The Two Most Important Self Storage Questions To Consider

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdThere are many factors that go into renting a self-storage unit. But there are two questions you must answer before anything else–where do you want to store your items, and how long will you need to have them in storage?

Once these answers are identified, our friendly team at StorPlace Self Storage will help with the rest. Below are some things to consider when starting down your path to renting a storage unit for the first time.

Where To Store Your Items? 

Knowing when and where you want to want to place your business or personal items in storage is the first step. At StorPlace of Franklin, we are proud to serve our neighbors and surrounding cities. Being able to access your items while they are in storage is important so keep that travel time in mind when you’re selecting a facility. But as long as you’re a reasonable drive away, our expert Franklin team would be proud to serve you!

How Long Will Your Items Be In Storage? 

It’s important to understand the temperature in the area you will be storing your items.
In middle Tennessee, for example, the climate can get very muggy and have lots of humidity. If you are planning on a short-term rental–maybe less than three months–an outside drive-up unit will be perfect for you. The drive-up units also make loading and unloading very convienient. But, if you’re thinking longer than three months, you may want to consider a heated and cooled climate controlled storage space or even a humidity controlled storage space.

Other Storage Tips to Consider

Here at StorPlace of Franklin we also offer ground inside units that are not temperature controlled but are inside the building to keep your items out of the elements. It is a little bit more work when you move in, but if you are concerned about staying dry or the cleanliness of your belongings it is well worth the extra effort.

Size is also important. Make sure you look at the space before you rent it. Seeing it will help you decide which size will work best for you. But any StorPlace associate can help you with this as well. So stop by and have a look. Even if you don’t need something today, we can put something on reserve for you. We’re here to make the storage process as simple as possible and looking forward to working with you! 

The Importance of Planning Ahead for Your Next Self-Storage Experience

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageWhen storing your belongings to eliminate clutter or maximize space within your home with a self-storage company in Tennessee like StorPlace Self-Storage, it is always good to plan and prepare well before moving day. In some cases, the need for self-storage is last minute and you do not have an opportunity to fully prepare. But in other instances, like staging your home for sale or putting away seasonal items for the winter, careful thought and proper planning will you eliminate significant stress.

Planning for self storage begins with what, when, and where you are storing. After figuring out what things you need to store, doing some research on how to store those items can help save significant time and effort. During this process, our friendly team of experts throughout our self-storage facility locations are available to discuss any questions you may have about your individual storage needs. Moving is one the main reasons people need self-storage, or maybe even just cleaning your house. Whatever the case, however, any successful storing experience starts with the right storage location.

A proper storage location is usually a location that is conveniently located near you. The amenities are also important–does this storage facility offer what you may need in regards to a storage unit size or temperature controlled unit? Call in advance get some information from any of the 16 local StorPlace stores they can help you with all your storage needs. Ask questions StorPlace managers are happy to assist and are very knowledgeable when dealing with storage. Inform the managers what and when you need to store and they can help provide guidance to make things a little easier.

With a simple phone call and a few minutes of time, we can help identify the storage solution that works best for you and your needs. Research is key to learning and making life easier that goes for everything including storage. Once you’ve identified what you are storing and which location you will be choosing, how you go about preparing for your move is also a critical step. Packing stuff in boxes or totes in advance of your move date is something we highly recommend for saving time with the moving truck. Have your items ready to go, label boxes according to where they go kitchen, bathroom, or garage for example. Place priority items where they are easy to access when storing in labeled boxes and place them in the front of your storage unit.

Planning out your storage needs can save an immense amount of time and headache. As little as 30 minutes of planning can save you hours of frustration and agony. Plan ahead do your homework, better to go into something ready instead of not ready. Thinking ahead on things in life can make things less bumpy, same goes for self-storage. Plan in advance, do your research, if you don’t know ask. Storage professionals like those at StorPlace are very insightful and always willing to help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, our storage professionals are here to help! And don’t forget, planning ahead will always make life easier–self storage is no exception.

Learn Simple Ways To Support Tennessee’s Wildlife

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThere are three key elements involved in helping to maintain our beautiful wildlife throughout Tennessee–food, water and shelter. These three necessities of life are simple yet often overlooked when it comes to how we can support the birds and animals that share our Nashville, Tennessee community. Fueled by a personal passion to give back to Mother Nature, we took the following steps at our home recently that anyone can adapt to help Tennessee remain as vibrant as ever.

