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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

Safety Proofing your Home for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching which means you need to make some preparations to your home for all of your friends and family. An important concept to think about is there safety. Winter weather can add a lot of hazards in your home. So taking the necessary steps to safety proof every aspect of your home before the holidays is wise. We at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO have gathered some safety tips for you to implement in your home this holiday season.

 

Clean your Cooking Appliances

With the amount of food you will be cooking this holiday season you will want to make sure your appliances are clean and ready to go. Thoroughly wipe out the interiors and your microwave and oven. Take out and clean anything you can. Make sure air vents are clean from dust and food debris. While you are at it you will also want to take a good look at your fridge. Clear some space for the food you will need this holiday season. Clean the shelving, tighten the screws on the door, and clear blocked freezer vents.

 

Make your Home Slip and Fall Proof

Fix loose treads on exterior steps, loose deck boards or loose pavers on front walkways. Take care of all other tripping/falling hazards while you're at it, like using double-sided tape to stick down slippery rugs. Tighten the mounting screws on loose handrails. Buy salt to clear walkways and the driveway.

 

Child-Proof your Home

Some of your guests are bound to bring younger children. You will want to make sure your house is safe enough for the little ones to roam around without getting hurt. Invest in electrical outlet covers and cupboard locks. Make sure fragile items are stored up and out of the way. It is also a good idea to bolt bookcases and dressers to your walls.

 

Prepare the Toilet

This is often one aspect that isn’t thought of when preparing your home for the holidays. Your toilet is going to be getting a lot of use with the amount of guests you are going to have in your home. Make sure your toilet is clean and working properly. Fix any leaks or wobbles you might find.

 

Preparing your home for the holidays is a must. To help you with the process we at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can provide you with the storage space you need in order to make room for all of your guests. Call us today to learn more about our facility.

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The winter weather is well upon us and so is the need to prep your storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. You will want to make sure your items are packed and prepared properly for the drastic change in temperature and weather, so we have provided you with some tips for when it comes to preparing your storage unit this winter.

 

Protect your Temperature Sensitive Items

While the temperature may not fluctuate tremendously during the winter, it’s important to prepare temperature-sensitive items, such as art, musical instruments, and paper documents, for colder temperatures and the eventual change in weather that comes in the spring. You will want to make sure these item in particular have been properly packed and insulated. It is even worth the effort of going and checking on these items throughout this winter.

 

Buy Water Tight Bins

Using water-tight plastic bins helps protect the contents within and doesn’t create waste. While cardboard boxes can normally be reused again, that option dissipates when the boxes become wet. Plastic bins help prevent water damage and can be used repeatedly over time. They are known to provide the best protection no matter what item you are storing within.

 

Cover your Furniture

Covers can help protect wood furniture from the effects of drastic temperature changes. Using furniture covers, sheets, or blankets can help prevent low temperatures from having a negative effect on the wood. Also, consider using waterproof covers and tarps to protect furniture from moisture due to extreme winter weather. Try to mount your furniture up of the floor of your storage unit as well with the use of pallets or tarps.

 

The winter months are harsh when it comes to your belongings. With the help of our storage units at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO and the proper packing tips listed above you can rest easy knowing your belongings are safe this season. Call or stop by our facility today to learn more about our units.

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As the cost of living rises, we find ourselves in smaller and smaller living spaces. This doesn’t have to be a terrible thing. With a little imagination and some help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO you can still have an amazing home in a small living situation. Check out the tips below to help you through the process.

 

Designate Your Areas

One of the first tips is to create defined areas of living space. This might seem like a difficult task, but in reality it can be easier than it sounds. Consider using area rugs, for example, to help you transition from a living room to a dining room. The rugs will help you define those areas without the need for bulky dividers or actual walls. You can also use strategically placed furniture to help keep different living areas separate.

 

Be Flexible

What happens if your space is too small for even the above tip? In these instances, my living room often doubled as the dining room and office. This is especially true in studio apartments or dorm rooms, which are known to be tiny. In order to help make the most of the space you do have, consider investing in furniture that has more than one use.

