Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

A messy desk is a less productive desk. Spring clean up your act with these tips!

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

Spring cleaning fever is spreading! People in the workplace can participate in the time-honored tradition, too. Of course, you won’t be sweeping, mopping or cleaning appliances. We’re going to clear out the clutter, organize your office and power up your productivity with these spring cleaning tips for your business.

How To Organize Your Office

Cleaning in the business place is more about organization than anything else. A lack of organization within your organization costs you time and money. Have we stressed the importance of organization?
Let’s start with your desk’s surface. Can you see it, or is it buried under a stack of papers and folders? Sift through that to see what’s no longer relevant. Toss that stuff right away. For the items that still need tending to, sort them by priority and stack them neatly in one spot on your desk.

Next, consider the arrangement of items on your desk. Most people in the modern workplace spend the majority of their day looking at a computer screen. Make sure yours is directly in front of you, and if possible, have the screen level with your eyes to reduce neck and back issues.

If you spend a lot of time on the phone, make sure it’s close at hand and easily visible. Position your most-used office supplies in a similar fashion. Items that see use everyday probably don’t need to go in a drawer. If your stapler, staple remover, tape dispenser or other items are only needed occasionally, keep them tucked away in a storage area or on a shelf.

Personal belongings like photos, awards and other mementos are a great way to spruce up the place, but don’t let them take over your workstation. If that action figure collection distracts you throughout the day, it shouldn’t stay.

Organizing Your Email Inbox

Now that your desktop is clean and well-organized, has your email inbox blown up? We have a few ideas on how to get that part of your work space under control, too.

This may sound counterintuitive, but check your inbox less often. Many of us are distracted when those email notifications pop up—just begging to be read. How many times have you been in the middle of an important project only to have your train of thought derailed by that intrusive little pop-up window? Did it take a while to get back on track? Was it worth it?

You might go so far as to turn the notifications off and designate a few times throughout the day that are reserved for checking messages. You can also reduce the amount of email flying back and forth with a few phone calls or in-person chats. It can difficult to convey context with written communication sometimes, and you might save everyone some time with a little more personal interaction. As an added bonus, they get to see your smiling face!

Storage For Your Business

As your business gets organized, you may find yourself with more stuff than you can adequately store on site. Some items could be donated to charities or raffled off to employees, but you might need to keep some of it. Where will you put it?

That’s where StorPlace can help. Our self-storage facilities offer security and convenience with storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. Our friendly managers are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your storage experience is as stress-free as possible. They can answer any questions you might have about extra features like climate-controlled storage units, and they can offer guidance on the best ways to maximize the use of your space. Call or visit a StorPlace location near you for more information.

Storage Tips

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Why heated and cooled storage?

Heated and cooled storage maintains a steady temperature of 55–80° using central air conditioning during the summer months and heat during the winter months, as well as dehumidifiers to control the temperature. This insulates your stored items from the damage that severe hot or cold weather can cause.

What should or should not be stored in a self storage unit?

Self storage is an excellent option for storing the overflow of many different types of items or belongings from your home or business. StorPlace Self Storage frequently gets questions about what is acceptable to store so we have compiled a list to provide more information on what works for storage. Stop in to any of StorPlace’s 16 locations to see the list of items that should not be stored in a storage unit.

Security options for storage

When selecting a self storage facility, it is important to understand the security system of the facility. Since security measures vary according to facility policy,cost, and even geographic location, StorPlace Self Storage has put together a list of some things to keep in mind when looking for self storage. Ask for this list when you stop in to get a tour of our facilities. You can also learn more in this video.

Self storage tips for business owners

At StorPlace Self Storage, we find that most of our business owners make use of self storage not just for long-term, but also for short-term solutions. If your un-used business equipment or files are taking over your office, it is time to think about renting a self storage unit!

Choose the right size self storage unit

Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be easy if you know what you want to store. StorPlace Self Storage has an handy storage unit size guide to help you decide what size storage you will need for your belongings. It is important to choose the right size storage unit, so you are not wasting space and money.

Insuring your stored items

Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings, it’s important to ensure the items while stored in a self storage unit. Homeowners or rental insurance might not cover items that are in storage. Make sure to check your insurance policy before you decide to rent a self storage unit.  StorPlace Self Storage offers our own Property Protection to help cover stored items.

Vehicle self storage

Any type of vehicle can be stored in self storage to free up space in your garage. StorPlace Self Storage does offers RV outside storage. There are special considerations and prepping that need to be done before a vehicle is placed in storage. If you prepare you car, boat or RV for storage, then it will run properly when it time to remove it from the storage unit.

Hints for packing and storing

StorPlace Self Storage has created videos to help with everything from packing boxes to packing your storage unit safely and efficiently.

Comparing outdoor, indoor and drive-up storage

The are the three most common types of space for self storage are outdoor, indoor and drive-up storage. Our friendly and informed staff are able to answer all of your questions about the different types of storage and what would work the best for your storage needs.

Choosing boxes and packing materials

Once the decision to move things into storage is made, the next step is to decide how to pack them correctly. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of packing and moving supplies at each of our locations from boxes to packing tape to furniture protection.  We have 16 convenient locations in the Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky areas to serve your storage needs. We look forward to seeing you soon and giving you a great customer service experience!

