Factors for Choosing A Self Storage Unit

Welcome to StorPlace Self StorageHaving to store your belongings can be an exhausting and stressful experience.  Here are few good tips to help make moving items into a storage unit as stress-free as possible. One of the best things to do before choosing a storage facility is look at the property and meet the manager so you can become familiar with the storage facility and processes for renting a storage unit. This way you will know exactly what you are getting and you can feel confident about your rental decision. Price is generally the number one factor when renting a storage unit, but the second factor would be security.  Having the right security and people to implement the proper policies will make you feel better about knowing that your things are stored in a safe place. This is why it’s important to see the property and meet the manager before committing to the rental. Once you’ve looked at all the options around the area where you will need storage, I am confident that you will choose to store your belongings at StorPlace Self Storage. The pricing is good and they will provide quality service that no other company can offer.

Once you have chosen to put your belongings at one of the many StorPlace Self Storage locations; the best way to use your storage space more efficiently is to put the large items in the storage unit first and fill the gaps of space in-between. You can also stack as high as you can, starting from the back of the wall and working your way towards the front. These simple tips will allow you to use the space more effectively and will help you save money by getting the right size storage unit. It’s a good idea to leave boxes or items that you think you’ll need later until the end to put in the front of the storage unit, so you don’t have to unload your unit to find that one thing that you realized you needed. If you think you may need to access your space more often, you may want to consider leaving a walkway through the center of your unit so you can easily find whatever you need in the future. Another good tip is to use furniture covers to help keep dust from settling on your items and check your unit monthly to make sure nothing has shifted and that there are no issues that you would need to discuss with your manager.

When it comes to packing your property, take advantage of StorPlace Self Storage discounts that are offered to our tenants by getting an additional 10% off any merchandise. I am confident that StorPlace Self Storage will deliver great service and will provide an excellent storage solution to minimize the stress of moving and storing at a storage facility.


People need storage

Self Storage basic tipsPeople are in constant need of a place to put their stuff. Storage is the one thing that there never seems to be enough of. People need storage for all types of situations including moving, the holidays and many other random reasons. Storage can help alleviate many of the woes associated with these situations. All people can benefit from having a bit more storage room for this or that.

You just scored the job of your dreams, but it requires you to move to a new city or state. You have to pack up your belongings and hit the road into the unknown. You fill up a truck and head to your destination. It’s your first time in your new location you need time to figure out what to do with all your stuff. You don’t have a place of your own yet. With a storage unit you can have a place to put your things temporarily. With a storage unit and your stuff safely secure you can focus on more pressing matters.

The holidays are here and they are great time for using a storage unit for storing excess items. Colder weather moves in and you are done mowing the yard for the year. A storage unit is a great place to store the summer outdoor things you are not going to need for another few months. Also being the holidays we all can use a little extra room. Do you have family coming for the holidays? Clean, de-clutter and organize that spare room so the in-laws have a place to stay by renting a storage unit. Renting a storage unit is also great for keeping presents out of the view of little prying eyes, helping to keep the surprise a surprise. Storage can come in handy during the holidays regardless what your need may be.

The random unexpected things in life are usually really big and actually can cause a need for storage.  You go to the doctor and find out your about to be proud new parents, that extra room will now become the nursery. Leaving town for a trip? Put your car in a storage unit to keep it out of the weather. Decide to renovate a room of your home? Put your furnishings in a storage unit to get them out-of-the-way during the remodeling project. Life is random and many times so is the need for storage.

We can always use more room in our lives, a storage unit is a great way accommodate that need. If you are moving, preparing for the holidays, or just the random need for more space storage is the solution. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of heated or cooled or regular storage unit sizes to help with any storage need. Stop in to any of our 16 Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky locations to find out how our storage professionals can help you!

Sound Treating a Room

Sound Treating a Home Theater RoomIf you’re thinking of upgrading the sound system for your TV, theater, or music studio – before you spend a penny on expensive speakers, cabling and stands – you should first look at the sound treatment in your room.  To begin, we first need to dispel the myth that you can “soundproof” a room.  Unless you are building a brand new, double-walled, floating room in your home – soundproofing is a term you should forget.  You’ll never be able to confine the sound to the room you’re in – but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your best to contain it – and give it the best chance to sound as good as possible.

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to treat a room for better sound quality is through furniture placement and positioning of existing speakers.  Couches and chairs are fantastic at controlling bass frequencies (called “bass traps”) – and will do wonders to reduce standing bass frequencies (the “low bass rumble” that muffles/muddies the sound).  Your sound source (TV or speakers) should be directly opposite your furniture piece – which should no doubt be your listening area.