 

Make Smart Use of Storage

 

When you’re living in a small space, you don’t really have the luxury of investing in big, standalone pieces of furniture. Instead, you should be selecting items that have hidden storage in them, and that goes for your couch, your ottoman, or your desk. You need that sleek storage to help keep your space tidy and give the illusion of space.

 

Think Up

To help you in maximizing your spaces potential you will want to think up. Use as much of the available wall space as possible for storage purposes. Installing shelving or even hooks to hold a variety of object up and off the floor can give you more room to work with.

 

For more storage tips and tricks make sure you stop by Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO or check out our website for more information.

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As the winter months are upon us now is the time to get our winter clothing out of our storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette and organize it in our home. Winter clothing is known to take up a lot of space. That is why you need to organize your clothing while maximizing the available space to make it work throughout the winter season. Follow the tips and tricks below to help you get started.

 

Empty, Sort, and Organize

Winter coats often take up a lot of space. Before bringing out your winter wardrobe, take the time to empty out a closet completely to make room for all of your winter clothing necessities. You will be surprised at just how much stuff you had managed to pack into your closet. Determine what items you currently store in your closet can be relocated to another place in your home or even placed in your storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette. If closet space is available start sorting your winter attire. Take out what you know you will use most often and put them where they can easily be accessed. It is also smart to be picky in deciding what winter attire you will be using this season. Most people purchase a large of amount of clothing they don’t actually wear. You can either store your excess clothing or donate them to those who are in need.

Maximize Your Available Space

By purchasing a coat rack or coat hooks you can maximize the space you have in your home. Often times the space behind entry doors or hallways is left empty. You can easily utilize this space and create an organized storage space for all of your winter accessories. Hanging your coats can allow them to dry out during the wet winter months without ruining your clothing or the rest of the house.

 

Get Creative

The key to having a clean and organized closet is to get creative with storage. Hide all of your winter accessories in decorative bins. Add hooks to the walls of your bedroom for scarves. You can even get the help of a portable closet to store those extra winter coats and snow pants.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

How to Keep your Living Room Clean

Your living room is one of the most used rooms in your home. If you don’t have the necessary organization in place your living room can easily become a cluttered mess. We at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO have gathered some tricks to help you in keeping your living room clean and organized.

 

Control the Trash

If you are like most, then you like to snack in front of the television while binge watching your favorite shows. Doing this can often lead to a buildup of trash in your living room. To control the clutter of trash you can place a wastebasket in your living room. Choose one that is more decorative and won’t draw your eye. Having a wastebasket in your living room will make it easier when you tidy up the space each day. Just make sure you don’t forget to take the trash out.

 

Clean Flat Surfaces

Sometimes it is just too easy to toss everything we come into contact with onto the coffee table or side table and forget about it. In order to maintain the organization of your living room you will need to make a pact with yourself to keep the flat surfaces clutter free. Creating a household information center can help you keep the daily clutter organized. Create spaces for incoming and out-going mail as well as a space for your keys. Get into the routine of putting things away right as you walk in the door rather than throwing them on the nearest flat surface.

 

Control the Toys

When raising small children in your home it will seem nearly impossible to get the toy clutter under control. There is a way to have your own clean space and still have a space for your children to play as well. You can designate a zone in your living room to serve as a play area. This is where all the toys will be kept and put away when play time is over. Have your children help you in the clean-up process to lighten your load.

 

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Creating a routine and organizing the everyday essentials is a must if you want to maintain a clean and organized living room. If you find that you just have too many items taking up space in your living room you really should consider renting a storage unit from Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. We can provide you just the right amount of storage space for all of your extra items. Call or stop by our facility today.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

The Pros of Temperature Controlled Storage

Renting a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette means you have the option of having a Temperature Controlled Storage Unit at our facility. To aid you in deciding whether temperature controlled storage is right for your storage needs, below are some pros when it comes to a temperature controlled storage unit.

 

Protection from Natural Elements

Your items will be kept safe from the ever changing seasons. A temperature controlled unit will keep the items that need extra protection from elements safe by giving your unit a steady temperature year round. Fluctuations in temperature can often damage furniture, pictures, and family heirlooms.

