What Not to Store in a Storage Unit

Self storage is an excellent solution for freeing up space in your home and business while giving your belongings a quality amount of protection against the elements and unforeseen circumstances. However, there are certain items that are simply not to be kept in a storage unit. If stored in self storage, these items can not only sustain damages themselves but additionally risk damaging the other belongings in the unit. 

It’s important to know what not to store in your storage unit while also knowing what you can store. In this blog, our team at Safeguard will guide you through the common dos, don’ts, and prohibited items of self storage. 

Self Storage Prohibited Items

It can be tempting to simply throw your items into your storage unit and call your move-in successful. After all, the idea of opening up space at home or in the office is enticing. However, it’s not that simple. There are several items that are generally prohibited from being stored in self storage. These items include: 

  • Living plants and animals
  • Perishables 
  • Cash or other valuables
  • Fuel or other flammable materials
  • Firearms and ammunition 
  • Illegal items

Self Storage Dos and Don’ts

Renting out a storage unit can be a more complex process than you’d initially think, especially when you get down to the little details such as where to place your belongings in your unit and so on. Here’s our list of self storage dos and don’ts to help make your storage process hassle-free: 


  • Do learn about your storage unit features
  • Do label your boxes
  • Do stack your belongings strategically
  • Do take advantage of a lock 
  • Do purchase self storage insurance
  • Do ask for help when needed


  • Don’t start searching for your storage unit last minute
  • Don’t store your most valuable items 
  • Don’t store sensitive materials and documents carelessly
  • Don’t wrap your items in plastic
  • Don’t leave your items unprotected

Self Storage Safety Tips

While self storage can be the most convenient answer to making space in your home or business, it’s equally important to keep in mind the safety of your belongings. There are several self storage safety tips you can take notice of to better protect your belongings while they’re in your unit.  

Make sure that you do not share your key or access code with anyone you do not want to have access to your unit. In fact, make sure you purchase a strong lock for your storage unit to ensure that only you have access. For more on how to optimize your overall experience, visit our storage tips page for helpful tidbits on self storage. 

Rent Secure Self Storage at Safeguard Today!

When in need of secure self storage, turn to us at Safeguard and we’ll be happy to provide. With numerous unit sizes and types to choose from, whether you need a residential or business storage solution, we’ve got you covered. 

To learn how you can enhance your experience even further, visit our FAQ page for answers to common self storage questions. Ready to get started? Rent or reserve your storage unit by giving our team a call or contacting us online today!

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