Thinking Ahead

searching for the right self storage facility

 

One thing most people don’t ever consider when storing their stuff is the importance of thinking ahead. It is always good to plan and prepare when you are storing in a self storage unit. Many times, the need of a self-storage unit is last-minute and stressful. If the need is not last-minute, then it is important to take some time and prepare. A careful thought-out plan for your storing needs will be less stressful and more beneficial to you. Planning starts with what, when, and where you are storing. After figuring out what things you need to store then doing a little research can save you time and effort.

Moving is one the main reasons people need self-storage. Storing starts with choosing the right storage location, which is conveniently located near you. Other things to think about then looking at storage facilities are: Does this storage facility offer what you may need in regards to a storage unit size or is the facility temperature controlled? Call in advance to  get information from any of the 16 local StorPlace Self Storage stores.  The staff can help you with all your storage needs. The StorPlace Self Storage managers are happy to answer questions 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 the rental process a little easier. With a simple phone call and a few minutes of time one can ascertain what they may need for their storage needs. Research is key to learning and making life easier; that goes for everything including storage.

The very first thing to do when you decide to store is analyze the things you plan on storing; what you have and what needs to be stored. Planning is essential to storing! An example of good planning is packing your items in boxes or totes in advance of your move date. Have your things ready to go, label boxes according to which room they belong in: kitchen, bathroom, or garage for example. Place priority items where they are easy to access in the front of your storage unit. Planning out your storage needs can save an immense amount of time and headache. When storing 30 minutes of planning can save you hours of frustration and agony. Moving or whatever causes your storage need is worth putting thought into. 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 something: ask. Storage professionals like those at StorPlace Self Storage are very insightful and always willing to help. Storage can be stressful and time-consuming, but with a little preparation the thing will go much easier.

Proper Packing

Packing Dishes for Storage

Many people do not think about the proper way to pack their belongings when they are moving. Most people are just in a hurry to get it done and don’t do much planning. Today we are going to share a few tips on moving and packing. For this blog post, we will focus on packing the kitchen.

 

Kitchen Packing Tips

The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates. It is a good idea to clean your dishes before you pack them especially if you storing for more than a year. First, go to StorPlace Self Storage and pick up a kitchen box kit that includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25 feet of bubble wrap, and a 10 pound bundle of news print. This will get you started in the right direction. You may also want to pick up a dish packing kit and a glass packing kit. These two kits will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so no need to buy any extra boxes unless you want to pick up a few large boxes for large kitchen appliances. Starting with the glasses, you will notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts. Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and the put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill the box all the way to the top with the glasses and then newsprint or other filler material. If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the moving process.

Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way as the glass packing kit. If you have any of the foam inserts left after you finish the kitchen, make sure you hold onto them because they may become very useful for smaller items.

Once you have finished you glasses and dishes it is time to tackle start the pots and pans. Again, make sure that the pots and pans are extremely clean before you pack them. Start with the medium size box and put your biggest pots first and then put a layer of newsprint on top of the pot and then put the next size smaller pot inside of the bigger pot. You will have lots of extra space in this box so try putting some smaller odd-ball items that are in your kitchen in this box to fill in the empty space. After you get this box full, then fill up any small gaps with the newsprint and then tape up the box.

We hope that these extra tips help you get the most out of storage. We look forward to seeing you at one of StorPlace Self Storage’s locations.

Hydration

Hydration is very important     Why is hydration so important? According to Family Doctor.org your body depends on water for survival. Water makes up more than half of your body weight. Your body uses water to help maintain body temperature. You are losing water every day through sweating and even breathing and you lose water faster the hotter it gets.

Conventional wisdom is you should drink 6 to 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Although, this thought has yet to be scientifically proven. For some people more than 8 glasses may be required and for some people less than 8 glasses is sufficient. Older adults are at a higher risk of not getting enough water, which may lead to dehydration. Some symptoms of dehydration may be little or no urine; dry mouth; sleepiness or fatigue; extreme thirst; headache; confusion; dizziness or no tears during crying.

You may need to increase the water intake if you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant, or are going to be outside in the heat for an extended period of time. Sports drinks may be helpful to replace your electrolytes, but choose them wisely. Some sports drinks can contain high levels of calories, sugar, or sodium.