 

Higher Security

Not only will your items be protected from the natural elements and temperature fluctuations, but you will also have higher security with a temperature controlled storage unit. Most units have inside access to your storage unit. This gives us the ability to provide you with added levels of security cameras, access codes, and keys for added protection.

 

Protection from Pests

Having temperature controlled storage will give you extra protection from pests as well. Because the access to your unit is inside a building there is less of a chance of getting pests into your unit directly. Most storage units have their unit doors on the outside. The door is often not enough protection or allows gaps for those pesky pests to enter. Having a storage unit with indoor access eliminates direct access for pests.

 

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Now that you know the pros of having temperature controlled storage you can better determine what kind of storage unit is right for you at Elite Storage in Lafayette. We have a variety of storage units for you to choose from depending on your storage needs. For more information on our temperature controlled storage units call or stop by our facility today.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Getting your RV Organized

If you are one of the many taking your RV out for your summer adventures you will want to make sure it is organized. Trying to travel in a cluttered mess can ruin any vacation. Listed below are some tips you can use when it comes to getting your RV organized.

 

Properly Storing Toiletries

Keep all toiletries such as, deodorants, shampoos, and lotions in plastic containers. This will help keep all your bathroom essentials together while protecting your RV from spills. Make sure to keep your plastic container of toiletries close to the bathroom in your RV so it is easier to find.

 

Save on Kitchen space

By eating with paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery you can increase the amount of cabinet space available in your RV. Many standard plates and bowls take up too much space and have the risk of breaking while on the road. Bring only what is necessary when it comes to kitchen utensils.

 

Cleaning Supplies Storage

For large cleaning items, such as brooms and mops, it may be difficult to find a place to store them safely. Many RVs offer storage space in the places you would least expect. Check to see if your RV has storage under the couch. This is the perfect place to store items such as a broom or mop.

 

Keep up with the Dusting

Being on the road or in storage for a long period of time can often cause your RV to get dusty. In order to protect your valuables and electronics that are in your RV, regular dusting is recommended.

 

Clothing Storage

Because RV space is so limited, it is important to think about clothing storage. Make sure to bring additional plastic bins to store dirty and clean clothes in. Often time you won’t want to use public laundry facilities so having a place to store dirty clothes is a must. It is also important to remember to not pack your whole wardrobe. Only bring clothes that are necessary and practical for your trip.

 

Tidy up often

In order to enjoy your RV, maintaining cleanliness is a must. Making sure the bathrooms are clean and well ventilated will keep your RV feeling fresh. This is also true with the bedroom and kitchen as well. Before placing you RV in storage at Lake Havasu Superior Storage, take the extra effort to clean all amenities. Having a clean RV before the start of your trip will save you that much more time and effort.

 

When your RV traveling days are over you can then prep it for storage and place it at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. We have a unit that can hold all of your storage needs. For more information on the sizes available in our units you can give us a call today.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:34

Maintaining your Boat this Summer

With summer in full swing you are bound to be taking your boat out a few times on the weekend. To help you in making sure your boat is maintained and in tip top shape for every lake day, we at Elite storage in Lafayette, CO have gathered some boat maintenance tips for you to try.

 

When washing your boat, use cleaning products specific to boats. Other cleaners my tarnish or ruin the exterior of your boat. If boating in salt water it is very important to clean your boat to remove any salt water that may remain on the boat causing damage to the exterior paint and motor.

 

Invest in a boat cover to use while storing or transporting your boat. This will protect the interior of the boat from any harms that may occur when your boat is not in use.

 

Dry dock your boat when possible. Find a dry and clean storage space for long time storage. The storage units available at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO will provide the ultimate protection for your boat.

 

Change the oil regularly. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model, but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or at least once a year.

 

Take the time to inspect your boat. This includes inspecting the propeller, sail, motor and hull of the boat regularly. If you note a problem, fix it early. Some problems may require professional help to fix. Catching a problem early can save you money.

 

Use water-proof grease for mechanical parts that require lubrication, such as the propeller. This will protect necessary parts for longer amounts of time.