Next, assess the flat surfaces of your room.  Sound loves to “bounce” around your room, using flat surfaces as springboards to do so.  The more you are able to break up the flat surfaces, the more natural your listening experience will be.  This can be accomplished simply by having a bookshelf in the room against a wall, hanging photos or posters, or a shelf of decorations.  Anything you can do to make flat surfaces not flat will help to keep sound from fluttering around your room.

If you have a budget for treating your room – one of the best ways to break up a wall is with sound absorption panels. These panels (typically 24”x 48”) are a thick sound absorbent foam, braced with a light wood and wrapped in a light breathable cloth.  Typically, one or two per wall behind your sound source and on the adjacent flat surfaces is plenty to cut out any excessive reverb or delays in a room. Sometimes, you can hang them from your ceiling (called “clouds”) to further reduce echo and delay in a room.  Not only do they look nice and help your room sound better – they are a great way to add some color to a room without having to paint your walls.

Finally, if you really want to get professional, add a diffuser directly behind your listening area.  A diffuser is a wall mounted piece of treatment that has multiple levels of 2”x 2” wood – designed to break up sound based on a mathematical formula. It helps to spread sound so that your ear doesn’t detect any delay in the sound.  Paired with absorption panels and bass traps, these elements will neutralize any unwanted or abrasive qualities in your audio, and keep the sound in your space as natural as possible.

Too Much Candy?!

Repurposing Halloween CandyI know, I know, such a great problem to have, am I right?! This problem usually starts by buying too much candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween (Rule of thumb, buy candy that you’ll enjoy. Just in case no one shows up.) or your children have hit the jackpot trick-or-treating from neighbors, school parties, and/or churches. By now, you probably have already picked out your personal selections, and have candy leftover that you or the kids are just letting sit in the candy dish. Depending on the candy type and proper storage, most candy can last anywhere from two months to two years (dark chocolates.)

Here are a couple of  candy solutions for you. One option is to donate your leftover candy to organizations such as Soldier’s Angels: Treats for Troops Program. There are several other charities that you can also look into to donate your Halloween candy. If your school will allow candy as rewards, you can donate candy to the classroom.

The second option is to bake with the leftover candy. That’s right; the holiday season is upon us! What a better way to use up your candy reserves than to make them into a dessert and serve them to your friends, family, and co-workers! You can search for many recipes online or alter some of your favorite ones.

Cookies are the easiest recipe to alter or experiment with. I usually replace the chocolate chips with chopped up miniature candy bars in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Another experiment would be to wrap a candy piece into sugar cookie dough then bake. The candy will typically melt, making for a warm gooey center. You can be inventive and use extra candy as decorations for a cake. Sixlets can be used as lettering or as accents on a cake. Twizzlers can be used for lettering, sleds, skis, or arms and legs with marshmallow animals. You could also use the classic Twizzlers as fun straws for ice cream floats.  As I’ve said there are many options out there and several recipes that go around on social media every single day involving candy based cakes, ice creams, and more.  Choose something that you and others will enjoy.

You don’t have to eat all of that leftover Halloween candy! Donating or using candy in holiday baking are great ideas to not let that candy go to waste!   StorPlace Self Storage of Lebanon Pike hopes you have a safe and happy holiday season!


Storing a car during the winter months

Car Storage TipsThe leaves are changing, the leaves are falling, and the rain will not go away. This is a sure sign that fall is upon us. If you are in need of storage for your car, trailer, motorcycle or RV, Storplace of Hickory Hollow is the place for you. We offer convenient parking spaces and storage unit sizes to park your valuable items. We offer outdoor storage and two different sizes of parking space. If you would like a storage unit, we offer as small as a 10 x 15 to as large as a 12 x 30 that could fit a trailer or large boat. If you plan on storing a car, here are some tips to make sure your vehicle remains operable and in good condition while in storage.

The first step to storing your vehicle is to decide if you would like to store it in a storage unit or outside parking space. If you choose to store your car outside, keep in mind that this decisions leaves your car vulnerable to the various elements such as precipitation and over-exposure to the sun. The precipitation can cause your car to rust and the sunlight can cause the paint to rust or peel and damage your tires. A high-quality car cover is highly recommended if you plan to keep your car in an outside parking space. If you decide to store your vehicle in an enclosed storage unit this will protect it from all outside elements such as the sun, precipitation, rust, and extreme temperatures. An outside storage space is also handy if there are other items that you need to store, you can stack those items around your car to make the best use of the space. If you are able to drive your car for 15 minutes once per week, this will also help with the overall care of your vehicle until you remove it from storage. Below you will find some other quick tips for car storage:

  • Purchase a quality car cover to help reduce dirt, dust, or rust from developing
  • Change the oil, brake fluid/coolant and filter
  • Fill the car with gas; it is not a good idea to store a vehicle with an empty tank because this can cause moisture to build in the tank
  • Disconnect the battery and get your tires balanced and rotated. It is also a good idea to jack the car up so that the tires do not develop flats
  • Lastly, release your parking brake so that there is not an issue with your brake pads sticking to your rotors

We have various storage options at Storplace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow to fulfill all your needs from car storage to storing items from your house. We are located at 5251 Mt. View Rd. Antioch, TN 37013 and would love to assist you.


