How to Store a Flat Screen TV

Storing Flat Screen TVs

 

Televisions (TV’s) present some of the biggest challenges when it is time to move or store. TV’s are often less sturdy, very thin, and sometimes can be the size of a couch or love seat. TV sets have “a face” of fragile glass that can be ruined by a scratch or too much pressure while picking it up to move it. The inside of the set is extremely complex and full of a variety of electronic components that is very vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes. Over the past few years, the designs of newer TV sets are often very wide and thin and often times do not fit in a standard moving box. TV sets are also very expensive, so it is important to transport and store one properly to keep it in the best condition possible. Below, you will find some tips to help you move and store your TV.

This first thing to do when moving the TV is to clean it properly. During this step, it is important to remove any dust that is built up on the screen or in the air vents in the back of the TV. The dust can be removed with a microfiber or cotton towel as well as using compressed air dust.  The removal of dust helps to prevent scratching, and clarity issues.

Secondly and most importantly is packing the TV to either store in a storage unit or in a moving truck. If you are one of the few people who still have the original box the TV came in, you are in luck. All you need to do is put the TV back in the plastic, add some packing peanuts to the box for more stability, tape the box and off you go. If you throw everything away like me, you will need a few supplies which can be found around your home or at a store. You will need to wrap the TV in a thick comforter or blanket and secure it with bungee cords or a rope. Do not use anything that has zippers or buttons that could possibly damage the TV.Make sure you remove the stand from the TV prior to putting in the box and lastly fill the box with packing peanuts for more stability.

Your third and final step is STORAGE! StorPlace of Hickory Hollow has heated and cooled units that can be used to store your TV as well as other items that are sensitive to temperature change. Using a temperature controlled unit lessens the constant fluctuations in temperature and humidity changes. It is also important to only store the TV upright; do not lay it flat, or in a position that would cause any pressure to the screen.

StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of unit sizes such as 5 x 10 or 10 x 10 heated and cooled units that can be used to store TV’s. We are open Monday-Saturday from 9-5:30pm and can be reached at 615-731-1331 if you have any questions or are in need of a unit.

Managers Blog date October 8, 2014

Manager's BlogThe title makes you think that maybe I am a “Trekie” (Star-Trek  groupie). For those of you that are too young to know what I am talking about you can look it up on-line. Try visualizing storage in the future traveling on a starship will give a whole new meaning to the word “deployment”. Imagine instead of our troops going to a foreign country that they actually go to another galaxy. The men and women of the future will be no different from our brave soldiers of today. They will need to be able to store their belongings until they come home from serving. Now by that time storage may be a lot different. We may have heated and cooled units and for an extra price we will use a shrink ray so you can put your belongings into a smaller unit. That would of course be a onetime charge like a processing fee. We may be able to change the molecular structure of your mode of transportation so that you can store it in a unit along with your other memories. Perhaps your belongings will be in a unit where you can have online access to see video of your belongings to make sure they are okay. This may all sound crazy to you, but with things like Skype, you can have a Christmas morning with family members that are clear around the world …so who knows what kind of storage will be available in the year 2525….if man is still alive…..okay that is another blog. They will probably have some other way of getting the information out and people will not even have to write a Blog –  microchip us like we do our sweet pets and the computer will write it for us. We can only hope.  The point is that as long as humans are alive we will have some sort of need for storage. StorPlace Self Storage is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our ever- changing society.  Look at our new website; the times have changed where a higher percentage of inquires come from an internet search than phone inquires. People want to hunt down bargains without leaving the comfort of their office or home. The old saying of the Yellow Pages commercial was “let your fingers do the walking” that phrase has more meaning to it now than ever before since people are literally typing in information to get feedback from the endless possible links out there in cyberspace. At StorPlace Self Storage, we go the extra mile that is needed to make our customers comfortable leaving their precious memories in our safe and secure facilities. All  of our storage facilities have Managers and Assistant Managers that care about our tenants as individuals with different storage needs. You are in good hands with StorPlace Self Storage….I know another commercial!!!

