The Fourth of July and Fireworks!

Eagles-Fireworks

Photo by Donna Lee Williams

 

On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was ratified. It declared that the 13 British Colonies were now one united nation to stand apart from the British Crown. Two Hundred Thirty-Nine years later we celebrate this day as our Independence Day. It has become tradition for many of us to grill out, lounge by the pool, and watch/shoot fireworks. At StorPlace Self Storage of Lebanon Pike, we want to insure your safety by going over a few safety guidelines when shooting off fireworks.

First, check with your local Fire Marshal’s office to see if fireworks are allowed to be used in your area. Some counties have a ban on fireworks. This is usually in effect when the weather has been dry and the risk of fire spreading is higher. Some counties also require a permit to shoot fireworks.

Once you have approval, make sure you buy your fireworks from a reliable vendor. Inspect the packages to see that are not damaged or wet and are within the used-by date. Older fireworks may not fire like they are supposed to, the wicks may fall off easier, and/or the structure may not be as stable as it is meant to be. It could collapse when fired and blow up. Also, pay attention to the directions and ensure that you have cleared enough space to fire off that particular firework.

When the time comes to use the fireworks, make sure that there is a bucket of water, connected hose pipe, or fire extinguisher nearby. Fireworks should be used under a reliable, sober adult’s supervision. Children should not set off fireworks. Make sure there is distance between the group and where you are planning on shooting the fireworks. It is good to set out a plywood board that can serve as a flat surface to prevent a firework from falling over. Always aim fireworks AWAY from the group. NEVER aim a firework at an individual or group. If a firework fails to fire, do not relight it. Let it sit for about twenty minutes, and then let it soak in water before disposing of it. Don’t combine fireworks together to make a custom one. If the ground catches fire, quickly contain it and extinguish the flame by spraying the base of the fire.

Remember to use good judgment and common sense when setting off fireworks. All of us at StorPlace Self Storage would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Independence Day! Go out and have some fun!

Now that School is out… What will we do?

Its Summer

The weather is warming up so people are moving, they are planning vacations, spring cleaning, landscaping their yards, selling and buying homes and college students are going home for the summer. The summer activities are endless.

What I have noticed is that the majority of the activities listed will be easier if you have already made your reservation with your local StorPlace Self Storage facility. 

StorPlace Self Storage has a wide variety of storage units to choose from.  If you are staging your home, we have heated and cooled units so you can feel safe storing your extra furniture. If you are between places, feel free to store your entire home or just the things you will not be using right now.  One very special benefit you will receive for storing at StorPlace Self Storage is a 10% discount when you purchase the much-needed moving and packing supplies. Each store has a full line of moving and packing supplies for your convenience.

The most popular storage unit is our outside drive-up unit. The wide roll-up doors makes loading and unloading a breeze. The drive-up storage units come in a wide range of sizes from 10×10 to 20×40. They all have at least 8 foot ceilings so you can stack, stack, stack, as high as you like. These units are large enough to store extra vehicles, tractors, jet skis, etc. We also have smaller inside units if you just need a little space. Most locations will have units as small as 4x4x4, which are perfect for college students that don’t want to take everything home during the summer. We also have 5×5, 5×10, and 7×10 inside units that are great for business needs as well as a place to store a small amount of personal things.

One thing you don’t want to forget is our outside parking. StorPlace Self Storage has covered and uncovered parking that will fit the largest camper, recreational vehicle, boat, truck or car. The property is completely gated with twenty-four hour camera surveillance so you can store your treasures without any worry.

So whatever you do, remember to call StorPlace Self Storage to reserve your perfect size unit, and as always we are committed to making your stay safe, stress free and enjoyable.

 

Welcome to Nashville

Nashville Entertainment DistrictMany of our customers have just moved to town – sometimes from the other side of the country.  Helping with the storage needs of our clientele isn’t always our only interaction. Often we’ll be recommending a great place to grab lunch, as well as recommending which size storage unit best meets the needs of a new tenant.  So, if you’re thinking of becoming a Nashvillian, here are some local secrets.

Breakfast/Brunch is arguably the most important part of the day, and for breakfast it’s hard to beat Sam&Zoe’s.  Located in Berry Hill behind Baja Burrito (check them out, too!) S&Z’s makes the best latte in town and it’s a great place to meet some friendly local faces.  For brunch check out Wholly Chow.  They’re barely open (only for brunch hours), but their eggs benedict makes the trip well worth it. There’s also a local brewery next door that you should visit.