Some tips for staying hydrated are keep water with you at all times. Start and end your day with a glass of water. If you are feeling hungry, drink water. Sometimes hunger can be confused for thirst. Drink water at scheduled times of the day to ensure you are getting the proper amount.

StorPlace Self Storage of Old Hickory Blvd. takes the health and safety of our customers seriously. The management team at StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd. routinely go around our property offering cold bottles of water to our customers. We also monitor our property for tenants who may be on-site and are showing some signs of distress. We want our tenants experience at StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd. to be a pleasurable and safe one. So, remember while out in the heat, hydration is the key to staying safe!

Celebrating the 4th of July

Celebrating the 4th of July

 

July 4th is always a special time in Nashville, Tennessee. Residents of Music City can momentarily forget the terrible summer heat and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon gathered around barbecues and pools followed by a trek downtown to enjoy one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays and concerts. Many patriots that prefer not to fight the traffic can still enjoy the sights and sounds from their own backyards. Featured in Yahoo! Travel and MSN Living, many fireworks enthusiasts have praised the 4th of July festivities that downtown Nashville has to offer.

“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” begins on Friday at noon at the Family Fun Zone on 5th Avenue at Broadway where everyone can enjoy fun games, inflatables, and live music. Musical performances include Jason Eskridge and The Farewell Drifters. At 1pm, a Guinness World Record will be attempted to celebrate the nation’s 30th National Ice Cream Month by scooping the most cups of Dippin’ Dots in 3 minutes. Cups of Dippin’ Dots ice cream will then be served to the crowd at no charge. Later in the evening at the main stage at 1st Avenue and Broadway, a concert will be given featuring Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe, Billy Currington, and the Nashville Symphony. Fireworks will commence at 9:45pm and are said to be the longest in Nashville’s history and the biggest in the south.

Another fireworks celebration taking place near Nashville is located at Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet, TN, about 15 miles east of Nashville. The Independence Day celebration at Providence is a local treat for those looking to stay away from the large crowds and traffic of downtown Nashville. The festivities at Providence begin at 4pm with free activities like inflatables, obstacle courses, a balloon artist, face painting, video games, and live music. Musicians include Jack & Diane and The Tim McDonald Band featuring Johnny Hiland. Finally, the night will wrap with the fireworks display beginning at 9pm. Retail stores will be open during this special event with great options for patrons celebrating the 4th of July.

If you are staying  in the Murfreesboro area to celebrate the 4th of July, McKnight Park will be holding the city’s “Celebration Under the Stars”. Activities begin at the outdoor pool at 10am with a pool party, games, and prizes until 4:30pm. The evening activities begin at 5pm where there will be games, activities, and inflatables. Following the presentation of the colors at 8pm by the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department Color Guard and singing of the national anthem by the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra will present a night of traditional patriotic classics. Families can bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets. Food vendors will be serving as well.

The employees of StorPlace Self-Storage live and work in the communities of Middle Tennessee and will be participating in the 4th of July activities with family and friends. To honor this special day in our nation’s history, all StorPlace Self Storage stores will be closed on Independence Day. Our stores will resume business the next day on Saturday, July 5th. Thank you for making StorPlace Self Storage your neighborhood storage center.

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University is committed to excellence, and has been consistently listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for more than a dozen years, maintaining one of the highest graduation rates among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities and the highest in the Tennessee Board of Regents  system.

Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The university was founded in 1912 after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School. The school  became a four-year teachers’ college in 1922 and was elevated to full land-grant university in 1958. Tennessee State University was into the absorbed University of Tennessee at Nashville in 1979.

The President of Tennessee State University is Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover. She assumed the presidency on January 2, 2013.  Dr. Glover is also a Tennessee State University graduate. Dr. Glover met First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the university.

