How to Store Outdoor Furniture and Cushions to Keep Them Safe During the Winter

Outdoor furniture sits on a deck covered in snow instead of being stored safely in a storage unit.Nights are starting to get cooler and leaves are beginning to turn beautiful colors of yellow, orange and red. The last few outdoor summer nights are escaping us as fall starts to settle in. We know you love your outdoor furniture and the fun summer memories you have created with it, which is why protecting it over the fall and winter months is a top priority. Follow these tops storage tips to keep your outdoor furniture and cushions fresh for more summers to come!

How to Store Outdoor Furniture

1. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: The right way to care for your outdoor furniture depends on what it’s made out of. To ensure proper care of your outdoor chairs and tables, remember to follow all instructions from the manufacturer.
2. Thoroughly Clean Furniture: Like storing anything, don’t store outdoor furniture until it has been properly cleaned. Any moisture or dirt left on your furniture can turn to mold, mildew or rust during the long winter months. Wicker, iron, plastic and mesh furniture can be cleaned with a solution of gentle dish soap dissolved in water. Wood furniture should be cleaned with a solution of detergent and water. Before placing in storage, check to see if your furniture needs a new application of finish or if it needs to be treated for rust.
3. Give Furniture Time to Dry: Storing furniture before it’s dry will leave it prone to damage caused by rust, mold or mildew. Take the time to let your furniture dry before putting it away.
4. Cover Your Patio Furniture: Keep your furniture out of the winter elements. Cover your furniture with an approved protective cover and store it in a dry location, like a garage or shed.

How to Store Outdoor Furniture Cushions

1. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: Cushions can be made with a variety of materials, all requiring different care. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to increase the longevity of your cushions.
2. Take the Time to Clean your Cushions: If your manufacturer recommends utilizing a machine washer, use it. Otherwise, use gentle dish soap dissolved in water and scrub with a scrubbing brush. Any leftover crumbs from long summer nights of enjoying s’mores, hot dogs and chips will be a disaster in storage. Not only will leftover food cause mold to grow on your cushions, it may also attract pests, creating a bigger issue when it’s time to take your cushions out of storage. Thoroughly cleaning your cushions before storage will set you up for many more enjoyable summer nights with your furniture.
3. Store Cushions Dry: Do not store your cushions unless they are completely dry. Any moisture trapped within the cushions could turn to mold, ruining the cushions you just spent time cleaning.
4. Store Cushions in Plastic Bags: After prepping your cushions for storage and allowing them to dry, wrap them in plastic to keep all traces of moisture out. Store your plastic-wrapped cushions in a dry location, free from extreme temperature fluctuations.

Are You in Need of a Place to Store Your Outdoor Furniture?

Properly storing your outdoor cushions and furniture will help them last longer, as well as save you from a headache when it’s time to remove them from storage again. If you’re storing outdoor cushions and furniture and you need a place that’s free from fluctuations in temperature, consider a heated and cooled storage unit. A heated and cooled storage unit will maintain a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees, best protecting your outdoor living investment. Contact one of our 18 locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee with any questions!

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.

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.

A man vacuums the bedroom floor.

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!

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Garage

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Garage

For many Americans, the garage tends to be a holding area for all sorts of objects. Broken tools or appliances, future projects (that may or may not be completed) and a variety of other items can overwhelm the space if you’re not careful. Make sure your spring cleaning plan includes some quality time in the garage.A teenage boy helps clean the garage.

How to Clean the Garage

The following list is a good place to start, but you may want to take a few extra minutes to customize it to your situation. Work smarter, not harder!

  1. Start with a blank canvas. Before you can turn your garage into a carefully organized work of art, you have to clean it out. Move items to your patio, driveway or yard. Instead of shuffling things from side to side (and shuffling dirt and dust around with them), this will ensure that you’re able to wipe out all the dirt in one pass. It will also let you know just how much stuff has accumulated in your garage. You might be surprised at what you find!
  2. Dust, sweep and rinse. Dust off any unmovable surfaces like large shelving units, wall-mounted organization racks and anything else that’s stuck in there. Once the dust has settled, break out the broom and dustpan. Finish everything off with a mop and bucket or at least a good spray from the water hose. If you keep the floor clean out here, you’ll minimize the mess that follows the family’s feet into the house.
  3. Determine what stays and what goes. Anything that’s clearly unsalvageable should be tossed. If you have some broken items that you’ve been meaning to get around to repairing eventually, be honest with yourself about the likelihood of that day coming. Some items could be donated to local charities or taken to recycling centers. Sort through it all and decide what should have a place in your home.
  4. Get it together. Now that you’ve made the hard decisions, it’s time to get organized! Group items by themes so you can easily find them when you need them. You might need to get some shelving units or containers to keep everything nice and neat going forward. Once it’s all in place, try to maintain it! If you let little messes mount up, it gets easier and easier to delay the cleaning effort until you’re left with a big job—like today.

