Are you storing your photos correctly?

Tips for storing photographsPhotos are memories of moments that you want to cherish and protect. It is important to go that “extra mile” in order to make sure that they are safe and protected while in storage. As a photographer, I know what it means to keep these items protected and that they’re close to the heart. Storing your photos is a relatively easy process and important in order  to guarantee that you will be able to hold on to your memories for many years to come. Storplace Self Storage of Rivergate highly recommends a heated and cooled storage unit to protect your temperature sensitive items. (including photos, paintings, antiques, electronics, wood, leather, etc.)

Here are some tips on how to properly store your photos:

  1. Keep photos stored at a moderate/cool temperature of 60-75 degrees fahrenheit.

 

  1. Try to store your photos in paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper. (Try to avoid an envelope with a center seam, as the adhesive can damage the photo).

 

  1. If you do need to store photos in plastic, use uncoated pure polyethylene, polypropylene or polyester (also called Mylar D or Mellinex 516) protective sleeves.

 

  1. AVOID any type of PVC plastics (it will have that plastic-y or new car smell). Over time, these types of plastics can stick to your photos and damage them.

 

  1. Photo albums are a quick and decorative alternative for more short-term storage or if you like to look at your photographs often, but try not to stack any photos.

 

  1. NO FINGERPRINTS! Remember, it is best to always hold a photograph by its edges, supporting it from underneath with your hand. The oils in your fingers can really damage a photo!

 

  1. The safest (but most expensive) way to store photographs is to mat them in high quality ragboard or matboard. This method is excellent for photos that are to be framed and displayed, but can also be used for more long-term storage.

Another alternative is to digitize your photographs, whether it be to a SD card, flash drive, computer, etc. But just like reading a good book on a Kindle or an iPad, there is nothing better than the real thing in your hands!

Stop by any of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations for more information on storage units and how to properly store your beloved belongings and get a showing of the perfect storage unit for you!

What Type of Box Do You Need?

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlaceSpring has sprung!  And folks are now springing into action and getting ready to move! Some people like to take the time to make sure their belongings make it safely to their new destination. Others just want to get everything moved and done as soon as possible. Whether you’re the former or the latter, it’s always a good idea to pack your things as neatly as possible.  From boxes to bubble wrap to tape to tie down rope; you’re sure to find everything you need for your move here at StorPlace Self Storage!

When packing your boxes, size and weight does matter.  You want to be sure to put all of your smaller, heavier items in small or medium size boxes.  This enables you to carry the heavier things more easily because there is not as much weight to carry at one time with the small and medium boxes.  Good items to pack in small and medium boxes are heavy figurines, books, CD’s or DVD’s, and dishes.  When packing those heavy items, you want to make sure you wrap them securely before boxing them up.  At StorPlace Self Storage, we have the right stuff for your wrapping needs. We have bubble wrap, newsprint, packing peanuts, and foam sheets. We also have dish and glass kits, which are cardboard grids with foam sleeves that will fit in our small boxes so that you can neatly wrap and pack your fragile dinnerware.

Next, StorPlace Self Storage has large and extra-large boxes for your bigger, bulkier items, such as bedding, pillows, computer equipment, clothing, and cookware.  All of the regular packing boxes at StorPlace Self Storage have hand holes on opposite sides of the box to make it easy for carrying from one place to another.  We do have boxes that are made for more specific needs, such as lamp boxes, mirror boxes, and wardrobe boxes.  The mirror boxes are great for mirrors, paintings, art, and flat screen TVs.  We have small and large mirror boxes depending on the size of your items.  Our wardrobe boxes are really good for storing nicer clothing. The wardrobe boxes come with a metal bar that hangs from the top of the box so you can use your hangers and still are able to hang your nicer clothing and keep them from getting wrinkled.

Finally, to complete your box packing, you should secure your boxes with tape of course!  Why buy your packing tape elsewhere when you can get it at StorPlace Self Storage when you pick up your boxes?  We have clear packing tape and paper tape.  The paper tape is great for using on the bottom of the boxes and gives your boxes added strength and security underneath. We also have tape guns and dispensers to make taping everything a little easier and faster for you.