TSU's Dr. Glover and First Lady Michelle Obama

 

 

 

 

 

Famous  Tennessee State University Graduates:

  • Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics
  • Ralph Boston  won the long jump Olympic Gold Medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
  • Senator Thelma Harper has served as a Senator for the 19th District in the Tennessee General Assembly since 1991
  • Moses Gunn, a renowned actor, who in 1977 received an Emmy nomination for his appearance as tribal chieftain, Kintango, in the miniseries Roots
  •  Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman billionaire in world history

Tennessee State University also has a great tradition for it’s sports teams. There is an extensive Athletic Department including Men’s basketball, football, cross-country, golf, tennis, and track and field. The football and basketball teams always rank in the top teams in the nation. The Women’s Athletic Department also plays a major role on the national circuit. The Women’s Basketball team is constantly playing in the NCAA tournament and they have won many championships. There is also a strong women’s cross-country, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball team.

StorPlace Self Storage of Murfreesboro Rd. is proud to offer its services to             students and faculty alike and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the 2013/2014  school year Tennessee State University graduates!

The Many Hats of a StorPlace Self Storage Property Manager

StorPlace Self Storage

 

 

StorPlace Self Storage has a dedicated team of property managers.  What many people don’t realize, is that our job is much more than signing customers up for a storage space.  Our managers do everything needed to run the facility on a daily basis.  From cleaning units to completing leases, there are many hats that a property manager must wear.

When I first started working in the self storage industry, I had no idea the amount of work that would be involved.  I was told there would be a lot of cleaning, which is to be expected, but I didn’t realize the many other tasks we must do to keep the business running in tip-top shape! Some customers may think that after they sign the lease, the property manager can relax, but that is not the case.

Here is a “behind-the-scenes” look at a typical day for a StorPlace Self Storage property manager:

Our day starts before 9:00 a.m. when our office opens for business.  We get our computer systems going, as well as print any necessary reports for the day. Next, we do a walk-through of our property, this includes checking all of the locks on the property for any move-outs, picking up trash, sweeping entryways, etc.  After the walk-through is completed, we make notes of anything we may need to go revisit, after all, we must get back to the office to help our customers!

Helping customers is my favorite part of the job, because you never know what kind of situation is causing their need for storage. Our mission statement is to provide a fast, easy, and convenient storage solution while helping to relieve stress and worry.  We try our hardest to make sure every customer has a great experience with us.  Our job duties when it comes to our customers include: answering the phone, giving quotes, taking payments, renting units, showing units, and lots and lots of paperwork!

Speaking of paperwork, we must also turn in several reports during the month including a competition rate survey, a store plan, and a weekly number report. Our competition rate survey allows us to have competitive rates with our nearest storage competitors. A store plan details certain tasks we would like to complete during the current month; to give us goals to reach for.  Our weekly report takes our numbers for the month and compiles them in an easy to read form.  This enables us to see how we stack up with our other locations.  For example, it might be a slow month at one store, but another is extremely busy.  This type of information is invaluable to our growth as a company.

The last part of the job is the most important for first impressions: cleaning.  Every storage unit that we rent has been swept from top to bottom and front to back! We also sweep our hallways, use blowers to blow off our breezeways, and pick up any trash or debris that has accumulated on our property. Each StorPlace Self Storage location also has monthly pest control, to keep unwanted pests away. Without this attention to detail, our facilities would not be as immaculate as they are!

We take pride in our work and sincerely hope that you feel that way when you visit one of our 15 locations in Middle Tennessee.  The next time you visit your local StorPlace Self Storage, you’ll have a new insight of the many hats that your local property manager wears!

 

Shoes A Cause for Paws

Shoes A Cause for Paws event

 

As mentioned before, StorPlace Self Storage partners with the wonderful folks at St. Andrews Church to help with their Animal Ministry Program. They work with People for Animals, a non-profit organization, to help with animal rescues. This spring we teamed up with the organization again for “Shoes a Cause for Paws“,  for the Greyhound Pets of America. The program helped raise funds for expenses for rescued greyhounds. Our customers and team members at  StorPlace of Franklin came through to help out with this project. The slogan of our campaign was” Any Shoe Will do!!!

The goal of “Any Shoe Will do” was to collect at least 300 bags of shoes with 25 pairs in each bag for a total value of $3,000. Did not matter the kind of shoe – penny loafers, kids’ shoes, wingtips, golf shoes, sandals, sports shoes, dress shoes, even boots and flip-flops. I do not have the final figures but I know that we turned over at least 4 shopping bags of shoes to our connection, Suzy Berry. This was their second year to do this and our first year to help. We hope to be able to turn in an even bigger donation next year.

