Factors for Choosing A Self Storage Unit

Welcome to StorPlace Self StorageHaving to store your belongings can be an exhausting and stressful experience.  Here are few good tips to help make moving items into a storage unit as stress-free as possible. One of the best things to do before choosing a storage facility is look at the property and meet the manager so you can become familiar with the storage facility and processes for renting a storage unit. This way you will know exactly what you are getting and you can feel confident about your rental decision. Price is generally the number one factor when renting a storage unit, but the second factor would be security.  Having the right security and people to implement the proper policies will make you feel better about knowing that your things are stored in a safe place. This is why it’s important to see the property and meet the manager before committing to the rental. Once you’ve looked at all the options around the area where you will need storage, I am confident that you will choose to store your belongings at StorPlace Self Storage. The pricing is good and they will provide quality service that no other company can offer.

Once you have chosen to put your belongings at one of the many StorPlace Self Storage locations; the best way to use your storage space more efficiently is to put the large items in the storage unit first and fill the gaps of space in-between. You can also stack as high as you can, starting from the back of the wall and working your way towards the front. These simple tips will allow you to use the space more effectively and will help you save money by getting the right size storage unit. It’s a good idea to leave boxes or items that you think you’ll need later until the end to put in the front of the storage unit, so you don’t have to unload your unit to find that one thing that you realized you needed. If you think you may need to access your space more often, you may want to consider leaving a walkway through the center of your unit so you can easily find whatever you need in the future. Another good tip is to use furniture covers to help keep dust from settling on your items and check your unit monthly to make sure nothing has shifted and that there are no issues that you would need to discuss with your manager.

When it comes to packing your property, take advantage of StorPlace Self Storage discounts that are offered to our tenants by getting an additional 10% off any merchandise. I am confident that StorPlace Self Storage will deliver great service and will provide an excellent storage solution to minimize the stress of moving and storing at a storage facility.

 

People need storage

Self Storage basic tipsPeople are in constant need of a place to put their stuff. Storage is the one thing that there never seems to be enough of. People need storage for all types of situations including moving, the holidays and many other random reasons. Storage can help alleviate many of the woes associated with these situations. All people can benefit from having a bit more storage room for this or that.

You just scored the job of your dreams, but it requires you to move to a new city or state. You have to pack up your belongings and hit the road into the unknown. You fill up a truck and head to your destination. It’s your first time in your new location you need time to figure out what to do with all your stuff. You don’t have a place of your own yet. With a storage unit you can have a place to put your things temporarily. With a storage unit and your stuff safely secure you can focus on more pressing matters.

The holidays are here and they are great time for using a storage unit for storing excess items. Colder weather moves in and you are done mowing the yard for the year. A storage unit is a great place to store the summer outdoor things you are not going to need for another few months. Also being the holidays we all can use a little extra room. Do you have family coming for the holidays? Clean, de-clutter and organize that spare room so the in-laws have a place to stay by renting a storage unit. Renting a storage unit is also great for keeping presents out of the view of little prying eyes, helping to keep the surprise a surprise. Storage can come in handy during the holidays regardless what your need may be.

The random unexpected things in life are usually really big and actually can cause a need for storage.  You go to the doctor and find out your about to be proud new parents, that extra room will now become the nursery. Leaving town for a trip? Put your car in a storage unit to keep it out of the weather. Decide to renovate a room of your home? Put your furnishings in a storage unit to get them out-of-the-way during the remodeling project. Life is random and many times so is the need for storage.

We can always use more room in our lives, a storage unit is a great way accommodate that need. If you are moving, preparing for the holidays, or just the random need for more space storage is the solution. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of heated or cooled or regular storage unit sizes to help with any storage need. Stop in to any of our 16 Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky locations to find out how our storage professionals can help you!

Storing Your Summer Clothes

Storing Summer ClothesAs summer looms smaller in our collective rear view mirror, it is time to transition the summer clothes out and bring the cold weather gear that has been locked in hibernation for the past several months.  Following a few simple tips can make this seemingly arduous task a lot simpler, free up often needed closet real estate and preserve your summer items for years to come.

The first thing you want to do is sort through your summer clothing. You may not want to quite pack away all those summer clothes, as you may want to squeeze a final wearing or two before those last few tantalizing warm days of the season say their goodbyes. Leaving a few items for these days is quite alright.

