What NOT to Store

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Self-Storage units can be very helpful when you are tight on space and need a safe place to store all of the items you wish to keep. Here at Holladay Self Storage we do everything we can to make sure all of your storage needs are met at a high level of satisfaction. We do want you to know what you shouldn’t be placing in your storage unit for the protection of everyone’s belongings.


Yourself and Family

While your spacious storage unit looks inviting and is cheaper than the rent you are paying now, you sadly can’t live in your storage unit. Law simply prohibits setting up a residence in a storage unit. Storage units don’t have the amenities to make it livable either.  



If you can’t live in a storage unit, neither can your pet. There is a potential of having them hurt themselves if locked in a storage unit for an extended amount of time without supervision. Storing pets in a storage unit falls under animal cruelty and you could be prosecuted.



Unless it is your goal to kill all of your living plants and create a rotting mess, please don’t store plants in a storage unit. Plants need sunlight, fresh air, and water to survive, all of which are not available in a storage unit.


Firearms, munitions, gunpowder and explosives

The restriction of storing these items is purely for the protection of you and others renting units next to yours. If one of these items is triggered and causes harm, you will be held accountable. Punishment for storing these items and having an accident occur usually results in spending time in a federal facility.



Perishable items can and will go bad after sitting in a space for a period of time. Storing food in a storage unit will attract unwanted guests. Rodents and insects are attracted to the smell of the food and will soon start making a home for themselves in your belongings causing extreme amounts of damage. That is why we don’t recommend storing food in your unit.


Hazardous Materials

The potential harm these materials can cause to your valuables, as well as those who are renting units around you is why we don’t want you to store hazardous materials or waste. This includes lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, polychlorinated biphenyl, petroleum, petroleum products and constituents, methane, medical waste, toxic substances and related materials.



Storage units are not equipped to keep your cash as safe as a bank could. We recommend talking to your local bank teller to ensure that all of your cash is kept out of harm’s way.


While these are the items you don’t want to store, we at Holladay Self Storage can help you with the storage of everything else. We can help you in finding the right unit at the right price. For any additional questions about our facility or the units we have available please call us today. 


How to Maximize Space in Your Self Storage Unit

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If you have quite the haul to move into your Holladay Self Storage unit, you might struggle to find room for everything if you have a smaller unit. While we do have larger units available, there are still some tricks to making the most out of the space you have. Here are just a few things you can do in order to get the most out of your storage unit and maximize the space.

Use Clothing Racks

Boxes of clothing can take up quite a bit of space. In order to maximize the vertical space in your storage unit, consider using clothing racks instead. Clothing racks work great for lining the walls of your storage unit so you can fit more in the middle. Just make sure to always leave a walkway so that you can easily move things in and out.

Use Bookcase Shelves

If you are putting bookcases into storage, get the most out of the room and use each shelf as storage. Otherwise, those empty shelves will just go wasted. You can store all kinds of smaller items and boxes on those shelves. This also goes for other furniture items that have extra space such as dressers and trunks.

Stack Boxes Strategically

Being strategic about how you stack boxes in your Holladay Self Storage unit can save quite a bit of space. Always put the largest and heaviest boxes on the bottom and go around the perimeter of the unit. Smaller or lighter boxes can be stacked on top of the heavier boxes in order to not get crushed.

Stack Furniture Upright

Furniture takes up a lot of space but there are ways to store furniture and still have extra room. First, make sure to disassemble any furniture that can be taken apart. Once everything is disassembled, stack what you can upright. Things like couches, mattresses and even tables can all be stored in an upright position.


We hope these tips help you get the most out of your space. If you ever are in need of additional or larger units, Holladay Self Storage is happy to provide you with a storage unit that will meet your needs.