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.

7 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

StorPlace Self StorageEveryone battles varying degrees of procrastination. Some people will even avoid difficult tasks by deliberately looking for increasingly available distractions. Procrastination, in large part, reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel in the future. We sometimes rationalize our procrastination by convincing ourselves that we perform better under pressure, but that’s not always true in reality. The bright side is, however, that by taking the proper steps we can remove procrastination from our lives once and for all.

For me, technology offers constant distractions. Text messages, emails, and advertisements constantly seem to bid for my attention. If you’re like me, you fall prey to these distractions, as well. The steps I took to help me overcome my issues with procrastination are listed below in hopes they can start helping you too!

1. Exercise Every Day

Exercise always seems to help my physical and mental health—it can also seem to fuel my attention span. A walk during a lunch break could help you concentrate when you return to work. Regular exercise also provides long-term benefits to your attention span.

2. Set a Break Time Reminder

Trying to focus on a task for hours on end will wreak havoc on your attention span. The more you sit and try to make yourself pay attention, the less attentive you may become. In an effort to meet a deadline, many people avoid taking breaks. But taking short breaks may be the secret to getting your work done in less time. Setting a reminder to take a break every 50 minutes can help you return to your task with improved attention.

3. Turn Off the Obvious Distractions

Every interruption, whether it’s a phone call, a question from a co-worker, or an email, disrupts your concentration and impairs your performance. Even a disruption as short as 2.8 seconds doubles your chances of making an error, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Interruptions lead to poor quality and can cause you to take longer to finish the task. If you really want to improve your attention, limit as many distractions as possible. Turn off your smartphone and email, then watch your productivity improve!

4. Drink Black Tea

Although most people reach for another cup of coffee to get through an afternoon slump, black tea may be a better choice. I read in a report that theanine—an amino acid exclusive to tea— can help provide laser-light focus. Theanine, which increases calmness and relaxation, interacts with caffeine to synchronize the brain activity related to attention processing. Additionally, tea provides more consistent alertness throughout the day compared to coffee, even when matched for caffeine content.

5. Meditate

I have just recently started to set aside a certain part of the day for simple meditation. Among the many benefits of meditation is an improved attention span. Research conducted on Buddhist monks who have spent years training in meditation show they enjoy a much longer attention span than most people. But the good news is, you don’t have to study meditation for years to reap the benefits.

6. Enjoy the Outdoors

Spending time in nature could greatly reduce your mental fatigue and restore your attention span. Nature has such a powerful impact on attention that “green time” has become a recommended treatment for children with ADHD.

7. Tackle the Task Head-On

If you know you have a project that has a deadline, don’t wait to the last minute to start it! Sounds simple, but I am just now finishing a blog that was due today at 5:30 pm! I knew this blog had a deadline, but kept putting it off until I thought I would have time to sit and finish it. What I should have done—as soon as I found out I would be responsible for this—was to start it that day. But as I continue to learn and grow in this area, I’ll make sure that’s what I do next time.

I hope that by reviling some of my weakness and hardship with some simple approach, it will help someone else that finds themselves in the same boat.

Finding the Right Food for Your Pet

Choosing the Right Pet FoodDo you ever walk into a pet store and become overwhelmed with all of the different pet food you can choose from? Of course you want the best for your furry friend, but how do you know which pet food to buy? Just like people, our pets have different needs. Some can do just fine on about any food, but other pets may have special needs, such as sensitive stomachs, allergies, or even conditions such as dry skin. Always make sure you do your research on your specific breed of cat or dog before shopping for their food.

Questions to Ask Before Buying Pet Food

Here are some questions that you might want to ask yourself before making your purchase. Is my cat or dog going to be mostly indoors, or will they spend a majority of their time outdoors? Do they have dry skin or any allergies that you know of? Is he/she a breed that has special needs? Some examples are Sharpeis, Bulldogs, and Pugs. What size is your pet? Is he/she very active or likes to lounge around a lot? Is he/she long-haired or short-haired? These are the most important things to focus on when finding the right food for your pet. If your pet has a condition such as diabetes or even if they’re very overweight, you might just need to go for a special prescription diet through your veterinarian, which will narrow down your results significantly.

Which Type of Pet Food Do You Need?

So, how about some answers to those questions? The first question is more important for cats, but can be important for dogs too. If your cat or dog is mostly indoors, you should find something with less fat assuming that your pet will be less active than a primarily outdoor cat or dog. If they have dry skin you should look for food primarily made from fish. If allergies are an issue, look for food with an uncommon protein such as duck or even bison. If you have a small dog, always buy food made for small dogs. This is important because smaller dogs need less protein, and also need smaller bites of food to avoid choking on large pieces. There are also special foods for larger dogs which have primarily larger kibble and more protein. If your pet is very active, look into foods with a higher fat content and once again more protein so that your pet can stay active. Dogs and cats that love to just lounge around need food with less fat, so they don’t become overweight which is a very common issue in pets, especially cats. If you have a pet with long fur, look for food with more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; there are even some foods made especially for long-haired pets to keep their coat shiny and manageable.

While those are the main things to look for before buying food, every pet is very unique, so once again, do your research before making your purchase. Sometimes, it will take a few tries before finding the perfect food, and your pets’ needs can also change. Finding the best food for your pet is very important for their health, and their overall happiness. So, if you want a happy pet, follow these guidelines and your furry friend will thank you!