How to Store Outdoor Furniture and Cushions to Keep Them Safe During the Winter

Outdoor furniture sits on a deck covered in snow instead of being stored safely in a storage unit.Nights are starting to get cooler and leaves are beginning to turn beautiful colors of yellow, orange and red. The last few outdoor summer nights are escaping us as fall starts to settle in. We know you love your outdoor furniture and the fun summer memories you have created with it, which is why protecting it over the fall and winter months is a top priority. Follow these tops storage tips to keep your outdoor furniture and cushions fresh for more summers to come!

How to Store Outdoor Furniture

1. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: The right way to care for your outdoor furniture depends on what it’s made out of. To ensure proper care of your outdoor chairs and tables, remember to follow all instructions from the manufacturer.
2. Thoroughly Clean Furniture: Like storing anything, don’t store outdoor furniture until it has been properly cleaned. Any moisture or dirt left on your furniture can turn to mold, mildew or rust during the long winter months. Wicker, iron, plastic and mesh furniture can be cleaned with a solution of gentle dish soap dissolved in water. Wood furniture should be cleaned with a solution of detergent and water. Before placing in storage, check to see if your furniture needs a new application of finish or if it needs to be treated for rust.
3. Give Furniture Time to Dry: Storing furniture before it’s dry will leave it prone to damage caused by rust, mold or mildew. Take the time to let your furniture dry before putting it away.
4. Cover Your Patio Furniture: Keep your furniture out of the winter elements. Cover your furniture with an approved protective cover and store it in a dry location, like a garage or shed.

How to Store Outdoor Furniture Cushions

1. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: Cushions can be made with a variety of materials, all requiring different care. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to increase the longevity of your cushions.
2. Take the Time to Clean your Cushions: If your manufacturer recommends utilizing a machine washer, use it. Otherwise, use gentle dish soap dissolved in water and scrub with a scrubbing brush. Any leftover crumbs from long summer nights of enjoying s’mores, hot dogs and chips will be a disaster in storage. Not only will leftover food cause mold to grow on your cushions, it may also attract pests, creating a bigger issue when it’s time to take your cushions out of storage. Thoroughly cleaning your cushions before storage will set you up for many more enjoyable summer nights with your furniture.
3. Store Cushions Dry: Do not store your cushions unless they are completely dry. Any moisture trapped within the cushions could turn to mold, ruining the cushions you just spent time cleaning.
4. Store Cushions in Plastic Bags: After prepping your cushions for storage and allowing them to dry, wrap them in plastic to keep all traces of moisture out. Store your plastic-wrapped cushions in a dry location, free from extreme temperature fluctuations.

Are You in Need of a Place to Store Your Outdoor Furniture?

Properly storing your outdoor cushions and furniture will help them last longer, as well as save you from a headache when it’s time to remove them from storage again. If you’re storing outdoor cushions and furniture and you need a place that’s free from fluctuations in temperature, consider a heated and cooled storage unit. A heated and cooled storage unit will maintain a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees, best protecting your outdoor living investment. Contact one of our 18 locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee with any questions!

Vinyl Record Storage Tips for Protecting Your LPs

Protect Your LPs from Damage with Vinyl Record Storage Tips

Physical album sales are down. Way down. All except for one format: Vinyl. According to BuzzAngle Music, a music analytics service, vinyl record sales grew by a staggering 25.9 percent in 2016.

A stack of vinyl records

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve been swept up in the record resurgence. If so, then you might be wondering how to store vinyl records safely. Stay with us, and we’ll show you everything you need to know to keep those albums sounding awesome for years to come.

How Should I Store My Vinyl Records?

Vinyl records should be stored upright. Never horizontal, or stacked one on top of another. Here’s why: Stacking albums horizontally accelerates the appearance of “ring wear” and, given enough time, leads to warping. Warping is when the surface of the LP bends and becomes wobbly as it spins on your turntable. This makes it harder for your needle to track the grooves, causes skipping and shortening the life of your expensive cartridge. So, always make sure to store your records vertically on a shelf, and keep them as straight as possible.

Where Should I Store My Vinyl Records?

Store your vinyl records in a cool, dry environment away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Heat from air vents, radiators and even sunlight can literally melt your precious collection. And, you’d be surprised at just how quickly it can happen. On the other hand, exposure to moisture and humidity creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to ruin your album artwork.

