One of my favorite things about fall: PUMPKINS

Pumpkins

 

I 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, 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 20th through November 1st.  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 $10.00 ages 2-64 and ages 65 and over get in for $9.00; also parking is free. You can obtain more information by visiting their website at http://www.luckyladdfarms.com/.

Walden Pumpkin Patch

Walden Pumpkin Patch is located in Smyrna, TN which is also a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro.  This beautiful farm is definitely worth a visit. Walden’s is open beginning September 20th 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 http://www.waldenfarm.biz/.

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!

 

Boxes and Packing Supplies

Packing and Moving Supplies at StorPlaceWhen customers walk in to a storage facility they expect the facility to only rent storage space. However, StorPlace Self Storage also provides packing supplies ranging from boxes to tape to packing peanuts.

The boxes vary in size from small boxes, (1.5 cubic feet), to extra large boxes, (6.1 cubic feet), and there are also odd-shaped boxes for specific items. Small boxes are best for heavier items such as books, CD’s, and dishes which don’t sound to heavy but when you start filling up a box with these items, it can get extremely heavy very quickly. The next size up is the medium box, ( 3.0 cubic feet), they are the most popular and versatile box that StorPlace Self Storage sells. This particular box is perfect for kid’s toys, priceless collectables, and small appliances.  Also available for purchase are large boxes and extra large boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing large or bulky items such as computer equipment, clothing, and linens.

We also have different size boxes for your specific needs. There are lamp base boxes and mirror boxes and wardrobe boxes, just to name a few. Mirror boxes are also great for framed pictures or framed art work. Wardrobe boxes are wonderful because they are 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide with a metal bar across the top to hold clothes on a hanger. This way you don’t even have to take you clothes off the hanger to move them. Just pull them out of your closet and hang the directly in the wardrobe box. Clothes can be moved or stored without getting wrinkled or dirty so you don’t have to wash them again after your move.  StorPlace Self Storage also sells box kits to get you moving in the right direction. It is real easy to see what size boxes you need when you are at home looking at your belongings, but once you leave your home and make it to a store that sells boxes, it gets a little harder to pick out what you need. The box kit contains the most popular size boxes, a roll of tape, and some bubble wrap. There is also a kitchen kit that contains the same items as the regular box kit with an additional 10 pounds box of wrapping paper.

The 10 pounds of wrapping paper goes a long way in the kitchen when it comes to wrapping your dishes and glasses. It is very tempting to use newspaper for this particular job, but if you ask around you will find out that using regular newspaper is a good way to ruin your dishes as it leaves a permanent black ink on your nice dishes. It is best to use the 10 pound box of wrapping paper for this job as it is very similar to news paper, but WITHOUT the black ink. It The newsprint is also available in a 20 pound box if you think that the 10 pound box is just not enough.  It is also great to wrap the knickknacks and collectibles that are all around your house.

StorPlace Self Storage also sells many other packing items as well, including but are not limited to: bubble wrap, tape, rope, ratchet tie-downs, packing peanuts, measuring tape, box knives, and even a rain poncho in case it starts raining on you in the middle of your move.  As you can see this is a one stop shop for all your moving and storage needs.

As the gas prices continue to climb even higher, you do not want to be wasting time and gas driving from store to store looking for the packing and moving supplies that you just ran out of! Keep StorPlace Self Storage in mind for the next time you move so it will be a smooth transition.

Get Ready for Fall Storage

Getting Ready for FallFall and winter are just around the corner.  It’s almost time to start preparing those summer vehicles for the winter.  Do you need a parking spot to store that boat or recreational vehicle for the winter months ahead?   StorPlace Self Storage has more than ten locations that provide parking as long as spots are available. We also have storage units that are large enough to store a car or boat should parking spots are not available.  Some spots might be easier to get to than others, but we strive to make your storage experience as safe and easy as possible.

Maybe you don’t need a big storage unit, but something just big enough to store your seasonal items, such as decorations. We have smaller storage units available for those little things that you just don’t have room for or are wanting to get out-of-the-way at your home.  Stop in to any StorPlace Self Storage location and we would be happy to show you a storage unit that meets your storage needs, whether it be a 5X5 or something bigger like a 10X15.  We also have bigger storage units that range in size from a 10X20 up to a 10X40.  We are happy to help assist you with whatever storage units are available at the time.

