Non-storable belongings – you can’t store everything

What are non-storable belongings? We will describe and classify them as belongings you can’t store in a moving container. When we go deeper into listing all of them we will explain why some of them shouldn’t be stored, but the reasons will vary. For instance, some items are not allowed to be stored in a moving container for safety reasons. Fireworks might go off, endangering everyone involved as well as risking setting all of your belongings aflame.

On another note, it is inhumane to store our pets since it will most likely be torture for them. Plus it is illegal to torment living being in such a way. So, unfortunately, you won’t be able to store everything, but still, there is a vast amount of items that you will be able to take care of. So, when it comes to packing and storing, this list should give a better perspective on how to plan your move. Still, keep in mind that you should feel really confident in relying on your moving company for guidance. If there are things you are unsure of, or if you simply know nothing about it, have them walk you through it.

Non-storable belongings

In a very large number of scenarios, it is simple enough to use common sense. You will definitely not decide to pack your dog into the storage unit. The amount of risk and potential harm you’d bring to the animal is off the chart, and there is no mover that should tell you this. Furthermore, fortunately, there are few movers that would agree to such a thing. Still, in spite of the list, we will provide you with, make sure you speak to your movers and ask for as much guidance as they can offer. Remember, they are the professionals. If anyone will know it will be them. If you don’t know who to ask, call residential movers and they will gladly help.

Hazardous materials

First things first, some items might be debatable. Some are not. At all. These non-debatable items are usually those of a hazardous nature. The list of hazardous items will be at the top of the list of non-storable belongings and should be pointed out by any professional mover you might encounter. Furthermore, if you are unsure as to whether you should pack it, you usually shouldn’t. However, if your doubts continue – consult your movers.

Non-storable belongings are always going to include flammable materials.
It’s never an option to store flammable materials. If you are unsure what they are, consult storage attendant.

Some of the items that will be on most of such lists are:

  • Fireworks
  • Poison
  • Paint
  • Kerosene
  • Motor Oil
  • Lamp Oil
  • Pesticides
  • Gasoline
  • Car Batteries

These are just some of the items. The list extends far beyond, but this is just for you to get a better idea as to what are the items that you will not be storing. The list will go way beyond this. So the best thing you could do is basically consult your movers about items that you are not fully certain are safe. This will be far easier than going through an enormous list of items, half of which you might even own. When in doubt – ask.

Non-storable belongings – perishables

The professional term is perishable. Perishable items have the ability to perish, or rather wither and die given the amount of time they can be stuck in storage. Yes, you’ve guessed it right, these are items that are alive and have a chance to die if locked in a storage unit. Hence, the first things that come to mind are plants and animals. And you got it right, this is not going to be stored.

Never put into storage anything that can spoil or stop living as a consequence of storage
Perishable items aren’t stored as they will perish as the name says

They are non-storable and prohibited to travel in this way. And you already know this. However, we just have to bring it up, none the less. The shorter version of the list of perishables is:

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Fresh Produce
  • Frozen Food
  • Any opened food containers

Again, for each instance that you are not certain – do ask your movers. Certainly, they will gladly share some insight and wisdom. You can advise NC storage professionals in more detail on the topic.

Non-storable belongings – other

There are certain non-storable belongings that cannot really be classified in a specific category. So this is why we call them other. The items share nothing in common other than the fact that they have made our list of non-storable belongings. This is why we keep encouraging you to consult your movers for all instances that you are not fully clear on. We will list a few of the things that go in the ‘other’ bin, so you get the idea on what to look for.

If you decide to leave your personal documents or sensitive data in storage you might come to regret it later
You should never choose to store your personal documents, personal computers or cameras with sensitive data on it

Now, the list is incomplete and there are so many things you can add to it. However, when you get a feel for it you can freely conclude that all items similar to those listed will fall onto the list.

  • Important documentation – birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.
  • Address books
  • Deeds
  • Stocks and Bonds
  • Prescribed Medicine
  • Important PC disks
  • Health Records
  • Cell Phones
  • Keys to the New Home
  • Jewelry
  • Laptops
  • Insurance Policies
  • Business Information
  • A Safe
  • A Lockbox
  • Valuable Photographies
  • Cash

Many of these items fall under the common sense bracket. Furthermore, I see most of the people I know classifying them as items that are non-storable belongings. Therefore, these are items that you wish to carry on your person (when possible) since the value they possess are much too high to be a part of this scene.

Use common sense – it is your best guide

So, at the end of the day, use common sense. It is the answer to all questions. Furthermore, think a couple of times before you stockpile something into the storage unit. There are a bunch of things you will want to fit in there. On the other hand, there is a lot of things you will definitely want to keep with yourself, whenever possible. You can read up on our guide on how to prevent injuries when moving, to help you with moving your things to storage.