When You Need More Space for Garage Items…

After the job is done, you may decide you need additional space for your garage and other household items. StorPlace Self-Storage has you covered! We offer storage units in a variety of sizes with features like additional property protection, heated and cooled units, packing supplies and more. If you need tips on packing and storing items, check out our videos, or ask our friendly, knowledgeable managers for advice. They are ready and willing to go the extra mile to make sure your self-storage experience is as stress-free as possible.

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Kitchen

It’s time to roll up those sleeves and start cleaning. A tradition that dates back hundreds or thousands of years, many cultures have taken the arrival of spring as a sign that it’s time for a fresh start. Let’s kick things off with one of the hardest places in the house to keep clean: the kitchen.

Check out these tips to make your kitchen spring cleaning a success.

This woman is prepared to tackle the task of cleaning her kitchen!

With daily meal prep, morning coffee and midnight snack runs, it can be hard to keep all the crumbs and messes from accumulating in the dark corners. Let’s cover a few guidelines you should keep in mind before your kitchen cleaning crusade commences.

Guidelines for Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Creating a detailed checklist is a good place to start. You’ll save yourself time in the long run with a few extra minutes of preparation up front.

  • Divide and conquer. Breaking your kitchen down into categories or areas will prevent you from cleaning in circles. You could start with big appliances like your refrigerator and stove first before moving onto smaller ones. Then, take care of the cabinets and drawers. Save the floor for last because there’s a good chance your other cleaning efforts will end up spilling some collateral damage down there.
  • Empty before cleaning. Don’t just scrub around plates in cabinets or food in the fridge. Remove everything from whatever area you’re currently cleaning. While you’re doing this, be on the lookout for any expired food so you can throw it out. Take drawers and shelves out of the refrigerator, and give them a thorough cleaning in the sink.
  • Soak away caked-on crud. If shelves or drawers have sticky stains or other debris that’s rough to remove, try soaking them in soapy water. If your oven knobs are looking a little crummy, you can place them in a vinegar solution for a little while to loosen the grime.
  • Make this easier on yourself next year. Stay on top of your kitchen cleaning duties daily to keep messes from mounting. Your future self will thank you.

Organizing the Kitchen

Take the opportunity to put things in order while you clean. Putting pots and pans together and nesting smaller items in larger ones will help free up space in your cabinets and drawers. If you’re not already doing this, you may find you have more storage space in the kitchen than you thought! And if everything has a permanent home, you won’t find yourself flinging open all the drawers to find that measuring cup—not that that’s happened to us or anything.

Find a convenient space to store all your cleaning supplies. You’ll want to keep them away from anything edible or anything that will touch food, really. If children are around, you should also make sure to childproof whatever storage area you choose. Underneath the sink is usually a handy spot.

Storage for Household Items

While you’re cleaning out the clutter in your kitchen, keep in mind that you don’t have to keep everything in your home. When space is at a premium, let us help. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer storage units in a variety of sizes. Our friendly managers can help you find the solution that’s just right for your needs from a few small household items to an entire home’s worth of belongings.

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.

Tips for Winterizing and Organizing Your Home

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageOrganizing and winterizing your home is important. It keeps you in a good position when Spring Cleaning comes around, while also ensuring that everything is working properly throughout the harshest months that Mother Nature has to offer.

For tips on how to winterize and organize your home properly, check out the list below.

Grab your mulch bagger and leaf vacuum.

It is the time of year to get your fall tools out of storage and use them to clean up the area around your home. Use your mulch bagger to mulch up all the yard debris, especially around big trees. This helps to insulate the spring bulbs buried below, it also allows the cuttings to breakdown and nourish the tree.

Use a large amount as compostable material for the vegetable beds and the tumble composter.

If we can store it in a dry place, I can continue to make compost even through the winter. This is also the time, I start cleaning out dead and dying vegetation, and any areas that are overgrown or just need a little sprucing up. It’s still a little early to be thinking about fall plantings. Some bulbs, such as Tulips, prefer to be planted in the fall or over the winter, as these type bulbs use the cold weather as their dormant period which prepares them for a beautiful show in spring. Fall is the time of year to fertilize your acid loving Rhododendrons, and Azaleas, specifically.

Seal the vents around the exterior of our homes foundation.

We are also double-checking that all gutters and downspouts are clear, and flowing properly. Little is worse than finding out in the dead of winter, that these things are stopped up, and your forced to do an emergency cleaning while its freezing cold. We will also be checking our storm windows, to insure the window sills and exterior of windows are clean, and closed.

Inspect attic vents for debris or openings and wrap water pipes. 

Eliminate the colder air from entering the attic. You should inspect water pipes, and wrap as needed to prevent freezing later. Central heating and air conditioning systems need a little extra attention at this time, it’s actually a great time to have them inspected by a professional, if you can pull your pressure washer out of storage, a good exterior cleaning will serve well, and as always clean and replace air filters as needed. If your heating vents flow through an area that is cold (attic or basement), you will want to inspect, and wrap as needed.

