What are the Restricted Items in a Storage Facility?

Storage guide - March 18, 2019

Storage units are incredibly convenient. They can be used to store items when we are moving. We can put excess belongings there when we’re decluttering. Long story short, there’s many advantages to storage units. However, that doesn’t mean you can put everything you want there. As most of us know, there are some things that simply cannot be put in a storage unit. Most companies will, of course, have a list of things that are not allowed. However, the list may vary from company to company. That is why it is important to inquire prior with your selected company. There are some things that are universally not allowed, though. Here is a list of some of the most common restricted items in a storage facility.

Perishable items

Basically, one of the first things that count as restricted items in a storage facility is food. As we all know, food goes bad, which can cause a number of problems. Rotting food will most likely attract rodents and insects. And rodents and insects can cause damage to your other stored belongings. However, this does not simply cause a problem for your storage unit. Rather, the entire storage facility can become infested with these little “visitors.” In case there are no rodents and the food is somehow left untouched, bacteria and mold will appear on it. Mold and bacteria can then spread to other things, ruining them. And that completely defeats the purpose of a storage unit.

Basil, olive oil and a bowl with tomatoes on a table
Never put food in a storage unit

If you, however, really need to put some food in storage, then it is necessary to find a storage company that offers these services. Food requires special conditions if you want to store it. Some companies can accommodate your needs, but you need to do some research first to pick the right storage unit.

Plants and animals

Plants are usually considered restricted items in a storage facility because they require special conditions that they cannot get in a storage unit. First, they need light, water and fresh air. That will not be able to get that if you put them in a closed-off unit. Also, plants attract pests such as insects. Most storage companies do not allow them precisely because of this reason. If you are unable to move your plants with you, it is preferable to leave them with family members or friends. Or you can even give them away.

When it comes to pets, while they are considered restricted items in a storage facility, it is important to stress that they are not actually objects. It is common sense that they should not be stored. However, some people have actually left their pets in storage units while they were on vacation. It is cheaper than a kennel, but in no way can it provide the things your pet needs. It is illegal and an incredibly bad decision. Again, as with plants, the best thing to do would be to leave your pet with a friend or family member.

Hazardous items

Most companies will, as a rule, refuse to store something that can cause danger. Hazardous items include flammable things, corrosive and even explosive items. Basically, such things can not only damage the storage facility but also bring people in danger. This includes various chemicals, gasoline, motor oils, pesticides, aerosol cans, propane tanks, car batteries, charcoal, fireworks, cleaning fluid, bleach, etc. These restricted items in a storage facility are actually pretty similar in almost all companies.

Take note, however, to drain all liquid from your yard equipment. It is perfectly okay to put a lawnmower in storage, but not when its tank is full. The same goes for other equipment with fuel or oil in them.

A lawn mower on grass
Make sure to drain all liquid from yard equipment


Valuable things include artworks, jewelry, silverware, figurines, coin collections, art collections and other collectibles, cameras, antiques, etc. Unless the storage company specializes in storing valuables, don’t store such items. While the security might be exceptional, it is not worth fretting over something that you hold dear to your heart. However, if you are adamant about storing valuables in your storage units, check with your company and inquire about the possibilities.

Stolen items

It is not allowed to store items that you do not legally own. Or, in case you don’t own the items, their owner needs to give you permission to store them. No storage facility will accept illegal items. The company managers will most likely report any illegal goods in their storage, and that can lead to legal repercussions.

Other restricted items in a storage facility

There are a few other things that you shouldn’t put in a storage unit. Again, the list may vary from company to company, but you should always ask. Doing research and asking is actually how you can find your perfect storage unit. Here are some other restricted items in a storage facility that you should look out for:

  • Weapons. Most companies will not store weapons, and with good reason. Some companies, however, will allow you to store weapons and ammunition. In that case, you will have to follow strict rules when it comes to storing.
  • Documents. Important documents definitely fall under the category of restricted items in a storage facility. Never put in storage documents that you might need at any point in time. This goes for any records (medical, school, tax), bonds, financial statements, any bonds or deeds. If you need to store some documents, there are ways of storing them that are much better and appropriate.
Two hands holding pens lifting papers
Don’t put important documents into a storage unit
  • Personal items. Never put in storage something that is close to your heart. This may include albums, stamp collections, letters, etc. Basically, anything that you hold dear. Sometimes people forget about what they stored. And it would be a shame if you were to forget about your baby pictures or something like that. If you’re moving, make sure to take these things with you, as they can help you adapt to your new home faster.
  • Scented items. Some people think that leaving a scented item will improve the smell of the items when they take them back. However, various scents can attract insects and vermin, which then can cause damage to your other items.

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