The Best (and Worst) Items for Safe Storage

Whether downsizing, moving, or simply realizing you have too much junk, renting a self-storage unit at a place like All Purpose Self Storage can be a great stress-reliever if you want to keep your stuff but don't have adequate room for it; however, before embarking on your self-storage journey, make sure to familiarize yourself with storage do's and don'ts. 


As long as your vehicle has proper documentation and registration, a storage unit can be the perfect place to keep vintage cars awaiting restoration or a storage area for your car during a move overseas. The protective covering will keep it much safer from the elements than a permanent spot in your parent's driveway and most storage units are secure enough to deter thieves.


Often overlooked, any type of food or perishable item is a big no-no in any storage facility. Even crackers or pet food that won't rot could easily attract rodents and insects that could compromise the entire facility. Additionally, attracting pests to your unit is a great way to damage the other items you are keeping in storage and annoy the owner of the property.

Chemicals or Hazardous Material

While seemingly self-explanatory, many people have extra propane tanks, paints, motor oils or even home cleaners that they may think are plenty acceptable in storage units. Well, they are wrong. Although unlikely, the risk that these materials could explode, leak, catch fire or release noxious fumes is much higher than a simple piece of furniture (especially in units that are not temperature controlled and could become akin to ovens in warmer months).


Furniture is among the number one item that people keep in storage units. Often times the pieces will be antiques that have sentimental value but just don't go with interior home decoration, so a storage unit is the best place to keep the item without having to see it every day. The upkeep of a storage unit is a small price to pay to keep relatives or grandparents happy about the heirlooms they've passed along.

Household Appliances

As long as you have ensured your appliances aren't temperature sensitive, keeping extra household appliances in a storage unit is perfect if moving overseas or downsizing temporarily. The only potential hazard in these items is the potential for mold, mildew or bacteria to grow on the inside of larger appliances, but to combat this, simply leave their doors slightly ajar to promote ventilation.

While there are obviously plenty of other items you can keep in a self-storage unit, when in doubt, contact the manager for a comprehensive list of do's and don'ts.