We all know that the busiest time of the year for packing and moving is in the summer months.  Now with the summer months coming to a close, maybe you have decided to wait and let the rush of movers pass by before you move.  No matter what the time of year, we are always here to help you with your storage and packing needs.  We have plenty of packing supplies, such as boxes that range from small to extra-large and packaging tape to secure the boxes.  We also have bubble wrap, foam sheets, newsprint, and peanuts to make sure that all of your belongings are packed securely for safe storing.  There are plastic covers for your chairs, sofas, mattress sets and more so your furniture won’t get dusty or damaged during the transition from home to storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has Budget rental trucks available for those who would rather move themselves into a unit instead of hiring movers.

For those items that you just can’t dare to part with, that are sentimental to you, or that are sensitive to outside elements like extreme heat or cold, a heated and cooled storage unit could be the right type of unit for you.  The heated and cooled units are accessible through a door to the inside of a building.  The heated and cooled units have a pipe that goes into the top of the unit right under the ceiling that pumps in the fresh cool air during the hotter months and cozy warm heat during the colder months.  Also, for your convenience, there are carts in the hallways so you don’t have to carry anything.  You can put your items on the cart and wheel them right into your storage unit, making your move just a little bit easier.

StorPlace Self Storage managers and staff are always here to help you with your storage and packing needs.  With over ten locations in the Nashville and greater Nashville area and a location in Bowling Green, Kentucky, you are sure to find a location near you! Come on in and check out our units!

The 5 Most Common Mishaps When Storing

StorPlace Self Storage-packing supplies

Don’t start your packing without stopping in at StorPlace for supplies.

 

 

There are many common misconceptions about renting and storing in a self storage unit. Below are five common myths and mishaps that occur when storing. StorPlace Self Storage is sharing this information so these these mishaps don’t happen to you!

Not insuring your property

At StorPlace Self Storage, we require you to have some type of insurance protection on your stored property whether it is your own or through our property protection.  It is important to have your property protected. You never know when Mother Nature is going to hit. You might not think your items are irreplaceable until you lose them.

Using newspaper or other items not suitable for wrapping items

Using regular newspaper to wrap items such as plates and glasses is not recommended.  Over time the ink on the newspaper will bleed into your plates and other items wrapped in it. There is a better alternative, it is the newsprint.  It is newspaper without the ink. This way no ink bleeds onto your items.

Storing food and drinks

You should absolutely not store food or drink in a self-storage unit.  It will only attract bugs and other critters.  Also, when attempting to store canned drinks, you need to be extra careful where you store them. They could get too hot and burst.

Not having proper help or rushing

When moving or packing items, try not to rush the wrapping/packing process as it could cause damage to the items that you might not notice until a later time.  Also, when you are storing the items make sure to stack them carefully to avoid damage and other issue while moving them again, like boxes falling on you.

Not labeling your items properly

When packing items in boxes, make sure you label the boxes, so you do not get confused later.  Some may even want to make an inventory list and possibly number the boxes so that you will be able to find items easier later.  For example, boxes 1-3 are filled with kitchen items and boxes 4-7 are bathroom stuff.

Fall Storage Tips From StorPlace Self Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of BellevueFall cleaning and moving your college student back on campus  is here once again. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small or large, you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. StorPlace Self Storage has a lot of convenient locations in different sides of town:  such as in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 2 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new one on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your location and storage needs.

One fall cleaning project is putting your outdoor toys away after you winterize them.   StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue offers heated and cool units as well as traditional non-heated and cooled units. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest storage unit is 5 x 5 in both heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled. The storage unit sizes go up to a 10 x 40, which only is available in non-heated and cooled. However, there are many storage unit sizes in between which have the option for heated and cooled, depending on the size. The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are inside in a hallway. For your convenience, we do have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to the storage unit.  A common question we receive is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the non?”  It does, but to have peace of mind your belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there when you get them out, it can be a small price to pay. We do also have a one time $25.00 administration fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about  getting your own lock and worrying if it’s the correct kind.

As far as storing those summertime toys, StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has large non heated and cooled units as well as some indoor and outdoor parking spaces.. We have a few covered spaces if you can catch one when its vacant. We always recommend that your come look at the storage units and the parking spaces before you rent.

In order to rent a storage unit at  any StorPlace Self Storage location, we do require a valid driver’s license. To rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and some proof of ownership, bill of sale or registration. Just give any location a call and we will be glad to assist you!

‘Stuff’ at StorPlace of Greenwood

Stuff the Bus

 

At one time or another, most folks who place belongings in storage refer to their things as ‘stuff.’ This doesn’t mean the items don’t have personal value. It is just that the need to store is usually a bit overwhelming and most people see their things more as ‘stuff’.Even fine pieces of furniture can be downgraded to ‘stuff’ at stressful times that includes moving and storage.  Once back at home, items presumably return to their given names: the comfy couch, grandma’s end table, and the like. But on occasion, ‘stuff’ adequately describes everything in storage from beginning to end.