Lost and Found

It was a warm summer evening in South Nashville.  I had just finished my shift at StorPlace Self Storage. I went to get into my vehicle and there he was: a medium-sized tan and white dog sitting, panting, practically directly in front of me, just staring onto Old Hickory Blvd.  I did not know where he came from, but I knew he didn’t belong here. StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd. is adjacent to a huge intersection, nowhere near any houses. So I did the only thing I knew to do; take this dog home with me. Helping others doesn’t stop simply because you have clocked out for the day. Lost Dog       He smelled like he was freshly bathed, and was super friendly.  He was neutered, not malnourished, and even knew tricks!  It was at that point that I knew this was someone’s baby.  I scoured the Metro Nashville Animal Control page for any possible LOST dogs.  I liked several local animal rescue pages on Facebook and posted his photo to each of them.  I also posted a FOUND ad on Craigslist.  I was willing to do anything to get him back to his owner.  It was at that point I found a post on LostMyDoggie.com. Lost a Pet website           A dog named Max had been missing for over two months from the same area.  Max looked familiar in the face, but looked a bit younger than our pup.  I then began comparing features of Max to features of our pup; we compared toenail color on each paw, where the ears fell in relation to his face, the unique white spot on his chest, the black and white pattern on his nose.  If this wasn’t Max, it was likely his brother, they looked that much alike!  I contacted the owner and gave them my personal contact information. Then it was time to play the waiting game. StorPlace Lost and Found Dog                 I waited all of the next day for a phone call.  I thought the owner might think I was playing some cruel trick contacting them after two months.  I’m sure they thought Max was long gone.  Later that evening, I got a call from a strange number.  It was a young girl who was skeptical at first.  I told her I would send her all of the photos I have from different angles and see if this was her dog.  After about five minutes I get a call from her, our pup is Max!  She sends me some additional photos so I know she is who she says she is.  Turns out, she had just left for an out-of-state college the day before.  She assures me Max is a family dog and to bring him over to her Grandma’s house. A family member had let him out without a leash and he went missing. This was it, after two months he was finally going home!  An enormous feeling of relief and joy came over me as I was getting Max into the car.  The thought that just 24 hours before he was standing alone and confused in the middle of an unfamiliar place and now he is getting to go back to the place he calls home, nothing can compare to that. The drive to Max’s Grandmas house was longer than I anticipated.  It was over 5 miles away from where I discovered him! I pulled up at the townhouse; Max’s Grandma was waiting for us. As she walked out of the screen door, Max was overjoyed!  He practically broke the window trying to see her!  We opened the car door and he went sprinting up to the screen door, and that was when I knew, I brought Max home. It was a blessing to be able to reunite that sweet boy with his family.

Fall Festivals

Fall Festivals in Murfreesboro area At StorPlace Self-Storage of Murfreesboro we are always looking for fun ways to enjoy time with our family.  Are you looking for something fun to do near Murfreesboro this fall? Why not take your family to one of the many local events/festivals. Here is a list of just a few of the great events in the area in the fall:

 

Old Timers’ Festival in LaVergne will be held September 12-13, 2014

  • Make sure you come out early to enjoy the country ham breakfast from 6am-10am and then the parade at 11am!
  • There will also be many new and exciting additions to the festival this year including 7 new carnival rides and the festival’s first-ever Battle of the Bands.
  • There will be also be many craft and food vendors.

Fall Festival: The Dog & Pony Show on September 27, 2014 at the Thompson’s Station Park

  • This year’s festival will feature some new pet activities and demonstrations. The demonstrations include equine dressage and reining demonstrations and the “pup scouts” agility and flyball demonstrations. There will also be a pet & owner look-alike contest! Also the festival will feature some great locally made products, live entertainment, carnival games and kids’ activities. The entertainment lineup includes; Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue, The Wood Brothers, The Mables, Casey Wasner, The Granny Whites and Zig Zag Mojo.

 Franklin Annual Pumpkin Fest on October 25, 2014

  • There will be many activities for the entire family at this year’s Pumpkin Fest! For children, there will be free activities such as games and pony rides.  Another crowd favorite is the costume contest for children, adults, and pets. You definitely don’t want to miss the Great Pumpkin from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. There will also be live entertainment, arts and crafts, and plenty of food available to purchase from the many vendors that will be set up during the festival.

