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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:00

Outdated Items to Get Rid of

Has your self-storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO taken a turn for the worse when it comes to organization and useless items? It may be time to go through the clutter and get rid of some of the outdated items in your unit. Listed below are some of the items you might want to consider parting ways with.

Outgrown Toys

If you have children then you know how many toys your child will go through over the years. If you are storing them in your storage unit you many need to reevaluate the toys you should keep, donate, or toss. You can keep a few of the more novel or interesting toys for nostalgia’s sake. Reach out to your family and friends with growing children and see if they could have a use for the toys. If your plastic toys have been in storage for over 20 years you should probably toss them.

Furniture

When it comes to getting rid of some furniture you should do some research. If you like it, keep it. If it’s broken or the wrong color, repaint or repair it. If you can’t see yourself making an effort to keep it or fix it then do some research to see how much you can sell it for or donate it. Take photos of the furniture and email them to your local antique shop, consignment store or estate auction agent to find a buyer.

Collections

No matter what it is that you have collected over the years it is only worth keeping if you can make a profit off of it. This will also take some research but could be worth it. If it’s authentic and vintage, it could be worth your while to list it on eBay. If it has regional or local interest, an estate seller or auctioneer might be interested. If you find that your collection isn’t as valuable as you had hoped then don’t be afraid to part ways. Sell what you can and donate the rest.

While it may take some time and effort you will be thankful for a clean and organized unit that isn’t full of items you just won’t use any time soon. Get your Self Storage Unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO back in working order.

 

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 00:00

Decorating your Kitchen on a Budget

When your budget is tight you might think it is impossible to decorate and organize your kitchen on a budget. With the help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette and the tips listed below you can have the kitchen of your dreams.

The Pantry

Our pantries are often overflowing with a variety of boxes, jars, and cans. To better organize our pantries you will want to try and get the majority of items in similar sized jars or boxes. Leftover food jars are the perfect solution for storing dry pastas and rice. You can also use magazine racks to keep your canned food under control. Don’t be afraid to be creative and do what works best for you.

The Fridge

In order to maximize your fridge space you could use a Lazy Susan on several shelves. This will allow you to fit everything you need to in your fridge while still having an easy way to grab what you need. For larger items you can use plastic containers that you can buy at any home goods store to keep your foods separated, contained, and organized.

The Cupboards

The amount our kitchen cupboards are expected to store can be a little scary. You can maximize the available space by adding hanging hooks on the cupboard doors for small kitchen accessories. Investing in a pan organizer is the best when it comes to storing your cookware. You can use your pan organizer vertically or horizontally in the space you have available in your cupboard. Adding additional shelving within your cupboards is another option when it comes to maximizing storage space. Wire shelving is relatively cheap and easy to use. Store your out of season dishes in a storage unit at Elite Storage to give you even more space in your cupboards.

The Drawers

Drawers tend to be the messiest area in the majority of kitchens. Rather than just throwing your utensils in a drawer, you can keep everything organized by making custom dividers to fit all of your kitchen accessories. These can easily be made using left over cardboard, or if you are not feeling crafty they can be purchased at most home goods stores.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

How to Help your Child Move for College

With the new semester about to start you will want to help your college bound child get settled in their new living space. To help you with that process you may need to rent a storage unit from Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO to hold all of the items they can’t take with them to college. We have also gathered some steps you might want to take to help your child’s move to their new college as easy and stress free as possible.

 

Sort and Organize

Dorm rooms are often cramped and won’t be able to hold all of one’s belongings. It is important to sort and organize your child’s belongings into what will be essential for college. Stick to the basics. For all of the other items sort into what you will store and what you can donate. This will start the college moving transition on the right foot.

 

Scope your Space

Check out the floor plan of your child’s future dorm or living space. It might be necessary to buy amenities that aren’t included. Such things will consist of fans, mini fridges, microwaves, and closet organizers.

 

Set up Utilities

Help your child transition into adult hood and give them a crash course on setting up their utilities. Many college dorms and apartments will need phone and internet set in place. Doing this before the move will help alleviate stress for your child.

 

Avoid the Moving Rush

If possible, try and move your child in mid-week or a few days before the semester starts. Many students will move in the weekend before the start of term. Moving mid-week will allow extra time to get organized and used to the new environment your child will be spending most of their time in.

