Storage Containers: Some Items Aren't Meant for Storing

Posted on January 30, 2017

Things that aren't meant to be stored in storage containers

Some things just weren't meant for storage containers.

Storage containers are a convenient and portable storage solution for many home and business owners. With the ability to be parked directly on your property, these helpful containers can hold anything from extra furniture to boxes of paperwork. However, there are a handful of items that just don't do well in a portable storage unit. If you're looking for a storage container rental in the near future or already have one lined up, check out our list of items that aren't very storage-container friendly for future reference. 


Perishable Food Items

Perishable food items should not be stored in storage containers. If you operate a food truck, cafe, or restaurant, a storage container may seem like a perfect food-storage vessel; however, perishable foods should be stored elsewhere. Because a storage container is not temperature controlled, it's impossible to maintain a food-safe temperature. These food items may also attract unwanted pests and critters. 


Items that Attract Pests

Perishable (and non perishable) food items are not the only things that can attract pests into your portable container. Some of these items are also known for drawing in unwanted critters:

  • Scented candles
  • Plants, seeds, and soil
  • Bird seed
  • Pet food
  • Loose paper
  • Foam
  • Cork board


Household Chemicals and Paint

If you've just completed a remodel or renovation, you may be tempted to store leftover cans of paint in your MI-BOX® rental. In general, paint and chemical storage is strongly discouraged. Because these containers are portable and able to move, these items can spill and cause chemical reactions and stains. Because of the lack of ventilation, these chemicals can also create an unsafe environment and put users at risk. To protect yourself and anyone else that has access to your container, avoid storing some of these items inside the storage container:

  • Cleaning products
  • Ammonia/bleach
  • Insecticides and pesticides
  • Paint, paint thinner, and paint remover


Explosive Items

Just as chemicals can create an unsafe environment, so can explosive and flammable objects. To maintain a safe space, store these items safely elsewhere. Some of these items may include: 

  • Propane tanks
  • Gas cans
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Fireworks
  • Explosives
  • Fertilizer


Battery and Electricity-Powered Items

We recommend that items that require batteries or electricity to run not be stored in storage containers. Portable containers left outside are not temperature controlled and can affect the overall quality of your items. If you can't avoid storing these kinds of items in your container, we recommend allowing them to come back to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before turning them on or plugging them in. 


If you're interested in renting a portable storage container, check out our previous post to help you get started: Kelowna Storage Containers: Developing a Plan of Action


Come and speak to the storage solution experts at Space Centre Storage. From portable containers to RV and boat storage, we can offer the perfect solution for all of your storage needs.

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