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Things You Should Not Keep in Your Storage Unit


Your indoor self-storage unit is a great place to keep unused furniture, seasonal equipment or holiday decorations. But there are a number of items you should never leave in storage, and here is a brief list of those things to guide you:

Electronic Devices

consumer electronics

Computers, flat-screen televisions and stereo equipment are all susceptible to changes in temperature. If absolutely need to store electronic equipment of any kind, opt for a temperature-controlled unit which will manage fluctuations in temperature. Extreme heat or cold has the potential to damage your equipment permanently.

Medical Equipment


Some medical supplies or pharmaceuticals can be stored in your self-storage unit, but anything that contains radioactive materials cannot be legally kept in storage. X-ray machines are one example of these machines that should be in a controlled and regularly monitored space.

Perishable Items


Never store perishable food items or plants in your storage unit. Foods can spoil and attract pests like rodents or insects, which can damage the other things in your unit. Perishable items can also cause odors that might seep into your fabrics.

Toxic or Flammable Materials


Items that can be dangerous like kerosene, lamp or motor oil, compressed gas, propane tanks or gasoline should not be kept in self-storage. Other hazardous materials include paint, fertilizer, acid, grease or corrosives. You should also never store fireworks, explosives or ammunition because they can put staff at risk if they combust.

So there you have it. Some tips on what you can’t store in your self storage unit. If you currently have some or all of these types of items in your unit, the smart play would be to get them out as soon as possible 🙂



12 thoughts on “Things You Should Not Keep in Your Storage Unit

  1. I’m glad that I found out that it’s best to avoid storing electronic devices in my storage unit. I can’t bring my TV with me while I’m staying with a few friends until I can find a new apartment, so I was thinking about putting it in storage with the rest of my things. It’s a relief to know that I can still choose a storage unit that’s temperature controlled so that I can still have a place to put it without worrying about high temperatures affecting the way that it works.

  2. My brother is moving in a few weeks and was thinking about getting a temperature controlled unit. Your tip about not storing electronic devices unless you have one of those is perfect because that is exactly what he wants to store! I will definitely pass these tips onto him. The convenience of storage units are great but it’s also important to know what you should and should not put into them!

  3. Good tips! I didn’t know about keeping computers out of the cold, but I guess now it makes sense. Hopefully nobody is putting food in these things. I have been thinking about keeping my motorcycle in a storage unit. I don’t need to store anything else, but I would just like to keep it safe and out of the way. Are there small storage containers that can only fit a few things? I don’t need a lot, so I don’t want to pay for anything extra, but it would just be nice to store that for the winter.

  4. My wife and I own a small business and we are moving to a new location in a few months. We aren’t able to store anything in the new place so we are thinking about looking into commercial storage here in Crown Point, IN. I think it would be a great idea and be able to get some things out of the way. It would make the move a whole lot easier. We will be sure to keep electronics out though, thanks for the tips.

  5. You’re a life saver! I’m moving some of my house supplies into a storage unit, and I would have moved some of your do-not-move items into there, if it wasn’t for you! I had a couple gas cans that we weren’t using for our four-wheelers, so I figured I’d store them; I’m sure glad I didn’t because they’re explosive, like you’ve mentioned. Thanks for sharing this article with us!

  6. I’ve been thinking about what to move into my storage unit as I’m preparing to renovate my house, and there are some electronics that I had planned on putting in there. Thanks for the warning! I’ll probably end up keeping my electronics in my house, but I’m kind of excited to put a lot of other things in my storage unit and de-clutter my home that way. I expect I’ll be startled to see what my house can look like when I’m not keeping everything I own in my living room.

  7. Making sure you don’t have perishable items stored is a good tip. I have gone through abandoned lockers and storage units where the people thought food storage was a good idea. The smell nearly killed me and I don’t think my nose ever fully recovered. Great tips!

  8. That would be so disgusting if someone stored food in their storage unit to be perfectly honest. I assume things I’m putting in my storage unit will be in there for a very long time and food goes bad in less than a week. The only thing I’d put in the storage unit would be canned goods, things that will last forever in the storage unit.

  9. I like what you said about electronic devices. Not a lot of people know that weather changes can ruin electronics. You can save yourself a lot of money by only storing the proper equipment in your unit.

  10. Good to know. Last year my wife and I put almost all of our things to a storage unit, including most of our electronic devices. I figured that since it was enclosed it would be fine, but I guess we’re lucky that we didn’t put them in there for the winter. It probably did get below freezing. We’ll keep this in mind if we have to do it again. Do you have advice on where we could put our electronics?

  11. Some of the things that you listed that you shouldn’t keep in a self storage unit seems like common sense, but others do not. I know a lot of people actually do store electronic devices in their self storage units all the time. This is something that I have even done in the past. It is good to know though, that this is something that I should not be doing anymore. I will have to make sure to keep on top of things like this for myself and others as well.

  12. These are all great tips. I think the first tip is the one that people tend to break the most. It seems like almost everyone stores electronics in their storage space. It’s an unnecessary use of moving supplies.

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