Welcome to StorPlace Self Storage of Stones River

StorPlace of Stones River in MurfreesboroStorPlace Self Storage of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, kindly referred to as: Your Neighborhood storage facility. Welcome to our neighborhood and Happy New Year everyone!

This year as the holidays rushed in and out and even now as we take down and box or re-box our decorations to store our precious ornaments and keepsakes for another year; we begin to greet the New Year with the eagerness of a child on Christmas morning.

Bringing in a New Year always gives great opportunity to reflect the simple lessons learned from years gone by. We say good-bye to the year passing and the many events that has brought us up to now, and today…

Kelly, the store manager of StorPlace Self Storage at Stones River, said New Years has always been her favorite holiday. “It is a rebirth and a fresh start,” she said. “The excitement of the unknown in what this new year will bring, what new road will life place us on, what challenge, what accomplishment, what heart ache or joy will life’s undetermined mystery bring to the road of life.”

It seems the one thing we can always count on in life, is that from day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and from year to New Year, our life is always about to change.

No matter who we are or what our individual circumstance and walk of life might be, we know something in our life is about to take a turn and change. Sometimes the change is great and good and exciting, and sometimes; well, the change might be a growing experience and one we’d actually rather not have to stretch our muscles and go through. But go through we will, and hopefully as we do, there will always be people on our life’s road to share with us the joys, tears, sorrows and smiles, lending a shoulder if need be while we stretch and grow and change.

“I love my job!” Kelly said.  It is in this self-storage management position that she can meet you, the public. People who every day, come in and share your story, of what your life’s road has changed for you. It may be as simple as needing to buy a box or two, it might be that job promotion you’d been waiting on and now you are making room for a home office and storing all the clutter from the junk room. She loves hearing your stories!

Kelly has heard many life changing stories during her time at StorPlace Self Storage. When times are tough and money is tight, several people have told her they are downsizing and storing their home furnishings while they sell their large home and move to a smaller one.Sometimes a storage need may be due to the delight of a new child on the way and a bedroom gets to change from guest room to nursery.  Other times, it is in the sadness of a loved one lost and their belongings need to be stored until they can be faced and gone through. A new job, a new home, or combining households with new love in the air. So many stories and people and circumstances. Yes, we can count on change being inevitable in our ever rotating lives!

Sometimes the world can be a cold place when transition hits, so whatever your story… and no matter the road life has put you on. Come in and see us at StorPlace of Stones River. Kelly has a shoulder to lend, an ear to listen, an idea to share and a smile to give. You’re welcome in the StorPlace Self Storage neighborhood anytime!

Organizing Tips to Start off the New Year

Starting January with Organization ProjectsHappy New Year everyone! We hope you had a warm and safe holiday season! Now that it’s January, it’s a great time to start looking at some organizational ideas. We might have some holiday décor or things we do not have any room for, but just can’t let go of. Here at StorPlace Self Storage, we enjoy being organized. Let’s take a look at an effective way to get organized this first quarter. We’ll also look at some events that are going to be taking place in January.

Organization Tips

Get Organized with Storage Bins

I love decorating for the holidays; I usually shop the “after holiday sales” and accrue more décor and such from time-to-time. Want to know a fantastic way to organize your seasonal décor? First, I would suggest purchasing quite a few sturdy totes. Then I would grab a sharpie and all the decorations that need to be stored. Next, I would suggest packing all of your totes by holiday or however you would like. Go ahead and write on the outside of the tote facing you, which holiday is being stored within. Lastly, organize all of your totes in order as the holidays occur. You could also do this with other belongings. There could be a small section dedicated to photographs, crafts or even scrapbooking supplies. This would be a great idea to have access to and not have to dig through the totes or containers. If storing totes and other kinds of bins, purchasing a storage shelf organizer would be a great idea. A shelf organizer would reduce any back pains from having to move things to get to that one tote or bin you need.

Things to Do

With the holidays over, there’s still some fun to get into this month! Here’s some fun things that will be happening nearby…

Southern Invitational Indoor Tractor and Truck Pull

 

For those interested in motorsports, the Southern Invitational Indoor Truck and Tractor Pull will take place at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, on Friday January 29th and Saturday January 30th.  This would be a great event to take the whole family to for an action packed time!

 

At StorPlace Self Storage of Barfield, we hope you have a bright and beautiful year ahead!