Harvest Days Celebration at Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro on October 25, 2014 from 10am-4pm

  • There will be live entertainment such as clogging and bluegrass music. There will also be many artisan and crafts exhibits including pottery, broom making, and blacksmith demonstrating. There will also be hayrides, arts and crafts vendors as well as food vendors at the festival.  For all those car lovers out there, you’ll definitely want to stop by to check out the antique auto show.

At StorPlace Self Storage, we believe in working hard but also saving time for quality time with family and friends. So go out there and make memories!

One of my favorite things about fall: PUMPKINS

Pumpkins

 

I enjoy fall and everything it entails, especially PUMPKINS! I work for StorPlace Self Storage which is a company that supports and recognizes the importance of family and family time; our work hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm which leaves time for family fun.  I also live in Murfreesboro, so I am always seeking out fun places to visit that are not too far from home.Here are two of my favorite family fun fall activities near Murfreesboro.

Lucky Ladd Farms

Lucky Ladd Farms is located in Eagleville, TN just a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro.  Pumpkins are available for picking here beginning on September 20th through November 1st.  This is a great place to take the whole family, as it is much more than just a pumpkin patch. Lucky Ladd has a full day of activities available including a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and over 75 hands-on attractions.  You get all of this for $10.00 ages 2-64 and ages 65 and over get in for $9.00; also parking is free. You can obtain more information by visiting their website at http://www.luckyladdfarms.com/.

Walden Pumpkin Patch

Walden Pumpkin Patch is located in Smyrna, TN which is also a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro.  This beautiful farm is definitely worth a visit. Walden’s is open beginning September 20th through October 31st and admission to the farm, including parking is free of charge. They have hayrides, face painting, and sand art activities all for a small charge. They also have an activity area you can play in for just $4 a person which includes a corn maze, hay mountain, a 40 foot slide, seesaw, creepy corner, and several more activities. They also have concessions you can purchase while you are there; I would highly recommend the pumpkin fudge…DELICIOUS! You can visit Walden’s webpage for more information at http://www.waldenfarm.biz/.

In my opinion, you really cannot go wrong with either choice, perhaps you can just do both; whichever you choose I hope you have a great time!  Happy Fall!

 

Boxes and Packing Supplies

Packing and Moving Supplies at StorPlaceWhen customers walk in to a storage facility they expect the facility to only rent storage space. However, StorPlace Self Storage also provides packing supplies ranging from boxes to tape to packing peanuts.

The boxes vary in size from small boxes, (1.5 cubic feet), to extra large boxes, (6.1 cubic feet), and there are also odd-shaped boxes for specific items. Small boxes are best for heavier items such as books, CD’s, and dishes which don’t sound to heavy but when you start filling up a box with these items, it can get extremely heavy very quickly. The next size up is the medium box, ( 3.0 cubic feet), they are the most popular and versatile box that StorPlace Self Storage sells. This particular box is perfect for kid’s toys, priceless collectables, and small appliances.  Also available for purchase are large boxes and extra large boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing large or bulky items such as computer equipment, clothing, and linens.

We also have different size boxes for your specific needs. There are lamp base boxes and mirror boxes and wardrobe boxes, just to name a few. Mirror boxes are also great for framed pictures or framed art work. Wardrobe boxes are wonderful because they are 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide with a metal bar across the top to hold clothes on a hanger. This way you don’t even have to take you clothes off the hanger to move them. Just pull them out of your closet and hang the directly in the wardrobe box. Clothes can be moved or stored without getting wrinkled or dirty so you don’t have to wash them again after your move.  StorPlace Self Storage also sells box kits to get you moving in the right direction. It is real easy to see what size boxes you need when you are at home looking at your belongings, but once you leave your home and make it to a store that sells boxes, it gets a little harder to pick out what you need. The box kit contains the most popular size boxes, a roll of tape, and some bubble wrap. There is also a kitchen kit that contains the same items as the regular box kit with an additional 10 pounds box of wrapping paper.

