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What NOT to Store in a Storage Unit

A storage facility can be a lifesaver for those who need additional space, are in-between locations, or must meet inventory requirements for work. Storage units are versatile and convenient, but not everything belongs in storage.

Explore some common items that should not be kept in your storage unit.


Everyone has junk, unused appliances, broken items, and old clothes. If you're moving or find you don't have enough storage for all your belongings, then reconsider what you really need. Give away clothes that no longer fit to an organization like Goodwill. You may also consider holding a rummage sale so you won't pay storage fees for items that you really don’t need.

 Perishable Items

If something has an expiration date, then you don't want to store it for any period of time outside of a refrigerator, freezer, or pantry. Edible and perishable items will go bad in storage, creating unpleasant odors, molds, and may attract bugs or animals. This is why plants and food should be kept at home.

 Hazardous Materials

If you need to store hazardous materials for any reason, then you may require special permits. If you have questions about something you wish to store, then discuss your concerns with your storage center and address these issues ahead of time. Never store combustible materials like gasoline or propane.

 Items You Use

Your storage unit is ideal for storing items you don't use every day. If you need certain clothes for work, then keep them at home. The same goes for furniture, toys, tools, or anything else you use on a regular basis. Don’t waste time traveling to and from storage.

At Chelsea Mini-Storage, we offer a variety of storage options to ensure your space and financial needs are met. To learn about our unbeatable security and everyday low prices, call 888-549-4090 today.