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The warm weather comes paired with the summer holidays and weekend get-togethers. Preparing your home for these events is easy with the help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO and the tips listed below.

 

Organize your kitchen

The summer get-togethers aren’t complete without having large amounts of food and treats to eat. Taking the time to find proper storage for the necessary food items can help you when your guests arrive. By going through your fridge and cupboards you may be surprised to find some items that have long passed their expiration date. Removing bulky items from the fridge in your home and storing them in a freezer or fridge in the garage will also help. If you have an abundant supply of canned goods consider placing them in storage. At Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO we have a variety of storage units that will perfectly meet your storage expectations.

 

Furniture

Having too much or too little furniture can be a problem when housing holiday guests. Get more use out of the space you have available in your home by removing unnecessary furniture such as coffee tables and decorations. You can easily store these items either in your garage or in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. Take advantage of the furniture you do have by transforming them into workable beds and chairs. Couches can double as beds and stools or ottomans can double as chairs at the dinner table. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

 

Open up the Entry Way

Your entry way is bound to get a little hectic during the holidays. Shoes and coats of your guests will need to find a place to stay as well. By purchasing a durable floor mat or a pebble boot tray you can help get rid of a potential dirty disaster in your entryway. Purchasing additional storage bins and hooks would also be a good idea for your guests. This ensures them a space to store their summer accessories during their visit.

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If you find yourself struggling to control the clutter in your home it may be time to declutter and purge yourself of the items that you just don’t need. With the help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO you can store the items you just can’t part with and open up additional storage in your home. The tips below can help you to declutter your home of all the unnecessary junk you have accumulated over the years.

 

Old shoes can cause clutter and unpleasant odor in your closet. If you haven’t worn your old shoes in a while it may be time to throw them out. If your shoes are still in good shape consider donating them.

 

Unworn clothing can also take up room in your closet that could easily be used to store the items you use every day. An easy way to tell if you haven’t worn clothing in a while is by starting a 3 or 6 month period with all of your hangers turned backwards. By the end of the set term you still have backwards hangers, take them out of your closet and toss or donate them.

 

Wedding invitations, while sentimental and beautiful, are items that should be considered for tossing out. Unless you have plans for creating a scrap book or a gift for a loved one, they should be placed in the recycling bin.

 

Books can often take up a lot of space and collect a lot of dust. For avid readers, collecting books can be your decluttering downfall. Go through our books and see which ones you can donate, toss, or place in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. It is always best to keep what you are reading or plan to read and get rid of everything else.

 

Duplicate kitchen accessories can take up a lot of needed cupboard space in your kitchen. Go through all of your kitchen accessories and keep what you use most often. Consider donating or storing the rest. If it is deemed unusable go ahead and toss it.

 

Expired bills and coupons should be sorted through and thrown out. Piles of unused paper can easily clutter your office space or kitchen table. Sort through and keep only what is current.

 

Going through your home and referring to the list above can help you to free up a lot of needed space in your home. If you find yourself still needing more storage space you can always trust Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO to provide you with the storage unit you need. Call us today to learn more about our facility.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:00

How to Load your Moving Truck

When planning and preparing for your move you need to take into consideration how you should be packing your moving truck. Not loading your items properly can result in a lot of broken valuables. We at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can ease the process with one of our storage units. This way you can take lighter loads and take the time to properly move your items. Below we have provided you with some tips to packing your moving truck the right way.

 

Create a Plan

The worst thing you could possibly do on moving day is not have a plan. It is important to have a game-plan ready when the moving truck arrives. Make sure all of your items are packed, labeled, and ready to go. Talk with those helping you move to decide what items to load first. Make sure you aren’t driving your moving truck during times of heavy traffic or severe weather.

Stability of Items

It is very important to try and make sure your items will remain as stable as possible and not move during the drive. In order to make sure your items won’t shift and move on the way to your new home or to your storage unit, invest in moving-grade boxes. These boxes are made specifically to withstand the constant movement from the truck. Other boxes, such as the ones being reused from grocery stores, are not made to withstand large amounts of weight or movement. You can never have enough bubble wrap or packing peanuts to put into your boxes. You don’t want the items you place in the boxes to move around and possible get damaged. If you are really worried about the stability of your items in the truck you can also purchase tie downs. Taking the necessary precautions is always a good idea.

