What to Put in Storage

Moving home is not a simple task. Creating a space is no small feat either—which is the reason many people rely on self-storage for business and personal needs. However, determining what to move into storage can be a whole new undertaking.

As a rule, it is best first to create a list of items you want to store. If you are unsure about whether something is allowed in storage, contact the manager of the facility before you go through the trouble of packing.

You may decide to store extra or inconvenient furniture, supplies, equipment, memorabilia, or even vehicles (registered, insured and operational). If you use bulky equipment for work, a storage space can be useful as a pick-up site on your way to a job. Storing items like these reduces clutter and frees up space without the hassle of rushing to sell unwanted items or pestering friends and family to stash your belongings.

For the safety of yourself, other customers and staff, all storage facilities have restrictions on what you can store. Items that are generally not allowed in storage include:

  •  Flammable/combustible, toxic, or hazardous materials. Gas, propane, grease, fertilizer, paint, certain cleaners, and weapons/ammunition are among many items that are considered potentially dangerous, and therefore not allowed in the self-storage. If you have any doubts about whether your item is flammable or hazardous, contact the site manager.
  • Certain types of equipment. This includes medical equipment that is radioactive or has radioactive materials, certain types of construction equipment, pharmaceutical supplies and narcotics. There may be a limit on the number of tires you store. Also, customers are usually not allowed to use or charge things like generators, refrigerators, space heaters, etc. in a storage unit.
  • Anything living and/or perishable. It may seem like common sense, but nothing living (people, animals or plants) is allowed in storage. Make sure you are not storing anything that can spoil either, such as bread, produce or animal products.

To prevent inconvenience, be aware of any other storage site restrictions before you pack and move your belongings.