Whether you follow what is listed above or separate all your warm weather clothing at once, washing your clothes before you store them is paramount as this can keep the clothing from discoloring or molding from set-in stains.  Washing them will also help them continue to look like new when you pull them back out  to wear the following warm season.

Once your garments are clean, place them in some sort of storage bin. If feasible, place items such as shorts, tank tops, swimsuits and lightweight clothes flat to prevent permanent wrinkle damage. There are a plethora of sizes and colors out there to fit not only your spatial limitations/need but your fancy as well. If you choose, you can also use a desiccant, such as silica packs, to absorb moisture, however if you choose this method, do not allow them to touch your garment(s) directly as they can dry them out which could damage them. Place the silica packs in plastic bags and place them in the corners of your storage containers. You also want to keep your stored items out of direct sunlight as that constant bombardment of sunrays will fade the colors of your items in short order. Nicer garments should be placed in garment bags to protect them from getting wrinkled and dirty. I would make the suggestion of dry cleaning these nicer items before placing them in the garment bags.

A few additional tips to preserve your items is to place cedar sachets in your storage areas and on your hangers. Cedar wards off insects such as moths that can damage your clothing but does so without the moth ball scent. Another helpful hint is to place a few dryer sheets in between your summer items so when you pull them out the following spring they will smell fresh.

StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations in the Middle Tennessee and Northern Kentucky areas that will help with summer clothing storage to business storage needs. Stop by our locations to find out how we can help when it is time to store your summer clothing.

Making the Most of Your Storage Unit

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self Storage

When storing for the first time, there is a lot of useful information and tips available to help you make the best decision for your belongings. The property manager of the storage facility you use should also be knowledgeable about your needs. Learning how to properly utilize the square footage of your unit is very helpful. It is also important to know what causes mildew and how to prevent it, especially if you have chosen a non-climate controlled or heated & cooled building.

If you are packing boxes for storage, more is not always better. Of course you want to fill the boxes with the most items possible, but boxes of heavy or fragile items should not be too heavy. Packing heavy items creates a risk of the bottom of your box falling out, so the less weight, the better. Try to use no more than 2 different sized boxes. This will make it much easier to stack and organize them in the storage unit. When putting items in the storage unit, leave a small isle in-between boxes, so you can easily access your items. Most people say they will not need anything out of the unit, but more times than not, a return visit is necessary. Label boxes not only on top, but also on the side. This helps if the boxes are stacked, you are still able to read what is in the box. Packing boxes by room, bedroom, kitchen, etc. makes not only storing easier, but will help with unpacking once you reach your new home. Plastic totes are also a great way to utilize space. Not only are they roomy but the lids are sealed tightly, the sides are clear so you can see what is inside of each one, without opening them, and they are made with sturdy plastic, which will make stacking much easier and safe.

Utilizing the square footage in your storage unit is also vital to maximize the use of your unit. Even something as small as removing the legs from a table, can help make more usable square footage. When possible you can also place items vertically not horizontally. Hollow spots in appliances and furniture, like wardrobes, stoves and refrigerators, can usually hold small boxes inside of them. Use wardrobe boxes for clothes. One wardrobe box takes up a lot less space than bags or boxes full of clothes and it also makes them easier to access if you have forgotten something.

Another suggestion to protect your belongings is are make sure your boxes are sealed and taped tightly. This will prevent dust, bugs, or other unwanted things from getting inside your boxes. You should drain all fluids from tools and equipment, but oil them down to prevent rust. Breakables and fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and packed tightly in the box, so they don’t slide around. Mirrors and pictures should always be stored vertical, not flat. Laying them flat causes a risk of items being set on top of them or accidentally getting stepped on.

Most people believe sealing items up in plastic bags is protecting them, but actually it invites mildew. Other ways to avoid mildew are making sure refrigerators and freezers are defrosted and the door left cracked open, and drain your washing machine well.

Storing Winter Clothes for the warm season (part 1)

As Old Man Winter relinquishes his icy grip on the Northern Hemisphere, the big coats, toboggans, scarves, and gloves are shed and are replaced by tank tops and shorts. As you layer down for the weather change, exercising a few simple things can not only maximize space, both at home and in your storage space, but also ensure that those warm weather items are in good shape to stave off the cold for years to come.