There are other things that are happening near StorPlace of Franklin, such as the new Kroger Store has opening up this month across the street from our facility, beside the recently opened Ford dealership.. Unfortunately, the Kmart has closed, but with the new Kroger store opening up almost simultaneously, almost all the Kmart employees were able to replace their jobs quickly.

Tornado Alley

 

Tornado Alley

 

 

With all the warmer weather we have been having, it is no surprise to those of us in Middle Tennessee that tornadoes will soon follow. Murfreesboro, TN has been host to some of the worst tornadoes in the history of the state, and it is probable that they won’t be the last we see. No matter how hard our wonderful meteorologists try, tornadoes just cannot be predicted. Even with all the watches and warnings, there are still those among us that are not prepared.

One of the most important things that can be done is to buy a weather radio and keep extra batteries for it. It will send alerts all through the night based on what location you set, and as the weather and tornado warnings get closer to you, it will go off giving you a chance to get to safer place. Ideally, this safer place would be somewhere underground such as a cellar or basement (or for those of us who are extra prepared, a specially built tornado shelter). Make sure to have the shelter stocked with water and canned goods in the case your home is left without power and water. If you do not have a cellar or basement in your home, pick a place that will be towards the interior of your home away from windows and any other glass. Interior hallways, closets or spaces under stairwells will work perfect for this purpose.

If you live in the city limits of Murfreesboro, you are sure to have heard the tornado warning sirens coming from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). This is another way, in addition to the news reports, to know if there is a tornado in the area. StorPlace Self Storage hope that everyone stay safe and remain informed during these times of unpredictable weather.

Home Staging and Self Storage

Selling Your Home

 

 

StorPlace Self Storage received the following testimonial about home staging and self storage. The majority of people who are moving to new homes do so in the summer. In order to make your home “show” in the best possible light to perspective buyers, you might need to stage your home. Staging a home is basically de-cluttering, minimizing, painting, fixing up and re-decorating the home for potential buyers.

Like the typical home owner, after living in our home for several years, we collected a lot of things. Stuff we don’t want to get rid of. After discussing with a few realtors, they all confirmed we had too much stuff in our home. There are things that my wife and I did not want to get rid of. The realtors said we need to make our home less personal to sell it, so that the new buyer can picture this as their home. In other words we need to remove the clutter. The realtor said we need to stage our home to make it more sellable-more presentable. They also told us potential buyers, sometimes will not buy a home that looks to personalized, or may not buy the home if they see it as having too much junk in it. We were told “Less is better”. So what do we do with our belongings? We had a couple of garage sales but we still had items we did not want to get rid of. A friend recommended that we use StorPlace Self Storage so we contacted them and rented a heated and cooled unit. This has resolved our issue and we have since sold our house.

Memorial Day in Murfreesboro 2014

Memorial Day in Murfreesboro

 

Memorial Day is about remembering our veterans and military personnel and the sacrifices they have made to our country.    It is also a day that is most often spent with family and friends and the official kick off of the summer season.   Here is an idea for how you can celebrate our veterans and military personnel through sponsoring a flag from the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club and an idea for a Family Fun day at Sports*Com Boro Beach.

6th Annual Healing Field here in Murfreesboro

This year is going to be the 6th Annual Healing Field here in Murfreesboro from May 24th through May 26th.  This is put on by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club.  They will be posting hundreds of full size flags on six-foot tall white poles in tribute to our veterans and military.  This is going to be held at 3045 Memorial Blvd by Wilson Bank and Trust. You can sponsor a flag and also take it home after the event by visiting their website at http://www.healingfield.org/murfreesboro/  for more information.

Family Fun

Sports*Com Boro Beach is having a special Memorial Day celebration on Monday, March 26th.  If you are looking for a good, quality day out with your family this is a great option.  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.  Access their webpage through the Murfreesboro Website at http://www.murfreesborotn.gov by following the icons for Parks and Recreation and looking for Sports*Com.

StorPlace Self Storage, appreciates the service and sacrifice our service women and men make each and every day.  So on behalf of the entire StorPlace Self Storage  family; thank you to all of the veterans, active duty, and reserve personnel for your service and your sacrifice.