Five Quick Tips to Keep Yourself Organized for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, delicious food, and quality time with loved ones. However, the preparations leading up to the big feast can sometimes feel overwhelming. To ensure a stress-free and enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration, staying organized is essential. Here are five quick tips to help you keep yourself organized for Thanksgiving:

1. Plan Ahead and Create a Timeline

The key to staying organized for Thanksgiving is to plan ahead. Start by creating a timeline that outlines what needs to be done leading up to the big day. Begin by breaking down tasks into manageable chunks. Consider the following:

  • Determine your menu: Decide what dishes you’ll be serving, including appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts.
  • Make a shopping list: Create a comprehensive list of all the ingredients you’ll need. Don’t forget to check your pantry for staples you already have.
  • Delegate tasks: If you’re not hosting alone, delegate responsibilities to family members or guests. Assign tasks such as setting the table, preparing specific dishes, or bringing drinks.

2. Organize Your Kitchen

A well-organized kitchen is crucial for a successful Thanksgiving. Take some time to declutter and reorganize your kitchen before the big day:

  • Clean out the fridge and freezer: Make room for Thanksgiving groceries by clearing out expired or unnecessary items.
  • Arrange your cooking utensils: Ensure all your pots, pans, and kitchen tools are easily accessible.

Label your ingredients: If you’re prepping in advance, label containers with the name and date of each dish or ingredient. This will make assembling your recipes a breeze.

3. Prepare Make-Ahead Dishes

To minimize stress on the day of Thanksgiving, consider making some dishes in advance. Many appetizers, casseroles, and desserts can be prepared a day or two before, allowing you to focus on the turkey and any last-minute details on the big day. Some make-ahead options include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Desserts like pies and cookies

4. Create a Cooking Schedule

To ensure that all your dishes are ready and warm when it’s time to eat, create a detailed cooking schedule. This schedule should outline when to start preparing each dish, when to put them in the oven, and when they need to come out. Factor in resting times for the turkey and coordinate everything to align with the main meal.

5. Stay Organized on the Day

When Thanksgiving finally arrives, stay organized by following these tips:

  • Set the table in the morning: Arrange your table with place settings, centerpieces, and any decorations early in the day.
  • Use checklists: Keep track of your cooking and serving plans with checklists for each dish. Mark off tasks as they’re completed to avoid missing anything.
  • Stay relaxed: Remember the purpose of Thanksgiving is to enjoy time with family and friends.

With these five quick tips, you can keep yourself organized for Thanksgiving and ensure a smooth and enjoyable celebration. By planning ahead, staying organized in the kitchen, preparing make-ahead dishes, creating a cooking schedule, and staying organized on the day itself, you can focus on what matters most—spending quality time with loved ones and giving thanks for all the blessings in your life. Happy Thanksgiving to your family from Lock & Leave Storage!

Tips for Keeping Your RV Running Smoothly

Maintaining your RV is crucial to ensure it remains in good condition and lasts many years. With proper care and maintenance, you can avoid costly repairs and keep your RV in top shape. In this blog, we’ll cover some tips on maintaining your RV for the year.


  1. Keep it clean  – The first step in maintaining your RV is to keep it clean. Regularly washing your RV with soap and water will help to prevent dirt and grime from building up. Make sure to clean both the interior and exterior of your RV, paying special attention to areas prone to getting dirty, such as the wheels and undercarriage.
  2. Check for leaks  – One of the most common problems with RVs is leaks. Check your RV regularly for signs of leaks, such as water stains on the walls or ceiling. If you notice any leaks, get them repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
  3. Check the tires  – Your RV’s tires are an essential component that should be checked regularly. Check the tire pressure and inspect the tires for any signs of damage, such as cracks or bulges. Replace any tires that are worn or damaged.
  4. Inspect the roof  – The roof of your RV is another area that should be inspected regularly. Check for any signs of damage, such as cracks or holes. If you notice any damage, get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent water from leaking into your RV.
  5. Maintain the battery –  Your RV’s battery is essential for powering your lights, appliances, and other electronic devices. Make sure to check the battery regularly and keep it charged. If you’re storing your RV for an extended period, consider disconnecting the battery to prevent it from draining.
  6. Check the propane system –  If your RV has a propane system, check it regularly for leaks and get it serviced as needed. Propane leaks can be dangerous, so it’s essential to address any issues as soon as possible.
  7. Service the HVAC system – Your RV’s heating and cooling system should be serviced regularly to ensure it functions correctly. Make sure to clean or replace the air filters and have the system inspected by a professional if you notice any issues.


