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What not to store in a storage unit

People use storage units to store a whole host of different goods. From personal and business storage through to student storage, there are lots of reasons why people require storage solutions during their lifetime.

Whether you’re downsizing or relocating, or you simply need a space to store your belongings during your summer break at university, storage units offer both short and long-term solutions to meet your requirements.

However, before you start filling up your storage unit, it’s important that you fully understand what you can and can’t store there, especially when it comes to potentially dangerous goods.

Here’s our guide to what you should not store in a storage unit:


This should be pretty obvious, but you will be amazed at how many people think that it’s ok to store their animals in storage units.

No living animals (including humans!) are allowed to set up permanent residence in a storage unit!


Just like other living things, plants need food, air, water and light to survive. With this in mind, a storage unit probably isn’t the best environment for your green friends. So, while you can store your gardening tools in your unit, look for a more suitable home for your plants.

Food and Perishable Goods

If you’re planning on storing food or perishable goods in your unit, you should take the time to understand what you can and can’t store. For health and safety reasons, there are strict regulations surrounding the storage of food and perishable goods.

For example, products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, and pet foods should not be kept in a storage unit as they not only spoil incredibly quickly, but they can also attract unwanted pests and nasties that pose a serious health risk.

Fungi and mould can also quickly become a problem, not to mention unwelcome smells.

Hazardous Materials

No hazardous materials or toxic waste should be stored in a storage unit. This includes acids, biological waste, adhesives, and even some cleaning products.

Highly flammable, all of these products pose significant danger if they are not stored in the correct way.

Other substances considered to be dangerous include petrol, oil, paint, asbestos, kerosene, acids, toxic waste, and any combustible products or materials.

Money and valuables

No money or high value items should be kept in a storage unit, even those units that offer 24/7 security.

Instead, money and other valuables should be stored in the bank or a safe deposit box at a specialist location.

Illegal Items

Again, this should be pretty much self-explanatory but there are still a number of people who think it’s acceptable to store illegal goods such as illicit alcohol, unsafe goods, and unlicensed medicines within their storage unit.

Firearms and explosives

The Firearms Rules 1998 state that all firearms and explosives must be stored in a secure location where they cannot be accessed by those who do not hold a firearm certificate. So, keep your storage unit free from any firearms, guns, or explosives.

If in doubt, ask

It’s important that you don’t store any unapproved goods in your storage unit. With this in mind, if you’re in any doubt at all, always ask your chosen facility – it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Here at CitySpace, we provide storage units in Central London that have been designed to accommodate all of your storage needs and bespoke requirements.

Whether you need more room for storing household, business or student items, our easy-to-access stores in the heart of Central London offer a safe and secure base to store your belongings.

If you require any further information about any of our storage solutions, or you’re not sure if your items are suitable for storage, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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