  1. Bird Baths – By taking shallow plastic trays that can be purchased for as little as one dollar, we are able to help our birds find water they need to stay clean and hydrated. After starting with trays, we now have two concrete baths in our backyard that many birds swoop down to use on a regular basis. If you are looking to do the same, be sure to keep them clean and free from Algae, mosquitos and other unwanted larvae.
  2. Food for the WildlifeWe have a multitude of different kinds of feeders since all birds don’t eat in the same manner. Doves like to eat on the ground, but will eat from a feeder. Cardinals and Chickadees will eat from anything. Titmice like dinner from a feeder, while Gold Finches prefer thistle. When choosing your feeders, have fun! We try to mix our own bird seed with fruit and nut mix. You can also slather peanut butter on the side of a tree, and stick some bird seed to it. Wood Peckers love this little treat, as do other birds and squirrels.
  3. Finally, Shelter – We try to provide a variety of lodging for our furry friends, keeping in mind, we don’t want them on our back porch. Bird houses are usually fine to put close to your house, but we’ve had more success with houses made from natural colors. In our yard, we also witness dear, squirrel, raccoon, possum, a large variety of birds, including a few stray Turkeys, and Chicken. These animals are being forced to live in our world, but few steps can go a long way to help insure their survival.

For all your self-storage needs in Tennessee, consider StorPlace Self-Storage. We take pride in the community we serve, offering the best in self-storage solutions for home, business and everything else in between!

How Self-Storage Helped Me Pursue My Passion

StorPlace of Hickory HollowSelf-storage units can help you pursue your passion. For me, as a furniture collector and carpenter, its opened a whole new world of possibilities. The truth is, you never think about a lot of things in your life until you need it. In many cases, that’s how it is with self-storage for your home, business or hobby. Preparing to move out on my own recently, I realized just how much stuff my hobby helped me accumulate over the years. It seems, in retrospect, that I may have an addiction to purchasing items every time I enter a home decor store or thrift shop.

The reason I’m brought back to self-storage in all this is because I’m not quite ready to give up on these items, but they also will not fit into my new home. In search of safe and secure storage in the Cool Springs area, I walked through the doors of StorPlace. The Manager was amazing in every way–very knowledgeable about the units she had available as well as the amenities and features that would best fit my needs. She even offered me Property Protection for my storage unit which makes me feel even more confident that my belongings are safe and sound as I settle into my new home.

Now that I have plenty of space, I can further pursue my passion of building and repurposing furniture. I am a huge thrift store and yard sale junkie but due to my lack of space I had in the past I was limited in what I could bring home and work on. Now that I’ve found StorPlace, the sky is the limit! Or, at least as high as the 10 foot ceilings. I love finding that diamond in the rough and seeing the beauty in its potential and now I can continue to accumulate old pieces in search of that next project like the coffee table set I just wrapped up.

Recently, I was at a local thrift store and I came across a metal coffee and side table set. I purchased all three tables for $15 and drove over to a nearby home improvement store. There, I bought a can of cooper color spray paint and some wood for about twenty-four dollars. When I got home, I painted the legs and made new wood tops for all three tables, staining them a dark Walnut finish–and BAM! Magazine quality furniture pieces easily worth $200 or more. The only problem now is I could see myself needing another unit for my next masterpiece.

Gladys the Goose and Getting to Know our New Neighbor

StorPlace Self StorageOne of the things I love the most about working at our StorPlace Rutherford Blvd location, is that there is always the opportunity to see wildlife. In the field just across the street, we have an opportunity to see deer, different types of birds, and other animals making their way through the week on a regular basis. This spring, we also have the pleasure of seeing a goose across the street. One of my morning rituals, while I am stocking the packing supplies we keep on hand for our self-storage clients at StorPlace on Rutherford Blvd, is to check in on what “Gladys” is up to.

When I first noticed the goose, I was kind of curious as to why she was hanging around and sitting in one spot. I see them frequently at the pond near my house, but they always fly away and return. It wasn’t until I saw some little hatchlings one morning on the way to work that I realized that Gladys must be with her nest. This prompted me to do a little research into birds in Middle Tennessee. I believe that she is a Canadian Goose. I looked at the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s list of Birds of Tennessee and out of 409 species the Canadian Goose is listed as one that inhabits our wonderful state (disclaimer: this is just my speculation about the species, out of respect for the wildlife I have not gotten close enough to confirm).

Upon further Google searches, I found an interesting article about Canadian Geese and their habits. One thing that grabbed my attention was that the mate for the female goose will guard her and the nest while she is incubating. I have noticed a second, slightly larger, goose that will fly in periodically. Meeting Gladys from across the street at our self-storage location in Tennessee also prompted me to learn about the incubation period for Canadian Gees. Turns out, the nesting period last for 42-50 days and the incubation period for the eggs is 25-28 days. I have been noticing Gladys out there for about three weeks, so hopefully this means we shall be seeing some goslings (baby geese) soon.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have really enjoyed getting to observe Gladys over the last few weeks. It may inspire me to do a little more research into bird watching in Tennessee. For now, I look forward to seeing Gladys until the hatching of her goslings!