Loading the Truck

In order to make the transition from the house to the truck it is best to have a clear path from the door and onto the ramp of the truck. By consolidating all of your items in a room near the front door you can easily have a repetitive path to follow. When you begin loading the truck it is best to start with the heaviest items on the bottom and near the back. Save the lighter items for the top and front of the truck. After the truck is loaded and you are on your way it is best to go directly to your destination. The longer items are moving around in your truck the more likely they are going to get damaged.

 

Now that you have your truck loaded properly you can be well on your way to your new home or to your new storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. For more tips on organization, moving, and use of your new storage unit make sure you check our website blog.

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

How to Organize your Office

Your office should be a place you can get your work done without any distraction. If you find that you are having a hard time concentrating due to the clutter of your office it is time to give it a much needed makeover. We at Elite Storage in Lafayette can help you with the organization of your office with the use of one of our storage units. We have also gathered some organizational tips to help you through the process.

 

Plan and Prepare

Before tackling the mess that has accumulated in your office, you will want to make a plan. Decide how you want your office to look in the end and steadily work towards that goal. Make attainable tasks to finish within a set amount of time. You can either set aside a whole day or a few hours over a few days to get your office together. Do what you feel like will work best for you and your lifestyle.

 

Sort your Items

To start the organization process of your office you will want to start by sorting through all of your items. Decide what items you will keep, donate, store, or toss. The items you need but not on a day to day basis are perfect for a storage unit you can rent at Elite Storage in Lafayette. Sorting through your items will give you a clear idea as to what you have and what you want to keep in your office.

 

Streamline your Documents

Offices are known for piles of paper on every available surface. Before your office organization is complete you will need to come up with a filing system that will help you when it comes to keeping those papers in order. Do what you need to stay on top of your work while remaining organized. Color coded filing systems are the easiest to manage and can help you stay on top of the demands of your life.

 

Decorate

Now that you have removed any unnecessary items from your office and figured out where to keep all those pesky papers, you can finally decorate. Make it a space you want to be in. Invest in furniture that is functional as well as fun. Hidden storage can help you to keep your office clean and clutter free. Display interesting art pieces and don’t be afraid to get creative to really make the space your own.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

Organizing your Entryway

Your homes entryway is the first area of your home you and guests see. This often means that it becomes a catch-all for various items as well. To help you in keeping this area clean and organized you can enlist in the help of a self storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO to free up some needed entryway storage space. You can also use the tips we have gathered below to keep your entryway clean and organized.

 

Recognize your Exit and Entry Habits

Depending on what your current routine is it will determine how you should set up your entryway or mudroom. Assess everyone’s needs when they enter and exit your home. Look at the current clutter that is surrounding your entryway. This will tell you what you need in terms of organization. Installing shoe cubbies or hooks for backpacks is always helpful.

 

Make it Seasonally Appropriate

If you tend to have winter coats taking up the majority of the available space in your entryway it might be time to think seasonally. Storing your winter coats and accessories during the summer in a self storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can free up a lot of the storage space you may need. Make sure you make the necessary preparations before placing your winter clothes in storage.

 

Go Vertical

Floor space is often very limited when it comes to entryways and mudrooms. You can easily go vertical with your storage by installing shoe cubbies, hooks, shelves, and even cupboards. Take into consideration what your family will need exactly when it comes to their daily routine. If you have little ones at home, consider placing hooks at a lower level for them to store their own coats and backpacks. You can provide even more organized storage options with bins to keep all the small accessories together.

 

Combat Moisture

Now that you have conquered the clutter on your floor you will want to make sure you can keep it slip-free as well. Having necessary shoe storage as well as a matt in front of your door can help you to keep your floor free of moisture, especially during the spring and winter months.