What Temperature is Best for Vinyl Record Storage?

For albums you’re currently listening to on a regular basis, it’s ok to store them at room temperature. For storing records long-term, though, you want to keep the temperature much lower, around 60 degrees. If you have a basement, this could be one option to consider. But, keep in mind that moisture and humidity are your enemies! If your basement is damp, your next best bet could be a temperature controlled self storage unit.

How Can I Protect My Record Jackets and Album Artwork?

When you buy a new record at your local record store, it comes wrapped in a thin layer of shrink wrap. This helps protect the LP jacket from damage during production and shipping. When you tear it off at home, however, your album jacket is now more exposed to damage. Not to mention, dust and debris can easily find their way inside, contaminating your new jams. Luckily, there’s an easy, affordable solution. Plastic album sleeves. Buy them online or pick some up at your record store, but definitely take this extra step to protect your collection.

Got More Albums than You Can Handle?

The biggest drawback to storing vinyl records at home is that they take up a ton of space. So, here’s one final vinyl record storage suggestion for you. Comb through your records and pull out all of the albums you think you’re going to listen to in the next few months. Then, pack up the rest and take them to a self storage facility close to home. You can still get to your records if your tastes change, but you won’t have to deal with all the clutter. Just make sure you follow these vinyl record storage tips when you move into your unit!

Offering Care and Support for Our Customers

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYLife is but a breath. All that will matter forever and ever in our
heavenly state is the glory that came to God through our lives.

Spring has sprung here at StorPlace of Cool Springs. All of our grass and bushes are all lush and green we have sweet birds chirping all around. People are putting houses up for sale, which means they are sorting what to keep donate and yes what to purge. We here at Storplace can help you with some of the keeping decisions.

First, we have plenty of packing supplies for your precious memories and belonging. Boxes, bubble wrap, tape pretty much anything you need to box up items. We have heated and cooled storage units as well as traditional units. Depending on your storage needs, our trained associates can help you with that decision.

One of the wonderful things about working for StorPlace is the customers that we meet. Everybody has a storage need and story and most all folks want to share with you what is going on their lives. We love to listen to our customers. That is how we help them find the most functional type of unit for their storage needs.

One of our storage customers recently came in to buy some boxes and moving supplies soon after selling her house, and facing the promising future of purchasing a new house in the near future. She is so excited she said it is all happening during the middle of her biggest fundraiser that she does every year. I am helping her pick out boxes and talking about a larger storage unit and I said oh what is that?

My customer said she does a huge fundraiser for The Lung Force Walk. I told her that was wonderful and that I myself was a lung cancer patient. She wanted me to write a blog for her, so I thought, well maybe I can talk about both Storage and Lung Cancer and this could be a win-win situation.

For our storage customer let’s get this information out: LUNG FORCE

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S., and every five minutes a woman in this country learns she has lung cancer. LUNG FORCE, led by the American Lung Association, unites women and their loved ones across the country to stand together against lung cancer.

We here at Storplace Cool Springs try our best to keep as many toxin fumes away from our associates and our customers. Safety first at all times we wear masks when cleaning our storage units and use as many “green” products as we can. When a customer comes in and wants a clean, well-kept storage facility we are proud to show them StorPlace of Cool Springs and/or offer a sister location when necessary to keep that customer in a clean well organized storage facility.

Self-Storage Tips for Downsizing Seniors

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageDownsizing is the process of reducing the size of your home. This also requires reducing the number of items that are stored in your home. The first step to effectively downsize is to take an inventory of your household belongings.

These items will then be placed into four categories: items to move into your new home, give away to friends and family, donate to a charity or store in a self-storage unit.

Friends and Family

After determining which items will be moved into your new home, the next group of belongings for downsizing seniors are those that will be given away to friends and family. These household items typically include family heirlooms, or those items with sentimental value. This could also include furniture that will no longer fit into your new home. Large dressers, dining room tables, or couches could be given away to family members who have space and needs for them. Other items that were acquired with friends, or remind you of a time you spent with someone special, are also typically given away before downsizing into your new home.

