Gladys the Goose and Getting to Know our New Neighbor

StorPlace Self StorageOne of the things I love the most about working at our StorPlace Rutherford Blvd location, is that there is always the opportunity to see wildlife. In the field just across the street, we have an opportunity to see deer, different types of birds, and other animals making their way through the week on a regular basis. This spring, we also have the pleasure of seeing a goose across the street. One of my morning rituals, while I am stocking the packing supplies we keep on hand for our self-storage clients at StorPlace on Rutherford Blvd, is to check in on what “Gladys” is up to.

When I first noticed the goose, I was kind of curious as to why she was hanging around and sitting in one spot. I see them frequently at the pond near my house, but they always fly away and return. It wasn’t until I saw some little hatchlings one morning on the way to work that I realized that Gladys must be with her nest. This prompted me to do a little research into birds in Middle Tennessee. I believe that she is a Canadian Goose. I looked at the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s list of Birds of Tennessee and out of 409 species the Canadian Goose is listed as one that inhabits our wonderful state (disclaimer: this is just my speculation about the species, out of respect for the wildlife I have not gotten close enough to confirm).

Upon further Google searches, I found an interesting article about Canadian Geese and their habits. One thing that grabbed my attention was that the mate for the female goose will guard her and the nest while she is incubating. I have noticed a second, slightly larger, goose that will fly in periodically. Meeting Gladys from across the street at our self-storage location in Tennessee also prompted me to learn about the incubation period for Canadian Gees. Turns out, the nesting period last for 42-50 days and the incubation period for the eggs is 25-28 days. I have been noticing Gladys out there for about three weeks, so hopefully this means we shall be seeing some goslings (baby geese) soon.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have really enjoyed getting to observe Gladys over the last few weeks. It may inspire me to do a little more research into bird watching in Tennessee. For now, I look forward to seeing Gladys until the hatching of her goslings!

Murfreesboro Events: Memorial Day 2016

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdMemorial Day is about celebrating our veterans and military personnel while honoring the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.

Here at StorPlace Self Storage, we appreciate the service and sacrifice our military men and women make each and every day of the year. On behalf of the entire StorPlace family, thank you to all of our veterans, active duty, and reserve personnel for representing the very best of our country.

Murfreesboro Events on Memorial Day 

To kick off the summer season in celebration of our true American heros, below are a couple of our favorite Murfreesboro Event on Memorial Day.

8th Annual Healing Field in Murfreesboro

This year will mark the 8th Annual Healing Field here in Murfreesboro, TN from May 28-30. This Memorial Day Events is put on by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club. They will be posting hundreds of full size flags on 6-foot white poles in tribute to our veterans and military. This is going to be held on 265 West Thompson Lane at the First United Methodist Church Field. To sponsor a flag or learn more about the event go here: healingfield.org/murfreesboro.

Family Fun at Sports*Com Boro Beach

Sports*Com Boro Beach is hosing a special Memorial Day event celebration on Saturday, May 28th. If you are looking for a good, quality day out with your family this is a great event to attend. They are offering a day of swimming, music, fun, and prizes. The fee is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth and seniors. You can access their webpage through the Murfreesboro Website for more information here: murfreesborotn.gov.

Upcoming Events in Murfreesboro, TN: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Boil, Tour de Nash and more!

StorPlace of Lebanon PikeWith the arrival of spring, there are many exciting events coming up over the next several months throughout our community. We at StorPlace Self-Storage of Barfield hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve had so far and continues to take advantage of the sunny skies in the days ahead. To help fill your calendar, we’ve included some of our favorite festivals and events taking place over the next couple months.

1. Main Street JazzFest

The annual Main Street JazzFest will take place on May 6-7 in the downtown square here in Murfreesboro, TN. This is a free event, so pack up your lawn chairs and bring an appetite for some fantastic jazz and delicious street venue food.

For more information: Main Street JazzFest

2. The 17th Annual Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil

On May 7, the Nashville Junior Chamber is presenting the 17th Annual Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil in Nashville TN from 4-9pm.

To purchase tickets: EventBrite

3. Tour de Nash

Walk Bike Nashville is hosting its annual Tour de Nash on Saturday May 21st. Come out and ride your bicycle with friends or family and get a chance to see Nashville’s scenic routes.

To sign up: WalkBike Nashville

4. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is holding its annual festival this year from June 9-12 in Manchester, TN. This year’s lineup includes such bands as Pearl Jam, Sam Hunt, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and a whole lot more. Get ready for some good concession food, incredible performances and fun attractions!

