A "What Not to Put in Self Storage" Storage Guide
There are countless objects, items, and belongings that one could put into storage. From toys to furniture, the list is practically endless. But how about the things you should NOT put into storage? We've compiled a short list.
Don't Put Food in Self Storage
This is one of the easiest and most obvious ones, yet it is likely the most common forbidden item we find in storage units. While we dislike food in our units, rats, mice, and bugs love it! They are happy to find and eat the food, inhabit the unit, and make things a nightmare when you come to retrieve an item.Food isn't always intentionally left in storage units. Sometimes it is left in furniture, such as crumbs in a couch, or chips in a cabinet or drawer. Always be sure to check your belongings for food.
Instead of storing food, you can store other items such as appliances, dishes, pots, and pans. This is a great option if you're upgrading your stove or oven but don't want to get rid of your old appliances.
Dogs and Cats
Storage units make great temporary homes for your belongings, and terrible homes for your pets. Keep your dog and cat with you, they will appreciate it. Instead of putting pets into the storage unit, you can store pet items such as old toys, cages, and carriers. Self storage is a great option if you have puppy equipment. When the puppy grows up into a dog, put the puppy stuff into storage, and retrieve it if you get another. Remember, pet food is still food and should not be stored in a unit as it will attract pests.
How to Use Self Storage - Don't Store Yourself
We know. We get it. Cost of living can be expensive, and if a 200 square foot space for a relatively low price may seem tempting... you've been watching Tiny Homes, haven't you? As much as we'd like to see what a tiny home expert could do with one of our units, it is illegal to inhabit a storage unit. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't get a tiny home, though. Purchase your tiny home, then rent a storage unit and store your non-essentials for a very reasonable rental fee. Retrieve them if you decide to go back to a normal size home, or simply keep your seasonal items there and swap them out as needed.
The official list of things you can't store in your storage unit is covered in your lease. Most of them are common sense, but read over it carefully to be sure you know what is allowed in your storage unit.