Donating Items to Charity

This aspect of downsizing for seniors is an opportunity to help others while also improving your own living situation. In a smaller home, typically there is less closet or storage space. A condominium, for example, may also not have a basement. Taking an inventory of your closets, basements and attics would usually help find quality items to donate to a charity. Clothing, hats or winter jackets that you no longer wear, for example, would be gladly accepted by a donation center and help someone in need. Toys that grandchildren used to play with that occupy space in your basement are another example of household items that could be donated while seniors are downsizing.

Storing Items in a Self-Storage Unit

Storing items in a self-storage unit is an effective way for seniors to downsize. Seasonal decorations are an example of items that are ideally kept in a self-storage unit when downsizing. You will only need your Halloween or Christmas decorations for a limited time. These are items that seniors could store in a self-storage unit and retrieve when needed. If you have patio or lawn furniture that doesn’t have place just yet in your new home, these items could also be stored by downsizing seniors in self-storage. Documents like titles or deeds that are accessed infrequently could also be stored in a self-storage unit, along with print photos or albums. Those documents would be best placed in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

For more storage tips visit the StorPlace self-storage facility near you today.

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

A messy desk is a less productive desk. Spring clean up your act with these tips!

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

Spring cleaning fever is spreading! People in the workplace can participate in the time-honored tradition, too. Of course, you won’t be sweeping, mopping or cleaning appliances. We’re going to clear out the clutter, organize your office and power up your productivity with these spring cleaning tips for your business.

How To Organize Your Office

Cleaning in the business place is more about organization than anything else. A lack of organization within your organization costs you time and money. Have we stressed the importance of organization?
Let’s start with your desk’s surface. Can you see it, or is it buried under a stack of papers and folders? Sift through that to see what’s no longer relevant. Toss that stuff right away. For the items that still need tending to, sort them by priority and stack them neatly in one spot on your desk.

Next, consider the arrangement of items on your desk. Most people in the modern workplace spend the majority of their day looking at a computer screen. Make sure yours is directly in front of you, and if possible, have the screen level with your eyes to reduce neck and back issues.

If you spend a lot of time on the phone, make sure it’s close at hand and easily visible. Position your most-used office supplies in a similar fashion. Items that see use everyday probably don’t need to go in a drawer. If your stapler, staple remover, tape dispenser or other items are only needed occasionally, keep them tucked away in a storage area or on a shelf.

Personal belongings like photos, awards and other mementos are a great way to spruce up the place, but don’t let them take over your workstation. If that action figure collection distracts you throughout the day, it shouldn’t stay.

Organizing Your Email Inbox

Now that your desktop is clean and well-organized, has your email inbox blown up? We have a few ideas on how to get that part of your work space under control, too.

This may sound counterintuitive, but check your inbox less often. Many of us are distracted when those email notifications pop up—just begging to be read. How many times have you been in the middle of an important project only to have your train of thought derailed by that intrusive little pop-up window? Did it take a while to get back on track? Was it worth it?

You might go so far as to turn the notifications off and designate a few times throughout the day that are reserved for checking messages. You can also reduce the amount of email flying back and forth with a few phone calls or in-person chats. It can difficult to convey context with written communication sometimes, and you might save everyone some time with a little more personal interaction. As an added bonus, they get to see your smiling face!

Storage For Your Business

As your business gets organized, you may find yourself with more stuff than you can adequately store on site. Some items could be donated to charities or raffled off to employees, but you might need to keep some of it. Where will you put it?

That’s where StorPlace can help. Our self-storage facilities offer security and convenience with storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. Our friendly managers are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your storage experience is as stress-free as possible. They can answer any questions you might have about extra features like climate-controlled storage units, and they can offer guidance on the best ways to maximize the use of your space. Call or visit a StorPlace location near you for more information.

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

If you’re more scared of what’s hiding under your bed or in your closet now than you were when you were a child, it’s time to spring into action. Every year, millions of Americans practice the grand tradition of cleaning their homes from top to bottom. Before you bring the annual cleaning crusade to the bedroom, take a look at these bedroom spring cleaning tips.

A man vacuums the bedroom floor.

Bedroom Organization

We’ll get to the actual cleaning in just a second, but first, let’s talk about organizing your bedroom. As you move from area to area, consider the most effective use of your space. There might be room for storage under the bed, in the closets and elsewhere that could be put to better use. You always want regularly needed items in the most convenient places. Things that you need rarely can go to the back of the closet or in the bottom drawers. When emptying areas for cleaning, take the time to sort the objects into keep, sell (or donate) and storage piles.

