Spring Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

If you’re more scared of what’s hiding under your bed or in your closet now than you were when you were a child, it’s time to spring into action. Every year, millions of Americans practice the grand tradition of cleaning their homes from top to bottom. Before you bring the annual cleaning crusade to the bedroom, take a look at these bedroom spring cleaning tips.

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Bedroom Organization

We’ll get to the actual cleaning in just a second, but first, let’s talk about organizing your bedroom. As you move from area to area, consider the most effective use of your space. There might be room for storage under the bed, in the closets and elsewhere that could be put to better use. You always want regularly needed items in the most convenient places. Things that you need rarely can go to the back of the closet or in the bottom drawers. When emptying areas for cleaning, take the time to sort the objects into keep, sell (or donate) and storage piles.

Bedroom Cleaning Advice

We realize every bedroom is different, so feel free to customize these suggestions to fit your needs.

  1. Closet: Using our sorting suggestion above, empty this space completely. That way, you’ll be able to reach into all the corners and thoroughly clean it from top to bottom. Dust and wipe off any shelving, and then finish up with the vacuum. When you return the items you’ll be keeping, remember to organize as you go!
  2. Furniture: Move onto any dressers, nightstands or drawers you may have. Dust the outer areas. Empty and clean the drawers, and then, return items in an organized fashion as you did in the closet. With the bed, dust and wipe from the top down so you catch any falling dust and debris as you move from area to area. Don’t forget to check under the bed. No boogeymen to worry about, but if you haven’t cleaned in a while, it could still be a little scary.
  3. Windows: Wipe down the windows and windowsill. Drapes and curtains should be washed or otherwise cleaned according to instructions on the labels. A professional cleaning company can help with this if needed.
  4. Floor: After everything else is finished, give the floor some love.
  • For carpet, break out the vacuum. Consider having it shampooed. You might be able to rent equipment and buy supplies at the local home improvement store or have the pros take care of it for you.
  • For hardwood floors, you’ll need to vary your approach depending on what kind you have. Newer surface-sealed flooring has a protective coat that makes cleaning a snap. Grab the broom and mop and go to town! Most other types of wood floors are a little different. Liquid or paste wax is recommended. If you don’t know which kind you have, try to smudge it with your finger. If you can’t do it, you have a surface-sealed floor!

Storing Household Items

For any items that you want to keep—just not in the house—we can help. StorPlace Self-Storage offers climate-controlled storage units that are the perfect home away from home your belongings. If you’re not sure how much space you might need, check out our Storage Size Finder. If you still have questions, our self-storage professionals would love to talk with you. Stop by any of our facilities today!

Kayaking Storage Tips

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Here we are again, and spring time is drawing near. After being cooped up in the house for the last four months, I am itching to get back to the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather I know is close.

I spend a lot of my time on the river, kayaking, more specifically. The last two weeks I have spent some time researching new trips to take this year. With the beautiful Stones River flowing right behind our StorPlace of Lebanon Pike location in Hermitage, I thought there would be no better place to kayak. One of the biggest issues when going kayaking is finding places to access the river that are public property. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s (TWRA) website has an interactive map with all the river access points listed, as well as boating regulations. I found a trip along the stretch of river close to the store where I work. It will be super convenient. All I have to do is swing by my storage unit to load up my gear and then just a short drive to the Greenway access.

Now for some important kayaking tips:

  • Always make sure someone knows your trip plans- In case there is an emergency, you want someone to know how/ where to find you.
  • Make sure the places you access the river are public access- do not trespass on private property.
  • Keep your cellphone in a safe, dry placeI always take my cellphone with me in the event of an emergency, but I have also lost a few in the river. I now keep it in a dry bag in a locked compartment of my kayak.
  • Always wear your life jacketThis is a good idea for everyone, but required by law for children 12 or under.
  • Carry a mesh laundry bag to pick up any trash you see during your tripPlease leave the river cleaner than you found it (you can get these cheap and they don’t hold water)
  • Take plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated
  • Pack a “dry bag” with extra clothing Not everyone makes it though the trip without flipping and sometimes it will rain and make it cold outside.

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When the trip is over, now it’s time to store your kayak again. You always want to make sure it is completely dry before putting it back inside your storage unit. If it is not this can cause you to have mold issues. I have a shelf in my unit that I use to store my paddles, life jackets, and dry bags in an easy to find way. If you do not yet have a storage unit for your kayak, feel free to stop by StorPlace of Lebanon Pike. One of our manager’s will be happy to set you up with one.

Happy Paddling everyone!

Self-Storage Tips That Save Time and Money

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdEffective and efficient self-storage begins with proper packing supplies. Before you begin to organize your household or business items into a storage unit, make sure you are able to pack those items the right way.

