Self-Storage Tips That Save Time and Money

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdEffective and efficient self-storage begins with proper packing supplies. Before you begin to organize your household or business items into a storage unit, make sure you are able to pack those items the right way.

This includes making sure you have supplies like boxes, tape, protective blankets or anything else that’s needed to keep your items safe and secure while in storage.

Another very important step to self-storage success is locating a self-storage facility nearby that suits your needs. For storage, sometimes proximity to your house is better than driving accross town. But that can also depend on what you are trying to store, or if you need storage solutions like climate controlled storage. A storage professional will help you determine the size and type of unit that will best fit your needs, so feel free to reach out to experts at StorPlace for any questions as you begin the storage process.

Self-Storage Packing Tips

Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. Many people have the notion that the bigger the box the better, but that’s not always the case. When selecting boxes think about what you are storing and who will be moving it. Starting with small boxes which are great for heavier items such as books and dishes, these type items can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items, however, such as towels, blankets, and comforters. StorPlace offers many specialized boxes like mirror boxes which are great for storing mirrors or paintings. Remember when using boxes to properly secure them with tape and filler material like bubble wrap and foam peanuts for extra security.

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, location is always very important to consider. A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a plus. Say you are moving to a new town, it is best if you find a storage facility closer to where you will be moving instead of one across town. The more convenient a location is to where you live the easier it is to access your personal goods.

Storage Tips: Getting Started 

Once you have packed your belongings, and determined the right self-storage location for your storing needs, you must select an appropriate storage unit. Storage units come in many different sizes, and with many different features. Selecting the right storage unit for your belongings sometime requires a little extra insight. The storage professionals such as the ones at StorPlace can provide the insight and help determine the storage unit that will best serve you. Do you require a small or large unit, a drive up unit, or maybe a heated and cooled unit? Your personal belonging are very important to us, and those are just a few of the questions that a property manager can assist you with when beginning the storage process.

StorPlace Self-Storage has 16 conveniently located and secure storage facilities in middle Tennessee ready to accommodate all your storage needs. Location is a convenience when dealing with self-storage.

Nine Reasons to Use Self-Storage

Heated and Cooled Storage Units at StorPlace Self StorageThere are many reasons to use self-storage. Below are nine reasons that people come to self-storage for their needs. StorPlace has many different locations, closer to your neighborhood.

1. Are you moving? Come to StorPlace and get a unit to put all the necessary items you have to make the house more appealing while it’s on the market. Plus, you can always put the items that you hardly use towards the back of the unit to help downsize/declutter, which brings us to the next reason.

2. You need more space or downsizing? We have a unit for that also. Ever have so much stuff and no room to put anything, but its items that are still needed or wanted. A storage unit would help with saving those items, but getting them out of your way to declutter your house.

3. None of your BUSINESS. Businesses such as hospitals that have many old patient files to keep for their records come to a self-storage location to put the files in a secure location. Due to HIPPA that would be the best place for them that way only a few people are allowed to access the unit and add to it or take what is needed out. It’s not just for records, some companies store their extra inventory like signs, products, etc.

4. Vroom, Vroom. You can also store your vehicles, they can be a collection vehicle or one that you hardly use. The storage unit can save the vehicle from hail stones, floods, and any other damaging causing things.

5. If you don’t have a garage at your house and you have instruments. You can get a unit for all your musical instruments and other musical items and have them safe and secured until you need them again.

6. People who sell on the sites like E-bay, Amazon, or Craigslist will use self-storage to hold their items that they are selling so that it will be easier for checking inventory and knowing exactly what they have. They can also have their items organized by price or popularity for easier access.

7. If you don’t have extra space at home and don’t have any place to put your seasonal things like Christmas decorations, or Halloween a 5X5 or 5X10 (depending how many decorations you have) will hold all your décor for the year. Plus, it will be out of the way when nothing is needed for a while.

8. The last one is for School .For the people who go to college and don’t have a place to put their stuff before school starts. They use self–storage to store their things until school starts back. That way they know what they still need to get to get ready for school, but yet it’s easy for them to get to when its time.

9. People also store their collections in there, especially if they are expensive. That way the worst thing that can happen is things get dusty. If they kept them at home its more likely things can happen to them such as grandkids breaking something, or someone breaking into the home and taking it.