For more information: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

5. Friday Night Live Free Concert Series

Main Street’s Friday Night Live free concert series will be held in our square downtown in Murfreesboro, TN for a monthly date starting in June and ending in September. Music starts at 6:30 pm.

For more information: Friday Night Live Concerts

In the storage business, our team in Murfreesboro works hard and we like to play when we can. We at StorPlace of Barfield love to spend time with our friends and family and make fun memories. We hope you can find some time to check out these fun events and do the same! 

Local Spring Music Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageAt StorPlace Self-Storage of Barfield, our team is always excited to bid farewell to the winter months and enjoy the warm spring and summer weather. Personally, one of my favorite things to do this time of year is take advantage of the many outdoor concerts and festivals in the area. The music helps unwind from a busy day and gives reason to celebrate the changing of seasons here in Murfreesboro. Below are a few of the fun festivities coming up in May and June you don’t want to miss.

20th Annual Main Street JazzFest

Murfreesboro will be celebrating its 20th Annual Main Street JazzFest on May 6-7. This year’s lineup includes Terrell Stafford, Annie Sellick, Roland Barber, Marcus Finnie and the MTSU Jazz Faculty and Jazz Ensemble. There will also be performances by a number of the local high school bands. This is a free, family-oriented event featuring great music, children’s activities and numerous food vendors.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Another local favorite is the Tennessee Renaissance Festival held in Arrington on May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28-30. The festival will be open from 10am to 6pm. Adult admission is $22.00 and a child admission (ages 6-12) is only $8.00. At the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, you can experience what it would be like to “travel back to 16th Century England where its Village of Covington Glen comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace.” There will be something for all ages with over 60 artisans, craft merchants, musicians, games, camel rides, pirate’s maze, and plenty of great food. Also included with your admission is a free tour of the Castle Gwynn first floor and grounds.

Music City Jazz Festival

Nashville will be having its inaugural Music City Jazz Festival from June 2-4 at The Fontanel Mansion. This year’s lineup includes Boney James, Will Downing, Spyro Gyra, Brian Culbertson, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream, Cindy Bradley, Gerald Albight, Alex Bugnon, Kim Scott, Selina Albright, Jackiem Joyner, Aysha, Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Marion Meadows, Joey Sommerville and Julian Vaughn. There will also be dining available at the Café Fontanella and Whites Creek Bistro, as well as, wine and cheese tastings at the Natchez Hills Winery.

CMA Music Festival

Nashville will also be having one of its biggest events of the year, the CMA Music Festival, from June 9-12. This four day event includes free daytime entertainment and activities for all ages throughout downtown Nashville. There will be five different stages set up for the free daytime shows which will include performances by several country music artists such as Chris Janson, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Kellie Pickler, Lorrie Morgan, Maren Morris, Rodney Atkins, Julie Roberts, Tracy Lawrence, Thompson Square and many more!

There will also be many different food vendors as well as fun games and activities like Karaoke at the CMA Music Festival. It’s not too late to get tickets to the nightly concerts that will feature artists such as Chris Stapleton, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and many more!

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Another really fun event to check out is the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game on Tuesday, June 7th at 3 pm at the First Tennessee Park. Many different country music artists will come out to play ball in support for the City of Hope’s mission to fight cancer. This is definitely an event that you don’t want to miss!

No matter where you go or what you do, just remember to take time for yourself and your family to just enjoy life. At StorPlace Self Storage we understand that life can be stressful and value taking time to relax and recuperate on a daily basis!

Self-Storage Career Options for Recent College Graduates

Cleanliness is most important for self storage securityI’ve had a lot of jobs for someone my age. Almost out of college, and I was just looking for something more fulfilling than the retail job I was in–both financially and mentally.

Driving through Bowling Green, Kentucky one day–on the way to my boring retail job at the mall–I saw “Part Time Position” scroll across the sign at StorPlace. I thought to myself, “Why not?” So I stopped in, picked up an application, and in less than a week I was hired as an Assistant Property Manager. The rest is history.

I had previously also worked as a Leasing Consultant at an apartment complex. Never did I imagine that leasing storage units and leasing apartments would be similar. I was definitely proved wrong very quickly. The work here is challenging and everyday is something new. I really enjoy that because I am gaining real world experience!
I also have nothing but great things to say about the people I work with. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms.

