Getting yourself a storage unit in Detroit could be one of the best decisions you ever make. You can create more room in your home, store seasonal decoration and clothing, or have a safe spot to park your boat or RV. But, there are definitely a few things that you do not want sitting in your personal storage unit. There are items that some people put in storage that are just a bad idea, can get them kicked out, or are even illegal. In today’s blog, the team at 1st Choice Storage in Detroit talks about some items you will want to avoid keeping in personal storage.


Nearly everyone has seen the hit show Breaking Bad, where there is a scene when one of the main characters opens up a storage locker and you see a mountain of cash in a pile in the middle of the personal storage unit. While this may look super cool and make you feel like Walter White, it is a catastrophically bad idea.


Many personal storage unit facilities have security and insurance, but that still doesn’t make it a good idea. Break-ins are not impossible, and personal storage unit insurance more times than not does not cover any cash kept in the unit.


The bottom line? Don’t risk it. Banks exist for a reason. If for whatever reason you don’t trust banks, then bury it in a secure location, invest it, spend it — whatever floats your boat.



This may sound like an obvious one, but even storing food in your storage unit for a short amount of time can cause problems. Food and food containers attract unwelcome visitors like ants, mice, and other scavenging animals. There is also the risk that the food in your personal storage locker may spoil and create an odor that penetrates other items in your unit.


Hazardous materials

Another one that may sound obvious, but it actually happens rather frequently — albeit on accident. Containers that have flammable contents, toxic chemicals, or anything that could potentially cause damage to property or persons if spilled or opened.


Examples of potentially hazardous items that you should not store in your storage unit are:


  • Pesticides
  • Paint thinner
  • Industrial strength cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Motor vehicle liquids

    • Oil
    • Transmission fluid
    • Antifreeze
    • Power steering fluid
  • Fireworks
  • Ammunition for firearms
  • Car batteries


The list could go on and on. If you keep any hazardous materials in your personal storage unit, whether it be short-term storage or long-term storage, there are consequences. You run the risk of getting kicked out of your unit, and that’s the best case scenario. Worst case scenario: you are responsible for causing a fire, explosion, or damage to any people or property.


When it comes to personal storage, choose 1st Choice Storage in Detroit. We have all the amenities and features you are looking for in a storage service. We offer all indoor storage units, 20 different sizes, freight elevators, loading docks, online reservations, and more! Contact us today to learn more and get your free quote.