Auditing a Storage Facility

StorPlace Self Storage of GreenwoodAs a manager taking over a new store or an owner of a single facility or multiple facilities, one of the most important task you can do is an audit of that facility. If we lived in a perfect world where people were always completely honest or never made mistakes, this may not be necessary however we don’t so this is something that must be done on a regular basis. I know the word “audit” is not a word anyone wants to hear however it does not need to be looked at as a negative thing.

This is a time for Managers, District Managers and Owners to learn how to perform the job better. You never know what you will find but you may just find that a Manager has found newer and better ways to perform duties on a facility that is so great that you will want to implement across the entire company. This is how we grow to become the best in the industry! So let’s get started.

Number one is the person responsible for the audit MUST know the ins and outs of the business and must be very familiar with the computer software the facility is using. First check for any discrepancies in cash. This can be issues with the cash drawer or petty cash (if the facility uses it). You are looking for anything that doesn’t quite “add up” if you do find anything speak to you manager and find out why. Also make sure that all bank deposits match the software that the payments were posted to.

At this point check for receipts from the bank and make sure that all monies are accounted for. Next move onto the customers’ accounts. Look for any excessive discounting and/or crediting of the rent. This should be a red flag if you see anything along these lines. Most of the time it will be as simple as a payment that was not posted correct either because of human error or a computer error. Communicate these finds with you manager to find out the reason for the discounting and/or crediting and make sure that they are noting the account in the future so you do not have to ask those questions.

After you have gone through all the cash and customers’ accounts, it is time to move the audit outside to the facility grounds. Outside you are going to want to check for cleanliness and look for any repairs that need to be taken care of that the manager may be overlooking. When you walk the same facility day after day you tend to overlook some items that need to be fixed and sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to notice some problems on the property. Again communicate these findings with the property manager and follow up a couple of weeks later to make sure the problems are resolved. Next as you walk through the property cross check the occupied and vacant units again a list of tenants from the software the property uses. There is usually a report that you can print that is designed just for this purpose. Again look for any units that say “vacant” but have a lock on them and for any that say “rented” that are unlocked and empty.

No one really likes performing an audit however in the end, it is in your best interest to make sure that all of your facilities are running at their top potential!

Take pride in what you do!

StorPlace of Hickory HollowPride is an inward directed emotion with both negative and positive conations.
The Bible makes references of pride to mean; full of himself, to be a fool, or foolish. Other references of the word state a corrupt sense of self-worth, or an excessively high opinion of oneself. Pride is often equated to one’s own ego.

That being said, I’m using pride with a positive spin! To take pride! Meaning a feeling, pleasure of satisfaction derived from one’s actions from some act, possession, or relationship of, to be proud of.

I often say, “We here at StorPlace take great pride in our job, product and/or our facility. That is a true fact! And if it’s not, you have some work to do! Because if you are telling the truth, it’s not a hard sell. Believe in yourself! Believe in your product! Believe that you DO have the best to offer. We have the best trained management, a team of caring employees, and the best looking, safest facility in town! You’ve got to believe it to be able to say it, once you believe it you say it with pride! Be proud! Because You are the one that makes it true!

Everyone and their brother has a storage place now days! You can rent storage while you get your hair cut, groceries, get your taxes, whatever! They pop up overnight, many are gone just as quickly! You can rent from some at $1.00 a month, and realize you still over paid!

Bottom line we all have the same thing to offer; a unit door, 4 walls, floor and packing supplies.

So what makes us different? It’s how we do what we do that sets us apart! We offer more! We strive to be better! It is because we care! We care enough to listen! We think outside the box!!! We are creative! We are empowering! We are sympathetic and empathic. – We may be the only safe, friendly face in a tumultuous time in their life.

We greet each person and treat them the way we would want to be treated! We take pride in offering the best customer service, the finest product in a well-cared for, secure and safe facility. Our facility speaks for itself, nicely manicured, clean and kept, large paved lots, with an inviting atmosphere.

So its ok to take pride in your work! Be proud of the ethics our company is based on. Be proud of the mission statement! Be the mission statement! Be proud of the level of professionalism and mannerisms YOU bring to the company and how that is portrayed to the customer.

