What to Store and What Not to Store

Most storage units can store almost anything excluding perishable food and those which are restricted by law. As an added amenity and of course, extra cost, storage units have installed facilities to control the climate inside the storage areas as well as 24 hours state of the art security protection and pest-control programs to ensure safe storage for your property.

Below are things which can be placed inside a storage facility:

  1. Unused furniture
    If you have no use for certain furniture at present or your house is too small to accommodate all your furniture, then storing them is the best option, especially if these are pieces which you plan to use later on.
  2. Clothing
    Most clothes in storage are not used anymore. It is best that you take them out and bring them to the thrift store or give them away. You may keep clothes which have sentimental value such as baby clothes. When you sort through your clothes, anything that you haven’t used for the past year or so should be given away. For clothes that you wish to keep, including furs and other seasonal garments, put them in plastic bags and be sure to label the box that contains them.
  3. Children’s toys
    Kids enjoy rotating their toys, thus you may keep half of their toys in properly labeled storage boxes and take them out after a few months exchanging them with the old ones. Stuffed toys can be placed in plastic bags before being placed inside the boxes while trading cards can be kept inside smaller boxes or containers with lids.
  4. Holiday decorations.
    Holidays including Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, and other significant holidays come just once a year. Storing seasonal decorations safely in boxes which are properly labeled is the best way to keep them safe and retain their form and shape.
  5. Important Documents
    For old files and documents, file them in cartons with the year specified on the side of each box.
    Current documents and records must be kept in another box so that you can easily have access to them in case your income tax return will be audited.
    Birth certificates, baptismal certificates or marriage licenses should be stored separately in boxes where you can easily have access to them.
  6. Entertainment Items, old record collection, books, pictures and other mementos
    The well-controlled climate inside a storage facility will prevent deterioration of these items and someday you will have the time to sort through them and go back in time.
  7. Computers and electronic equipment
  8. Antiques
  9. Linens and mattresses
  10. Pianos and other musical instruments
  11. Vehicles
    No item is too small or too big for storing in storage facilities –RVs , trucks, boats, aircraft are accepted but you have to show proof that these are duly registered and are operational when stored
  12. Construction equipment
    most construction equipment is allowed except equipment that is used to track underground water
  13. Medical equipment and supplies
    All except radioactive equipment cannot be stored by law
  14. Perishable food
    Canned food is allowed as long as it is properly sealed.

These are items which are not acceptable for storage:

  1. Hazardous Materials / Combustible Materials / Aerosols
    Flammables, corrosives, explosives
    Gasoline, Charcoal, Lighter fluid, Acid
    Fertilizer, paints, car batteries, matches
    Nail polish and remover
    Ammunition
    Liquid Bleach
    Aerosols
    Kerosene
    Pool Chemicals
    Chemistry sets
    Fireworks
    Pesticides
    Motor Oil
    Paint Thinner
    Batteries
    Weed Killer
    Ammonia
    Lamp Oil
    Propane Tanks
    Cleaning Fluid
    Compressed gas (oxygen tanks)
    Propane tanks
  2. Asbestos and articles containing asbestos
  3. Toxic and biological waste
  4. Weapons
  5. Explosives
  6. Radioactive substances
  7. Narcotics
  8. Food items such as cereal and meat because they can get spoiled and will attract rats and other pests. There are
  9. specialized storage facilities for perishable food.
  10. Dead or living plants and animals
    Plants attract insects and there are many states which have rules and regulations regarding the entry of certain plants.
  11. There are items which have to be stored in specialized storage facilities to keep them secure. Thus you have to ask or inform your moving storage company regarding these items that include the following items or else they moving company will not assume responsibility if these documents will be misplaced or lost.
    Address books, computer software, airline tickets, deeds, sterling silver, coins, letters, financial statements, personal video tapes, school records, research projects, bond, car keys, photos and albums, tax records, stocks, medicine, check books, disks, jewelry, files, deeds, stamp collection
  12. Items of Extraordinary Value
    Antiques, cameras, oriental rugs, figurines, precious stones or gems, video cameras, silver and silverware, crystal, coin collection, computer software, art collection, currency
  13. Stolen and illegal goods

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