Storage units are unbelievably handy for tons of reasons. You can store excess furniture and household items, cars and vehicles that aren’t being used daily, and so much more. Many personal storage units, like the ones at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland, offer you 24-hour access, temperature-controlled units, short-term and long-term storage options, multiple size options, and more. But, like anything else in life, there are some behaviors you’ll want to avoid. Today’s blog from 1st Choice Storage in Waveland talks about things that you definitely don’t want to store in your storage unit.



In movies and on TV you will see characters (mostly drug dealers) storing piles of cash in a personal storage locker. This will certainly up your cool factor, but even so, it’s still not worth the risks involved.


Unlike banks, storing cash or money of any sort in your storage locker is not covered by personal storage insurance or the storage service itself. Even though many storage units have great security, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for someone to get to your large sum of money in your personal storage locker.


Save yourself the potential risk and headache and put your money in a bank, bury it in a secret location, or keep it in a locked safe. Wherever you decide to put it, don’t put it in personal storage.


Hazardous property

This might sound like a no-brainer, but even careful people can sometimes accidentally keep dangerous materials in personal storage. Things that are considered hazardous are materials that are flammable, could create an explosion, could create a chemical reaction, or have the potential to cause damage to a person or property.


You don’t want to be caught with any hazardous material in your long-term or short-term storage unit. At the very least you could be discovered and then kicked out and forced to remove your belongings from the facility. Worst case is that something you stored in your storage unit is responsible for causing damage to someone else’s property or hurting someone.


Example belongings that should not be kept in personal storage are:


  • Car liquids

    • Transmission fluid
    • Oil
    • Antifreeze
  • Gasoline
  • Pesticides
  • Weed killer
  • Car batteries
  • Fireworks
  • Industrial strength cleaners
  • Aerosol spray


Sometimes, people can store these items without even thinking about them being potentially harmful. Make sure to double check your items before keeping them in a storage unit.


Personal storage units are certainly not the place to store your food items. Storing food, for pets or humans, can attract unwanted visitors such as ants, mice, or other notorious scavengers. Don’t be the person who attracts pests to the facility by storing food in the unit.


Also, even if you don’t get caught or attract animal troublemakers, there are still consequences. Food can spoil, causing a foul odor that can seep into any other items in the unit and potentially ruin them.


When it comes to storing your items, reach out to us at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland. We are a 24-hour storage facility with an on-site manager and are happy to help you safely store your appropriate goods in either a temperature-controlled storage unit or non-temperature-controlled storage unit based on your needs.