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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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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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