Murfreesboro Events: Memorial Day 2016

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdMemorial Day is about celebrating our veterans and military personnel while honoring the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.

Here at StorPlace Self Storage, we appreciate the service and sacrifice our military men and women make each and every day of the year. On behalf of the entire StorPlace family, thank you to all of our veterans, active duty, and reserve personnel for representing the very best of our country.

Murfreesboro Events on Memorial Day 

To kick off the summer season in celebration of our true American heros, below are a couple of our favorite Murfreesboro Event on Memorial Day.

8th Annual Healing Field in Murfreesboro

This year will mark the 8th Annual Healing Field here in Murfreesboro, TN from May 28-30. This Memorial Day Events is put on by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club. They will be posting hundreds of full size flags on 6-foot white poles in tribute to our veterans and military. This is going to be held on 265 West Thompson Lane at the First United Methodist Church Field. To sponsor a flag or learn more about the event go here: healingfield.org/murfreesboro.

Family Fun at Sports*Com Boro Beach

Sports*Com Boro Beach is hosing a special Memorial Day event celebration on Saturday, May 28th. If you are looking for a good, quality day out with your family this is a great event to attend. They are offering a day of swimming, music, fun, and prizes. The fee is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth and seniors. You can access their webpage through the Murfreesboro Website for more information here: murfreesborotn.gov.

Upcoming Events in Murfreesboro, TN: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Boil, Tour de Nash and more!

StorPlace of Lebanon PikeWith the arrival of spring, there are many exciting events coming up over the next several months throughout our community. We at StorPlace Self-Storage of Barfield hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve had so far and continues to take advantage of the sunny skies in the days ahead. To help fill your calendar, we’ve included some of our favorite festivals and events taking place over the next couple months.

1. Main Street JazzFest

The annual Main Street JazzFest will take place on May 6-7 in the downtown square here in Murfreesboro, TN. This is a free event, so pack up your lawn chairs and bring an appetite for some fantastic jazz and delicious street venue food.

For more information: Main Street JazzFest

2. The 17th Annual Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil

On May 7, the Nashville Junior Chamber is presenting the 17th Annual Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil in Nashville TN from 4-9pm.

To purchase tickets: EventBrite

3. Tour de Nash

Walk Bike Nashville is hosting its annual Tour de Nash on Saturday May 21st. Come out and ride your bicycle with friends or family and get a chance to see Nashville’s scenic routes.

To sign up: WalkBike Nashville

4. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is holding its annual festival this year from June 9-12 in Manchester, TN. This year’s lineup includes such bands as Pearl Jam, Sam Hunt, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and a whole lot more. Get ready for some good concession food, incredible performances and fun attractions!

For more information: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

5. Friday Night Live Free Concert Series

Main Street’s Friday Night Live free concert series will be held in our square downtown in Murfreesboro, TN for a monthly date starting in June and ending in September. Music starts at 6:30 pm.

For more information: Friday Night Live Concerts

In the storage business, our team in Murfreesboro works hard and we like to play when we can. We at StorPlace of Barfield love to spend time with our friends and family and make fun memories. We hope you can find some time to check out these fun events and do the same! 

Local Spring Music Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageAt StorPlace Self-Storage of Barfield, our team is always excited to bid farewell to the winter months and enjoy the warm spring and summer weather. Personally, one of my favorite things to do this time of year is take advantage of the many outdoor concerts and festivals in the area. The music helps unwind from a busy day and gives reason to celebrate the changing of seasons here in Murfreesboro. Below are a few of the fun festivities coming up in May and June you don’t want to miss.

20th Annual Main Street JazzFest

Murfreesboro will be celebrating its 20th Annual Main Street JazzFest on May 6-7. This year’s lineup includes Terrell Stafford, Annie Sellick, Roland Barber, Marcus Finnie and the MTSU Jazz Faculty and Jazz Ensemble. There will also be performances by a number of the local high school bands. This is a free, family-oriented event featuring great music, children’s activities and numerous food vendors.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Another local favorite is the Tennessee Renaissance Festival held in Arrington on May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28-30. The festival will be open from 10am to 6pm. Adult admission is $22.00 and a child admission (ages 6-12) is only $8.00. At the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, you can experience what it would be like to “travel back to 16th Century England where its Village of Covington Glen comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace.” There will be something for all ages with over 60 artisans, craft merchants, musicians, games, camel rides, pirate’s maze, and plenty of great food. Also included with your admission is a free tour of the Castle Gwynn first floor and grounds.