 

Having a clutter free entryway will create an open and inviting atmosphere for your family and your guests. Renting a self storage unit from Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO will ensure your entryway space is always clean and organized, no matter what time of year it is. Call us today to learn more about the units we currently have available.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 00:00

How to Create an Organized Basement

Basements are known to be the storage unit of the home. If you are thinking about making your basement into a more usable space then you will need the help of a temperature controlled storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette. Placing the items you don’t need to use every day in a storage unit will allow you to get more use out of the space you have in your home. Below we have gathered some steps to help you in creating the basement space you have always wanted.

 

Start by Sorting

Before you can have your basement transformed into the space you have always wanted, you will need to empty out its contents and sort through all of the items you have been storing. Creating piles of items that you will keep, toss, donate, or store. Be picky when it comes to the things you are thinking about keeping. For your sentimental items you just can’t seem to part with but don’t have the space for, you can trust Elite Storage’s temperature controlled units in Lafayette to keep them out of harm’s way.

Create Workable Zones

Before you embark on putting everything back into your basement in an organized manner, you will need to create zones. Each zone should have a function and/or have similar items being stored together. For example, if you are using your basement primarily for storage you will want to keep all of your camping gear in one area, tools in another, and kitchen accessories in an area that is easy to reach.

Contain your Items

To achieve ultimate organization you will want to invest in containers for the majority of your items. Not only will these containers keep everything together, it will also protect them from unexpected spills, dust, and dirt. Plastic bins with sealable lids are the best for storing the majority of your items. Remember to label and place your bins in an organized fashion. Buying and installing shelving is a great way to keep your bins organized and off of the floor.

 

You can have the basement of your dreams with some determination and the help of a temperature controlled storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette. These units are ideal when it comes to fragile memorabilia that you need to protect from the drastic changes of temperature we experience throughout the year. Call us today to learn more about our temperature controlled units and what sizes we currently have available.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:32

How to Pack your Breakable Items

When it comes time to move or to place a few items in storage you will want to make sure you are packing them properly. We at Elite Storage in Lafayette care about the condition of your items during their stay in our facility. That is why we have provided some tips for you to follow when it comes to packing up your breakable items.

 

 

· Choose the right box. You will want to use boxes that are sturdy enough to hold your fragile items and large enough to fit the item and the adequate amount of packing materials. If necessary you might want to consider adding extra packing material or double-boxing your breakables during transit.

 

· Fill the items that could collapse inwards. Items such as glasses, bowls, and vases should be filled with tissue paper, extra socks, or newspaper to put equal pressure on all the surfaces of your fragile items.

 

· Completely wrap all of your breakable valuables in bubble wrap to protect it during its move or stay in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette. Make sure the bubble wrap covers all surfaces of your item and it is secured with tape. Make sure you aren’t using the tape excessively or else you will have a hard time getting to your item when you need it.

 

· Make sure your box is completely filled. Put two to three inches of packing peanuts on the bottom of the box. Once you have a layer of packing material you can begin to place your bubble wrapped items in your box. Fill any of the empty spaces in between your items and the box with packing peanuts. Make sure your items are secure enough so they don’t have any wiggle room within the box. Securely tape the box and label it for ease and organization.

 

· When placing your packed box of breakables in a storage unit you will want to try and elevate it off the floor and place it on a flat and sturdy surface. This will make sure no damage can occur while you are away.

 

Taking the extra precautions when it comes to packing up your fragile items will be worth it in the end. Keeping your breakable items in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette will give you the peace of mind knowing that your items are safe and secure. Call our facility today to learn more about the amenities we have to offer when it comes to your storage needs.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:29

How to Downsize your Home

Life changes more often than we expect it to. If one of those life changes includes downsizing your home you want to make sure you have the necessary tools to do so. A storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can help. We have provided some tips for you to consider when you are going through the downsizing process.

 

Determine your Needs

Before you begin the downsizing process you will want to walk through your home and determine what you really need in order to live comfortably day to day. A lot of the items we tend to accumulate will sit and collect dust because of unmet plans or goals. Get rid of what you aren’t using right now and store what you think you might use in the future.

 

Go through Everything

When you are preparing to move and downsize your living situation you will want to empty out every cupboard, drawer, and closet to see what you have been keeping in your home over the years. Sort your items into specific piles determining what you will keep, toss, donate or store. Be picky and only keep what you really need.