By following these tips, you can help ensure that your RV remains in good condition and lasts many years. Always address any issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy your RV for years to come. If you are looking for covered RV parking this summer, visit Lock & Leave Storage for storing options.

Spring Cleaning: How to Organize and Refresh Your Home for the Spring & Summer Season

As the weather warms up and the flowers bloom, it’s time to say goodbye to the cold winter months and welcome the fresh new spring season. And what better way to usher in the season of renewal than with some good old-fashioned spring cleaning?

Whether you’re a neat freak or a bit of a clutter bug, spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity to declutter and refresh your home.

Here are some tips to get started:

1. Create a plan of attack
Before you start cleaning, take some time to make a plan for how you will tackle your cleaning. Decide which areas of your home need the most attention and prioritize accordingly. Consider creating a checklist to keep track of your progress and help you stay on track.

2. Declutter and organize
The first step in any good spring cleaning is to declutter. Go through your closets, drawers, and shelves and remove anything you no longer need or use. Pack away all winter items and past holiday decor in storage bins and place them in your storage facility. Donate or sell items in good condition and throw away anything damaged or no longer usable.

3. Clean from top to bottom
When cleaning your home, starting at the top is always best, and working your way down. Begin by dusting your ceiling fans and light fixtures, then clean your walls, windows, floors, and carpets.
In addition to cleaning the obvious areas of your home, remember to tackle the details. This includes cleaning your baseboards, wiping your kitchen cabinets, and scrubbing your bathroom tiles.

4. Freshen up your decor
Spring is a great time to refresh your home decor. Consider adding some new throw pillows, changing your curtains, or swapping your bedding for something lighter and brighter. Remember to stow winter decor in plastic storage bins to preserve for next winter.

5. Organize and prep for the coming seasons
Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned your home, it’s time to organize. Invest in some storage solutions, such as baskets or shelving, to help keep your home tidy and clutter-free. It’s also essential to organize your offsite storage space. Rotate your seasonal and holiday bins to make them easy to access during the year.

6. Keep your space fresh and clean
Finally, use your hard work wisely. Make a conscious effort to maintain your newly cleaned and organized home. This includes regularly cleaning and decluttering and developing good habits such as making your bed every morning and putting things away when you’re done with them.

Spring cleaning is a great way to refresh your home and welcome the new season. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a clean, organized, and clutter-free home. If you are looking for a new storage facility, call a Lock & Leave Storage in your area or click Rent Now. We can help you find the best storage solution to fit your needs!


8 Tips for Storing Your Boat

Boating is one of the most beloved pastimes in the United States. According to The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), over 100 million Americans go boating yearly. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, recreational boat sales have surged, with many first-time buyers entering the market.

Unfortunately, boating is not a 365-day-a-year activity. So before the weather changes, make sure you find a time to store your boat until next season. To reduce the wear and tear that inactivity can have on your boat, our Lock & Leave Storage specialists recommend the following tips for getting your boat ready for the down months:

  1. Clean Your Boat

Before putting your boat away for months, you’ll need to give it a good scrub. This includes cleaning the inside, outside, hardware, and all the trim. In addition, repairing damages before storage will keep your boat from unnecessary wear and tear.

  1. Take Care of Your Batteries

Remove all batteries from your boat and ensure all their terminals are clear from corrosion. Corrosion could seriously affect your ability to hold a charge when you get it out of storage. If everything is clean, disconnect all cables and store them securely.