Storing Your Summer Clothes

Storing Summer ClothesAs summer looms smaller in our collective rear view mirror, it is time to transition the summer clothes out and bring the cold weather gear that has been locked in hibernation for the past several months.  Following a few simple tips can make this seemingly arduous task a lot simpler, free up often needed closet real estate and preserve your summer items for years to come.

The first thing you want to do is sort through your summer clothing. You may not want to quite pack away all those summer clothes, as you may want to squeeze a final wearing or two before those last few tantalizing warm days of the season say their goodbyes. Leaving a few items for these days is quite alright.

Whether you follow what is listed above or separate all your warm weather clothing at once, washing your clothes before you store them is paramount as this can keep the clothing from discoloring or molding from set-in stains.  Washing them will also help them continue to look like new when you pull them back out  to wear the following warm season.

Once your garments are clean, place them in some sort of storage bin. If feasible, place items such as shorts, tank tops, swimsuits and lightweight clothes flat to prevent permanent wrinkle damage. There are a plethora of sizes and colors out there to fit not only your spatial limitations/need but your fancy as well. If you choose, you can also use a desiccant, such as silica packs, to absorb moisture, however if you choose this method, do not allow them to touch your garment(s) directly as they can dry them out which could damage them. Place the silica packs in plastic bags and place them in the corners of your storage containers. You also want to keep your stored items out of direct sunlight as that constant bombardment of sunrays will fade the colors of your items in short order. Nicer garments should be placed in garment bags to protect them from getting wrinkled and dirty. I would make the suggestion of dry cleaning these nicer items before placing them in the garment bags.

A few additional tips to preserve your items is to place cedar sachets in your storage areas and on your hangers. Cedar wards off insects such as moths that can damage your clothing but does so without the moth ball scent. Another helpful hint is to place a few dryer sheets in between your summer items so when you pull them out the following spring they will smell fresh.

StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations in the Middle Tennessee and Northern Kentucky areas that will help with summer clothing storage to business storage needs. Stop by our locations to find out how we can help when it is time to store your summer clothing.

Fall Harvesting

Fall Harvest The dog days of summer are winding down to a fabulous end and  the trees are changing to their brilliant fall foliage. It is the perfect time of year to fill your time with house and yard projects. This past weekend  with temperatures in the 70’s and a beautiful fluff cloud sky, my family spent most of our time cleaning our yard, refreshing plantings and some overall sprucing up.  I started my day by pulling my trusty wagon out of storage, and attempting to start moving some of the branches and limbs to the curb for a much anticipated recycling pick up. Recent storms and winds have really cleaned my trees of dead branches, and stems, with winter winds well on their way, you can bet there will be a lot more clean up to do.

Vegetable gardening is at the end of its peak. Tomatoes are starting to look long and scraggly. A vigorous cleanup of the vines, along with some much needed support for the limbs that still have fruit to bare as by now most of my tomatoes are small, but perfectly shaped. I have 2 ways of storing tomatoes: freezing and canning. Either way, I like to cook them into a sauce, with onions, peppers, and spices cooked in, to make a ready-made Italian tomato sauce.  My garden is small, so I enjoy sharing the fruits of my labors with  friends and family. I save the stored items for special occasions making Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinner extra special to have a little of mama’s garden added in the dead of winter.

Early fall is also a great time to plant early winter items such as cabbage, lettuce and onions.  These make for a little home-grown heaven, just before “Ole Man Winter” takes us down.

Next week I will start the task of building raised bedding for next year, this will allow me to fill and compost, in preparation for a bounty next year. Happy Gardening!  Happy Autumn from StorPlace Self Storage! 

Fall means Football


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High School, College, Professional Football, choose your poison. Whatever your preference may be, you can find it in the Nashville area.  The weather is just perfect for tailgating at the football games. So everyone take your grills, seat cushions, and pompoms out of your self storage unit and put them to good use.  This is the time of the year to enjoy wholesome fun with the entire family.  Our three local football teams all got off to a great start this year.

On Sept. 6th Tennessee State University (HBCU) out played Alabama State in the John Merritt Classic (24-14) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium downtown, and followed up with a win (35-25) in the Southern Heritage Classic on Sept. 20th 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.  The Big Blue Tigers suffered their first loss of the season down in Jacksonville, Alabama against the team picked to win the OVC, Jacksonville State (43-13). The Tigers did however follow-up that loss with a rousing (30-14) victory over Florida A&M University,  in Tallahassee Florida.