Music City Jazz Festival

Nashville will be having its inaugural Music City Jazz Festival from June 2-4 at The Fontanel Mansion. This year’s lineup includes Boney James, Will Downing, Spyro Gyra, Brian Culbertson, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream, Cindy Bradley, Gerald Albight, Alex Bugnon, Kim Scott, Selina Albright, Jackiem Joyner, Aysha, Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Marion Meadows, Joey Sommerville and Julian Vaughn. There will also be dining available at the Café Fontanella and Whites Creek Bistro, as well as, wine and cheese tastings at the Natchez Hills Winery.

CMA Music Festival

Nashville will also be having one of its biggest events of the year, the CMA Music Festival, from June 9-12. This four day event includes free daytime entertainment and activities for all ages throughout downtown Nashville. There will be five different stages set up for the free daytime shows which will include performances by several country music artists such as Chris Janson, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Kellie Pickler, Lorrie Morgan, Maren Morris, Rodney Atkins, Julie Roberts, Tracy Lawrence, Thompson Square and many more!

There will also be many different food vendors as well as fun games and activities like Karaoke at the CMA Music Festival. It’s not too late to get tickets to the nightly concerts that will feature artists such as Chris Stapleton, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and many more!

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Another really fun event to check out is the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game on Tuesday, June 7th at 3 pm at the First Tennessee Park. Many different country music artists will come out to play ball in support for the City of Hope’s mission to fight cancer. This is definitely an event that you don’t want to miss!

No matter where you go or what you do, just remember to take time for yourself and your family to just enjoy life. At StorPlace Self Storage we understand that life can be stressful and value taking time to relax and recuperate on a daily basis!

Self-Storage Career Options for Recent College Graduates

Cleanliness is most important for self storage securityI’ve had a lot of jobs for someone my age. Almost out of college, and I was just looking for something more fulfilling than the retail job I was in–both financially and mentally.

Driving through Bowling Green, Kentucky one day–on the way to my boring retail job at the mall–I saw “Part Time Position” scroll across the sign at StorPlace. I thought to myself, “Why not?” So I stopped in, picked up an application, and in less than a week I was hired as an Assistant Property Manager. The rest is history.

I had previously also worked as a Leasing Consultant at an apartment complex. Never did I imagine that leasing storage units and leasing apartments would be similar. I was definitely proved wrong very quickly. The work here is challenging and everyday is something new. I really enjoy that because I am gaining real world experience!
I also have nothing but great things to say about the people I work with. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms.

Also, being a senior in college, studying Human Resource Management, I didn’t ever consider the possibility of going into the self-storage business after I graduated. It’s not something that usually comes up in the course of the class material as a job option. According to an article by Scott Meyers on REIClub.com titled “Recession-Proof Real Estate”, self-storage is generally less effected by economic downturns. As a future college graduate, this is a very hopeful statement for someone entering the full-time job force.

To know that a job within self-storage could be one of the more stable jobs is a very exciting thing to hear. While we aren’t necessarily in an economic downturn right now, it can happen at any time. I guess what I am suggesting for people my age is to not knock anything until you try it. Look at the possibilities in self-storage before you turn your nose up at it. It could be something that you want to make your career. I know it’s definitely working for me so far!

On a final note, if you are looking for self-storage, please come and see what we have to offer at StorPlace. I may be biased, but this is the best storage place for all your storage needs. Around here, every day is something new and hopefully today you will be new to us!

Springtime in Bowling Green!

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThe rain comes down and the green comes up! Everywhere! The weather is perfect and I’m enjoying every minute of spring’s arrival in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I called friends in Denver, Colorado recently and they were suffering through a blizzard, so it’s GREAT to be in Kentucky right now.

With the new season, longer days and more sunshine – it’s also time for change. For some, that means time to sell their home. Spring is the time folks are selling and buying houses and when they do, they come in looking for packing materials and storage solutions. By asking questions, you find out not only do they need a box or tape, but they also need advice on which storage solution best fits their needs. For all household items, our experienced and knowledgeable staff is glad to help.

Our storage solutions can first help you stage your home for prospective buyers. This helps enable people to sell their house within days. But now they haven’t found a new home yet, so they need a place for the rest of their belongings, which is where we will continue to build that relationship with our customers. In addition to home sales, we look forward to Western Kentucky University students coming to town and storing with us as well.

Of course, with the rain and longer days of sunshine –also comes the weeds. These weeds grow four inches over night. Luckily we are getting a new landscaper, but in the meantime, we are weed pulling, grass mowing, and anything else we need to do to keep the property looking nice. Spring time means clean time! Way up north here in BG KY, we have a great team. It takes TEAMWORK to make a store work and that’s why we believe in the following mantra:

T- Task Oriented
E-Efficient
A-Attention to Detail
M-Motivated

W-Welcoming
O-Organized
R-Responsible
K-Knowledgeable

Stop by StorPlace today to let our team help you get the most out of your spring and summer season!