  1. Change Your Oil

You should conduct an oil change on your boat before storing. Change out filters on the stern drive, inboard engines, or outboards. This step will help prevent water and acid from damaging your engine.

  1. Get Rid of Moisture

Water sitting on your boat and potentially freezing can wreak havoc on your boat while it’s stored. Make sure all water has been removed from all areas of your boat – compartments, behind bulkheads, etc. Use a dry towel to absorb any moisture. 

  1. Drain-All Parts

Speaking of moisture, you’ll want to drain all fluids from your boat’s engine, transmission, etc., before putting it into storage. When these fluids are drained, you reduce the risk of corrosion. 

  1. Lubricate

Using a marine-grade lubricant, lubricate all moving parts on your boat. These parts could include your propeller shaft, pulleys, or springs. Make sure they will be in good working order once boating season begins.

  1. Flush the Cooling System

Flushing your system with fresh water will help prevent the risk of corrosion by removing all salt, dirt, and debris that may be in there. If your boat will have to endure colder climates during the winter, run some antifreeze through the system. 

  1. Cover the Boat

A good quality boat cover is one of the most important things you can use to protect your boat. You will want a cover made specifically for boats to resist water, weather, and UV damage. Secure your boat cover with proper tie-downs before putting it in storage. 

Are you looking for indoor solutions to storing your boat? Do you want to find a storage facility where you can drop off your winterized boat and not have to worry about damage? Lock & Leave Storage Centers are just what you’re looking for. 

Our Henderson location is excited to talk to you about what boat storage options we offer and how Lock & Leave Storage Centers will give you peace of mind until it’s time to get back on the water again. So contact us today to see what we can do for you and your boat.

Summer Cleaning & Decluttering

It’s that time when the sun is out, and everyone just wants to be out of the house after winter. But during the winter and spring, it’s harder for most people to keep the clutter out and clean the house, especially some of the outdoor areas of our home. 

While we all want to spend our summer playing, it’s a necessary time to clean out specific areas of your home and declutter – while the weather is nice! The good news is that it doesn’t have to take days or weeks. Doing just a little bit each day can have your home back in order and spruced up! 

Consider Decluttering Your Home Regularly

While we want to be able to de-clutter our home in just one day, the fact is that maintaining a clutter-free home isn’t a one-time event, mainly because each member of the family is bringing new items into the house every single week, if not daily.

Decluttering needs to be a recurring event – like doing the laundry, washing the dishes, and cleaning the floors. However, it can be helpful to use the warmer season temperatures to de-clutter, get outside and use a larger space to help organize and plan things like a garage sale or create a box of items for a donation center for the things you choose not to keep.

Where Do You Start with Summer Decluttering and Cleaning?

A list is one of the easiest ways to get started on a task. Here are some ideas of areas that are easier to clean and declutter when the weather is warm:

  • Outdoor furniture/your patio
  • School papers and artwork from the school year
  • Summer clothes for everyone in the family
  • Your coat closet from the winter months
  • Your winter wardrobe
  • The garage or outdoor storage area
  • Your car
  • A grill and its supplies

This list might seem overwhelming, but the best approach is to declutter slowly. It can get overwhelming if you try to do too much too fast. The more intentional you are, the easier you will adapt to a more clutter-free life in general. 

Keep This in Mind as You Start

One of the biggest ideas to remember when decluttering is considering the things you have as tools for living. Most things are there to help make your life easier. You might have a few items that you treasure and would like to keep, but if something isn’t working for you, it will only become clutter, making your home much harder to keep clean. 

Here is another tool to help you figure out what should stay and what should go – print out this summer decluttering checklist to keep you on track.

On a practical level, try to put aside around thirty minutes a day to begin decluttering. First, make sure you have a bag for trash and boxes for donation items. Then pick an area to start decluttering. Once the space is decluttered, it only takes a few minutes to clean!

As you de-clutter, keep making decisions about what you need instead of working to make more space for the things you already have. Now is the time to part ways with some things that aren’t useful to you and take up too much room.

