As useful as self-storage units are, they are not intended for all materials. Some materials can be safely tucked away in the storage units, while others will lead to a disaster when stored. There are some regulations governing storage units, and if violated, there is a price to pay. Here in this guide, we have provided 5 things to store, and 5 things never to store in a self-storage unit.
Things to store:
As wonderful as Christmas trees, decorations and ornaments are, you have to admit that they take up a lot of space in the home. After Christmas, a smart idea for preservation is to store your seasonal items inside an indoor self-storage unit where it can be ready for use next time.
Artwork and antiques
That extremely large painting that you love so much but can barely fit into your home can be kept in a storage unit and left till it can be utilised. Ancient antiques that you and the family cherish can also stay in the unit.
Extra chairs, tables and grandpa’s favourite recliners that you cannot bring yourself to throw away can be stored in a storage unit and kept there until needed.
From seasonal clothing to baby clothes or business stock, clothes are just one of the many types of items that can be safely stored in self-storage.
Electronics and gadgets
Your old Xbox and other gadgets might still be functional but out of vogue, so do you just throw them away? Not necessarily. You can simply store them in the unit.
Things not to store:
Basically, any material that has the capacity to burn, explode, spark or corrode is a serious threat to health and should not be placed in a storage unit. Materials like fuel, gas, chemicals, liquor, pesticides, and fireworks are all included in this list.
Moisture will sooner or later attract micro-organisms. It won’t be long before mould and mildew begin to grow around your properties, possibly encroaching into the space of others. Also, damp items always have an unpleasant smell and should not be put in a storage unit.
Of course, you won’t intend to keep your pets in a storage unit-hopefully. If you cannot care for your pets anymore, or you require a break from your pets, the smart thing to do is keep them with a neighbour or relative or simply give them to the animal care home.
A plant will likely die after a few days without basic nutrients and sunlight, that a storage unit cannot provide. Plants are also susceptible to breeding pests, and we do not want this to happen.
Food and perishables
It goes without saying that all food items and perishables should be kept away from storage units. You will end up with spoiled food which will cause pollution in the storage environment.
It is not very difficult to decipher what can and cannot be stored in a storage unit. Follow laid out rules, and you will be just fine. If you are uncertain in relation to a particular item, confirm with the staff at your self-storage facility.