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What NOT To Put In Storage

Just store It | May 09, 2019

If you’re planning on using a storage unit, it’s helpful to know what items are prohibited. While a few items are obviously disallowed (live pets, for instance), other categories of prohibited items are more surprising.

A general rule of thumb is to work directly with your storage unit facility to figure out what items they allow or not; most facilities have the same general guidelines, though specific rules differ depending on the facility.

For an overview of prohibited items, check out this helpful guide from the team at Just Store It! in Knoxville.

Plants/Living Things

This first one should really come as no surprise, but plants and other living things (such as pets) are prohibited from storage facilities. For one, plants would die without sunlight, oxygen, and water.

Aside from this fact, dead plants can also spell danger for the rest of the items in your unit. These plants can attract pests and spell a whole host of issues when they decompose.


It doesn’t matter how protected your gun is; it doesn’t matter if it’s unloaded and there’s no ammunition in sight. You cannot store firearms, munitions, gunpowder, or explosives in a storage unit.

There are a few reasons as to why firearms are disallowed. For one, storage units cannot be held liable for having firearms on their premises. In the event that something happened, it could mean tremendous liability and issues for the storage facility, the owner, and basically everyone involved.

The other primary reason firearms are disallowed relates to the danger of accidental explosion. Should any explosive blowup in a storage facility, there’s incredible danger to both people and property.

Food and Perishables

Even food in unopened packages should not be stored in a unit. That’s because food attracts pests, insects, and rodents like nothing else can. Whether a good is perishable or not, open or closed, canned or jarred does not matter.

Food is food, and it’s a huge no-no in storage units. This includes dry pet food, containers that have housed food (fruit boxes, for instance), and trash cans that have debris.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure your storage unit is used for clothes, furniture, and other non-perishable goods.

Hazardous Materials

Cleaning chemicals, propane tanks, paint, and anything otherwise noxious, chemical, or toxic in nature cannot be stored at a storage facility.

If anything were to happen with these chemicals, it could harm both people and possessions. For this type of storage, it’s better to follow proper EPA guidelines.


While cash isn’t technically toxic or explosive, it’s not backed by insurance either. You want to make sure things in your storage unit are tactile, have a value ascribed, can be tracked, and can be replaced. Cash cannot; as such, it’s a bad idea to keep it in a storage unit.

Storage Units In Knoxville

As you prepare to move things to storage, keep Just Store It! in Knoxville as an option for your storage unit facility.

Our units come with dozens of amenities, including temperature control, security, and on-site management. Visit us today to learn more!