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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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!