We have tie down rope, box labels, shrink-wrap, moving blankets, etc.  There is a plethora of different moving, storing, and packing supplies in our stores that you may not realize you need until the last minute.  So whether you’re looking for items to make your move go more smoothly or you’re looking for an odd size box to ship that odd-shaped item, you can be sure that when you step into StorPlace Self Storage, you will leave with what you need and have no worries.

 

Signs of Spring at StorPlace of Greenwood

College Student StorageRight down the street from StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood is Western Kentucky University (WKU).

Along with signs of spring flowers and returning birds of the season, students and parents have emerged from their winter sleep. Well, that may be a bit too poetic! Actually, the semester at hand is nearing its close and students will need to store their things for the summer. In the storage industry, it is a known fact that parents of students don’t want to take their kids’ things home with them just to return the same stuff in the fall. So, storage becomes a very important part of the spring ritual.

Last year, StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood expanded to include a sister facility that is located directly behind the local Mall. Along with our home location on Campbell Lane, both facilities are being prepped in expectation for the student rush. In fact, it has already begun. One parent, who rented a space for her daughter last year, has already called to reserve a unit. Since she does not need the unit until the beginning of May, we can’t reserve a unit yet.  However, we have put her name on the top of the Intent to Reserve list and will take her deposit at the end of April. It is still early, but as in the case of ‘Mrs. L’, some parents are right on task. The desire not to haul their kids’ stuff around gets many parents extra motivated!

Most students rent a 5×5 unit which is basically the size of a broom closet. It is large enough to hold the quintessential dorm refrigerator, portable television, and a few plastic storage tubs. For those students storing a mattresses and box springs, a 5×10 unit is in order. This unit is a walk-in closet size, and can hold most dorm items up to a large room of furniture. Both of these units have nine-foot tall ceiling heights for stacking. Of course, other students come in with more items and need a larger unit.

At the end of the semester, many local apartment complexes that cater to students end their leases and essentially force students to move out. Most want to and plan to go home for the summer, while others move out reluctantly. Regardless, with up to a one-bedroom apartment worth of furniture, many will need a 10×10 unit. That extra space comes in handy when couches, chairs, dinette sets, and other student furniture needs to be stored.

At StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood, we are ready to serve the student population with their summer storage needs. Many return here every year during their undergraduate days.  In just a short while, we expect many ‘Mrs. L’s’ to come on by.

The Basics of Storing in a Self Storage Unit

Self Storage basic tipsThese are some basic tips that most people do not think about when putting their belongings in storage.  They will help utilize your storage space effectively and spend your money wisely.  First, take a look at the items that you are going to store. Determine the approximate size storage unit you will need (StorPlace Self Storage managers are great at this). Then, stop by one of the many convenient locations that StorPlace Self Storage has in the Middle Tennessee area.  It is important to make sure you feel completely comfortable when you are storing your goods.  StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on understanding our costumer’s needs and will personally make sure you feel great about storing with us.  Please don’t take my word for it; come in to see for yourself.

Something else to consider when using self-storage would be to decide if you will need to rent a temperature controlled unit.  This is the best way to protect your items from the outside climate.  Let’s look at some items and decide the smart way to store those items.  As you place your belongings in a storage unit, put the larger boxes at the bottom of the stack and label each box.  If the boxes are packed full, they are less likely to collapse.

If you are storing appliances than you will need to follow a few extra steps as you put them in storage.  If there is any type of food appliances make sure you clean them extremely well.  Also, keep in mind that just because they look clean does not mean that there is not any small food particles left on the appliances that can attract bugs to your storage.  You may even want to use a non-toxic bug spray on those appliances, just in case.  Next if you are storing a refrigerator make sure you unplug it a few hours before you move it.  That way it can defrost and drain. The same would go for a washing machine or dish washer.

The next item on the list is how to keep dust off of your furniture and mattresses.  It is always wise to use a mattress, couch, or chair cover.  All of these tips come from many years of experience, so we hope you take a moment and implement these helpful tips.

