Storage Mistakes

Pack boxes for moving and storage correctlyAt StorPlace Self Storage we have seen many people make all sorts of mistakes while either preparing to store or actually packing your belongings in a unit.  Here are just a few of the more common mistakes.

  • Not thinking about insuring your items – Most people don’t realize that most storage facilities don’t insure your items automatically. We do offer a low-cost solution to this problem:  StorPlace Property Protection.  Some form of insurance is a requirement at most if not all storage facilities, whether it is homeowner’s/renters insurance or our StorPlace Property Protection.
  • Wrapping items in the wrong material – Do not use newspaper to wrap items. The ink can bleed onto the item being wrapped causing you to clean it all over again.  Some items can be harder to clean ink off of than others. StorPlace Self Storage offers ink free newsprint to wrap your items in.
  •  Not having enough time or help – Moving is not a fun time for anyone involved and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. You need to make sure you have enough time so that you are not rushed. If you are rushed, you will not pack as neatly and as organized as it could be.  Also, you could potentially cause damage to some items you are storing.
  • Not labelling properly – Make sure you label each box because there is nothing worse than having to go through each and every box looking for one thing. An easy way to do this is to make a “table of contents”.  To do this, just number the boxes and on a separate sheet of paper, write the number of the box and the contents out to the side.  We have plenty of boxes and packing supplies to help with this process at StorPlace Self Storage.

If you have any additional questions about anything that was mentioned above or anything regarding your storage needs feel free to give us a call at (615) 826-1700.

Are you storing your photos correctly?

Tips for storing photographsPhotos are memories of moments that you want to cherish and protect. It is important to go that “extra mile” in order to make sure that they are safe and protected while in storage. As a photographer, I know what it means to keep these items protected and that they’re close to the heart. Storing your photos is a relatively easy process and important in order  to guarantee that you will be able to hold on to your memories for many years to come. Storplace Self Storage of Rivergate highly recommends a heated and cooled storage unit to protect your temperature sensitive items. (including photos, paintings, antiques, electronics, wood, leather, etc.)

Here are some tips on how to properly store your photos:

  1. Keep photos stored at a moderate/cool temperature of 60-75 degrees fahrenheit.

 

  1. Try to store your photos in paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper. (Try to avoid an envelope with a center seam, as the adhesive can damage the photo).

 

  1. If you do need to store photos in plastic, use uncoated pure polyethylene, polypropylene or polyester (also called Mylar D or Mellinex 516) protective sleeves.

 

  1. AVOID any type of PVC plastics (it will have that plastic-y or new car smell). Over time, these types of plastics can stick to your photos and damage them.

 

  1. Photo albums are a quick and decorative alternative for more short-term storage or if you like to look at your photographs often, but try not to stack any photos.

 

  1. NO FINGERPRINTS! Remember, it is best to always hold a photograph by its edges, supporting it from underneath with your hand. The oils in your fingers can really damage a photo!

 

  1. The safest (but most expensive) way to store photographs is to mat them in high quality ragboard or matboard. This method is excellent for photos that are to be framed and displayed, but can also be used for more long-term storage.

Another alternative is to digitize your photographs, whether it be to a SD card, flash drive, computer, etc. But just like reading a good book on a Kindle or an iPad, there is nothing better than the real thing in your hands!

Stop by any of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations for more information on storage units and how to properly store your beloved belongings and get a showing of the perfect storage unit for you!

What Type of Box Do You Need?

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlaceSpring has sprung!  And folks are now springing into action and getting ready to move! Some people like to take the time to make sure their belongings make it safely to their new destination. Others just want to get everything moved and done as soon as possible. Whether you’re the former or the latter, it’s always a good idea to pack your things as neatly as possible.  From boxes to bubble wrap to tape to tie down rope; you’re sure to find everything you need for your move here at StorPlace Self Storage!

When packing your boxes, size and weight does matter.  You want to be sure to put all of your smaller, heavier items in small or medium size boxes.  This enables you to carry the heavier things more easily because there is not as much weight to carry at one time with the small and medium boxes.  Good items to pack in small and medium boxes are heavy figurines, books, CD’s or DVD’s, and dishes.  When packing those heavy items, you want to make sure you wrap them securely before boxing them up.  At StorPlace Self Storage, we have the right stuff for your wrapping needs. We have bubble wrap, newsprint, packing peanuts, and foam sheets. We also have dish and glass kits, which are cardboard grids with foam sleeves that will fit in our small boxes so that you can neatly wrap and pack your fragile dinnerware.

