Never Put These Items in a Storage Locker

Storage lockers are great. They can hold almost anything too — though that doesn’t mean that the should hold everything! There is such a thing as going too far when it comes to what you put inside of your self storage unit. If you’re thinking about renting out storage units, make sure not to store the following items inside of that Waterglen storage space.

  • Live things. You might laugh at the idea of putting something that’s alive in a storage unit, but a lot of units have been opened to reveal live things like animals, and in some cases even humans. Storage lockers are not for live things, so don’t be tempted to put anything that’s living and breathing in your storage locker!
  • Really valuable items. While you can store items of value with us at Waterglen Storage, it’s not advisable to store things like diamonds, pearls, family antiques, and other items in a storage locker. Most of these items would be much more secure inside of a bank vault or inside of another secure area.
  • Perishable items. You may not love your aunt’s annual fruitcake, but give it away or throw it in the trash. Perishable items don’t do so well inside of storage lockers, since these items eventually rot, and have to be kept at certain temperatures. You’ll also have a huge mess on your hands if you forget about anything perishable, and it winds up rotting!
  • Things that smell really bad. Imagine what happens to a lot of smelly things that have been locked inside of a tight area for a long time. Yep, you guessed it  — not exactly pleasant!
  • Stolen items. We hope that you don’t have any stolen things to store, but if you do, it’s best to put them somewhere else. You won’t be covered if the police find those items in storage, and most rental unit facilities have a limited liability clause, so if that stolen item becomes damaged, there’s probably not much you can do about it.
  • Creepy crawlies. Things with wings and scales and things like snails are still living creatures, although many people have been caught housing snakes and other creatures in storage units. Remember our ‘no living creature’ clause? Well, things that crawl and slither certainly fit into this category!
  • Money, jewels, and gold. A storage unit is not a bank vault, so don’t treat it as one. You can’t put stack of cash, gold bars, or other forms of currency in a storage locker. There is a limit as to how much cash you can store, so make sure to read the fine print when you sign that storage locker contract.
  • Plants. Without light and proper water, plants will die. A storage unit probably isn’t the best place to keep any kind of plant.
  • Chemicals. Do you have a lot of chemicals at your home that need to be stored somewhere? It may not be a good idea to put those things into a storage locker. Why? Sometimes, chemicals can mix due to temperature or other circumstances, and when this happens there is a higher risk for explosion. You don’t want to be responsible or liable for a chemical explosion inside of a storage locker unit!

Things that Crawl Into Boxes

While you’re packing up your home and moving, some things (like cats and dogs) can crawl into boxes that you may simply drop off at your storage unit. Make sure to place your pets in a safe spot before you begin packing, so that you can ensure no pet is tucked away inside of a cozy box that will eventually wind up in a storage unit! The same goes for animals like rabbits and snakes.

You can store almost anything else that’s not on this list, but be sure to ask the storage facility owners before you decide to store something unusual. Storage lockers provide the perfect additional extension to any home (and are great when you don’t want to throw something out), but you do have to abide by the rules when storing items.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever heard of being stored inside of a locker?

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