Whatever your situation is; StorPlace Self Storage of Medical Center will ensure that you receive the best quality of service and are totally satisfied when you decide to store with us.

 

How to Start a Comic Book Collection

How to start a comic book collection.

Starting a comic book collection is a great investment and a fun hobby. But with thousands of characters and a culture stretching back as far as the late 1800’s, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. Rest assured, comic books are fun to read, a great way to engage your imagination, and a good collection can be worth quite a bit of money over time.

So where to start? With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting movie theatres, it may be easiest to begin by picking a character that interests you. Whether you can relate to the back story or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in the character will keep you interested in the story. Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. Maybe a team of characters is more your speed – check out: The X-Men, The Avengers, The Justice League, etc. Don’t worry too much if you’re jumping into a series on issue #80, most story arcs only last 5 or so books – so you’ll be able to catch up with the story rather quickly. For getting the most out of your favorite characters, try picking up some trade paper backs/trades (volumes of comic books in one bound book) at your local comic book store.

The next step to ensuring your continued interest in your collection is to find a local comic book store that you love. Here in Nashville Rick’s Comic City is a favorite not only for their expertise, but for how clean and organized their store is. Once you’ve been visiting a local shop, the employees may even recognize your taste in characters, writers, etc. and make recommendations for books you may want to add to your collection. Also, keep your eyes peeled for your local comic book store to run sales – it’s a great way to add a ton of books to your collection and save money in the process.

Equally important to building your collection is protecting your collection. Comic books are generally stored in acid free mylar bags (you can even get them resealable with acid free adhesive). This protects your books from fingerprinting, scuffs, and (with the addition of some acid free tissue paper) moisture. A backing board is stored inside the bag, against the back cover of the book, to add rigidity which prevents bending and curling when books are stored together. Finally, store your bagged and boarded collection upright in a short or long box (depending on how many books you have) – being sure to add foam inserts (or large trade paper backs, etc)in empty spaces to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling/reading your books, be sure not to curl or bend the pages, don’t open the book so far that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded, when you’re not reading. Inspecting your books periodically is essential to their preservation. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive – because essentially, you are.

Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby. There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with finding a rare variant cover or a first print of your favorite issue. The more you learn about collecting and comic book culture, the more invested you will become in it.

Spring is Coming

Spring Cleaning IdeasThe weather is heating up, as we open our windows and air out our homes for the first time in months we begin to see the tale-tell signs of bunnies.  Not those adorable rabbits hopping around outside… no, we find the dust bunnies that have accumulated throughout the colder months. As you begin you take in the full extent of the surfaces in your home, which have been covered in the grey sheen, you may also stumble over the various pieces of junk that have crawled into your house sneakily disguised as useful items to be used one day. Then just as you begin to panic, wondering what you were thinking letting all these useless items pile up, you notice it, you thought it couldn’t happen to you, but the delusions of winter had deceived you! Your house is covered in drab. That’s right. It’s ok it happens to the best of us.

Those curtains, rugs, throws, bed spreads and even decorations that looked so perfect all winter long under the deceptions of poor lighting and the hallucinations brought on by the cold, suddenly catch the first rays of warm bright sunshine and now you see them for their true worth. You suddenly realize there is no way you are letting this go on a moment longer! It is time for an overhaul, a make-over, a reclaiming! It’s time to shed the delusions of winter and prepare for a bright and colorful spring!

It’s time for spring cleaning! While you’re deep cleaning every surface those winter dust bunnies dared to visit, why not pull out some boxes. Pack up that useless junk, the present your neighbor totally re-gifted to you, that work-out bench you swore to your family was a good idea, and that table that sits in the corner and is only used for storing junk mail. Pack up those drab accessories, the bright festive holiday, but oh so warm, throw blanket. You know, the one with the random scenery on it? Those dark and thick curtains that keep all the cold out but also block all hopes of sun rays, and let us not forget that dreary painting that has been hanging in your hall for years that you are tired of looking at. While you are at it, pack up those winter clothes, it’s time to show the weather it’s not your boss anymore. It’s spring and now and it’s time for you to wear those shorts and tank tops that you love so much. As you are taping that last box and the panic begins to set in that winter will return again in 6 months or so, remind yourself its ok. You can take those boxes down to StorPlace Self Storage and let us keep them safe from the dust bunnies while you enjoy the beauty of spring and summer.

