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

General Tips

January 31, 2018

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5 min

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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What size home are you storing?

1 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment

2-3 Bedroom House

4+ Bedroom House

Single Dorm Room

Studio Apartment

5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!