Bedroom Cleaning Advice

We realize every bedroom is different, so feel free to customize these suggestions to fit your needs.

  1. Closet: Using our sorting suggestion above, empty this space completely. That way, you’ll be able to reach into all the corners and thoroughly clean it from top to bottom. Dust and wipe off any shelving, and then finish up with the vacuum. When you return the items you’ll be keeping, remember to organize as you go!
  2. Furniture: Move onto any dressers, nightstands or drawers you may have. Dust the outer areas. Empty and clean the drawers, and then, return items in an organized fashion as you did in the closet. With the bed, dust and wipe from the top down so you catch any falling dust and debris as you move from area to area. Don’t forget to check under the bed. No boogeymen to worry about, but if you haven’t cleaned in a while, it could still be a little scary.
  3. Windows: Wipe down the windows and windowsill. Drapes and curtains should be washed or otherwise cleaned according to instructions on the labels. A professional cleaning company can help with this if needed.
  4. Floor: After everything else is finished, give the floor some love.
  • For carpet, break out the vacuum. Consider having it shampooed. You might be able to rent equipment and buy supplies at the local home improvement store or have the pros take care of it for you.
  • For hardwood floors, you’ll need to vary your approach depending on what kind you have. Newer surface-sealed flooring has a protective coat that makes cleaning a snap. Grab the broom and mop and go to town! Most other types of wood floors are a little different. Liquid or paste wax is recommended. If you don’t know which kind you have, try to smudge it with your finger. If you can’t do it, you have a surface-sealed floor!

Storing Household Items

For any items that you want to keep—just not in the house—we can help. StorPlace Self-Storage offers climate-controlled storage units that are the perfect home away from home your belongings. If you’re not sure how much space you might need, check out our Storage Size Finder. If you still have questions, our self-storage professionals would love to talk with you. Stop by any of our facilities today!

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Garage

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Garage

For many Americans, the garage tends to be a holding area for all sorts of objects. Broken tools or appliances, future projects (that may or may not be completed) and a variety of other items can overwhelm the space if you’re not careful. Make sure your spring cleaning plan includes some quality time in the garage.A teenage boy helps clean the garage.

How to Clean the Garage

The following list is a good place to start, but you may want to take a few extra minutes to customize it to your situation. Work smarter, not harder!

  1. Start with a blank canvas. Before you can turn your garage into a carefully organized work of art, you have to clean it out. Move items to your patio, driveway or yard. Instead of shuffling things from side to side (and shuffling dirt and dust around with them), this will ensure that you’re able to wipe out all the dirt in one pass. It will also let you know just how much stuff has accumulated in your garage. You might be surprised at what you find!
  2. Dust, sweep and rinse. Dust off any unmovable surfaces like large shelving units, wall-mounted organization racks and anything else that’s stuck in there. Once the dust has settled, break out the broom and dustpan. Finish everything off with a mop and bucket or at least a good spray from the water hose. If you keep the floor clean out here, you’ll minimize the mess that follows the family’s feet into the house.
  3. Determine what stays and what goes. Anything that’s clearly unsalvageable should be tossed. If you have some broken items that you’ve been meaning to get around to repairing eventually, be honest with yourself about the likelihood of that day coming. Some items could be donated to local charities or taken to recycling centers. Sort through it all and decide what should have a place in your home.
  4. Get it together. Now that you’ve made the hard decisions, it’s time to get organized! Group items by themes so you can easily find them when you need them. You might need to get some shelving units or containers to keep everything nice and neat going forward. Once it’s all in place, try to maintain it! If you let little messes mount up, it gets easier and easier to delay the cleaning effort until you’re left with a big job—like today.

When You Need More Space for Garage Items…

After the job is done, you may decide you need additional space for your garage and other household items. StorPlace Self-Storage has you covered! We offer storage units in a variety of sizes with features like additional property protection, heated and cooled units, packing supplies and more. If you need tips on packing and storing items, check out our videos, or ask our friendly, knowledgeable managers for advice. They are ready and willing to go the extra mile to make sure your self-storage experience is as stress-free as possible.

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Kitchen

It’s time to roll up those sleeves and start cleaning. A tradition that dates back hundreds or thousands of years, many cultures have taken the arrival of spring as a sign that it’s time for a fresh start. Let’s kick things off with one of the hardest places in the house to keep clean: the kitchen.