For the best lunch in town (especially in the summer) – there’s only one spot: Cori’s Dog House.  It’s located on West End,  (not far from our home office location!), and though it sits behind a small strip of local stores and can’t be seen from the main road, it’s yellow roof can be spotted from a block away.  Cori’s specializes in gourmet style hot dogs based on major cities from around the US.  Each dog showcases local flavors from all over the country, and there’s even one representing Nashville. (Though the Pittsburgh dog is the gem of the menu.).

Nashville also has some key spots to hit for dinner or supper as they call it in the south.  Hot Chicken is a Nashville specialty, and the best in town is Hattie B’s.  It’s so spicy that it will bring tears to your eyes, but nothing is as Nashville as Hattie B’s hot chicken and pickles. Check them out in midtown.  If you’re not brave enough to jump straight into the hot chicken game, head over to Tenn16 and try their Fried Chicken & Waffles!

Other than food, we definitely have the best place to let your inner geek run wild.  Rick’s Comic City in Donelson has the best comic book selection in town, and the guys and gals there love to talk to you about your favorite books and characters.  Don’t forget to check them out on social media for the Tales from the Geek webcast.

If you’re heading downtown to check out the local bars, an event at Bridgestone Arena (Go Perds!), or just to hang out for the day, don’t forget to park at the Nashville Public Library.  It’s a short walk from (almost) anything downtown, and no matter how long you park, it’s only $5!  That should be plenty to keep a Nashville newbie busy for the first week – just remember to keep your ear to the ground.  In Nashville it’s all about making friends and finding entertainment through word of mouth.  Welcome to Nashville!

Storing Winter Clothes for the warm season (part 1)

As Old Man Winter relinquishes his icy grip on the Northern Hemisphere, the big coats, toboggans, scarves, and gloves are shed and are replaced by tank tops and shorts. As you layer down for the weather change, exercising a few simple things can not only maximize space, both at home and in your storage space, but also ensure that those warm weather items are in good shape to stave off the cold for years to come.

As these articles of clothing tend to be thicker, storing them is typically more space consumptive than spring and summer clothing.  Often winter gear is thrown haphazardly in a tub or box, without any regards for the most efficient utilization of the available space. This often leads to the clothing taking up more space than necessary.

The first thing you want to do prior to packing is to dry clean or wash all the items you will be storing. The scents from wear can attract unwanted visitors such as moths or insects that will damage your clothing.

Dry Clean or wash clothing before storing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storing your clothes in the plasticcovering from dry cleaners is a very, very VERY bad idea.  Here is why:

  1. The plastic bags cause oxidation which leads to discoloration of the clothes.
  2. The plastics bags will cause stains and odors.
  3. The damp environment in the bag will be a breeding ground for moths, which will eat through your clothes.
  4. The bags cause yellowing and weakening of the fibers of the clothes.
  5. Wire hangers will rust and ruin your clothes.
  6. Wire hangers will also ruin the shape of your clothing.
  7. Clothes need to breathe and they cannot breathe in a plastic bag.

 

Store clothes in a plastic storage bin

 

Go with plastic bins over vacuum bags. The bins are better for clothing than the vacuum bags, as they allow clothing to breathe and are much for non-delicate items such as T’s , jeans, wool, and polyester garments. Delicate items, such as silk, cashmere and any article that is of sentimental value to you, have to be handled a bit differently. These should be wrapped in acid-free tissue and placed in 100% cotton canvas storage bags.

Sweaters and most coats should not be hung. This can actually cause them to lose their shape. Fur coats are the exception; these garments are best stored in a climate controlled environment, preferably at a constant 50 degrees Fahrenheit and at 50% humidity.

When it comes to storing your boots invest in boot trees. The trees will help the boot retain their shapes. If space does not allow you to store them upright, place some cotton, (this can be a shirt, or a shoe bag) over each pair. With other winter footwear, use stuffing paper to maintain their shape.

Following these simple steps can ensure that you don’t have an unpleasant surprise when it is time to don your winter gear again. Stop by one of the 16 convenient StorPlace Self Storage Middle Tennessee locations to see how we can help you with your winter clothing storage needs!

Motorcycle Safety & Storing

Motorcycle Safety & Storing Tips

 

Now that the weather is so nice, it’s a great time to consider purchasing a motorcycle! Not only are motorcycles extremely gas-efficient, but they also provide a quicker mode of transportation. Off the bat, these are two major perks of motorcycle ownership, but what are the steps to becoming a licensed rider and purchasing the correct bike?

To become a licensed motorcycle driver, you must first pass a written test to receive your permit. A permit will restrict where and when you can ride, and will not allow for a passenger until you have upgraded to a license. To obtain your license, you must pass a driving test, similar to receiving a driver’s license for an automobile. It’s recommended that you take classes at your local motorcycle shop – this will help you become a better motorcyclist as well as give you insurance benefits.