Every summer in Bowling Green, (Kentucky!) there is an event called “Stuff the Bus”. Sponsored by SAM 100.7 radio, locals are encouraged to donate supplies for children in need for the coming school year. For one weekend, Tony Rose, a popular on-air personality, lives on the bus and does live remotes for the station. Along with area school mascots, cheerleaders, local politicians and others, listeners are reminded to donate. This year for the first time, StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood was asked to participate.

In late spring, StorPlace Self Storage was approached by folks from the Kentucky Savings Group, one of the organizations putting together ‘Stuff the Bus.’ It seems that donations of school supplies had already come in and were piling up in garages across town. They thought it would be great if they could consolidate the donations under one roof. Because StorPlace Self Storage is involved with the community, a 10×10 storage unit was provided to the Kentucky Savings Group at no charge. Immediately, carloads of pencils, notebooks, backpacks and other supplies were ferried in to be stored. From May to July additional donations were brought over, many in the back of a brightly detailed SAM 100.7 pickup truck.

On the weekend of July 25, the actual school bus was parked across the street, just down the road from StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood. Tony Rose was in place, personalities waved at passing cars, and the spot was jumping. Items that were in the storage unit were brought over to help fill the bus. We have been told that the target goal for donations has been met. Just in time for the brand new school year that begins this week!

When we look up an account on the StorPlace Self Storage computers, we can type in a name, the unit number, or other information. This summer, when we typed in ‘stuff’, up came the ‘Stuff the Bus’ unit. ‘Stuff’ really did describe the unit contents this time out, and we are pleased to have been a part of a great cause.

Protecting your Belongings in the Heat

Protecting belongings in storage in the summer heatSometimes, we need to take extra care when we store our belonging in the heat of the summer. The best way to protect your belongings during the summer months is to place them in a temperature controlled space. However, that might not always be an option. As many storage facilities have noticed over the past couple of years, the housing market is in an upswing and is causing a higher than normal occupancy rate among some storage facilities and therefore, unit vacancies are few. Most people would like to have a temperature controlled space but sometimes it is just not available. So what can you do to protect your belonging in a non-temperature controlled storage unit? First, stay away from plastic coverings. A lot of popular moving companies take pride in a job well done.  A good moving company’s number one priority is the protection of the customers belongings during the move and most of them use shrink-wrap to protect the furniture during the move. I agree that this is a great idea, however, you have to remember to remove the plastic and shrink-wrap before the furniture goes into the storage unit. Shrink wrap and plastic furniture covers are a great idea to protect your furniture during a move, but it can trap moisture inside the wrap and damage furniture when it is in storage. The furniture must be able to “breathe”. With that said, the best protection from dust and pollen settling on your stuff while in storage is just a simple cotton sheet. It will allow the furniture to breathe and will not trap moisture but at the same time keep the dust off your nice stuff. Next, furniture placement in the storage unit is important. Do not place any porous materials against a concrete wall. For example, don’t place any wooden items, boxes or mattresses against the wall. Concrete sweats during periods of extreme humidity and can cause major problems in a storage unit when the items are placed up against it. Also, most storage facilities have concrete floors. It is very rare, but in some temperature extremes, the concrete floor can sweat also. This is a time when all of those extra boxes you bought can come in handy. Just flatten those boxes and lay the on the floor before you put your items in the unit. We all know that temperature controlled is best for any time of year; sometimes it is just not available at the time. If you follow the instructions listed above it will save you a lot of headache in the long run. Also, remember not to place electronics, photos or paperwork in a non-temperature controlled space. Stop by any of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations in Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky to find out more about temperature controlled vs. non-temperature controlled storage units.

Cleanliness, Maintenance, and Curb Appeal

Cleanliness is most important for self storage security

 

Cleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors in any business. This really applies to a self storage facility. When prospective customers are searching for a place to store their belongings, most of the time they are looking for a facility that appears to be safe and secure. At this point you may be thinking what does security have to do with cleanliness, maintenance and curb appeal? Well it does! While keeping a property clean may not stop a criminal from doing what they do best, it does deter this behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act. Clean and maintained facilities are equated with security and a functioning camera system. Even a fresh coat of paint can go a really long way!