Check out these tips to make your kitchen spring cleaning a success.

This woman is prepared to tackle the task of cleaning her kitchen!

With daily meal prep, morning coffee and midnight snack runs, it can be hard to keep all the crumbs and messes from accumulating in the dark corners. Let’s cover a few guidelines you should keep in mind before your kitchen cleaning crusade commences.

Guidelines for Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Creating a detailed checklist is a good place to start. You’ll save yourself time in the long run with a few extra minutes of preparation up front.

  • Divide and conquer. Breaking your kitchen down into categories or areas will prevent you from cleaning in circles. You could start with big appliances like your refrigerator and stove first before moving onto smaller ones. Then, take care of the cabinets and drawers. Save the floor for last because there’s a good chance your other cleaning efforts will end up spilling some collateral damage down there.
  • Empty before cleaning. Don’t just scrub around plates in cabinets or food in the fridge. Remove everything from whatever area you’re currently cleaning. While you’re doing this, be on the lookout for any expired food so you can throw it out. Take drawers and shelves out of the refrigerator, and give them a thorough cleaning in the sink.
  • Soak away caked-on crud. If shelves or drawers have sticky stains or other debris that’s rough to remove, try soaking them in soapy water. If your oven knobs are looking a little crummy, you can place them in a vinegar solution for a little while to loosen the grime.
  • Make this easier on yourself next year. Stay on top of your kitchen cleaning duties daily to keep messes from mounting. Your future self will thank you.

Organizing the Kitchen

Take the opportunity to put things in order while you clean. Putting pots and pans together and nesting smaller items in larger ones will help free up space in your cabinets and drawers. If you’re not already doing this, you may find you have more storage space in the kitchen than you thought! And if everything has a permanent home, you won’t find yourself flinging open all the drawers to find that measuring cup—not that that’s happened to us or anything.

Find a convenient space to store all your cleaning supplies. You’ll want to keep them away from anything edible or anything that will touch food, really. If children are around, you should also make sure to childproof whatever storage area you choose. Underneath the sink is usually a handy spot.

Storage for Household Items

While you’re cleaning out the clutter in your kitchen, keep in mind that you don’t have to keep everything in your home. When space is at a premium, let us help. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer storage units in a variety of sizes. Our friendly managers can help you find the solution that’s just right for your needs from a few small household items to an entire home’s worth of belongings.

Kayaking Storage Tips


Here we are again, and spring time is drawing near. After being cooped up in the house for the last four months, I am itching to get back to the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather I know is close.

I spend a lot of my time on the river, kayaking, more specifically. The last two weeks I have spent some time researching new trips to take this year. With the beautiful Stones River flowing right behind our StorPlace of Lebanon Pike location in Hermitage, I thought there would be no better place to kayak. One of the biggest issues when going kayaking is finding places to access the river that are public property. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s (TWRA) website has an interactive map with all the river access points listed, as well as boating regulations. I found a trip along the stretch of river close to the store where I work. It will be super convenient. All I have to do is swing by my storage unit to load up my gear and then just a short drive to the Greenway access.

Now for some important kayaking tips:

  • Always make sure someone knows your trip plans- In case there is an emergency, you want someone to know how/ where to find you.
  • Make sure the places you access the river are public access- do not trespass on private property.
  • Keep your cellphone in a safe, dry placeI always take my cellphone with me in the event of an emergency, but I have also lost a few in the river. I now keep it in a dry bag in a locked compartment of my kayak.
  • Always wear your life jacketThis is a good idea for everyone, but required by law for children 12 or under.
  • Carry a mesh laundry bag to pick up any trash you see during your tripPlease leave the river cleaner than you found it (you can get these cheap and they don’t hold water)
  • Take plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated
  • Pack a “dry bag” with extra clothing Not everyone makes it though the trip without flipping and sometimes it will rain and make it cold outside.


When the trip is over, now it’s time to store your kayak again. You always want to make sure it is completely dry before putting it back inside your storage unit. If it is not this can cause you to have mold issues. I have a shelf in my unit that I use to store my paddles, life jackets, and dry bags in an easy to find way. If you do not yet have a storage unit for your kayak, feel free to stop by StorPlace of Lebanon Pike. One of our manager’s will be happy to set you up with one.

Happy Paddling everyone!

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.