How do you choose the right motorcycle for you? A few things come into play. You will want to find a bike that fits your height and weight. Starting out, you also need to evaluate how much power the bike has – you do not want to buy something you cannot control. Make sure to test ride a few bikes before you purchase to make sure you find one that is the perfect fit.

The summer, fall, and spring are seasons your bike will see lots of riding time, but for those cold, winter months, make sure to store your bike in a protected place away from weather, especially moisture. StorPlace Self Storage facilities offer heated and cooled units to help protect your motorcycle from moisture and extreme temperatures. Another great benefit of a storage unit is knowing that your precious cargo is kept safe and monitored regularly. At StorPlace Self Storage we have security cameras on-site and a locked entrance gate so you can have that peace of mind. The flexible lease plans are also great for limited storage during the cold season.

As a new or seasoned motorcycle owner, always remember to put safety first. If you educate yourself and are a cautious rider, you and your bike are sure to have a long-lasting relationship.

 

Safe and Secure Storage for All Seasons

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYDuring  the cold winter months, customers can have a hard time trying to find a safe and weather proof place to store their belongings. Customers have shared that StorPlace Self Storage facilities give them peace of mind that their belongings will stay safe from the weather and secure with our the security measures including keypad entry security gates and video cameras.

Our customers feel they can leave their belongings in their storage units without having to check on them daily or even worrying about leaks when it rains or when heavy snow melts. This past winter we had a lot of snow and there were days it was hard for customers to get out and travel to their storage units to check on their belongings.

However, the customers did not have to worry about their storage units because they knew that their belongings were being stored in a safe and secure storage facility. StorPlace Self Storage has many security systems to place so our customers will feel that their belonging are stored in a safe and secure environment.

Our out-of-state customers feel safe enough to leave their belongings with StorPlace Self Storage without worry of theft. StorPlace Self Storage employees and management will look for suspicious activities by pulling our security tapes and checking the area of the property where the activity took place. Our customers appreciate that our gates are not open 24 hours a day. They like that the gates lock at 10:00 pm so that no one can get into the facility during the night. However, we can set up specific options that if you need to get into the unit after 10:00 pm. Many people and businesses store at StorPlace Self Storage of Bowling Green  because of our secure and safe storage units.

Summer Time

Outdoor activities in MurfreesboroSUMMER!  It’s that much-anticipated time of year again!  Time to break out the swim suits, beach gear, and enjoy the great outdoors.  Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department offer so many programs to help you get out and enjoy the outdoors and at little to no cost.  Here are a few of the activities they offer:

The Better Boro Project – “The Better Boro Project is a city-wide initiative designed to promote healthy eating, encourage outdoor recreation, and provide unique and accessible wellness activities”

As part of this project they are offering several activities that are free of charge such as Zumba on June 13th or Boat Day on June 17th.  You can get a full list of all activities on their website at http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/index.aspx?NID=797.

Family Camp Out – This sounds like a fun adventure.  You and your family can camp out at Barfield Crescent Park during select weekends.  As an attendee, you will get to participate in activities set up by the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department.  The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free to children 4 and under.

Outdoor Activities – Murfreesboro Parks and Recreations Department offers several programs to fit any lifestyle.  They offer kayaking and canoeing outings down the Stones River for a fee of $15. They also have several opportunities to enjoy hiking.  You can get more information by visiting the outdoor activities page at http://tn-murfreesboro.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=720. 

StorPlace Self Storage is a company that encourages family time and good overall health.  Working for this company I have been able to enjoy my family while still being employed.  All of our stores are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm allowing employees to have time for fun in the afternoons and on Sundays.  I often check the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreations Department page to find ideas for activities that my family and I would enjoy.  I encourage you to do the same and take advantage of the wonderful programming they offer.

 

Security and Safety

Computerized entry at StorPlace Self Storage

You have your own personalized access code to the gates at StorPlace Self Storage

Have you ever wondered how safe and secure your belongings are?  Much like the old adage “you get what you pay for”, self storage facilities come in all shapes and sizes with different amenities.  Each storage facility offers some features to consider, but at StorPlace Self Storage, we offer that “little extra”.

Self storage security should include cylinder locks, digital camera systems, gated access, a barbed wire fence, and personal daily walk-through of the properties by company employees. There are so many things a person can do to assure themselves that they get the very best.