As these articles of clothing tend to be thicker, storing them is typically more space consumptive than spring and summer clothing.  Often winter gear is thrown haphazardly in a tub or box, without any regards for the most efficient utilization of the available space. This often leads to the clothing taking up more space than necessary.

The first thing you want to do prior to packing is to dry clean or wash all the items you will be storing. The scents from wear can attract unwanted visitors such as moths or insects that will damage your clothing.

Dry Clean or wash clothing before storing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storing your clothes in the plasticcovering from dry cleaners is a very, very VERY bad idea.  Here is why:

  1. The plastic bags cause oxidation which leads to discoloration of the clothes.
  2. The plastics bags will cause stains and odors.
  3. The damp environment in the bag will be a breeding ground for moths, which will eat through your clothes.
  4. The bags cause yellowing and weakening of the fibers of the clothes.
  5. Wire hangers will rust and ruin your clothes.
  6. Wire hangers will also ruin the shape of your clothing.
  7. Clothes need to breathe and they cannot breathe in a plastic bag.

 

Store clothes in a plastic storage bin

 

Go with plastic bins over vacuum bags. The bins are better for clothing than the vacuum bags, as they allow clothing to breathe and are much for non-delicate items such as T’s , jeans, wool, and polyester garments. Delicate items, such as silk, cashmere and any article that is of sentimental value to you, have to be handled a bit differently. These should be wrapped in acid-free tissue and placed in 100% cotton canvas storage bags.

Sweaters and most coats should not be hung. This can actually cause them to lose their shape. Fur coats are the exception; these garments are best stored in a climate controlled environment, preferably at a constant 50 degrees Fahrenheit and at 50% humidity.

When it comes to storing your boots invest in boot trees. The trees will help the boot retain their shapes. If space does not allow you to store them upright, place some cotton, (this can be a shirt, or a shoe bag) over each pair. With other winter footwear, use stuffing paper to maintain their shape.

Following these simple steps can ensure that you don’t have an unpleasant surprise when it is time to don your winter gear again. Stop by one of the 16 convenient StorPlace Self Storage Middle Tennessee locations to see how we can help you with your winter clothing storage needs!

Storage Mistakes

Pack boxes for moving and storage correctlyAt StorPlace Self Storage we have seen many people make all sorts of mistakes while either preparing to store or actually packing your belongings in a unit.  Here are just a few of the more common mistakes.

  • Not thinking about insuring your items – Most people don’t realize that most storage facilities don’t insure your items automatically. We do offer a low-cost solution to this problem:  StorPlace Property Protection.  Some form of insurance is a requirement at most if not all storage facilities, whether it is homeowner’s/renters insurance or our StorPlace Property Protection.
  • Wrapping items in the wrong material – Do not use newspaper to wrap items. The ink can bleed onto the item being wrapped causing you to clean it all over again.  Some items can be harder to clean ink off of than others. StorPlace Self Storage offers ink free newsprint to wrap your items in.
  •  Not having enough time or help – Moving is not a fun time for anyone involved and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. You need to make sure you have enough time so that you are not rushed. If you are rushed, you will not pack as neatly and as organized as it could be.  Also, you could potentially cause damage to some items you are storing.
  • Not labelling properly – Make sure you label each box because there is nothing worse than having to go through each and every box looking for one thing. An easy way to do this is to make a “table of contents”.  To do this, just number the boxes and on a separate sheet of paper, write the number of the box and the contents out to the side.  We have plenty of boxes and packing supplies to help with this process at StorPlace Self Storage.

If you have any additional questions about anything that was mentioned above or anything regarding your storage needs feel free to give us a call at (615) 826-1700.

Are you storing your photos correctly?

Tips for storing photographsPhotos are memories of moments that you want to cherish and protect. It is important to go that “extra mile” in order to make sure that they are safe and protected while in storage. As a photographer, I know what it means to keep these items protected and that they’re close to the heart. Storing your photos is a relatively easy process and important in order  to guarantee that you will be able to hold on to your memories for many years to come. Storplace Self Storage of Rivergate highly recommends a heated and cooled storage unit to protect your temperature sensitive items. (including photos, paintings, antiques, electronics, wood, leather, etc.)

Here are some tips on how to properly store your photos:

  1. Keep photos stored at a moderate/cool temperature of 60-75 degrees fahrenheit.

 

  1. Try to store your photos in paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper. (Try to avoid an envelope with a center seam, as the adhesive can damage the photo).