Don’t forget to winterize your automobile.

Draining the radiator, and filling with sufficient anti-freeze, inspection of tires, and belts, and of course stocking emergency items in the event of a break down or other road side emergency. Water, blankets, snacks, change of clothing, and a extra set of any emergency, (life saving) medications you may need. Use of these easy tips should help you and yours to make it through yet another winter, effectively, economically, and safely.

Consider storing your summer tools and equipment during this period of winterizing and home organization. StorPlace Self Storage’s storage units are available to assist with all of your seasonal storage needs, stop by today to learn more from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. 

Fall Cleaning and College Storage Opportunities

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageWith summer winding down, the time for fall cleanup as well as moving your college students back to school are now upon us. In order to help accomplish both goals, StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is here to help. By placing some of your summer items like patio furniture, pool equipment, landscaping tools and other summer items in a self-storage unit, you can free up valuable space around your home for fall and winter seasons. Similarly, self storage units are also great to store items that college students won’t be bringing to school this semester but will be needing in the future.

Fall Cleaning Self Storage Opportunities

StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of different options for you to choose from in storing your summer items both small and large when fall inevitably arrives. We have heated and cool climate controlled units that are available as well as a wide range of standard unit sizes. Our self storage unit sizes range from 5 x 5 to 10 x 40 which can help store any number of household items. Our smaller units are great for summer sports equipment, clothes or pool supplies. The larger self storage units we offer are also an excellent way to keep your patio table, chairs and umbrella protected during fall and the hard months of winter to follow.

College Storage Options During Fall 

Here at StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue we have parking spaces to store cars and other vehicles. If the college student in your family will not be bringing their car to campus, this is a great place to park that car until they need it again next summer. We also have several covered spaces as well which would protect against rain and snow while your student is away at school. We always recommend that your come look at the spaces before you rent, though, to make sure it will fit the needs of your car specifically. Our knowledge team can also help with any other items your college student will need to store during the school year as well.

Self-Storage Locations Near You

StorPlace Self-Storage has many convenient storage locations throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Specifically, we offer storage units at our facilities in Bellevue, Downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville as well as Lebanon Pike. We have the self-storage solutions to fit your needs so stop by today and find out how we can help you save money and create the space your family deserves.

Where to Turn When It’s Time to Clear Out the Clutter

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageIs it time to clear the clutter out of your garage? Or maybe it’s time stage your home for sale on the real estate market. If so, turn to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at StorPlace Self-Storage of Bellevue. No matter what the decluttering project you’re faced with, we have an excellent solution for you.

Our address at StorPlace Bellevue is 7332 Tolbert Rd, 37209. Here we will help you determine a size of storage unit that best fits your needs. We also sell all necessary moving and packing supplies to help open up much-needed space around your house. If you need a truck, you are also in luck because StorPlace of Bellevue rents Budget trucks as well. You could consider us your one stop shop for all your moving, packing and storage needs!

Maybe you are getting your boat serviced or even your RV or camper. Maybe your son or daughter is attending college here in Nashville and looking to store items from their dorm room. Don’t worry, we have several different solutions available from vehicle parking, standard storage units and climate controlled units. No matter what, if you are looking to store something, give one of our StorPlace locations a call and we will be glad to help. Our gate hours are 6AM to 10 PM, seven days a week so stop by anytime.

 

Organizing and Decluttering

Decluttering and Organization Tips

Spring is around the corner: flowers are blooming, bunny rabbits are hoping and the house is full of clutter. You are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and know it’s time to get rid of all of that clutter. Take control of your life and reclaim your space.

 

It’s important to have a clear goal in mind of what you would like your home to look like after getting rid of all the clutter. Your vision should give you a clear ideal how to reclaim the space in your home. Having a project goal for your organizing your house or garage helps you to decide what to keep or throw out in your decluttering process.

 
First, declutter the area or room that is causing you the most stress.  Start small, but, also set a fixed time and day to have the project completed. Have four bags; label them as “Keep” “Throw out” “Donate” and “Not sure”.  Use a fast sorting approach, ask yourself a few questions to help determine what to toss or keep:

1.    When was the last time I used or worn the item?
2.    Will I use or wear it again?
3.    Is it worthy holding on to it or is it taking up space?

We have many products and items in our house which we rarely us. This is a good time to decide options for storing these items. Some people decided to rent a storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage  offers a wide variety of storage options, some have heated and cooled units for storing pictures, antiques or oil paintings. Sizes of the storage units can range from 5×5, 5×10, and 10×10 to 10×30. The size of the storage unit you choose will depend on how much clutter you need to get out of your house or garage.

 
An important part of clutter control is having a place for everything and keeping your stuff in its place. Organizing your home will make your life less stressful and lessen feeling overwhelmed when you walk in the door. Plus, you get more time to enjoy the Spring!!!!