Packing, Moving and Storage

Household Items That You Should Never Store in A Leased Storage Space

Not many people realise how convenient storage spaces are until they need them. And while you may think you have sufficient room in your home to keep all your belongings, some scenarios would necessitate leasing a self-storage unit. For instance, you could be downsizing to a smaller space and if you are not ready to let go of all your items, outing them into a storage space will provide you with ample time to decide what to do with said items.

On the other hand, if you temporarily relocate to another state, perhaps for work, you may not be willing to get rid of your belongings since you will eventually come back. Whatever the case, you need to know what exactly that you can put into these spaces. Admittedly, self-storage units tend to be quite lenient. Regardless, there are some household items that you should never store in leased storage spaces, as outlined below.

Hazardous or corrosive supplies

When some homeowners think of hazardous materials, they automatically envision items such as radioactive supplies, toxic gases and more. While these items are prohibited from storage spaces, they are not commonly found in households. What you may be surprised to learn is that items that use regularly for your daily household needs can be classified as hazardous and, as such, should never be put into short- or long-term storage.

Firstly, if you and your loved ones engage in crafts, you could be thinking of keeping some of your art supplies in storage. However, items such as paint thinner or ethanol spirits are highly flammable and, as such, are restricted. Secondly, if you are an avid gardener and have items such as herbicides, you should know that these are prohibited.

Food items

A common mistake made by some people that are new to leasing a storage space is choosing to store perishable food items in their unit, for example, meats, fruits and so on. Since these perishables have a considerably limited shelf life, they will likely go bad within a few days and when you come back to retrieve your items, you will probably find them covered in mould or, in the worst-case scenario, maggots.

In addition to perishables, you should also be cognizant of the fact that food items that are known for having a long shelf life should not be put into storage too. Granted, dried grains, dried fruits, pasta, canned food and more are designed to last for months, if not years. However, insects, rodents and vermin will be attracted to the scent of these food items and may invade your storage space, wreaking havoc to the unit. So it's better to keep these items closer to you.

Reach out to a professional for information about what you can keep in your storage space