This includes making sure you have supplies like boxes, tape, protective blankets or anything else that’s needed to keep your items safe and secure while in storage.

Another very important step to self-storage success is locating a self-storage facility nearby that suits your needs. For storage, sometimes proximity to your house is better than driving accross town. But that can also depend on what you are trying to store, or if you need storage solutions like climate controlled storage. A storage professional will help you determine the size and type of unit that will best fit your needs, so feel free to reach out to experts at StorPlace for any questions as you begin the storage process.

Self-Storage Packing Tips

Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. Many people have the notion that the bigger the box the better, but that’s not always the case. When selecting boxes think about what you are storing and who will be moving it. Starting with small boxes which are great for heavier items such as books and dishes, these type items can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items, however, such as towels, blankets, and comforters. StorPlace offers many specialized boxes like mirror boxes which are great for storing mirrors or paintings. Remember when using boxes to properly secure them with tape and filler material like bubble wrap and foam peanuts for extra security.

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, location is always very important to consider. A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a plus. Say you are moving to a new town, it is best if you find a storage facility closer to where you will be moving instead of one across town. The more convenient a location is to where you live the easier it is to access your personal goods.

Storage Tips: Getting Started 

Once you have packed your belongings, and determined the right self-storage location for your storing needs, you must select an appropriate storage unit. Storage units come in many different sizes, and with many different features. Selecting the right storage unit for your belongings sometime requires a little extra insight. The storage professionals such as the ones at StorPlace can provide the insight and help determine the storage unit that will best serve you. Do you require a small or large unit, a drive up unit, or maybe a heated and cooled unit? Your personal belonging are very important to us, and those are just a few of the questions that a property manager can assist you with when beginning the storage process.

StorPlace Self-Storage has 16 conveniently located and secure storage facilities in middle Tennessee ready to accommodate all your storage needs. Location is a convenience when dealing with self-storage.

Self Storage Tips For Arts and Crafts Enthusiasts

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageCrafting is a passion. I love to craft. But it is difficult at times to create enough space around my home for all of the Arts and Crafts Storage that I need for successful projects.

Crafting can be so much fun and relaxing, but the amount of space for such large to needle sized items is very constricted. The key is organization, organization, organization. And StorPlace Self-Storage can help.

Not only do we have crafting enthusiasts on our team, we also have the right self storage units to help you declutter your home. Once you are organized and created the space you need this holiday season, following these helpful steps below for a DIY project for a Christmas wreath. Since I’m in the process of crafting this too, I’ve shared the tips for success below for all my fellow hobbiests.

DIY Wreath – Supplies List:

  • As many toilet paper and paper towel rolls you can collect
  • A ruler, preferably clear with easy guidelines
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun

DIY Wreath – Instructions: 

  • Flatten down each paper towel roll to cut. This will make a fold at the top and bottom to create a leaf shape.
  • Use your ruler to mark where to cut with scissors. There is no set length, it just depends on how think you would prefer your wreath to be.
  • A 1.5-inch thickness is used in this example.
  • Cut as many pieces as possible depending on how many paper towel and toilet paper rolls you have, and how large you want to make your wreath.
  • Now start arranging the pieces into a wreath shape.
  • You can use a salad plate as a template to line the pieces up against.
  • Lay a single ring of pieces around the plate to form the wreath’s base.

Then, with your hot glue gun, adhere the pieces together to form a complete circle. This will form the inner edge of the wreath. Once this ring is complete, you can arrange the rest of the pieces around it in any way you like.

From this point forward, the possibilities of colors, glitters, bows, ribbons, and etc. are endless. Don’t worry it there are several pieces left over, use them for mini wreath ornaments for the tree.

And always remember, never let clutter or cramped quarters stand in the way of your passion. Let StorPlace Self-Storage help you move some items out of your way and start crafting today!

The Importance of Planning Ahead for Your Next Self-Storage Experience

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageWhen storing your belongings to eliminate clutter or maximize space within your home with a self-storage company in Tennessee like StorPlace Self-Storage, it is always good to plan and prepare well before moving day. In some cases, the need for self-storage is last minute and you do not have an opportunity to fully prepare. But in other instances, like staging your home for sale or putting away seasonal items for the winter, careful thought and proper planning will you eliminate significant stress.

Planning for self storage begins with what, when, and where you are storing. After figuring out what things you need to store, doing some research on how to store those items can help save significant time and effort. During this process, our friendly team of experts throughout our self-storage facility locations are available to discuss any questions you may have about your individual storage needs. Moving is one the main reasons people need self-storage, or maybe even just cleaning your house. Whatever the case, however, any successful storing experience starts with the right storage location.