 

  1. If you do need to store photos in plastic, use uncoated pure polyethylene, polypropylene or polyester (also called Mylar D or Mellinex 516) protective sleeves.

 

  1. AVOID any type of PVC plastics (it will have that plastic-y or new car smell). Over time, these types of plastics can stick to your photos and damage them.

 

  1. Photo albums are a quick and decorative alternative for more short-term storage or if you like to look at your photographs often, but try not to stack any photos.

 

  1. NO FINGERPRINTS! Remember, it is best to always hold a photograph by its edges, supporting it from underneath with your hand. The oils in your fingers can really damage a photo!

 

  1. The safest (but most expensive) way to store photographs is to mat them in high quality ragboard or matboard. This method is excellent for photos that are to be framed and displayed, but can also be used for more long-term storage.

Another alternative is to digitize your photographs, whether it be to a SD card, flash drive, computer, etc. But just like reading a good book on a Kindle or an iPad, there is nothing better than the real thing in your hands!

Stop by any of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations for more information on storage units and how to properly store your beloved belongings and get a showing of the perfect storage unit for you!

The Basics of Storing in a Self Storage Unit

Self Storage basic tipsThese are some basic tips that most people do not think about when putting their belongings in storage.  They will help utilize your storage space effectively and spend your money wisely.  First, take a look at the items that you are going to store. Determine the approximate size storage unit you will need (StorPlace Self Storage managers are great at this). Then, stop by one of the many convenient locations that StorPlace Self Storage has in the Middle Tennessee area.  It is important to make sure you feel completely comfortable when you are storing your goods.  StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on understanding our costumer’s needs and will personally make sure you feel great about storing with us.  Please don’t take my word for it; come in to see for yourself.

Something else to consider when using self-storage would be to decide if you will need to rent a temperature controlled unit.  This is the best way to protect your items from the outside climate.  Let’s look at some items and decide the smart way to store those items.  As you place your belongings in a storage unit, put the larger boxes at the bottom of the stack and label each box.  If the boxes are packed full, they are less likely to collapse.

If you are storing appliances than you will need to follow a few extra steps as you put them in storage.  If there is any type of food appliances make sure you clean them extremely well.  Also, keep in mind that just because they look clean does not mean that there is not any small food particles left on the appliances that can attract bugs to your storage.  You may even want to use a non-toxic bug spray on those appliances, just in case.  Next if you are storing a refrigerator make sure you unplug it a few hours before you move it.  That way it can defrost and drain. The same would go for a washing machine or dish washer.

The next item on the list is how to keep dust off of your furniture and mattresses.  It is always wise to use a mattress, couch, or chair cover.  All of these tips come from many years of experience, so we hope you take a moment and implement these helpful tips.

Whatever your situation is; StorPlace Self Storage of Medical Center will ensure that you receive the best quality of service and are totally satisfied when you decide to store with us.

 

How to Start a Comic Book Collection

How to start a comic book collection.

Starting a comic book collection is a great investment and a fun hobby. But with thousands of characters and a culture stretching back as far as the late 1800’s, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. Rest assured, comic books are fun to read, a great way to engage your imagination, and a good collection can be worth quite a bit of money over time.

So where to start? With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting movie theatres, it may be easiest to begin by picking a character that interests you. Whether you can relate to the back story or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in the character will keep you interested in the story. Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. Maybe a team of characters is more your speed – check out: The X-Men, The Avengers, The Justice League, etc. Don’t worry too much if you’re jumping into a series on issue #80, most story arcs only last 5 or so books – so you’ll be able to catch up with the story rather quickly. For getting the most out of your favorite characters, try picking up some trade paper backs/trades (volumes of comic books in one bound book) at your local comic book store.

The next step to ensuring your continued interest in your collection is to find a local comic book store that you love. Here in Nashville Rick’s Comic City is a favorite not only for their expertise, but for how clean and organized their store is. Once you’ve been visiting a local shop, the employees may even recognize your taste in characters, writers, etc. and make recommendations for books you may want to add to your collection. Also, keep your eyes peeled for your local comic book store to run sales – it’s a great way to add a ton of books to your collection and save money in the process.