The 10 pounds of wrapping paper goes a long way in the kitchen when it comes to wrapping your dishes and glasses. It is very tempting to use newspaper for this particular job, but if you ask around you will find out that using regular newspaper is a good way to ruin your dishes as it leaves a permanent black ink on your nice dishes. It is best to use the 10 pound box of wrapping paper for this job as it is very similar to news paper, but WITHOUT the black ink. It The newsprint is also available in a 20 pound box if you think that the 10 pound box is just not enough.  It is also great to wrap the knickknacks and collectibles that are all around your house.

StorPlace Self Storage also sells many other packing items as well, including but are not limited to: bubble wrap, tape, rope, ratchet tie-downs, packing peanuts, measuring tape, box knives, and even a rain poncho in case it starts raining on you in the middle of your move.  As you can see this is a one stop shop for all your moving and storage needs.

As the gas prices continue to climb even higher, you do not want to be wasting time and gas driving from store to store looking for the packing and moving supplies that you just ran out of! Keep StorPlace Self Storage in mind for the next time you move so it will be a smooth transition.

Get Ready for Fall Storage

Getting Ready for FallFall and winter are just around the corner.  It’s almost time to start preparing those summer vehicles for the winter.  Do you need a parking spot to store that boat or recreational vehicle for the winter months ahead?   StorPlace Self Storage has more than ten locations that provide parking as long as spots are available. We also have storage units that are large enough to store a car or boat should parking spots are not available.  Some spots might be easier to get to than others, but we strive to make your storage experience as safe and easy as possible.

Maybe you don’t need a big storage unit, but something just big enough to store your seasonal items, such as decorations. We have smaller storage units available for those little things that you just don’t have room for or are wanting to get out-of-the-way at your home.  Stop in to any StorPlace Self Storage location and we would be happy to show you a storage unit that meets your storage needs, whether it be a 5X5 or something bigger like a 10X15.  We also have bigger storage units that range in size from a 10X20 up to a 10X40.  We are happy to help assist you with whatever storage units are available at the time.

We all know that the busiest time of the year for packing and moving is in the summer months.  Now with the summer months coming to a close, maybe you have decided to wait and let the rush of movers pass by before you move.  No matter what the time of year, we are always here to help you with your storage and packing needs.  We have plenty of packing supplies, such as boxes that range from small to extra-large and packaging tape to secure the boxes.  We also have bubble wrap, foam sheets, newsprint, and peanuts to make sure that all of your belongings are packed securely for safe storing.  There are plastic covers for your chairs, sofas, mattress sets and more so your furniture won’t get dusty or damaged during the transition from home to storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has Budget rental trucks available for those who would rather move themselves into a unit instead of hiring movers.

For those items that you just can’t dare to part with, that are sentimental to you, or that are sensitive to outside elements like extreme heat or cold, a heated and cooled storage unit could be the right type of unit for you.  The heated and cooled units are accessible through a door to the inside of a building.  The heated and cooled units have a pipe that goes into the top of the unit right under the ceiling that pumps in the fresh cool air during the hotter months and cozy warm heat during the colder months.  Also, for your convenience, there are carts in the hallways so you don’t have to carry anything.  You can put your items on the cart and wheel them right into your storage unit, making your move just a little bit easier.

StorPlace Self Storage managers and staff are always here to help you with your storage and packing needs.  With over ten locations in the Nashville and greater Nashville area and a location in Bowling Green, Kentucky, you are sure to find a location near you! Come on in and check out our units!

The 5 Most Common Mishaps When Storing

StorPlace Self Storage-packing supplies

Don’t start your packing without stopping in at StorPlace for supplies.

 

 

There are many common misconceptions about renting and storing in a self storage unit. Below are five common myths and mishaps that occur when storing. StorPlace Self Storage is sharing this information so these these mishaps don’t happen to you!

Not insuring your property

At StorPlace Self Storage, we require you to have some type of insurance protection on your stored property whether it is your own or through our property protection.  It is important to have your property protected. You never know when Mother Nature is going to hit. You might not think your items are irreplaceable until you lose them.

Using newspaper or other items not suitable for wrapping items

Using regular newspaper to wrap items such as plates and glasses is not recommended.  Over time the ink on the newspaper will bleed into your plates and other items wrapped in it. There is a better alternative, it is the newsprint.  It is newspaper without the ink. This way no ink bleeds onto your items.