Once You DeClutter, Cleaning Becomes So Much Easier

Sometimes we avoid cleaning because we don’t realize that we are including decluttering into our cleaning routine. If we can see these as two distinct tasks, it becomes much easier to clean your home.

Once your home is de-cluttered, you are not cleaning “around” your stuff. Instead, you can simply clean the items that are useful to you and create a system to keep de-cluttering and cleaning throughout the year. 

There are times that our homes simply do not have the space needed to store the things we need and the items that hold sentimental value to us. That’s when it can be helpful to find a storage unit with extra space to keep those things organized that would make your home cluttered.

Let Lock and Leave Storage Help You Declutter Your Home 

Lock and Leave Storage has storage units of all sizes to fit your needs. As a safe, quality residential and business self-storage facility, all units come with several features, including:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand
  • Easily accessible hours of operation between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm
  • Clean storage spaces
  • 24-hour security video surveillance
  • Boxes and packing supplies
  • Truck rentals 

Our quality residential self-storage solutions are designed to fit many different needs. So if you’ve been searching for a safe, quality self-storage solution, feel free to contact one of our storage specialists to help you find the right size storage unit today.

Lock And Leave Storage Celebrates Grand Opening in Henderson, NV

Lock And Leave Storage Celebrates Grand Opening in Henderson, NV

Earlier this month, we celebrated the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of our newest Lock & Leave Storage location in Henderson, Nevada with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and community members.

Thank you to our new Henderson community and staff for joining us! To learn more about our services and availability, please visit or speak with a storage specialist today at (702) 856-3161. Make sure to ask about this location’s current offer of 50% off the first two months! Offer available until May 31, 2022.

Lock & Leave Storage Opens Newest Location in Henderson, Nevada

Why Choose Lock and Leave Storage 

If you’ve been searching for a safe, secure, clean environment to store all of your precious items—look no further than Lock & Leave Storage. We provide safe and quality residential and business self-storage options with a number of features. Our Henderson location includes features like:

  • Covered Boat and RV Storage
  • State-of-the-Art Air-Conditioning
  • Large Drive Up Units Available
  • Boxes, Locks, And Packing Supplies
  • Easily Accessible Hours from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Lock and Leave Storage Opens New Location in Henderson, NV

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Lock & Leave Storage is excited to announce its first location in Nevada! Located conveniently on the way to Lake Mead between Lake Las Vegas and the Cadence Master Planned Community, our brand new 114,000 square foot storage center in Henderson can help with all of your storage needs. 

It’s All About Location

With our new Henderson location conveniently off E. Lake Mead Parkway, on the way to Lake Mead, we make it quick and simple for you to access and store your camping, fishing, and other recreational supplies. In addition, we offer 69 covered and uncovered drive-up boat and RV parking stalls, all with wide drive aisles and secure access, which will make your time at the lake even easier. 

Why Lock & Leave Storage?

Lock & Leave has a wide range of storage units ranging from 5×5 to12x30, so we have the size you are looking for. These units are well-lit, clean, and have state-of-the-art air conditioning. In addition, our new Henderson location allows you to conveniently store your boat or RV with covered, uncovered, and drive-in options.  

If you’re a business owner, moving, decluttering, or simply just need more space, Lock and Leave can help you with your long or short-term storage needs. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are looking forward to serving you.

How to Declutter Your Home Office

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The COVID-19 pandemic catalyzed a shift towards remote work. Upwork estimates that 22% of the American workforce will be remote by 2025. Correspondingly, many employees have turned spare rooms in their homes into personal offices. 

Now, over a year and a half after the shift to remote work began, WFH employees are finding that they need to declutter their home offices. 

A cluttered office can be intimidating; it can be challenging to know where to start. Although, if your office is on the messier side, don’t worry, this article will provide five tips that can help you declutter efficiently. 

Start Small 

When it comes to decluttering, the most important thing is getting started. To avoid wasting time picking where to start, start small. 

This could be a filing cabinet, bookcase or the corner of your desk. It doesn’t matter, you just need to build momentum. From there, move on to whatever area of your office is beside it and continue to work your way outwards. 