 

Measure your New Space

Before you start to haul over all of the furniture and items you are wanting to take with you to your new home, you will want to make sure you have enough room. Measure your existing furniture to make sure you are able to fit it in your new space while giving you enough room for storage. You might want to consider selling your original furniture for pieces that allow for more space in your home.

 

Organize

When downsizing you are going to be forced to get creative with your available storage space and organization. As you move into your new home you will want to organize as you go. The better you organize the space the better you can maintain the cleanliness of your home.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:00

Properly Storing your Bicycle

Winter months really put a damper on the ability to freely ride your bicycle whenever you please. Instead of having it take up space in your garage, you can easily store it in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. We can keep your bike safe as long as you make the necessary preparations to your bike before its stay. Below are some of the things you can to do prep your bike for storage.

 

Check your Tires

Thoroughly inspect your tires for any holes or tears. These should be repaired before placing your bike in storage. Make sure you tires area fully inflated as well. In order to have your bike remain in pristine condition during its time in storage you will want to make sure the tires stay inflated throughout its duration in the storage unit. The best way to do this is by hanging your bike off the ground. This will relieve any pressure put on the bike tire and keep it from warping if the tire does in fact go flat.

 

Avoid Rust

Storing a bike for a long period time does come with the potential hazard of rust. To fight against rust build up make sure your bike is clean and dry before placing it in storage. When in the storage unit you may cover your bike to protect it from any outside moisture. Keeping it up off the floor is another added measure to ensure your bike will be protected from any unexpected spills or water damage. You can easily do this by setting it on top of a pallet or on a tarp.

 

Inspect

Take the time to inspect all parts of your bike. You can do this when cleaning and preparing your bike for storage. You will want to make sure the bike is in working condition before you place it into your unit. This includes doing some of the routine maintenance on it such as lubricating the chain and inflating the tires. Having your bike go into storage in pristine shape will help it to be ready and available for use when you can take it out and put it to use again.

 

Instead of having your bicycle take up room in your home or garage, you can free up some extra storage space by keeping it in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. Our facility has a variety of sizes available when it comes to storage units. We can find the right space for all of your storage needs. Call or stop by today!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

Options for Decorating your Rental

Not everyone can afford to buy a house, especially with the way the economy is today. Rentals are beginning to be the only option for the majority of families. Just because you are renting a home doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own. With the help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette and permission from you landlord, you can create the space you have always wanted. Below are some temporary decorating options you will most likely be allowed to do in your new rental home.

•Self-adhesive tiles can be added to your kitchen to give it that personal touch while creating a stunning back-drop. These tiles can often be found at Home Depot. These tiles are meant to be temporary and can easily be put up and taken off when the time comes.

•Command Hooks are a fast and easy way to add some personal touches to your home. Hanging curtain rods from command hooks gives you a creative way to put your jewelry or scarves on display in your bedroom. Command hooks can also be used when hanging decorative pieces. Command hooks easily come off when you want to change it up or move out without damaging the walls.

•Peel and Stick wall decals are perfect for when you want to add that special statement piece to your rented space. These come in a variety of patterns and quotes so you can choose which one fits your style. These also come off without damaging the paint or walls in your home.

•Temporary wallpaper is now available to those who rent. You can easily wallpaper your space to give it that personal touch. While it may appear to look like real wallpaper it is easier to put up and take off. Temporary wall paper comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can choose which one fits your décor the best.

•Tapestries can make your space feel cozy and give your space that much needed statement piece. These are easily hung and can be taken down and folded up if you wish to change the style of your space.

•Bright floral pieces can be added to your space to give it that extra pop of color. There are a variety of DIY projects involving floral pieces that can easily be accomplished in one afternoon. Pick colors that coincide with your color scheme and add a pop of color to a dull area. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the items you already own in your home.

•Showcase the items you own by placing them on a bookshelf or a bar cart. These will add personal touches to your space and give it some personality. Don’t be afraid to display the pieces you love even if they are a little unconventional.

With the tips above and some creativity you can create the space you want to live in, even if it is a rental. Get the additional space you need to achieve your goal with a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette. Call us today to see what units we currently have available.

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