in a stable environment to prevent accidents or legal issues.

4. Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials, including paint, bleach, and cleaning chemicals, are not permitted in storage units. If you're unsure whether an item qualifies as hazardous, contact the storage facility for clarification.

5. Food Items

Storing food in a storage unit can attract pests and create unpleasant odors over time. It's best to consume or dispose of perishable items rather than storing them in a storage unit.

6. Stolen Goods

Storing stolen items or proceeds of crime in a storage unit is illegal. Proof of ownership may be required for certain items to prevent illicit activity.

While some items are prohibited, storage units are ideal for safely storing a variety of belongings, including:

  • Furniture
  • Musical instruments
  • Moving boxes and small items

At Fellow Storage, we offer convenient storage solutions with free boxes and tape for packaging. Our experienced movers can transport your belongings to and from the storage facility, and you can easily monitor your items online. Contact us today to discuss your custom storage plan!