 

Clean the hull, top and bottom, regularly.

 

Remove the propeller several times during boating season. Doing this will help you to find anything that isn’t supposed to be there, such as fishing line. While the propeller is off inspect it for nicks and dents. Any damage done to the propeller can decrease your boats performance up to 10%.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

What to Know About Storage Auctions

The popularity of storage auctions has grown over the years all thanks to some popular reality TV shows. What the TV shows don’t show you is what you actually need to know when it comes to storage auctions. We at Elite Storage in Lafayette want you to be informed as to how our storage unit auctions work.

 

Not Every Unit is Valuable

While you might get lucky occasionally, you shouldn’t go into a storage unit thinking you are going to find a gold mine. You might be able to find a few things you can sell for a profit in a storage auction but the reality TV shows make it look like it happens more often than it does.

 

It’s not impossible to see Inside a Storage Unit

Even though you aren’t allowed physically in the unit, you are allowed to look in it. This will give you a pretty good idea of the stuff that you will be bidding for. It is always a good idea to bring a flashlight so you can see all the way to the back of the unit.

 

Bring Cash

If you are going to be placing a bid on a unit you need to have cash in hand. Make sure you bring enough for sales tax and the cost of cleaning the unit as well. Check with the facility manager to see what the fees are.

 

You can’t keep Memorabilia

While you can keep what you buy in a storage unit auction, some facilities will ask you to return any personal memorabilia you find in the unit such as photo albums or family movies.

 

Storage Facilities Don’t Make a Profit

Storage facilities are required by law to only keep the amount that is overdue in rent and the costs of having the auction. The money generated over this amount is given to the tenant of the unit.

 

Be Prepared to Empty the Unit

It is standard with most auctions that you have until the end of the day to clean out the unit you purchased. Occasionally you can rent out the unit for a month or so to have time in emptying out the contents, you just have to check with the facility manager.

 

For more information about storage auctions make sure you stop by Elite Storage in Lafayette. We can provide you with upcoming storage auction dates and even give you a good deal on a storage unit.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Getting Creative with Book Storage

Bookworms are known to have a large collection of various novels around their home. To keep your collection from cluttering the rest of your home you will need to get creative with your book storage. Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can help you with the process by providing you with the extra space you might need with one of our storage units. Below are some creative book storage ideas for you to try in your home.

 

Make Books part of the Décor

Incorporating your books onto your extra shelving or on your coffee table will add that extra personal touch your home needs. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your placement. Using books to display other decorations such as candles or trinkets upon a shelf can help on storage space and still give you a unique design.

 

For the Books you are Currently Reading

Keep the books you are currently reading close at hand. While some may prefer to lounge in their favorite chair or lie in bed with a good book, storing it close by is a must. Get creative with your bedroom book storage options. Rethink the décor of the foot of your bed. Adding a small bookshelf can store all of your favorite stories like a mini library. Adding shelving above your headboard is another option. If you prefer a more hidden and organized approach you can always add book storage under your bed.

 

Space Dividers

For those living in crammed quarters or studio apartments, space dividers are often needed to distinguish a bedroom from the living room. Using a book shelf to divide your space in a creative and modern way can help you do just that. This provides a place for your books to be on display as well as giving you the needed privacy in your small space.

 

Take Storage Vertical

Many of us just don’t have the square footage needed to store all of our wonderful belongings, including books. That is why you need to start thinking up. Take advantage of the height of your walls and ceilings by installing shelves. Shelves help you save on floor space and provide an abundance of storage for your valuables and books. This is an easy and productive way to have the books you love on display.

 

Convert your Closet

If you so happen to have an empty closet, books can easily fill up that empty space. Adding shelving might be a necessity but this allows for the storage of your books all in one place. This will also work as a concealed storing option for those who have children or don’t want their books on display all of the time.

 

Expand on Existing Storage


This is the time to use that extra dresser holding unneeded junk. By storing books within a dresser you can re-purpose the storage you already have and stay organized. This works especially well in children’s bedrooms because children’s books are often thin, allowing for more storage space in dresser drawers.

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