10 Things You Can’t Put Into Self Storage

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A self storage unit is a great way to declutter your home. At Storage Rosebud, our customers use their units to stash away everything from holiday decorations and baby clothes they’re saving for their next child to furniture they don’t need at the moment.

But there are some things you can’t put in a storage unit. Ever. In fact, storing some items is against the law.

Check this list before you start filling up your Storage in Rosebud unit:

1. Valuables

a pile of gold jewelry on a table

Your expensive jewelry and other valuables are safest with you or in a bank deposit box where they won’t get damaged.

2. People

a homeless man drinking beer at a storage unit surrounded by boxes

This should go without saying, but a storage unit can’t double as an off-site guest room or a shelter for friends who suddenly lost their home.

Under the law, even units with climate control are unfit for human habitation because they lack natural light, ventilation, drainage and sanitary facilities, and running water. And, you’ll be in deep trouble if you get caught.

People who, sadly, are no longer alive can’t stay in storage units either. That’s what morgues are for.

3. Animals

two cute guinea pigs staring from inside their cage

Animals also aren’t allowed in Storage Rosebud units because there’s no natural light and they don’t have adequate ventilation. And a dog or cat can cause a huge and smelly mess if left alone in the unit long enough.

If you’re moving, the safest, most comfortable place for your animals to stay until you’re out of your old house and into the new one is with the vet.

Sadly, deceased animals aren’t allowed in self storage either. Bury your beloved cat or dog in your yard or take him to the vet to be cremated. A taxidermist can help you with your hunting trophies.

4. Perishable Food

fruits and vegetables in an open cardboard box

Nothing attracts insects and vermin faster than rotting veggies and meat. Only unopened cans of food should be stored in your unit.

5. Live Plants

blooming tomato plants grown in small pots

All plants need sun, and that’s something they won’t have in a storage unit. They can also attract insects and other pests.

6. Stolen Property

a robber carrying cardboard boxes

Both you and the owner of the self storage facility will be in deep hot water if the police find stolen property in your unit.

7. Hazardous and Flammable Materials

a man turning on the stove

Including gas and propane tanks, fireworks and fertilizer. All could cause extensive damage to your unit and the storage facility. If you don’t know how to store them safely, ask the police or fire department for advice.

Among the common household items that aren’t permitted in Storage Rosebud units are cleaning products, ammonia or bleach, insecticides, roofing tar, aerosol cans, pesticides, paint, paint thinner and paint remover.

8. Noxious Materials

a person holding a brown bottle of noxious substance

These, too, can cause both property damage and health problems for people exposed to them. If you don’t know how to store them safely at home, ask the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

9. Garbage and Trash

a pile of trash bags on the sidewalk

If you have too much to put out for curbside pickup, take it to the landfill.

10. Guns and Ammunition

a pistol beside 3 bullets on a table

Guns and ammunition are not allowed in self storage units, ever.

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