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day lessonAlthough Valentine’s Day has passed for this year, I came across a very interesting article that I wanted to summarize regarding this special holiday that we celebrate with our significant others.The article was taken from a commentary by Chuck Colson in 1999 from his daily radio show, “Breakpoint”. Chuck begins his commentary by speaking to the fact that Valentine’s Day is starting to lose some of its personal touches and he references electronic kisses that can be sent by email.

Today, couples celebrate Valentine’s Day in a variety of ways. We have seen this for ourselves as couples who are separated by miles can have a Skype date and kisses are now sent through FaceTime. But how did this holiday that celebrates romantic love get its start? Chuck says it was more than a Hallmark card.

There is a tale told that Roman Emperor, Claudius II, had martyred a Roman priest during his persecution of Christians. The priest was beaten with clubs and finally beheaded. His name was Valentine. He was sainted for refusing to deny Christ before the emperor and continuing to give aid to the Christians in Rome. The tale also tells us that Valentine would secretly marry couples against the commands of Emperor Claudius who believed that unmarried men made better soldiers. Reports say that Claudius also beheaded two other Christians named Valentine during his persecution and therefore we cannot be certain which Valentine it is that we celebrate on February 14th.

Now you might wonder why the church would have chosen February 14th to have a saint’s day. In ancient Rome, February 14 was the eve of a pagan festival called Lupercalia. During this festival, the Romans worshipped Februa, a goddess of marriage, childbirth, and sexuality. As Christianity spread, the church began replacing pagan festivals with holy days. The Roman festival had rather lewd practices, so the church replaced these practices with the tradition of honorable young men picking the names of saints—and then spend the following year emulating the saint whose name they drew.

As we see today, the focus of love and romance from the festival became popular, but the name to this day we choose to give is in honor of St. Valentine who gave his life for the love of his God.

StorPlace Self-Storage hopes you were able to enjoy a romantic day with your valentine this year. Feel free to drop by to help us eat our leftover candy and purchase any boxes or packing supplies you may need for your next move. You can also take a look at our new heated and cooled building next door and the covered parking spaces we have added. StorPlace Self Storage strives to make the storage experience easy and convenient for our customers. The StorPlace Self Storage Mission is to provide an excellent storage solution to our customers in need by incorporating Christian values of integrity, honesty, respect for each other, hard work, innovativeness, conscientiousness, cheerfulness, and friendliness.

StorPlace of Lebanon Pike has a number of heated and cooled spaces as well as outside, garage-type units for our customers. With a variety of sizes, StorPlace Self Storage can find the perfect fit for your storage needs.  Give us a call at (615) 882-0082 and we will be happy to assist you with any of your storage or packing needs.

Summer Storage

Summer and Storage go hand in handThe first week of March is full of very cold and inhospitable weather. The good thing is the cold will soon be long gone and be merely a memory very soon. Spring is on the way and before we know it summer will be out in full force. In Tennessee, we experience extremes in weather: very cold during the winter and very hot and humid during the summer. During the winter many people put life on hold and slow down a bit. Summer is a different story: people move, students go home for the summer and many people just get out and enjoy nature and the great weather. Renting a self-storage unit from StorPlace Self Storage can help with many of the activities that summer brings with it.

