The X List: What You Cannot Store in Self Storage

Storage containers are extremely handy for keeping hold of
items that you don’t want to get rid of, but unfortunately you can’t store in
your own home. You may have a lack of space in which to store your items.
Another reason may be that you use your spare room for such purpose, but you
have company arriving and staying for an extended period of time.

Contrary to popular belief though, you can’t put anything
and everything into self-storage. For a variety of reasons, we must have rules
and regulations on what you can and cannot store. So, without further ado,
let’s look at what makes the ‘X’ list in terms of what you can’t put into


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your self-storage
container does not double up as a creche for animals. This applies to putting
your pet in there whilst you’re on holiday. The staff are not trained as animal
handlers and moreover, it’s more than a little cruel! This rule doesn’t just
apply to live animals either. We don’t allow the use of our containers for
taxidermist purposes, or to store any finished related products, either.

It’s a Storage Unit, Not a Flat!

This should be obvious, but it’s on our ‘X’ list due to
sheer popularity. We don’t allow our containers to be used for permanent
residency, believe it or not. You won’t believe the amount of times we are
asked about this! As a general rule, no human occupancy allowed! Obviously, you
can visit your unit as many times as you want. Just don’t have a sleepover!

Stolen Goods

If you have purchased a second-hand item from a car boot
sale or online, you may not have assurances over the validity of the purchase.
If, on the off chance, you have purchased an item that is deemed to be stolen,
we have the right to refuse the right for you to store it.

We always encourage you to make sure you have proof of
authenticity before buying. You can also check electronics to see whether they
are stolen by searching the stolen items register and entering the IMEI number
or serial number. If in doubt, don’t chance it!

Hazardous Materials

Budding scientists look away now. If you had intentions of
storing your chemistry kits, it’s a no-go unfortunately! Chemicals such as
acids are considered dangerous materials and therefore not allowed. Hazardous
materials range from propane tanks to fireworks, with everything in-between.
Obviously, we would be here from now till next Christmas listing what is
considered hazardous so here’s a helpful tip to ask yourself.

“Do I feel comfortable storing this in my own home, without
any regrets?”

If the answer is no, we don’t like the idea of it either!

The Grey Areas

We understand that you can never be too sure what’s
appropriate for self-storage and what isn’t. So, if you have any questions or
concerns about what you’re trying to put in storage, feel free to give us a
ring and we’ll let you know whether we’ll accept it.

At the end of the day, although some requests can give us a
good chuckle, we must think about the safety of everybody involved. We want
your items to be kept safe, but our staff also have the right to feel safe,
too. Fireworks are great in fields, not so great if lit in a contained unit!