 

 

Storage Tips and Questions from StorPlace

There are many things to consider when renting a storage unit. The questions and answers and tips below will help you decide which storage facility to rent from and what type of storage you might need:

Why heated or cooled storage?

Heated and cooled storage maintains a steady temperature of 55–80° using
central air conditioning or heat, as well as dehumidifiers to control the
temperature. This insulates your belongings from the damage that severe hot or cold
weather can cause damage to items.

What should or should not be stored in a self storage unit?

Self-storage is an excellent option for storing overflow of many
different types of materials from your home or business. StorPlace Self Storage  frequently gets questions about what is acceptable to store in a storage unit. The most important thing to remember is not to put combustible items such as paint in a self storage unit. Also, do not place living items such as animals or plants in self storage.

Security options for storage

When selecting a self storage facility you’ll want to understand the different aspects to self storage security including alarmed storage units, computerized gate access, video surveillance and more. Security measures vary according to facility policy, cost, and even geographic location. Security is very important in your choice of a self storage facility.

Self storage tips for business owners

At StorPlace Self Storage, we find that most of our business owners make use of self
storage not just for long-term, but also for short-term solutions. If your business is running out of storage space for unused equipment or files, then self storage is a great option.

Choose the right size self storage unit

Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be
easy if you know what you want to store.
Check out our unit size guide to give you examples of the sizes of the storage units that we have and how much of your belongings can fit into which size storage unit.

Insuring your stored items 

Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings, it is
important to insure the items in storage, since items in self storage are not generally covered by homeowners or rental insurance policies. StorPlace Self Storage offers Property Protection to help cover stored items
.

Vehicle self storage

Any type of vehicle can be stored in self storage to free up space in
your garage.
There are specific details that have to be done to prep a boat, car or RV for storage in order to keep the vehicle in running order. StorPlace Self Storage has RV/boat/car parking spaces at our facilities.

Packing efficiently for self storage

StorPlace Self Storage has created videos with description on the proper way to pack your belongings or business inventory for self storage. If you properly pack for self storage you will be able to optimize the space in your storage unit.

Choosing boxes and packing materials

Once the decision to move things into storage is made, the next step is to decide how to pack them correctly. StorPlace Self Storage offers a variety of box sizes, filler material and other packing necessities for all your packing needs. To make things easier, StorPlace also offers box kits which include different box sizes and packing material.

When you need storage just remember StorPlace Self Storage for your storage needs. We can also help you with  packing supplies that you may need to get everything ready for storage. We have 16 convenient locations in the Middle Tennessee Area and one location in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We look forward to giving you a great customer service experience at StorPlace of Cool Springs in Brentwood. Please feel free to contact us at 615-373-3006.

 

StorPlace Self Storage Protects Your Valuables

When using a self storage facility always take precautions. Don’t assume your belongings are safe just because they are on a concrete slab with walls, a roof and a door. Be sure the storage units have a nice secured door on them, but let’s face it; there are other things we should consider. Make sure the storage facility has fencing around it, chain link or otherwise and also has state of the art security cameras. Your storage unit could still fall victim to burglary. Or, let’s say the weather is bad. Something could be getting blown around in the heavy winds and pierce the roof of your storage unit. There is also hail. We have all heard reports of baseball and softball size hail. It happens and it could also puncture the roof on your storage unit. And when there is hail, there is always most likely rain. Here are a few precautions you can take to help prevent any unfortunate mishaps while you store your personal belongings.

Also, you want to purchase new, sturdy ,strong moving boxes, dishpacks, wardrobe boxes. Not only do these insure durability, but they also insure that no bugs, spiders, insects, or mice have settled into the old boxes.StorPlace actually has all these on sale at a 10 percent discount for customers.

Before you actually load your storage space, you can round up a few wooden pallets. I see them on craigslist all the time for as little as $5 each. These pallets are great for storage. You just lay them on the floor and then load you personal belongings on top of them. The pallets of course elevate you personal belongings and keeps them a few inches off of the floor. So if we do have bad weather and if there is any flooding, these pallets could help keep your personal property dry.

Another thing you can do when loading your storage space is to keep what your storing a secret. Don’t let your storage neighbor know what you are putting into your storage unit. It’s none of their business. I’ve heard that most individual break-ins are done by someone that the storage customer knows. Also when loading your storage space, always put your most valuable prized possessions in the back of the storage space. Hide them well behind larger heavier items.

After you have loaded your storage space, you should cover everything with a waterproof tarp or plastic dust covers. Not only does this keep the dust off of them, this too will help keep them dry in the event some large object falls from the sky puncturing you storage unit. Things fall from the sky every day. You never know when something might strike your storage space.

Probably the most important thing you can do for your own piece of mind is to always make sure you have property protection. I wouldn’t store my personal belongings without it. I’m pretty sure that most self storage facilities here in Nashville offer property protection. I know the StorPlace Self Storage facilities do. This insurance is inexpensive especially in light of its value ,and it is just added to rent every month. Trust me; you have taken the time to pack it, move it and store it. Why wouldn’t protect it? I believe that it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. And that’s because you never know what will happen. So, be smart about storing your personal property and always protect it and take precautions.

Please come visit us at 2360 Gallatin Road North, Madison, TN 37115, or you can call us at 615-528-5124.