Below are a few examples of how renting a self storage unit during the summer months can help you and your family:

  • The summer months are the busiest time for moving and selling and buying homes. This is also the busiest time for the self storage industry. What do you do if you just bought a new house and are in the process of moving or you just sold your current home and need a place for your belongings during the transition?. A self-storage unit can be just what you need if you are waiting for your new house to be ready. Storage units can accommodate both short and long-term storage needs. Storage unit come in a variety of sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for you store just a few of your belongings or the contents of an entire home. StorPlace Self Storage offers a wide range of units ranging from small to large but also standard units and heated & cooled units. Depending on the need, standard units are great for short-term storage or if you need a storage unit that you can pull right up to. Heated & cooled storage units are great for the long-term storage or if you have items that fare better in moderate temperatures.
  • Summer break is upon us, students are ready to return home. Students come from all over the country: some local while some travel from across the country. Students in school gather quite a bit of “stuff: including: fridges, microwaves, printers, televisions,clothes and even furniture. For students, a storage unit provides a safe and secure place to store their belongings while they are away from school for the summer months. Many students like to use smaller sized storage units such as a 5×5 or 5×10, which are great for your average student’s belongings.
  • With summer comes summer activities such as boating and camping. A storage facility such as StorPlace Self Storage is an excellent place to store your summer “toys”. Many people rent storage units to house jet skis and boats. Others like the convenience of parking or a covered parking space for larger boats and campers. People like having a place where they can park large recreational vehicles safely and securely. With 16 great locations in middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky, there is always a StorPlace Self Storage nearby.

During the winter people tend to slow down a bit, but during the summer months people tend to go all out. Some people move homes, some are students going home for the summer, and many others just get out and enjoy summer. A self-storage unit or parking space like those offered by StorPlace Self Storage are great for whatever short or long-term storage needs you may have.

What’s New at Hickory Hollow?

StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow

 

 

 

 

 

What you are looking at is the beginning stages of a brand new storage building at StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow.  We are located at 5251 Mt.View Rd, Antioch, TN behind Carmike Cinemas, the Global Mall and Southeast Branch Library. We are in the process of constructing a brand new building that will feature at least 43 additional units.

This brand new, state-of-the art building will have storage units ranging from 5 x 10 to 10 x 20. We are working diligently to provide the best storage facility with as many storage units as possible for those that are moving, downsizing, and purchasing new homes. We have a plethora of types of storage units such as heated and cooled, inside spaces, and parking spaces. If you have a need for storage, StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow is the place to visit.

The Antioch community is growing at an astronomical rate and we are eagerly waiting to fulfill any storage needs that may arise. Our convenient storage facility has storage units which feature large roll-up doors.  The unit’s are perfect for the storage of vehicles, boats, and motorcycles.  StorPlace Self Storage also features an array of packing and moving supplies such as lamp boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress covers. Our team of managers is on hand from 9-5pm Monday – Saturday to offer assistance by phone or in person to meet your storage needs. With hard work and persistence, this new building will be available in the next few months. We have a great team working hard every day to make sure these units are in tip-top shape and ready to rent.

Looking Forward to the Future

StorPlace of Murfreesboro Rd

Excitement is high at StorPlace Self Storage of Murfreesboro Rd.   By winter of 2016, we hope to be the new and improved StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage Facility.  The improvements and expansion will help StorPlace Self Storage beyond a doubt continue to meet the needs of our current and future tenants, not to mention our new face lift will add beauty and appeal to the neighborhood.

As the community grows, StorPlace Self Storage will continue to work hard to improve its facilities to meet the demands of the area.

Additional heated and cooled units will be added for the homeowners and apartment dwellers that need to store their precious treasures that are temperature sensitive. Items such as musical instruments, electronic devices, and antique furniture can be stored with no worries.

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We will also add the ever needed large convenient outdoor drive-up units for storing such items as vehicles and large house hold items. Being centrally located to so many apartment  and home developments, we find that the residents seem to never have enough closet space. Our drive-up, walk-in closet size storage units will help solve their space problems. These units are perfect for  the extra over flow belongings, such as outdoor grills, bicycles, and small garden tools.

Our new show room will feature a full line of moving and packing supplies and we will have additional dedicated staff on-hand to give valuable tips on how to pack and store your belongings. With every size box on hand for lamps, flat screened televisions, dishes, and boxes for every size picture and mirror, the worries of moving will all but disappear.

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlace

 

 

 

 

 

As the time draws near, we would like to encourage you to join in our excitement and anticipation of our new expansion and I’m sure as we continue to work hand in hand with our neighbors, StorPlace Self Storage will exceed your storage expectations.