It’ll be a lot easier to take on the task in small chunks. Looking at the entire office at once is overwhelming; focusing on individual sections is much more manageable. 

Digitalize Where Possible

We mentioned starting with the filing cabinet, although if it’s possible to eliminate the need for a filing cabinet, that may be even easier. Signing up for a cloud service can provide you with all of the digital storage you’ll ever need.

By committing to going completely paperless, you’ll never have to worry about organizing your documents again. When deciding what to do with old paper books and documents, consider keeping them in a storage unit. Storing office materials in a self-storage unit is an affordable, practical way to help reduce clutter in your workspace.

Relocate Items That Do Not Belong in The Office

Keeping with the theme of clearing space, look for items that do not belong in the office. Having a home office is the most beneficial when the space feels like a real office. Your home office shouldn’t look like a normal room in the house that happens to include a desk and a chair. 

You’ll want to set up your office so it feels like a traditional workspace.

It’s easy to let the home office gradually turn into an extra storage space for miscellaneous items. You can avoid this by putting non-essential office items in a storage unit. 

It’ll pay off. Psychological studies have shown that keeping your office down to the essentials increases productivity and reduces anxiety. 

Put Extra Items In Self-Storage

Some items simply take up too much space in the office and also don’t belong in other rooms in your home. Consider putting these items in self-storage. It’s common for people working from home to use self-storage units to securely keep their extra items. 

Schedule Time In The Future to Keep Your Office Organized

Now that your office is organized, you have a new challenge — keeping it that way. Naturally over time, items are going to build back up. 

By asking yourself how much time has passed between the last time you cleaned your office and now, you can gain an idea of when to schedule your next decluttering. 

Pro-tip: schedule it slightly in advance so that you can avoid reaching your threshold. That way, you’ll always be content with your workspace. 

Let Lock and Leave Storage Help You Declutter Your Home Office

Lock and Leave has storage units of all sizes to fit your needs. To get started at your nearest Lock and Leave location, click here to speak to a storage specialist. 

What Items Should You Put in Self-Storage Units?

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A self-storage unit can provide a convenient way for individuals to store personal items and belongings outside their homes. Whether it be home remodeling, temporary downsizing, or another life transition—there’s a number of reasons why self-storage units should be utilized for storing belongings.

Having to deal with the stress of whether to keep items or toss them can be a burden for many people. Keeping belongings in a safe and secure place will alleviate some of the pressure associated with moving and decision making. The problem is you still might be wondering which specific items can or should be stored in storage units.

As a customer you can store a number of different items in self-storage units. Let’s take a closer look at some of the items you can keep in storage facilities.


Furniture is undoubtedly one of most common items people choose to store within storage units. Typically, furniture pieces tend to be large and take up exorbitant amounts of space. Using storage facilities can be the solution you need to eliminate clutter or make more space within your household.

Here’s some common types of furniture found in storage units:

  • Couches/sofas
  • Dining tables
  • Coffee tables
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • TV stands
  • Mattress beds/bed frames

Because furniture can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, many people cannot afford to throw or give items away when they are no longer needed. Instead, storing furniture in self-storage units may be a viable alternative for people looking to replace items in their households or simply store excess furniture. You’ll never know when a friend, family member, or even yourself may be in need of some furniture in the future.


Like furniture—appliances take up large amounts of space. If you’re moving to a new home or in between homes most people do not have the square footage to store items. Using a self-storage unit can be a viable option while figuring out housing and living situations.

Appliances that can be stored in facilities include:

  • Washer/dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Ovens/stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Dishwashers

Each of these items typically cost individuals hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Instead of getting rid of appliances, consider a self-storage facility as a viable alternative.


Many people have substantial amounts of clothing that simply do not fit in a single closet. As an alternative, seasonal clothing can be stored in storage units if not being used. If you want to free up some closet space here’s some examples of items you can keep in a self-storage unit:

  • Clothes: winter coats, jackets, and warm weather clothing can be kept in a storage unit while out of season.
  • Shoes: summer and winter shoes can vary significantly in terms of seasonality. Boots, shoes, and sandals are some examples of shoes that can be kept in storage facilities.

