What to Store and Not to Store in Your Self Storage Unit

Using self storage is a great way to save space in your home or business, store items while moving or renovating your home or putting away seasonal items. Some items are prohibited by self storage facilities, while other items require some advance preparation or a more climate-controlled environment.

Below are some simple self storage guidelines.

What to Store

  • Seasonal items or items used periodically (e.g. skis, holiday decorations and clothing).
  • CDs, books and toys.
  • Dishes and silverware.
  • Cars, boats, motorcycles and RVs.
  • Commercial goods and supplies.
  • Appliances such as TVs and computers.
  • Furniture, mattresses and linens.
  • Equipment including lawnmowers and leaf blowers.

What Not to Store

  • Flammable or combustible items (e.g. cleaning fluids or paint thinner).
  • Perishable foods.
  • Anything living.
  • Toxic, hazardous or illegal substances.

Other Considerations

  • Equipment storage should only be done when the equipment is drained of gasoline or any type of fluid inside.
  • Appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers, must be cleaned and dried-out before being stored.
  • If ever unsure about storing a specific item, find a self storage facility with trained self storage professionals who can provide you the appropriate assistance.