 

Condense

It is important to remember to only bring what is necessary. Comfy basic clothes, bedding, and organizational storage are essential. Don’t over load your move with unnecessary décor, clothing, accessories, and furniture. The cleaner the room, the more relaxing the space. If something is forgotten don’t fret. Many college stores on campus carry the dorm necessities you may have left at home.

 

Be resourceful

When packing the essentials make sure to be resourceful when it comes to packing those fragile items. Old newspaper, towels, and even thick clothing can be wrapped around those items that tend to break. This makes clean up easy and moving cheap.

 

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Keeping your home clean 24/7 can seem like an impossible task. We often just let the mess go until it gets so bad it takes a whole day to get everything back in order. With the help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO to store some of the items you don’t need every day and the tips listed below you can develop the necessary habits to keep and maintain a clean and organized home.

 

Put Things Away

Putting things away right after you use them is a wonderful habit to make. This way you don’t leave any unnecessary clutter around your home for you to pick up later. Make sure to have a place for everything you use on a day to day basis. If you have an organized home it is easier to put things away after you use them each time.

 

Put Away your Clothes

Laundry is a chore that is often a mess maker. If you fold and put your clothes away immediately after they are done being washed it will save you from having a pile of clothes to sort through and put away later. This can also be applied to your shoes. If you take your shoes off where you store them you can immediately put the where they belong.

 

Wipe Down Surfaces

Wiping down surfaces such as your kitchen and bathroom counters after use will save you the hassle of having to clean an extremely dirty surface later. Keep sanitizing wipes near surfaces that are used on a daily basis to help you in the wipe down process. Keeping this habit will also make sure your counters are free and clear of clutter.

 

Get Rid of Extras

Owning double of things in your home will just take up space and create a hassle for you later. While it is good to have a back-up for later, keeping it in your home may not be ideal. For these extra items you need to stock up on, consider renting a storage unit from Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. With the variety of sizes available you can rent the size you need and not over pay for space you don’t use.

 

Doing the Dishes

Nothing is worse than having a sink overflowing with dirty dishes. One habit that will prevent this from happening is by washing and or putting the dishes in the dishwasher right away. This will prevent clutter and unsightly smells coming from your sink. Dishes can be done in a matter of seconds if this habit is kept.

 

Dusting and Vacuuming

Take a day out of your week and dedicate that day to dusting and vacuuming your home. This will not only provide the cleanliness you desire, but also keep you in check when it comes to picking up the items you use off of the floor.  If you have pets you might want to consider vacuuming a few times a week.

 

 

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

Items that don't belong in your Bedroom

 

Your bedroom should be your place of tranquility and relaxation. You can’t relax in a cluttered mess. If your bedroom has been serving as a make shift storage unit you need to reevaluate your storage options. A storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can help you to get rid of the clutter. For further organization tips we have compiled a list of items you shouldn’t have in your bedroom.

 

A Makeshift Office

Putting a desk in your bedroom is just a bad idea. Your bedroom shouldn’t be a place to work in, rather it should be a place to relax in. Office spaces can easily become cluttered and that clutter can easily spread to other areas of your bedroom. Instead you will want to put your desk in a different area in your home.

 

Random Items and Trash

Gather all loose papers, piles of things, and items without a home and filter into what needs to be donated, tossed, and stored. Random items and trash should not build up in your bedroom. Getting rid of the items that don’t belong in your room can help you to create the clean and organized bedroom you need. Make it a point to not leave trash in your bedroom as well. Keep a small wastebasket in your room and empty it often.

 

Clothes you Don’t Wear

Clothing can take up a lot of space in your bedroom. The best thing you can do is get rid of the clothes you don’t wear any more, that don’t fit, or that are out of season. Placing them in your storage unit at Elite Store in Lafayette, CO can free up a lot of much needed storage in your bedroom.

 

Stacks of Books and Magazines

If you are an avid reader then you are bound to have piles of books and magazines laying around. The one place they shouldn’t be is in your bedroom. It is best to just keep the book you are currently reading on your nightstand. Everything else should be kept in your office or in your living room on a bookshelf.

 

Removing the items listed above and placing them in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO will help you in the process of creating a clean and organized bedroom you can truly relax in. For more information regarding the units we have available call our office today.