Winter Vehicle Preparedness

Tips for Preparing a Car for the WinterWinter has finally arrived and it is very important to be prepared for the cold weather. We prepare our homes by changing air filters and checking our heating and cooling systems. We prepare ourselves by getting flu shots or buying the necessary winter clothing. We make plans for power outages and winter storms. We store food that can be prepared in ways other than on the stove or in the microwave. We have bottled water on hand. If you have a fireplace, you make sure there is enough wood for heat. The one thing we do neglect to prepare is our vehicles.

Preparing a Car for the Winter

We need to start vehicle car preparation just as you do all other things.If you are not sure what to look for take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to have a complete check completed. Below are a few thing to check on your vehicle:

  • First, complete a check of your vehicles safety items.
  • Make sure your headlights and tail lights are working.
  • Check your emergency flashers.
  • Check your tires air pressure and tread wear, including your spare tire.
  • Visually check your windshield wipers.
  • Check your belts and hoses.
  • Check your fluid levels.

Vehicle Emergency Kit

Here are some items to place into an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle in case of a break down:

  • Place a warm blanket in your car to augment your car heater.
  • Have a set of emergency roadside flares. They are useful to warn oncoming traffic and also can assist in emergency crews locating you in case of a dire emergency.
  • Keep a one gallon jug of water. This could aid in keeping you hydrated.
  • Put a good flashlight where you can reach it.
  • If possible, place a shovel in your vehicle, just in case you need to dig yourself out.
  • Try to keep your vehicle half full of gas in case you get stranded and your engine still runs, you can use your car heater help keep you warm until help arrives.
  • Place your emergency roadside assistance number in your contacts list of your cell phone, so you won’t have to search for it when you need it the most.

The most important part of winter driving is YOU. There is nothing more important than YOU being aware of your situation. Practice or talk about what should be done in case of a roadside emergency. Most of all, if you are in an emergency roadside situation stay calm.

Learning and Sharing Life Lessons as a Self-Storage Property Manager

StorPlace Self Storage of GreenwoodHard work pays off in more ways than we realize. In just a short period of time, StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood has gone through a change. We have had challenges to say the least. Over the last year, we have had changes in management. A few people have come and gone and now we are working with a two person crew. The good news about all the change, it has brought new ideas to the table, and a new way to look at things.  A new and different approach to the same task that has been in place can be a challenge to say the least. The good news about all the change, with the strong force of people who are in place, the sky is the limit.

As a new self-storage property manager, I have found that any and everything requires hard work. I take great pride in being a hard worker, but what does that mean? For me as a person, it is the push it takes to do what needs to be done! It can be something as simple as talking to each customer that comes in to make a payment, to ensuring the UPS driver makes his deliveries to the right storage units. Staying on top of things is an understatement when it comes to self-storage.  Being new to this type of business, I did not know to what extent that I would be involved in this career. My only regret, I wish I had gone into this business years ago. I have found myself relying on my past experiences on a daily basis. Not only do you have to be able to be the “fix-it” guy, but you also have to maintain that level of professionalism that our customers have come to expect. We also have to continue with our own professional growth. I have been working with the local Chamber of Commerce, which thus far, has given me even more tools and resources to branch out in the business field. Our StorPlace Self Storage location has worked with local non-profit charities to assist with the challenges they face. This is a reward within itself.

A good friend of mine tells me all the time, “at the end of the day, you have one goal”. It is true that we are not reinventing the wheel, but we have to stay diverse and open to new ideas and concepts that may take us places we didn’t previously think about. When I look back at the past year, I recall all the people who have thanked me for working with them. This is what we all have in our core, the true desire to help, and be helped by our fellow man. Life has its ups and downs. There is no question about that, but if I can do something that is going to make life, or a part of life, a little easier for someone, then I want to be that person.

I have told my assistant many times, “put yourself in their shoes”. If we approach our customers by understanding what it is like to go through a move, pack up everything we own, and move to a new town or place, we can keep the storage stress level low.  It may seem like a little thing, but the reward from it is more than I can put into words.

Outside of my work life, I can see the results of my efforts. When I was willing to help someone out when they were down and out, it comes back to us in ten-fold. The friendships I have grown through the business side of self-storage, is reflected in how I am treated and perceived in the outside world.