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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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When it comes to having to store your furniture in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep it in pristine shape. To help you do this we can provide you with Temperature Controlled Storage Units. We have also gathered some preparations you should do to your furniture before you leave it in your unit.

 

Furniture Protectors

In order to ensure that your furniture will remain in top quality you will want to invest in materials to protect your furniture. By lining your storage unit’s floor with plastic as well as your furniture piece you can keep any harmful substances off of the piece. For added protection you can purchase moving blankets that will act as a padding for your furniture.

 

Disassemble

Most furniture pieces are too big, bulky, and awkward making it hard to place in storage. If possible, disassemble what you can. By breaking down furniture you can easily move and store the item. To help you remember how to reattach all the pieces correctly take pictures before disassembling. Make sure you store all parts together in bags with the furniture it belongs to.

 

Protecting your Fragile Items

Take the time to ensure the safety of your fragile furniture pieces. Purchase the materials you need to protect them. You can help to protect those pieces from damage by making sure sharp corners or edges on items that are stored next to your fragile item are covered and padded. If you are storing fragile electronics try and place them in their original packaging. If this is not possible, make sure they are stored in a box with adequate packing material to make sure items won’t shift during the moving process. Label all fragile items so you or your movers know to handle it with care.

 

Strategic Storing

Putting all of your items in storage can be a little hard to figure out. Make sure you place the larger, sturdier items in the back and on the floor to serve as a base to hold other items. Stack from bottom up going heaviest to lightest. By placing the smaller items towards the front of your storage unit you can have easier access to them. Being smart and organizing your self-storage unit from the beginning will help you when you need to bring something out of the unit. You can even place them with coinciding object or rooms that they are from to help you in remembering where you placed a particular item in your new temperature controlled storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 00:00

How to Organize a Dorm Room

Congratulations! You have just been accepted to the college of your dreams and are now making the preparations to move out and get the full college experience. If you are like most college students you will be staying in your college dorms. Dorm rooms are known to be small and lacking in storage space. We at Elite Storage in Lafyette, CO can help you in storing some of the items you won’t be bringing with you in a self-storage unit. When it comes to everything you will be taking, you can use the tips below to get the most out of your new dorm room.

 

Add Floor Space

Dorm rooms are limited when it comes to square footage. You can make more floor space available to you by using bed risers. Bed risers create enough room under your bed to store totes that can carry extra school supplies, clothing, and accessories. Bed risers can easily be purchased at most home goods stores.

Removable Wall Storage

Most dorm rooms come with a bed, desk, and a dresser. This doesn’t give you a lot to work with when it comes to storage. Removable wall storage can help you organize your smaller accessories. Stick on Pods are made to hold small things like make-up and toiletries. You can easily put these on the inside of bathroom cabinets or next to your vanity. Command Hooks are perfect for hanging anything from clothing accessories to wall art.

Hidden Storage

The trick to keeping your dorm room organized is to have a variety of hidden storage options. Over-the-door organizers are a great solution when it comes to storing the smaller accessories you need in your dorm room. Ottomans are great for lounging and storing extra blankets or larger accessories within them.

Dresser Organization

Most dorm rooms only give you a small dresser to fit the majority of your clothing in. Don’t let your clothing storage situation get out of hand. Making your own or buying drawer dividers are a great way to organize all of the clothing you plan on storing in your dresser.

 

When the time comes to move into your dorm room remember to bring only the necessities and use the tips above to help you in organizing what you will be bringing. For the items you are leaving behind you can trust Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO to provide you with a self-storage unit to keep everything safe while you are away. Call us today to learn more about the units we currently have available.

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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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