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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 self-storage.


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!