Consider freeing up your wardrobe space by using a self-storage facility. As seasons change you can alternate wardrobes to adjust for weather conditions as needed.

Holiday Decorations

Decorating for specific occasions can be joyous and exciting at the same time. Whether it be Halloween, Christmas, or anything else in between—each of these holidays involve filling our households with lavish decorations and other seasonal items.

The most common holiday decorations stored include:

  • Christmas: artificial trees, wreaths, lighting, and other holiday related items
  • Easter: baskets, plastic eggs, etc.
  • Halloween: pumpkins, haunted house items, ghost figurines

Some of these items can take up large amounts of space, so keeping them outside the home at a storage facility is one way valuable space can be freed up.

Why Choose Lock and Leave Storage

If you’ve been searching for a self-storage facility to help free up space within your household—turn to Lock and Leave Storage. As a safe and quality residential and business self-storage facility—each of our units come with a number of features including:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff available on hand
  • Convenient hours of operation between 7:00am and 7:00pm 
  • Storage spaces that are clean and secure
  • 24 hour security video surveillance
  • Boxes and packing supplies
  • Truck rentals

If you’re looking for the right self-storage unit solution—look no further than Lock and Leave Storage. We’ll provide you with safe, clean, and quality storage solutions to fit all of your individual needs. If you’re still not sure which option may be right for you—please contact one of our storage specialists to help you find the right solution today

Lock & Leave Employee Spotlight: James Cordero

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Lock & Leave believes having outstanding employees is the first step in creating a positive experience for our customers. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff serves every customer with excellent service and quality support. 

Each employee that joins our team is treated with the utmost respect and loyalty. At Lock & Leave, we provide employees with the tools and resources to foster communication and professional development in a positive workplace.

Today our employee spotlight is highlighting one outstanding team member by the name of James Cordero. We asked James about his experience with Lock & Leave so far and what he sees for the future.

1. What is your role/job title at Lock & Leave? Briefly describe how your role helps customers?

As an on-site manager for Lock & Leave, part of my role is to ensure all storage units are properly cleaned and well-maintained. I also spend time helping customers with any storage needs they may have.

2. How long have you been with the company?

I have been a part of the Lock & Leave family for approximately 2 years, but have been in the storage industry for over 12 years. I look forward to growing my career here at Lock & Leave and am excited to see what opportunities may present themselves in the years to come.

3. What do you enjoy most about working at Lock & Leave? 

The best part about working at Lock & Leave is the customer-centric experience we strive to create. The constant communication between the corporate office and on-site staff ensures that all team members are provided with the tools and resources needed to perform our job duties at the highest level.

4. Please share a positive experience you’ve had with a customer.

One recent event involved an out-of-state customer seeking storage solutions. After answering her questions, I was able to help her find the appropriate storage unit along with assisting her in renting a moving truck. The storage unit was the perfect size for all of her belongings, leaving her feeling extremely satisfied with her experience at Lock & Leave. As a result, she wrote a 5-star customer review online.

5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? Any hobbies or pastimes?

I prioritize spending time with my children and doing various activities such as taking them to local parks, seeing movies, and going to amusement parks. I’m a firm believer that spending quality time with family and friends is the true source of happiness in life.

6. If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

I believe that I’m a reliable, motivated, and insightful person that consistently treats every person with loyalty and care. If I can create a positive experience in one’s life—I’ll go above and beyond the call of duty to do so.

7. What have you learned about working at Lock & Leave?

Lock & Leave Storage stands by their integral values and morals. Whether it be a customer or a valued member of our team—they pride themselves on treating all people with the utmost respect and care.

It is simply an honor to be a valued member of the Lock & Leave Storage family. I strive to provide each and every person with a top-notch customer service experience. We make renting storage units quick, easy, and efficient—leaving our customers feeling happily satisfied.


Lock & Leave treats each of our employees as members of our own family. We acknowledge each team member’s contributions while instilling values of respect, care, and dignity.

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