A proper storage location is usually a location that is conveniently located near you. The amenities are also important–does this storage facility offer what you may need in regards to a storage unit size or temperature controlled unit? Call in advance get some information from any of the 16 local StorPlace stores they can help you with all your storage needs. Ask questions StorPlace managers are happy to assist 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 things a little easier.

With a simple phone call and a few minutes of time, we can help identify the storage solution that works best for you and your needs. Research is key to learning and making life easier that goes for everything including storage. Once you’ve identified what you are storing and which location you will be choosing, how you go about preparing for your move is also a critical step. Packing stuff in boxes or totes in advance of your move date is something we highly recommend for saving time with the moving truck. Have your items ready to go, label boxes according to where they go kitchen, bathroom, or garage for example. Place priority items where they are easy to access when storing in labeled boxes and place them in the front of your storage unit.

Planning out your storage needs can save an immense amount of time and headache. As little as 30 minutes of planning can save you hours of frustration and agony. 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 ask. Storage professionals like those at StorPlace are very insightful and always willing to help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, our storage professionals are here to help! And don’t forget, planning ahead will always make life easier–self storage is no exception.

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!

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.

Summer Is On Its Way

StorPlace of Lebanon PikeWith January coming to an end, that means we are one month closer to the nice summer weather. Summer seems to be the season where everyone likes to get organized, and StorPlace Self Storage would like to help with that. We have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff that will help you figure out what size and what kind of storage unit you will need to get organized.

Items that can be stored at StorPlace Self Storage to create extra space at your home include: Christmas tree and decorations, boxes that are taking up a lot of space in your home, lawn mowers, extra furniture that you do not want to get rid of or  that might be in your way, children’s items that you are not ready to get rid of yet or just anything you need to get out of your house so you can have that extra walking space that you need.

Although moving anything can be stressful, we are aware of that and try our best to make everything else go as smoothly as possible. The storage professionals at StorPlace Self Storage are here to help, we want to see you and your family live happily without having to worry about what you have in storage, because anything worth storing, is worth protecting. That’s why we keep all of our facilities in tip-top shape and we strive for cleanliness.

With 16 convenient locations in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, we like to call ourselves your neighborhood storage facility. Stop by one of our storage facilities, we would love to show you a few storage units to get an idea of what size you may need to get a head start on that summer-time organization.

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.

When to Use a Temperature Controlled Unit

heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled storage unitsMany people ask, “I’m not sure if I need a heated and cooled unit.. Why would I need one?”  There are actually a few good reasons why heated and cooled storage unit would be needed for one’s belongings. Storplace Self Storage can help you with your storage unit decision making.

First of all, how long you will be storing your items plays a big factor in deciding if you need to rent a heated and cooled or non-heated and cooled unit. Typically, if your belongings are going to be stored for more than three months, you will definitely want to use a temperature controlled storage unit.  These units are well insulated. They also provide protection from outside elements, such as humidity during the summer months and extreme cold during the winter months.

Secondly, if you are storing any electronics, antiques or antique furniture, leather or suede furniture, pictures or paintings, or tools; you will want to rent a temperature controlled storage unit for these items. These items are, what we call “temperature sensitive” and can easily be ruined if left to the extreme outside temperatures. Temperatures that we feel may not be very extreme for us can be extreme for the items previously listed.  If any of those items are left outside for long periods of time, considerable damage could be done to them. Electronics with cords and wires can short out if they come in contact with humidity or dew.  Antique furniture can warp with humidity and possibly develop mold if left outside too long. If leather and suede furniture are left to the elements over a period of time, they will actually start to expand with the summer heat and contract in the winter cold, causing them to start cracking and possibly peeling. We certainly all know that a leather or suede couch does not look appealing when it is peeling and there are cracks all over with the insides of the couch poking through.  Pictures and paintings, depending on what material they are made of, can warp, peel, turn color, or possibly grow mold when left to the elements over several months.

Metal tools left in a humid climate where dew could possibly develop on them can develop rust. Storing tools is not typically thought of when thinking about a heated and cooled unit. But for someone who has invested many, many dollars into their tools for their profession and have good quality items, they most certainly do not want their tools rusting. When that happens, the tool cannot be salvaged and hundreds of dollars go down the drain.

When thinking about renting a storage unit, think about what all you want to put in the unit. Make a list and think about each item’s sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Also when making the list, estimate how many boxes and big pieces of furniture you will store. Look to see what pieces can be broken down and what pieces have to stay together. Knowing all of these things ahead of time will make it easier to find what size and type of storage unit you will need.  Come in or call the StorPlace Self Storage facility closest to you and let us help you get the right size and type of storage unit you need for all of your important items.