Nashville’s Cancer Survivor Support Systems

Nashville's cancer support systemsCancer does not have to be a death sentence anymore!! There are more and more people surviving cancer every year.  Below are a few facts from 2014-2015. It is also important that you and your love ones know that there are a lot of services out there to help make your life a little easier. We are fortunate to have many wonderful organizations in the Nashville area. Tennessee Oncology is one and is available to you  through your doctors. The staff at Tennessee Oncology are the most wonderful doctors, nurses, techs and office support you could ask for. They all go out of their way to help their patients and their families.  Sara Cannon Research Center is also here in Nashville and of course we have Vanderbilt Hospital.

One service that you many may not know about is called Cleaning for a Reason. These are house cleaning companies around the country that will come in and clean a cancer patient’s home once a month for 4 months free of charge.

This can be a tremendous help to the patient and to the families. Sometimes fighting cancer can be a fulltime job. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your spirits up as much as possible. Laughter really is good for the soul.  Surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive attitude.

There are transportation services that will make sure you get to and from your treatments. Remember to log mileage to and from Doctors appointments as it can be tax-deductible.

Another cancer support resource in Nashville, is an organization called Gilda’s Club Nashville.  It is a free cancer support community started by Gilda Radner with the help of her husband, Gene Wilder. Gilda believed in living life to the fullest even when facing cancer, she wanted the families of those with cancer to have a place to go as well. There are many, many workshops to help you out.

One particular workshop is done by a group called Meals 2 Heal presented by The Heimerdinger  Foundation.  Ed Freeman, from StorPlace Self Storage, and his lovely wife, Cynthia, went to this workshop and gathered information.  You can reach Robin Mizar, the client manager and volunteer coordinator via email at clients@hfmeals.org or if you want to volunteer volunteer@hfmeals.org.

A few facts about cancer survivors

  • The majority of cancer survivors (64%) were diagnosed 5 or more years ago.
  • 15% of cancer survivors diagnosed 20 or more years ago.
  • Nearly half (46%) of cancer survivors are 70 years of age or older.

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center) is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington Cancer Institute, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its goal is to shape the future of post-treatment cancer survivorship care and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.

Making the Most of Your Storage Unit

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self Storage

When storing for the first time, there is a lot of useful information and tips available to help you make the best decision for your belongings. The property manager of the storage facility you use should also be knowledgeable about your needs. Learning how to properly utilize the square footage of your unit is very helpful. It is also important to know what causes mildew and how to prevent it, especially if you have chosen a non-climate controlled or heated & cooled building.

If you are packing boxes for storage, more is not always better. Of course you want to fill the boxes with the most items possible, but boxes of heavy or fragile items should not be too heavy. Packing heavy items creates a risk of the bottom of your box falling out, so the less weight, the better. Try to use no more than 2 different sized boxes. This will make it much easier to stack and organize them in the storage unit. When putting items in the storage unit, leave a small isle in-between boxes, so you can easily access your items. Most people say they will not need anything out of the unit, but more times than not, a return visit is necessary. Label boxes not only on top, but also on the side. This helps if the boxes are stacked, you are still able to read what is in the box. Packing boxes by room, bedroom, kitchen, etc. makes not only storing easier, but will help with unpacking once you reach your new home. Plastic totes are also a great way to utilize space. Not only are they roomy but the lids are sealed tightly, the sides are clear so you can see what is inside of each one, without opening them, and they are made with sturdy plastic, which will make stacking much easier and safe.

Utilizing the square footage in your storage unit is also vital to maximize the use of your unit. Even something as small as removing the legs from a table, can help make more usable square footage. When possible you can also place items vertically not horizontally. Hollow spots in appliances and furniture, like wardrobes, stoves and refrigerators, can usually hold small boxes inside of them. Use wardrobe boxes for clothes. One wardrobe box takes up a lot less space than bags or boxes full of clothes and it also makes them easier to access if you have forgotten something.

