There are over 58,000 self storage units in the United States, and they can come in handy during many different life situations. For example, you may find yourself needing to store some furniture after a move, collectibles if you’ve run out of room in your home, or decor if you’ve unfortunately gone through a breakup.
While there are many things one may store in temporary storage units, there are some things that you should absolutely never put inside the storage facility. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Many people might have had plants in their home at one point, but find themselves unable to continue them in their current location. However, do not even consider putting your plants in a storage unit, even if it is a climate control storage space. Plants need water, light, and fresh air to continue growing, which are things that a storage space might not be able to promise. You would never put a live animal into a climate control storage space, so why would you think about putting a plant in one?
Since storage spaces can be small and dark, having something wet inside causes it to be a breeding ground for mold. For instance, if you’re storing a fish tank away, make sure that the tank has been fully cleaned and dried prior to storage. Along with mold growing, if you leave a wet item in the unit, you’re also risking potential damage to your other items that are stored.
It should go without saying, but storing hazardous items inside temporary storage units is prohibited. If you put anything flammable, corrosive, or explosive in a storage unit, you’re risking things spilling or opening. If any of the hazardous materials spill or open, there’s a chance for substantial damage such as a fire.
Storage units can be extremely helpful. However, when figuring out what to put into the space, consider things that shouldn’t be stored. By not storing those items, you can be assured that your possessions will be in the same condition when you take them out as they were when you put them in.