Also, being a senior in college, studying Human Resource Management, I didn’t ever consider the possibility of going into the self-storage business after I graduated. It’s not something that usually comes up in the course of the class material as a job option. According to an article by Scott Meyers on REIClub.com titled “Recession-Proof Real Estate”, self-storage is generally less effected by economic downturns. As a future college graduate, this is a very hopeful statement for someone entering the full-time job force.

To know that a job within self-storage could be one of the more stable jobs is a very exciting thing to hear. While we aren’t necessarily in an economic downturn right now, it can happen at any time. I guess what I am suggesting for people my age is to not knock anything until you try it. Look at the possibilities in self-storage before you turn your nose up at it. It could be something that you want to make your career. I know it’s definitely working for me so far!

On a final note, if you are looking for self-storage, please come and see what we have to offer at StorPlace. I may be biased, but this is the best storage place for all your storage needs. Around here, every day is something new and hopefully today you will be new to us!

Springtime in Bowling Green!

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThe rain comes down and the green comes up! Everywhere! The weather is perfect and I’m enjoying every minute of spring’s arrival in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I called friends in Denver, Colorado recently and they were suffering through a blizzard, so it’s GREAT to be in Kentucky right now.

With the new season, longer days and more sunshine – it’s also time for change. For some, that means time to sell their home. Spring is the time folks are selling and buying houses and when they do, they come in looking for packing materials and storage solutions. By asking questions, you find out not only do they need a box or tape, but they also need advice on which storage solution best fits their needs. For all household items, our experienced and knowledgeable staff is glad to help.

Our storage solutions can first help you stage your home for prospective buyers. This helps enable people to sell their house within days. But now they haven’t found a new home yet, so they need a place for the rest of their belongings, which is where we will continue to build that relationship with our customers. In addition to home sales, we look forward to Western Kentucky University students coming to town and storing with us as well.

Of course, with the rain and longer days of sunshine –also comes the weeds. These weeds grow four inches over night. Luckily we are getting a new landscaper, but in the meantime, we are weed pulling, grass mowing, and anything else we need to do to keep the property looking nice. Spring time means clean time! Way up north here in BG KY, we have a great team. It takes TEAMWORK to make a store work and that’s why we believe in the following mantra:

T- Task Oriented
E-Efficient
A-Attention to Detail
M-Motivated

W-Welcoming
O-Organized
R-Responsible
K-Knowledgeable

Stop by StorPlace today to let our team help you get the most out of your spring and summer season!

Where to Turn When It’s Time to Clear Out the Clutter

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageIs it time to clear the clutter out of your garage? Or maybe it’s time stage your home for sale on the real estate market. If so, turn to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at StorPlace Self-Storage of Bellevue. No matter what the decluttering project you’re faced with, we have an excellent solution for you.

Our address at StorPlace Bellevue is 7332 Tolbert Rd, 37209. Here we will help you determine a size of storage unit that best fits your needs. We also sell all necessary moving and packing supplies to help open up much-needed space around your house. If you need a truck, you are also in luck because StorPlace of Bellevue rents Budget trucks as well. You could consider us your one stop shop for all your moving, packing and storage needs!

Maybe you are getting your boat serviced or even your RV or camper. Maybe your son or daughter is attending college here in Nashville and looking to store items from their dorm room. Don’t worry, we have several different solutions available from vehicle parking, standard storage units and climate controlled units. No matter what, if you are looking to store something, give one of our StorPlace locations a call and we will be glad to help. Our gate hours are 6AM to 10 PM, seven days a week so stop by anytime.

 

Congratulations, you’re getting married! Now here comes the…Storage Unit??

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdOne of the biggest events in your life is about to happen. You’re getting married! You and your fiancé are now trying to figure out what to do with the belongings you have accumulated between the two of you over the years. You are looking at building your first home together, but it will not be done for almost a year and your wedding is six months away. You end up having to rent an apartment for a while until the house is built, but you both have way more stuff than you imagined—and not all of it will fit in the apartment. Your relatives do not want your stuff being at their house, so where do you put your belongings in the mean time? Why you put your items in a storage unit of course!

This scenario, as well as many others, is commonly heard here at StorPlace Self Storage. We want to be able to help you no matter what the situation may be. Here at StorPlace, we have many options for you and your items. We have unit sizes that range from a tiny 5×5 all the way up to a humungous 10×30. Are your items sensitive to extreme temperatures? No problem! We have units that are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. These storage units are perfect for items like paintings, leather furniture, and electronics. Only need to store outside items? Outside storage units are great for those kinds of things! You can drive right up to the outside units and drop off your items in no time at all. Are you planning to decorate and buy things for your own wedding and need a place to organize and store your supplies? We’ve got you covered! The inside storage units are a good choice for storing the wedding supplies until your big day. Although these units are not heated and cooled, they still provide ample protection for your belongings.

