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Thursday, 03 January 2019 00:00

Packing and Storing Holiday Decorations, Misc.

What can I do to stop the holiday lights from becoming a rat’s nest in the box?

Of all of the things that find their way into storage with a regular frequency are often your holiday decorations. One of the more difficult items to pack efficiently is holiday lights. When packing them, there are several tricks to keep all of those strands of lights from self-tangling. Have you ever carefully packed them up and open a rat’s nest when you get ready to set up? Who knows what they are doing when they are in the boxes, but it must be interesting, right?

If you make sure that each strand of lights that you pack is fully functional, no dead bulbs, exposed wires, etc., you will save a ton of time come November. Wrapping each strand on a clothes hanger and stacking them next to each other is a common trick to keeping your lights from becoming tangled. Others cut the cardboard wrapping paper rolls into sections, and save them to wrap the strands of lights (one per section of tube). Beads or garlands can be stored the same way.

What is the best way to store ornaments, etc. if you’ve lost the original boxes?

Ornaments can be wrapped in paper (acid free tissue paper is best) and placed in boxes with all those packing peanuts (you know you have them). To protect these items against water damage, invest in a few plastic tubs. Christmas trees are best stored in a Christmas tree storage bags, rather than the boxes that are often beat up and worn. Avoiding cardboard storage boxes also helps your items be less likely to be invaded by pests whether they will be stored in your self storage in Lafayette, CO or in your basement or attic.

What about Aunt Martha’s annual disaster gifts?

Additionally, after the holidays, we bring more stuff into our often already-crowded homes with gift exchanges. After a while, it just becomes too much. Ideally, it would be nice to have our homes ready for this influx, but for many, their goals of organizing become more urgent as they look for the best place to put Aunt Martha’s life-size color by number “Star Wars” poster.

You can almost see the traffic jams rushing to local Lafayette storage units as soon as the family leaves and everyone is left to put all of the strange and unusual gifts into their storage units. After all, Aunt Martha’s gift only needs to be out when she comes back next year for Thanksgiving, right?

 

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Storage units are handy to create some more room when you’re moving, organizing, or downsizing. With all of the benefits of using storage in Lafayette CO, there is a chance that you might be inviting unwanted pests into your unit.

Management takes reports of a pest infestation very seriously and works with professionals to try to keep your items safe and pest free. Since the units are locked and pests can move in quickly, quick identification is critical when trying to stay ahead of the problem. The following steps are recommended to prevent damage to your goods.

Check your unit regularly

The simplest way to protect your items is the one that is most often missed by renters. While it is nice to not have to worry about your excess items in storage, regular inspections can help you determine if pests have gotten into your unit. Your inspection should include looking for rodent droppings, insects inside the unit, or visible gnaw marks on your furniture, cords or boxes. Reporting pest sightings immediately can help reduce the damage to your items.

Seal all items well in proper storage boxes

As convenient and inexpensive as it is to pack items in cardboard boxes from various locations, for items that are going to be stored long-term either in your home or in Lafayette storage units, it is better to invest in higher-quality storage containers. Bugs can enter if there is an open space as narrow as a credit card and mice can wiggle through a hole as small as a nickel. If you are storing mattresses, box springs, or furniture, it is very important to store them in storage bags that are designed to keep bed bugs out. Once bed bugs come to stay, they are very difficult and expensive to get rid of.

Use traps, repellants, or other deterrents

There are many traps and poisons available for use to capture or kill pests that might find their way into your storage unit. The problem with traps is that for maximum efficacy, they need to be emptied regularly. For those wanting an option, several essential oils can be used to deter pests. Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus are effective and can be used by adding 20-25 drops of to half of a cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray items when packing them, and refresh the spray on the outside of items when you go for your regular inspection. They can be used individually as well as in a combination. Peppermint and Tea Tree oil on cotton balls and strategically placed (and refreshed regularly) repel mice and insects.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Interesting Self-Storage Statistics

Whether you have been considering a storage unit for yourself or are just fascinated at the idea and function of a storage unit we at Elite Storage in Lafayette can help. We have gathered some interesting self-storage statistics for you to check out and hopefully learn more about the services we can provide for you.

· In 2014, there were nearly 48,500 primary self-storage facilities in the country. That’s an average of nearly 900 per state.

· Combine three Manhattan islands, and that’s less than the country’s total self-storage rentable space.

· In the U.S., 65% of self-storage renters have a garage in their home, 47% have an attic, and 33 percent have a basement. This suggests that Americans have more things than their homes allow them.

· In 2015, 90% of self-storage units nationwide were occupied, leaving only 10% vacant.

· Self-storage facilities in the U.S. have employed more than 170,000 persons which averages 3.5 employees per facility.

· Every American could stand under the rooftop of every self-storage facility at the same time.

· More than $3.5 billion in property taxes have been paid to local government authorities by self-storage companies.

· 52% of the nation’s self-storage facilities are located in the suburbs. 32% are in cities, and only 16% are in rural areas.

· An average of 4,000 of storage unit facilities are multi-story. Many companies value building up.

Now that you have some insight on storage units and how effective and popular they are throughout this nation then you may want to consider getting one yourself. If you have noticed that your home is bursting at the seams when it comes to having too many items, then you are in dire need of a unit. Call Elite Storage in Lafayette today to learn more about our facility and the units we have to offer you.

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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:25

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Storage

 

Elite Storage provides Lafayette storage units that are temperature controlled in order to protect your belongings from harsh weather elements that can lead to things like mold and mildew. Unfortunately, you can still see these things if you’re items aren’t properly prepared for storage. Here are some ways you can prevent your possessions from getting mold and mildew while being stored.

Don’t Use Plastic Bags

Storing items in plastic bags may seem like a great idea at the time but this creates an environment where mold and mildew can prosper. This is because you are trapping water vapors inside the plastic bag along with your stuff. The exception to this rule would be vacuum sealed plastic bags.

Clean Appliances

Thoroughly clean all appliances before moving them into storage. You can purchase special cleaners are just baking soda to get rid of stains. Make sure all food residue is gone and remember to air dry completely before moving anything into storage because trapped in water will cause mold and mildew.

Clean Clothes Beforehand

If you have old clothes that have been sitting around in a closet or boxes, make sure to give them a good cleaning before putting into storage. This is to prevent further mold and mildew spreading just in case it’s already there. Wash using a liquid disinfectant and hot water rather than cold.

Purchase Additional Products

There are products that you can purchase which will draw moisture from the air like baking soda does in a fridge. You may not necessarily need this if you are using a temperature controlled unit but a little help never hurts. You can find these products in the cleaning section of most stores.

Mold and mildew can grow on a large variety of items but we hope these tips help you avoid ever having to see mold or mildew in any Lafayette storage units. With proper care before hand, you should never have to worry.

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