 

 

 

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Trying to sort, store, and organize your wardrobe with a closet is hard enough, now your new space doesn’t come with the closet you need. There is no need to worry. With the use of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette. We can store the clothing and accessories you just don’t wear or that are out of season. Below are some storage tips for you to try with a small bedroom with no closet space.

 

Under the Bed Storage

You have a few options when it comes to utilizing the available storage space under your bed. You can go with the plastic storage totes that are made to fit under your bed. Or you can use a storage savvy platform that sits under your mattress. It's the perfect spot for storing sweaters you usually throw on shelves.

 

Stylish Shelving

In cases like this you will be left with finding different storage and closet organization methods. Try using shelving in a creative way. Whether you use floating shelves, book shelves, or even open shelving, you can create a cute and functional closet space.

 

Wardrobes

Wardrobes are just as handy as traditional closets and can even make a statement in your room. If you are lucky enough to come across an old one at a garage sale you can revamp it and make it your own. These are the perfect solution when it comes to lacking in necessary closet space.

 

Store Vertically

Now is the time it get into the habit of thinking vertically. Invest in tall shelving units and storage solutions that take up the least amount of floor space. You can easily throw in a stylish rustic ladder to store your shoes, sweaters, or to help you reach the top of your highest shelf.

 

Just because you are left with a small room with no closet space doesn’t mean you need to give up hope on having a clean, stylish and organized bedroom. With the ideas listed above and a storage unit at elite storage in Lafayette you can have the storage solutions you need.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Tips for Purging your Child's Toys

Tips for Purging your Child’s Toys

If you have children you know how fast they grown and how much they accumulate over the years. Before you know it your house is overwhelmed with toys and baby items you just don’t need or want. While it is hard to get rid of these items you can always place them in a secure storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO. This way you have those items for future use and still have the much needed space in your home.

Don’t Be More Sentimental than your Child

There are some toys that your child will love and cherish for many years. At the same time, there are toys that you have accumulated in your home that your child could easily forget about. If your child doesn’t seem to be sentimental towards specific toys then you know they are ok to go. Ask yourself the following questions:

· Did someone we love gift this and is it sentimental to the giver?

· Is this a toy that never gets played with?

· Would the kids even notice if it was gone?

This will help you to determine whether the toy stays, gets stored, or is donated.

Age Appropriate Toys

If you are like most, you probably still have those newborn toys laying around the house not getting played with. You may even have some toys that have been gifted to you that your child just isn’t ready to play with yet. While sorting through your child’s toys you can determine if this a toy that is appropriate for them to play with now. Everything else can be stored or donated.

Get your Children Involved

While it might be easier to just go through and purge all of your child’s toys on your own, getting them involved can be very helpful to their development and understanding of why their toys are being stored or donated. Kids know which toys they want to play with and which ones they don’t. Depending on the ages of your children this may be a great opportunity to teach them about generosity. It feels good to give and bless others, and it’s never too early to start explaining that principle to your children.

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:00

Storage Options you Haven't Thought of

Is your home looking a little worse for wear in the organization department? You may be wondering just how you are going to find even more storage in your home when all of the obvious choices aren’t available. With the help of a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO you could store those items you just don’t need every day. We have also come up with additional storage options you may not have thought of.

Adding Shelving above Doors

Try a floating shelf above your door trim above any door in your home, to put books, decorative storage boxes, or anything else you need to. You can buy a ready-made shelf from your local hardware store or create your own. This space is not often thought of or utilized. It is a great way to find a place for those little items you just can’t seem to find the space for.

Behind your Couch

A sofa moved at least 18” from the wall allows for a console table to be placed behind it with storage both atop and underneath the table. Or, you can skip the table and stack boxes behind your sofa that can store clothes, office supplies, paperwork, books, etc. Having your couch moved at least a foot away from the wall gives your living room the feeling of comfort it has been lacking.

Under your Bed

While you might have already thought of this storage solutions you may not be using it to its full potential. Try hiding slim, plastic storage boxes that can be used to store scarves, hats, bags, and anything else that you may need to store away for a while. You can also use the space under your bed to hide your extra blankets and other linens.

The Linen Closet

Just because it is called the linen closet doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this space for other items. Go through your linens and keep only what you use the most. Place everything else in a storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO for safe keeping. Keep it organized with totes and bins to contain the clutter.

 

 

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