Pride can start with a smile! The simplest of gestures! When someone enters the building, first thing that should greet them is your smile. Smile when answering the phone! If you are smiling while you’re talking on the phone, they hear it in your voice!

Get up! If you happen to be sitting down when someone walks into the store – jump up and smile! (that part was just to see if you are still reading!!!! As if we get to sit down! Insert a LMBO emoji here)

Listen to the customer – really listen! Put yourself in the shoes of the customer, what are they going through? What can you offer them? What can you say that will put them at ease and build trust? We learn a lot about the customer at move in, every customer has a story, and many share their story with us. Your verbal response as well as your body language are how the message is driven home with this customer. What message are you “driving”? Is it professional and friendly?
Smile as you build a rapport with your customer, strive to show an openness, a genuine concern, be trustworthy and empathic as much as possible. Be proud knowing you can meet their needs with confidence, don’t just focus on a sale or an up-sale.
Your job is important! … And at the end of the day, at 5:30 when you forget all about it, (LOL). Take pride in a job well done!!

Storage with a Smile

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageWhen you think about getting a storage unit several questions comes to mind, rather its location, pricing and or cleanliness. Many people get units for many different reasons like moving to a newly built home and had to place till it was completed, they just moved here from out of state don’t know where to place it just yet, who knows what the situation may be when they are needing.

Knowing what size of a storage unit they are needing is very important, it gives future tenants ideas on how and where to place their items inside that particular unit. Also you will also get the peace of mind that your belongings will be kept secure behind a gated fence and very well lite property. Although there are some properties in other places where you won’t get the same attention or the same customer service experience as you would here.
I haven’t been working at this establishment long but here at Storplace we take pride in assisting out current and future tenants with A1 customer service we want to make them feel right at home. We educate out tenants on need to know basis we make sure that they are educated on what to do and what not to do. One of my task here is doing a lock check which it is checking all units throughout the property checking for damages and lighting issues whatever the case may be, and one of the units didn’t have a lock.

So after completing the check I went to call this particular tenant where the lock was missing and I advised that his lock was missing asking was everything ok. This tenant was very happy with the fact that I called and informed him of his lock not being on the unit, and that made him more secure in staying with us simply because we take care of our properties and we want to make sure that our tenants items are well secure. So when you are needing a storage unit come to StorPlace where we will make you feel at home giving A1 customer service and a storage unit with a smile.

Self Storage Tips For Arts and Crafts Enthusiasts

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageCrafting is a passion. I love to craft. But it is difficult at times to create enough space around my home for all of the Arts and Crafts Storage that I need for successful projects.

Crafting can be so much fun and relaxing, but the amount of space for such large to needle sized items is very constricted. The key is organization, organization, organization. And StorPlace Self-Storage can help.

Not only do we have crafting enthusiasts on our team, we also have the right self storage units to help you declutter your home. Once you are organized and created the space you need this holiday season, following these helpful steps below for a DIY project for a Christmas wreath. Since I’m in the process of crafting this too, I’ve shared the tips for success below for all my fellow hobbiests.

DIY Wreath – Supplies List:

  • As many toilet paper and paper towel rolls you can collect
  • A ruler, preferably clear with easy guidelines
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun

DIY Wreath – Instructions: 

  • Flatten down each paper towel roll to cut. This will make a fold at the top and bottom to create a leaf shape.
  • Use your ruler to mark where to cut with scissors. There is no set length, it just depends on how think you would prefer your wreath to be.
  • A 1.5-inch thickness is used in this example.
  • Cut as many pieces as possible depending on how many paper towel and toilet paper rolls you have, and how large you want to make your wreath.
  • Now start arranging the pieces into a wreath shape.
  • You can use a salad plate as a template to line the pieces up against.
  • Lay a single ring of pieces around the plate to form the wreath’s base.

Then, with your hot glue gun, adhere the pieces together to form a complete circle. This will form the inner edge of the wreath. Once this ring is complete, you can arrange the rest of the pieces around it in any way you like.

