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

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Using self storage is a great way to save space in your home or business. For example, use self-store to store items while moving or renovating your home. Storage units are also helpful for putting away seasonal items.

Take note, there are items you cannot store at self storage facilities. The exact details depend on which facility or company you are renting at. Some items are not allowed, while others call for advance preparation or special care. It is important to be mindful of the differences between these classifications:

  • Prohibited items
  • Items that need advance preparation
  • Items for climate control

See below for simple self storage guidelines:

What to Store

  • Seasonal items or items used often but not always (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: Drain gasoline and other fluids from the equipment
  • Appliances such as Refrigerators and Freezers: Clean and dry out the appliances before storage
  • If you are unsure about storing a specific item, find a self storage facility with trained professionals. Ask them to help assist you into the appropriate storage unit for your needs.

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