Taking pride in your property can go a very long way with customers. You need to keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat. Also, keep a close eye on the shrubbery around the property. If the shrubbery gets so out of control that it provides cover for criminal behavior,  then it is time to cut the shrubbery down or at the very least trim it. You never want to block the line-of-sight of customers or the employees with shrubs. It is pertinent for customers or tenants to feel safe on your property at all times. That means get out there and make sure that all of your inside and outside lighting is working properly. It is also a very good idea to come out to the property at night to make sure there are not any dark areas on the property. If there is, then you need to install more lighting. Cameras are also very important as they do deter bad behavior from criminals and yes even your tenants.

I know we would all like to think that we have the best tenants of any facility out there and I can honestly say mine are pretty good. However, tenants can be pretty messy, if you let them. One of the best ways to stop that messy tenant before he or she even thinks about leaving you a mess, is to keep the property clean to begin with. Let’s be honest here and think about ourselves. If you pull up to a business and the outside of that business is a trash heap are you really going to be that concerned about the cigarette you just threw down or the candy wrapper and water bottle that just fell out of your car? Now think about pulling up to a beautiful, clean business with nicely trimmed plants and shrubbery out front. Are you going to let that trash fall out of your car now? It all boils down to one fact, if you take pride in your property then others will too.

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

Thinking Ahead

searching for the right self storage facility

 

One thing most people don’t ever consider when storing their stuff is the importance of thinking ahead. It is always good to plan and prepare when you are storing in a self storage unit. Many times, the need of a self-storage unit is last-minute and stressful. If the need is not last-minute, then it is important to take some time and prepare. A careful thought-out plan for your storing needs will be less stressful and more beneficial to you. Planning starts with what, when, and where you are storing. After figuring out what things you need to store then doing a little research can save you time and effort.

Moving is one the main reasons people need self-storage. Storing starts with choosing the right storage location, which is conveniently located near you. Other things to think about then looking at storage facilities are: Does this storage facility offer what you may need in regards to a storage unit size or is the facility temperature controlled? Call in advance to  get information from any of the 16 local StorPlace Self Storage stores.  The staff can help you with all your storage needs. The StorPlace Self Storage managers are happy to answer questions and are very knowledgeable when dealing with storage. Inform the managers what and when you need to store and they can help provide guidance to make the rental process a little easier. With a simple phone call and a few minutes of time one can ascertain what they may need for their storage needs. Research is key to learning and making life easier; that goes for everything including storage.

The very first thing to do when you decide to store is analyze the things you plan on storing; what you have and what needs to be stored. Planning is essential to storing! An example of good planning is packing your items in boxes or totes in advance of your move date. Have your things ready to go, label boxes according to which room they belong in: kitchen, bathroom, or garage for example. Place priority items where they are easy to access in the front of your storage unit. Planning out your storage needs can save an immense amount of time and headache. When storing 30 minutes of planning can save you hours of frustration and agony. Moving or whatever causes your storage need is worth putting thought into. Plan ahead do your homework, better to go into something ready instead of not ready.

Thinking ahead on things in life can make things less bumpy, same goes for self storage. Plan in advance, do your research, if you don’t know something: ask. Storage professionals like those at StorPlace Self Storage are very insightful and always willing to help. Storage can be stressful and time-consuming, but with a little preparation the thing will go much easier.

Proper Packing

Packing Dishes for Storage

Many people do not think about the proper way to pack their belongings when they are moving. Most people are just in a hurry to get it done and don’t do much planning. Today we are going to share a few tips on moving and packing. For this blog post, we will focus on packing the kitchen.

 

Kitchen Packing Tips

The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates. It is a good idea to clean your dishes before you pack them especially if you storing for more than a year. First, go to StorPlace Self Storage and pick up a kitchen box kit that includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25 feet of bubble wrap, and a 10 pound bundle of news print. This will get you started in the right direction. You may also want to pick up a dish packing kit and a glass packing kit. These two kits will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so no need to buy any extra boxes unless you want to pick up a few large boxes for large kitchen appliances. Starting with the glasses, you will notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts. Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and the put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill the box all the way to the top with the glasses and then newsprint or other filler material. If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the moving process.

Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way as the glass packing kit. If you have any of the foam inserts left after you finish the kitchen, make sure you hold onto them because they may become very useful for smaller items.

Once you have finished you glasses and dishes it is time to tackle start the pots and pans. Again, make sure that the pots and pans are extremely clean before you pack them. Start with the medium size box and put your biggest pots first and then put a layer of newsprint on top of the pot and then put the next size smaller pot inside of the bigger pot. You will have lots of extra space in this box so try putting some smaller odd-ball items that are in your kitchen in this box to fill in the empty space. After you get this box full, then fill up any small gaps with the newsprint and then tape up the box.

We hope that these extra tips help you get the most out of storage. We look forward to seeing you at one of StorPlace Self Storage’s locations.