We all know that moving day can be one of the most dreaded and most stressful days in a person’s life. For the dreaded days that will come when you move into that apartment—and later to that beautiful home with your spouse—we offer a full line of boxes and packing supplies to help make those transitions a little smoother. We have everything from dish and glass kits to tape, packing boxes of different sizes to bungee cords to help keep your items in place on the moving truck, and bubble wrap to moving labels. Coming off the demands of planning your wedding, we want to help relieve as much of that moving-day stress as we possibly can that is sure to follow.

From storage units to packing supplies, StorPlace Self Storage is just the place to release some of the moving-day stress and maybe a little of those wedding day jitters. You can take a look at our website, StorPlace.com. We have tips and videos that you can watch that might be helpful to you, especially if this happens to be your first moving experience. You can also stop by the StorPlace Self Storage nearest you and take a look at what we have to offer. Our friendly staff will be with you every step of the way and can answer any questions you may have. Whatever the scenario, StorPlace is here for you!

Oh, and congratulations!

Frequently Asked Storage Questions

Welcome to StorPlace Self StorageBelow are four of the more common questions we’ve heard from our customers. If you have additional storage questions our friendly staff is here to help. Stop by one of our 17 locations or give us a call today.

1. Is the storage location convenient?

A lot of what goes into choosing where to store your belongings is where the actual facility is located. StorPlace has 17 locations spread all throughout middle Tennessee and even in Bowling Green, Kentucky. So, there are plenty of convenient locations to choose from.

2. Are the storage units safe and secure?

Here at StorPlace, our locations are safe and secure. We have 24-hour surveillance and fenced in properties. Feel free to stop by and check out any of our locations, Monday-Saturday from 9am-5:30pm. Also, checking online reviews for companies will help give you an idea of the great experience our customers have had with the company.

3. What are the access hours?

Every company will probably be different with their access times. Here at StorPlace the access hours are 6am-10pm, because we know that not everyone can make between 9am-5pm. We try to make it as convenient as possible for everyone while keeping it safe and secure at night.

4. How do I choose the right size?

The easiest way to figure out the size you are going to need is to pack everything up and give us a call here at StorPlace. If you can give us an accurate description of what you are going to be storing we can help you determine what size you will need. Then, you can come by one of our 17 convenient locations and check it out for yourself.

What to Consider When Selecting a Non-Temperature Controlled Self-Storage Unit

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageIf you are going to store your belongings in a non-temperature controlled self-storage unit there are several important things to consider. Storing items in non-temperature controlled storage is very similar to storing your items in a detached garage. While it will be protected from weather events, it will also be exposed to the extreme temperatures and humidity of our natural environment. So what items work best in non-temperature controlled units and what should be avoided? We’ve broken that down in the list below.

  • What not to store: Let us start with what you definitely do not want to place in a non-temperature self-storage unit. Never store electronics (flat screen TV’s), leather, paintings, or photos in a non-temp unit.
  • Household items: Furniture, boxes, and appliances are fine as long as they don’t stay in storage for longer than three months. But be sure to not use plastic to wrap anything in a non-temperature unit because this will trap in moisture and cause mold.
  • Mattresses: If it can be avoided, I would not suggest storing a mattress in a non-temp controlled space. However, if you do, I would not place it in plastic as mattresses are not as clean as we would all love to think they are, and it’s possible that bacteria could grow from the moisture and heat. If you do place a mattress in a non-temp unit, just buy a couple of cheaper fitted sheets and place them on either side of the mattress to keep it clean and free of dust.
  • Drive up non-temp storage units: this type of non-temperature controlled unit is not completely sealed off from the outside air. These units need to be able to “breathe” so this will allow some dust and pollen to make it inside of the units. To cover items in this type of storage unit, it is best to use a thin sheet because it will not trap moisture.

If you have any of the above items in storage for longer than three months, you may want to consider temperature control units. Now, obviously, there are items that do not ever have to be stored in temperature controlled like lawn mowers, lawn equipment, tools etc. Those items can be place in a non-temperature controlled unit for as long as needed without any worry. But if you’re not sure which type of storage unit works best for you, be sure to speak with your StorPlace manager. Our team is here to help you select the storage solution that is best for you, and have the knowledge and expertise to point you in the right direction.