Storing food and drinks

You should absolutely not store food or drink in a self-storage unit.  It will only attract bugs and other critters.  Also, when attempting to store canned drinks, you need to be extra careful where you store them. They could get too hot and burst.

Not having proper help or rushing

When moving or packing items, try not to rush the wrapping/packing process as it could cause damage to the items that you might not notice until a later time.  Also, when you are storing the items make sure to stack them carefully to avoid damage and other issue while moving them again, like boxes falling on you.

Not labeling your items properly

When packing items in boxes, make sure you label the boxes, so you do not get confused later.  Some may even want to make an inventory list and possibly number the boxes so that you will be able to find items easier later.  For example, boxes 1-3 are filled with kitchen items and boxes 4-7 are bathroom stuff.

Fall Storage Tips From StorPlace Self Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of BellevueFall cleaning and moving your college student back on campus  is here once again. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small or large, you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. StorPlace Self Storage has a lot of convenient locations in different sides of town:  such as in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 2 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new one on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your location and storage needs.

One fall cleaning project is putting your outdoor toys away after you winterize them.   StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue offers heated and cool units as well as traditional non-heated and cooled units. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest storage unit is 5 x 5 in both heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled. The storage unit sizes go up to a 10 x 40, which only is available in non-heated and cooled. However, there are many storage unit sizes in between which have the option for heated and cooled, depending on the size. The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are inside in a hallway. For your convenience, we do have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to the storage unit.  A common question we receive is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the non?”  It does, but to have peace of mind your belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there when you get them out, it can be a small price to pay. We do also have a one time $25.00 administration fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about  getting your own lock and worrying if it’s the correct kind.

As far as storing those summertime toys, StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has large non heated and cooled units as well as some indoor and outdoor parking spaces.. We have a few covered spaces if you can catch one when its vacant. We always recommend that your come look at the storage units and the parking spaces before you rent.

In order to rent a storage unit at  any StorPlace Self Storage location, we do require a valid driver’s license. To rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and some proof of ownership, bill of sale or registration. Just give any location a call and we will be glad to assist you!

‘Stuff’ at StorPlace of Greenwood

Stuff the Bus

 

At one time or another, most folks who place belongings in storage refer to their things as ‘stuff.’ This doesn’t mean the items don’t have personal value. It is just that the need to store is usually a bit overwhelming and most people see their things more as ‘stuff’.Even fine pieces of furniture can be downgraded to ‘stuff’ at stressful times that includes moving and storage.  Once back at home, items presumably return to their given names: the comfy couch, grandma’s end table, and the like. But on occasion, ‘stuff’ adequately describes everything in storage from beginning to end.

Every summer in Bowling Green, (Kentucky!) there is an event called “Stuff the Bus”. Sponsored by SAM 100.7 radio, locals are encouraged to donate supplies for children in need for the coming school year. For one weekend, Tony Rose, a popular on-air personality, lives on the bus and does live remotes for the station. Along with area school mascots, cheerleaders, local politicians and others, listeners are reminded to donate. This year for the first time, StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood was asked to participate.

In late spring, StorPlace Self Storage was approached by folks from the Kentucky Savings Group, one of the organizations putting together ‘Stuff the Bus.’ It seems that donations of school supplies had already come in and were piling up in garages across town. They thought it would be great if they could consolidate the donations under one roof. Because StorPlace Self Storage is involved with the community, a 10×10 storage unit was provided to the Kentucky Savings Group at no charge. Immediately, carloads of pencils, notebooks, backpacks and other supplies were ferried in to be stored. From May to July additional donations were brought over, many in the back of a brightly detailed SAM 100.7 pickup truck.

On the weekend of July 25, the actual school bus was parked across the street, just down the road from StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood. Tony Rose was in place, personalities waved at passing cars, and the spot was jumping. Items that were in the storage unit were brought over to help fill the bus. We have been told that the target goal for donations has been met. Just in time for the brand new school year that begins this week!

When we look up an account on the StorPlace Self Storage computers, we can type in a name, the unit number, or other information. This summer, when we typed in ‘stuff’, up came the ‘Stuff the Bus’ unit. ‘Stuff’ really did describe the unit contents this time out, and we are pleased to have been a part of a great cause.