All Tiger Fans might also want to make a night of it Saturday October 17th, at the Nissan Stadium for the Big Blue Homecoming Game.

Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders enjoyed a record-breaking rout (70-14) in the 2015 season opener against Jackson State Tigers, and they will have an opportunity to show what they are made of when  they played against Vanderbilt University on  October the 3rd 2015 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Speaking of Vanderbilt University, the Commodores dropped their first two conference games of the season however they rebounded with a win over Austin Peay State University. On September the 3rd 2015 they lost to Western Kentucky (14- 12) at home and on September the 12th they lost to the Georgia Bulldogs (31- 14).

The Tennessee Titans opened the season with victory over Tampa Bay on the 13th of September (42-14), since then they have lost their next two games. The season has just begun, so, Titans fans stay charged and be confident the State team will have a fantastic season.

So drop by your neighborhood StorPlace Self Storage facility and take out all necessary items and enjoy an afternoon cheering for your favorite college, high school, or professional football team.

First Impressions

Cleanliness is most important for self storage securityCleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors of any business. By instinct, we usually are prone to go towards a clean, well-lit, safe looking environment. We choose the same type of environment for protecting our belongings.

While keeping a property clean may not stop a criminal, it goes a long way to deter their behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for an unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act.

At StorPlace Self Storage we take great pride in maintaining our properties to look and feel the best they can possibly be. We want our customers to know right from the start, they have chosen the right place.

We keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat and make sure it is never out of control providing cover for criminal behavior.  It is important to our employees that “our neighborhood” is and feels safe for our customers.

To the criminal mind, a clean, well-kept and maintained facility is equated with security and a functioning camera system.  StorPlace Self Storage takes many measure’s to deter and stop deplorable behavior, our high-tech security systems are just a part of the ensemble.

Good lighting is essential. We keep our inside and outside bulbs glowing for everyone’s safety. When necessary, we install extra lighting to help light  in darker, hazardous areas. A well-lit property also makes the common thief uncomfortable.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” as the old adage goes.  Storplace Self Storage keeps our 16 properties clean and comfortable.  It starts with us: sweeping and picking up trash as it happens. We hope our tenants will then follow suit and appreciate the look and feel of a clean property.

We wouldn’t throw trash in our own front yards, so we hope the on-site dumpsters and trash containers can help everyone work together keeping our neighborhood storage facility clean and well-kept.

StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on the cleanliness, curb appeal and the over-all look and feel of our facilities. We want our customers and employees to feel safe, well-tended and secure when they visit our locations.

After all, StorPlace Self Storage is your neighborhood storage facility!

Fall Arts and Crafts Projects

Happy September everyone! Fall is a great time to do fun activities involving crafts.   There is so much you could do to introduce the beautiful colors that accompany Fall into your home. Here a few fun projects you could try at home:

Mason jar flower bouquet: This is a fun way to make use of mason jars you might have lying around and add a great pop of color to any room.

autumn decorations

Supplies needed: Gloves, a Mason jar of any size, a bottle of spray paint
in silver or gold, some rustic fall colored flowers or mums (real or faux flowers), twine or burlap strands.

Assembly: Make sure to find a well ventilated area since you will be spray painting. Make sure to wear gloves and lay down some newspaper. Spray paint your jar in a nice gold or silver finish (great accents for Fall). Make sure to allow your Mason jar to fully dry. Take a strand of twine or burlap and tie a bow around the top seal of the jar. You could even try a nice checkered pattern in rustic colors if you want a bit of pizazz. Lastly, put some flowers in your jar and voila you have a beautiful vase and flowers to make a warm welcome in any room.

Personalized wreath: A hand designed wreath that will be special for years to come. Try this craft for the kids!

hand designed craft

Supplies needed: Construction paper (in the colors yellow, red, orange and brown), a glue stick, a pair of scissors, a hot glue gun, burlap, and ribbon.

Assembly: Have the little one in your life hold their hand on a piece of construction paper. Trace the outlines of their fingers and hands. Cut out the outline that you traced. Use this as a guide for the other pieces of construction paper. Once you are done with cutting the outlines, get your glue stick ready. Arrange the colors in a pattern of your choice. Start by gluing the cutouts halfway on top of each other until you make a wreath in the shape of a circle. Next, take some burlap and make a pretty bow. Hot glue the bow to the bottom center of the wreath. Lastly, this is optional, but you could take some ribbon (in any of the fall colors) and tie it around the top to hang this fun craft somewhere. It will be a fun activity for the kids and will be a fun memory for the adults.

StorPlace Self Storage in Barfield enjoys spending time with our family and neighbors in Murfreesboro and spend time creating fun things when we can. We hope you all have a gorgeous September!