From this point forward, the possibilities of colors, glitters, bows, ribbons, and etc. are endless. Don’t worry it there are several pieces left over, use them for mini wreath ornaments for the tree.

And always remember, never let clutter or cramped quarters stand in the way of your passion. Let StorPlace Self-Storage help you move some items out of your way and start crafting today!

Tips for Winterizing and Organizing Your Home

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageOrganizing and winterizing your home is important. It keeps you in a good position when Spring Cleaning comes around, while also ensuring that everything is working properly throughout the harshest months that Mother Nature has to offer.

For tips on how to winterize and organize your home properly, check out the list below.

Grab your mulch bagger and leaf vacuum.

It is the time of year to get your fall tools out of storage and use them to clean up the area around your home. Use your mulch bagger to mulch up all the yard debris, especially around big trees. This helps to insulate the spring bulbs buried below, it also allows the cuttings to breakdown and nourish the tree.

Use a large amount as compostable material for the vegetable beds and the tumble composter.

If we can store it in a dry place, I can continue to make compost even through the winter. This is also the time, I start cleaning out dead and dying vegetation, and any areas that are overgrown or just need a little sprucing up. It’s still a little early to be thinking about fall plantings. Some bulbs, such as Tulips, prefer to be planted in the fall or over the winter, as these type bulbs use the cold weather as their dormant period which prepares them for a beautiful show in spring. Fall is the time of year to fertilize your acid loving Rhododendrons, and Azaleas, specifically.

Seal the vents around the exterior of our homes foundation.

We are also double-checking that all gutters and downspouts are clear, and flowing properly. Little is worse than finding out in the dead of winter, that these things are stopped up, and your forced to do an emergency cleaning while its freezing cold. We will also be checking our storm windows, to insure the window sills and exterior of windows are clean, and closed.

Inspect attic vents for debris or openings and wrap water pipes. 

Eliminate the colder air from entering the attic. You should inspect water pipes, and wrap as needed to prevent freezing later. Central heating and air conditioning systems need a little extra attention at this time, it’s actually a great time to have them inspected by a professional, if you can pull your pressure washer out of storage, a good exterior cleaning will serve well, and as always clean and replace air filters as needed. If your heating vents flow through an area that is cold (attic or basement), you will want to inspect, and wrap as needed.

Don’t forget to winterize your automobile.

Draining the radiator, and filling with sufficient anti-freeze, inspection of tires, and belts, and of course stocking emergency items in the event of a break down or other road side emergency. Water, blankets, snacks, change of clothing, and a extra set of any emergency, (life saving) medications you may need. Use of these easy tips should help you and yours to make it through yet another winter, effectively, economically, and safely.

Consider storing your summer tools and equipment during this period of winterizing and home organization. StorPlace Self Storage’s storage units are available to assist with all of your seasonal storage needs, stop by today to learn more from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. 

Exciting News Upcoming for StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of GreenwoodWe are very excited about some upcoming changes at StorPlace of Murfreesboro Rd. that we will be unveiling in the winter months. Very shortly, we hope to be the new and improved StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage Facility.

The improvements and expansion will help StorPlace Self Storage continue to meet the needs of our current and future tenants. The new addition of the heated and cooled two-story building will add flavor and a modern look to this beautiful property.

As the community grows, StorPlace Self Storage will continue to work hard to improve its facilities to meet the demands of the area. Additional heated and cooled units will be added for the homeowners and apartment dwellers that need to store their precious treasures that are temperature sensitive. Items such as household goods, musical instruments, electronic devices, and antique furniture can be stored with no worries. We also have large convenient outdoor drive up units for storing vehicles and any type of business inventory.

Being centrally located to so many apartment homes, we find that the residents seem to never have enough closet space. With our convenient location and drive up walk-in-closet size units, the space is adequate for your extra items. These units are perfect for the extra over flow such as outdoor grills, bicycles, and small garden tools.

Our new show room will feature a full line of moving and packing supplies and we will have additional dedicated staff on hand to give valuable tips on how to pack and store your belongings. With every size box on hand for lamps, flat screened televisions, dishes, and boxes for every size picture and mirror, the worries of moving will all but disappear.

As the time draws near, we would like to encourage you to join in our excitement and
anticipation of our new expansion. I am sure that as we continue to work hand in hand with our neighbors, StorPlace will exceed your Storage expectations.