Our high security cylinder locks are made of the hardest steel with 21 brass pins that allows not only thousands of different key changes, but anti-pick punch resistant mechanisms.  3 high security round keys comes with every tenants lock which are difficult to copy except at a qualified locksmith shop.  These locks alone can be a deterrent to someone with ill-gotten intentions.

Digital site surveillance is top of the line at StorPlace Self Storage We have cameras that record each time any motion is detected.  Don’t scratch your nose because “Big Brother” will surely capture you on hidden camera! This remarkably clear footage is one of the best surveillance systems.

Along with the digital system, our properties are surrounded by 8 foot chain linked and wrought iron fences topped with barbed wire. The gated properties are accessed by individual assigned security pass codes. Gate entry and passage is then recorded with date stamping as well as the customers name and time.

Each day our employees walk the property and verify the safety and security of each customer’s storage door and lock.  Fences and lighting are also monitored to assure facility up-keep as well as security.

Other considerations when choosing a storage facility would be cleanliness and pest control.   With the help of Belle Meade exterminators, StorPlace Self Storage facilities have monthly service to prevent problems with rodents and bug. Our well-trained employees also sweep, mop and maintain the grounds and buildings to keep them clean.

Stop by anytime at one of our 16 convenient locations for a site tour and see for yourself; You really do “get what you pay for” and you also “get your money’s worth” too when storing at StorPlace Self Storage!   We have facilities located in Bellevue, Antioch, Hendersonville, Madison, Hermitage, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood and Bowling Green, KY.

StorPlace Self Storage, your neighborhood storage facility!

 

Celebrate Spring With Great Events in the Nashville Area

Spring Concerts & Events in Nashville Area

 

 

At StorPlace Self Storage, we are excited about the warm spring weather we’ve been getting! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is going to outdoor concerts and festivals!

Here are a few fun festivities coming up in May:

To start off the month, Murfreesboro hosted  the 19th Annual Main Street JazzFest May 1-2nd. The music headliner this year was pianist, Reggie Thomas. There was also performances by Music City Swing, Rod McGaha, Rock Williams, Halfbrass, MTSU Jazz Ensemble, MTSU Faculty and Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra. This was a free, family oriented event featuring great music, children’s activities and numerous food vendors.

Barfield Crescent Park will be having its Barfield Beach Party on May 8th. Over 60 tons of sand will be brought in to create the beach. This party will feature music, dancing and a variety of games and activities for all ages.

Another local favorite, is the Tennessee Renaissance Festival which be held in Arrington on May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23 – 25. The festival will be held from 10am to 6:00pm with an adult admission rate of $20.00 and a child admission rate (ages 6-12) of $7.00. 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. Included with admission to the Festival is a free tour of the Castle Gwynn’s first floor and grounds.

Hendersonville held the 3rd Annual Buttercup Festival May 1-2nd. There was fun for all ages at the festival including; live music, car show, craft and art vendors, and a kid zone featuring a petting zoo and inflatables (bounce houses, etc.). There was also multiple food trucks and great food booths.

No matter where you go or what you do just remember to take time for yourself and your family to just enjoy life! StorPlace Self Storage understands that life can be stressful and we value taking time to relax and recuperate from everyday life!

Storage Mistakes

Pack boxes for moving and storage correctlyAt StorPlace Self Storage we have seen many people make all sorts of mistakes while either preparing to store or actually packing your belongings in a unit.  Here are just a few of the more common mistakes.

  • Not thinking about insuring your items – Most people don’t realize that most storage facilities don’t insure your items automatically. We do offer a low-cost solution to this problem:  StorPlace Property Protection.  Some form of insurance is a requirement at most if not all storage facilities, whether it is homeowner’s/renters insurance or our StorPlace Property Protection.
  • Wrapping items in the wrong material – Do not use newspaper to wrap items. The ink can bleed onto the item being wrapped causing you to clean it all over again.  Some items can be harder to clean ink off of than others. StorPlace Self Storage offers ink free newsprint to wrap your items in.
  •  Not having enough time or help – Moving is not a fun time for anyone involved and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. You need to make sure you have enough time so that you are not rushed. If you are rushed, you will not pack as neatly and as organized as it could be.  Also, you could potentially cause damage to some items you are storing.
  • Not labelling properly – Make sure you label each box because there is nothing worse than having to go through each and every box looking for one thing. An easy way to do this is to make a “table of contents”.  To do this, just number the boxes and on a separate sheet of paper, write the number of the box and the contents out to the side.  We have plenty of boxes and packing supplies to help with this process at StorPlace Self Storage.

If you have any additional questions about anything that was mentioned above or anything regarding your storage needs feel free to give us a call at (615) 826-1700.