Next, StorPlace Self Storage has large and extra-large boxes for your bigger, bulkier items, such as bedding, pillows, computer equipment, clothing, and cookware.  All of the regular packing boxes at StorPlace Self Storage have hand holes on opposite sides of the box to make it easy for carrying from one place to another.  We do have boxes that are made for more specific needs, such as lamp boxes, mirror boxes, and wardrobe boxes.  The mirror boxes are great for mirrors, paintings, art, and flat screen TVs.  We have small and large mirror boxes depending on the size of your items.  Our wardrobe boxes are really good for storing nicer clothing. The wardrobe boxes come with a metal bar that hangs from the top of the box so you can use your hangers and still are able to hang your nicer clothing and keep them from getting wrinkled.

Finally, to complete your box packing, you should secure your boxes with tape of course!  Why buy your packing tape elsewhere when you can get it at StorPlace Self Storage when you pick up your boxes?  We have clear packing tape and paper tape.  The paper tape is great for using on the bottom of the boxes and gives your boxes added strength and security underneath. We also have tape guns and dispensers to make taping everything a little easier and faster for you.

We have tie down rope, box labels, shrink-wrap, moving blankets, etc.  There is a plethora of different moving, storing, and packing supplies in our stores that you may not realize you need until the last minute.  So whether you’re looking for items to make your move go more smoothly or you’re looking for an odd size box to ship that odd-shaped item, you can be sure that when you step into StorPlace Self Storage, you will leave with what you need and have no worries.

 

Signs of Spring at StorPlace of Greenwood

College Student StorageRight down the street from StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood is Western Kentucky University (WKU).

Along with signs of spring flowers and returning birds of the season, students and parents have emerged from their winter sleep. Well, that may be a bit too poetic! Actually, the semester at hand is nearing its close and students will need to store their things for the summer. In the storage industry, it is a known fact that parents of students don’t want to take their kids’ things home with them just to return the same stuff in the fall. So, storage becomes a very important part of the spring ritual.

Last year, StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood expanded to include a sister facility that is located directly behind the local Mall. Along with our home location on Campbell Lane, both facilities are being prepped in expectation for the student rush. In fact, it has already begun. One parent, who rented a space for her daughter last year, has already called to reserve a unit. Since she does not need the unit until the beginning of May, we can’t reserve a unit yet.  However, we have put her name on the top of the Intent to Reserve list and will take her deposit at the end of April. It is still early, but as in the case of ‘Mrs. L’, some parents are right on task. The desire not to haul their kids’ stuff around gets many parents extra motivated!

Most students rent a 5×5 unit which is basically the size of a broom closet. It is large enough to hold the quintessential dorm refrigerator, portable television, and a few plastic storage tubs. For those students storing a mattresses and box springs, a 5×10 unit is in order. This unit is a walk-in closet size, and can hold most dorm items up to a large room of furniture. Both of these units have nine-foot tall ceiling heights for stacking. Of course, other students come in with more items and need a larger unit.

At the end of the semester, many local apartment complexes that cater to students end their leases and essentially force students to move out. Most want to and plan to go home for the summer, while others move out reluctantly. Regardless, with up to a one-bedroom apartment worth of furniture, many will need a 10×10 unit. That extra space comes in handy when couches, chairs, dinette sets, and other student furniture needs to be stored.

At StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood, we are ready to serve the student population with their summer storage needs. Many return here every year during their undergraduate days.  In just a short while, we expect many ‘Mrs. L’s’ to come on by.

The Basics of Storing in a Self Storage Unit

Self Storage basic tipsThese are some basic tips that most people do not think about when putting their belongings in storage.  They will help utilize your storage space effectively and spend your money wisely.  First, take a look at the items that you are going to store. Determine the approximate size storage unit you will need (StorPlace Self Storage managers are great at this). Then, stop by one of the many convenient locations that StorPlace Self Storage has in the Middle Tennessee area.  It is important to make sure you feel completely comfortable when you are storing your goods.  StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on understanding our costumer’s needs and will personally make sure you feel great about storing with us.  Please don’t take my word for it; come in to see for yourself.

Something else to consider when using self-storage would be to decide if you will need to rent a temperature controlled unit.  This is the best way to protect your items from the outside climate.  Let’s look at some items and decide the smart way to store those items.  As you place your belongings in a storage unit, put the larger boxes at the bottom of the stack and label each box.  If the boxes are packed full, they are less likely to collapse.

If you are storing appliances than you will need to follow a few extra steps as you put them in storage.  If there is any type of food appliances make sure you clean them extremely well.  Also, keep in mind that just because they look clean does not mean that there is not any small food particles left on the appliances that can attract bugs to your storage.  You may even want to use a non-toxic bug spray on those appliances, just in case.  Next if you are storing a refrigerator make sure you unplug it a few hours before you move it.  That way it can defrost and drain. The same would go for a washing machine or dish washer.

The next item on the list is how to keep dust off of your furniture and mattresses.  It is always wise to use a mattress, couch, or chair cover.  All of these tips come from many years of experience, so we hope you take a moment and implement these helpful tips.

Whatever your situation is; StorPlace Self Storage of Medical Center will ensure that you receive the best quality of service and are totally satisfied when you decide to store with us.