One of my favorite things about fall: PUMPKINS

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageI enjoy fall and everything it entails, especially PUMPKINS! I work for StorPlace Self Storage which is a company that supports and recognizes the importance of family and family time.

Our work hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm which leaves time for family fun. I also live in Murfreesboro and so I am always seeking out fun places to visit that are not too far from home.

Here are two of my favorite family fun fall activities near Murfreesboro.

Lucky Ladd Farms

Lucky Ladd Farms is located in Eagleville, TN just a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro. Pumpkins are available for picking here beginning on September 21st through October 31st. This is a great place to take the whole family; as it is much more than just a pumpkin patch. Lucky Ladd has a full day of activities available including a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and over 75 hands-on attractions. You get all of this for $13.00 for adults and teens, $11.00 for children 2-12 and ages 65 and over get in for $11.00; also parking is free here. You can obtain more information by visiting their website at Lucky Ladd Farms.

Walden Pumpkin Patch

Walden Pumpkin Patch is located in Smyrna, TN which is also a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro. This is a beautiful farm that is definitely worth a visit; Walden’s is open beginning September 24th through October 31st and admission to the farm, including parking is free of charge. They have hayrides, face painting, and sand art activities all for a small charge. They also have an activity area you can play in for just $4 a person which includes a corn maze, Hay Mountain, a 40 foot slide, seesaw, creepy corner, and several more activities. They also have concessions you can purchase while you are there; I would highly recommend the pumpkin fudge…DELICIOUS! You can visit Walden’s webpage for more information at Walden Farm.

In my opinion you really cannot go wrong with either choice, perhaps you can just do both, whichever you choose I hope you have a great time! Happy Fall!

Delicious Eats around the Murfreesboro, TN area

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageOne of my favorite activities is exploring many of the great restaurants, cafes and diners around the Murfreesboro, TN area.

If you’re an experienced foodie like me, or an aspiring foodie who is looking for some recommendations on some of the best places to go, below is a list we compiled to help you on that journey to deliciousness.

Below are a few of those gems.

Goodness Gracious at The Mill-Readyville, TN (just down Woodbury Hwy)

The Mill is a historic landmark established in 1812 in Readyville, TN. It is currently a restaurant and a working grist mill. The Mill is also a venue for special occasions such as weddings. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. I have never ventured over into anything besides breakfast because, frankly- the breakfast is just too good.

One of my go to orders is the Buffalo Chicken Omelet. This dish is incredibly savory! The omelet is stuffed with grilled chicken, a mild and creamy buffalo sauce and crumbles of blue cheese. There are many sides to cheese from including: gouda grits, hash brown casserole or even pineapple cheese casserole. Don’t forget to order a cup of coffee. They will certainly top your cup off and all with a smile!

Carmen’s Taqueria (West Northfield Blvd in Murfreesboro)

If you asked me what my favorite Mexican restaurant here in the ‘Boro is, I would without a doubt say Carmen’s Taqueria. Carmen’s is a feast for the stomach as well as the eyes. They serve delicious Mexican food with a detailed flare. One of my favorite dishes to order is the Burrito de Camaron. The burrito is stuffed with plump shrimp, along with white queso poured on top. They add slices of avocado near some hearty beans and rice. They are located at 206 W Northfield Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 and business hours are from Mon-Sat. 11am-10pm & Sun 11am-9pm

Sam’s Sports Grill (located outside of Stones River Mall)

Sam’s Sports Grill is one of my favorites for something quick. There are TV’s displayed everywhere if you are a Sports Fan. I, myself, stop in for the quick, delicious food. Once I like something, I tend to get stuck on it. For Sam’s that would be The French Dip sandwich. Angus roast beef and swiss cheese fill this sandwich that is served on a soft hoagie roll. It comes with the classic au jus dipping sauce, but I ask for a cup of their fresh horseradish dip, too (trust me, you are going to want to try this as well).
For full menu and directions, click here.

In the storage business, our team here at StorPlace of Rutherford Boulevard likes to relax when we can and check out new things and places. We hope you try some of these restaurants and let us know what you think!