Equally important to building your collection is protecting your collection. Comic books are generally stored in acid free mylar bags (you can even get them resealable with acid free adhesive). This protects your books from fingerprinting, scuffs, and (with the addition of some acid free tissue paper) moisture. A backing board is stored inside the bag, against the back cover of the book, to add rigidity which prevents bending and curling when books are stored together. Finally, store your bagged and boarded collection upright in a short or long box (depending on how many books you have) – being sure to add foam inserts (or large trade paper backs, etc)in empty spaces to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling/reading your books, be sure not to curl or bend the pages, don’t open the book so far that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded, when you’re not reading. Inspecting your books periodically is essential to their preservation. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive – because essentially, you are.

Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby. There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with finding a rare variant cover or a first print of your favorite issue. The more you learn about collecting and comic book culture, the more invested you will become in it.

Protecting Valuable- Cards, Comics& Kicks

As we know, people store a multitude of items for scores of reasons. Everything from automobiles to baby pictures populate storage units across the nation. Another great use for storage units is storing collectibles and other valuable items.   There are many things you can do to preserve and protect the integrity and value of sports cards, comic books and sneakers while they are in storage. Below are a few tips to keep your collections in the best possible conditions.

Sports Cards Storage

Sport Card storage sleeves

Sleeves such as this are a staple for any sports card collector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports cards are typically stored in sleeves, such as the one pictured above. These sleeves are designed to go in three-ring binders. The sleeves protect sports cards from the rigors of the outside world and keep them in pristine condition. For those who want to raise the ante to total protection, there are hard sports cards storage cases. These cases are made of hard plastic and are available in a wide array of sizes and thicknesses.   Cabinet and briefcase style cases allow you not only store all the most valuable and well-protected of a sports card collection together, but they also will store well at home or in your storage unit.

Comic Book Storage

Comic Book Storage Tips

Bags & boards are great for protecting your comic books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic books are long-time favorite amongst collectors. Comic books have been around since the late 1800’s and now are a multi-million dollar industry. Keeping a comic book in pristine condition is vital to the value of the book. There are many ways to protect your comic book collection while in storage.

  1. Boxes- specially built for comics. They come in two different sizes: long and short.
  2. Boards- The stiff board backing helps to keep the comics flat. However, the boards will need to be changed every 2-5 years to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
  3. Bags- Made of polypropylene , or known as “mylar”, these bags protect your books from the elements.
  4. You are going to need somewhere to keep your comic book collection! They are best stored in a climate controlled setting. Avoid keeping them in wet, hot, or drafty areas.

 Sneaker Storage

Sneakers have exploded in popularity over the past decade. Lines wrap around stores nationwide whenever the latest Air Jordan, Lebron, or Kobe shoe is released. With this growth, came a resurgence of collectors as well as a secondary market catering to those who missed out on release day. As the demand for these items has increased, so has the prices they command on the secondary market. As the size of sneaker collections has grown over the past several years, finding places to store footwear has become paramount. Here are some tips for storing and protecting your footwear.

Tips for storing sneakers

Silica packs come in different sizes & are great for absorbing moisture

  1. The use of silica packets does help with keeping moisture away from your shoes. However if you are going to utilize them, make sure they do not touch the actual shoe, because they will dry out the leather or the midsole, which in some shoes will cause or accelerate the deterioration of the midsole.
  2. If the shoe has a clear outsole, remove the paper that comes with the shoes, if they are kept in the shoe box. The paper is acidic, and the acidity will cause the soles to yellow.
  3. Do not store sneakers in extreme temperatures, either very hot or very cold. In the case of very hot, it can cause sole separation, and very cold can also affect the glue and integrity of material components. It is best to store your sneakers in a climate controlled area, with the optimal temperature being 68-72 degrees farenheit.
  4. If they are stored in a climate controlled unit, add moth balls, particularly if boxes are sitting on the floor. You do not want any of nature’s precious creatures getting in to your shoe boxes.
  5. Take your shoes out of the box periodically and let them get some air.
  6. The most effective way to preserve your sneakers is to WEAR THEM! There is nothing worse than waiting years and years to wear a shoe, and the midsole crumbles the first time you put them on. Wearing them does help maintain their integrity.

When you store your collectibles, especially outside of your home, you want to take the necessary steps to ensure your valuables are not damaged. Following a few of these simple tips can keep your treasured items in great shape for years to come. Stop by one of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations to see how we can help with your collection storage needs!