Another suggestion to protect your belongings is are make sure your boxes are sealed and taped tightly. This will prevent dust, bugs, or other unwanted things from getting inside your boxes. You should drain all fluids from tools and equipment, but oil them down to prevent rust. Breakables and fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and packed tightly in the box, so they don’t slide around. Mirrors and pictures should always be stored vertical, not flat. Laying them flat causes a risk of items being set on top of them or accidentally getting stepped on.

Most people believe sealing items up in plastic bags is protecting them, but actually it invites mildew. Other ways to avoid mildew are making sure refrigerators and freezers are defrosted and the door left cracked open, and drain your washing machine well.

Prepping All Lawn Equipment for Summer Use

Preparing lawn equipment for summer use.Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to start maintaining our yards, and working on all the fabulous landscaping projects we have dreamt about all winter. It’s also time to get our lawn equipment out of storage, and get it fired up for the season.

Hopefully you winterized it before storing it for the winter, if so, waking it up won’t be a problem at all. After retrieving it from your StorPlace Self Storage storage unit, it’s a good idea to apply a coat of lubricating, protecting oil on all the surfaces. I like to use bar and chain oil for all of my hand tools to lubricate and protect my chain saws. If you haven’t already done so, now is also a good time to sharpen all cutting edges, and make adjustments to hand tools.

For gas-powered equipment, ensure spark plugs are properly gapped, inserted, and the wire is securely connected to the plug. Fill your equipment with low, or no ethanol fuel, (I also use a fuel stabilizer). For safety purposes, this task should be done away from buildings or structures. Next, follow your owner’s manual instructions for summer start-up tips. Once the equipment is started, allow it to sit running for several minutes, this allows the oils time to properly distribute, and lubricate all the moving parts before the real work begins.

Battery powered equipment needs attention as well. Clean the charging connections with an alcohol swab; this should be done on both the battery and the chargers. Inspect chargers and cords for damage or frayed cords. If the batteries are not fully charged this is a good time to do it. For weed eaters, of all power types, replace old cutting line, clean and adjust the cutting heads and shroud. Blowers can always use some additional attention, from cleaning all air supply filters, to inspecting air exhaust ways.

With proper care, and preventative maintenance your lawn equipment will last for years, with a minimal of cost and worry.

Packing Kitchen Items for Moving or Storage

How to pack breakablesWe all know that moving is not a fun event.  That is why StorPlace Self Storage managers are dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible.  If you are in the market for storage then start by making a smart decision and take a look at one of the many StorPlace Self Storage locations near you.  You will be treated with respect.  Each manager will listen to your needs and accommodate you on a personal level.  It will be an easy and stress free environment.  Come see for yourself!

The following is a quick tutorial on how to pack your kitchen items which will make it easier for your moving day in the long-run.  Most people are in a hurry to get the moving done and there is not much planning involved.  Here are a few tips to get the ball moving forward.  Let’s start with the kitchen.  The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates.  It is very helpful to make sure your dishes and glasses are clean before you pack them.  StorPlace Self Storage offers a kitchen box kit that makes packing the kitchen a breeze.  The kit includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25’ of bubble wrap, tape, and a 10 pound bundle of news print.  This will get you moving in the right direction.  You may also want to pick up either a dish kit or a glass packing kit.  These two kits have inserts that will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so there is no need to buy any extra boxes.  The most cost-effective way to pack some of your larger items would be to buy large and X-large boxes.  These boxes are great for clothes, quilts, and lighter items because you can put a lot into them.

You will also notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts.  Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and then put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill up this box all the way to the top.  If you have small glasses or you do not have enough glasses to fill up the kit, then use the newsprint that came with the kitchen box kit to fill the empty space.  If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the move or during storage. Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way.   For more informational tips on packing and storing,see our packing and storage videos and information at our website. 

 

The Fourth of July and Fireworks!

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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.

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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.