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.

Exciting News Upcoming for StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of GreenwoodWe are very excited about some upcoming changes at StorPlace of Murfreesboro Rd. that we will be unveiling in the winter months. Very shortly, we hope to be the new and improved StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage Facility.

The improvements and expansion will help StorPlace Self Storage continue to meet the needs of our current and future tenants. The new addition of the heated and cooled two-story building will add flavor and a modern look to this beautiful property.

As the community grows, StorPlace Self Storage will continue to work hard to improve its facilities to meet the demands of the area. Additional heated and cooled units will be added for the homeowners and apartment dwellers that need to store their precious treasures that are temperature sensitive. Items such as household goods, musical instruments, electronic devices, and antique furniture can be stored with no worries. We also have large convenient outdoor drive up units for storing vehicles and any type of business inventory.

Being centrally located to so many apartment homes, we find that the residents seem to never have enough closet space. With our convenient location and drive up walk-in-closet size units, the space is adequate for your extra items. These units are perfect for the extra over flow such as outdoor grills, bicycles, and small garden tools.

Our new show room will feature a full line of moving and packing supplies and we will have additional dedicated staff on hand to give valuable tips on how to pack and store your belongings. With every size box on hand for lamps, flat screened televisions, dishes, and boxes for every size picture and mirror, the worries of moving will all but disappear.

As the time draws near, we would like to encourage you to join in our excitement and
anticipation of our new expansion. I am sure that as we continue to work hand in hand with our neighbors, StorPlace will exceed your Storage expectations.

Three Key Factors When Choosing Self-Storage

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When storing there are many factors to consider so do your research:

  • Choosing the right packing supplies is a very important starting with boxes and tape.
  • Picking the right location for storing your goods is very important.
  • Deciding on the right storage unit for your storing need is the most important thing to consider.

The self-storage tips below will help you make an informed decision on all your self-storage needs.

Packing for Self-Storage

First thing in storing is packing your personal goods. Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. Many people have the notion that the bigger the box the better, not always the case. When selecting boxes think about what you are storing and who will be moving it. Small boxes which are great for heavier items, such as books and dishes, can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items such as towels, blankets, and comforters.  StorPlace Self Storage offers many special-sized 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.

Storage Location

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, an important consideration is location.  A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a plus. For example if you are moving to a new town, it is best to 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. StorPlace Self Storage has 14 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.

Selecting a Storage Unit Size

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 at StorPlace Self Storage can provide the insight and help to determine the storage unit size  that will best serve you. Do you require a small or large unit or a drive up unit, or maybe a heated and cooled unit? These are just a few of the questions that a property manager can assist you with.  Your personal belongings are very important and you want to take great care of them. Choosing a storage unit should be no different; take the same care when selecting your self-storage unit.

There is no unimportant part to self-storage. Starting with getting the proper packing supplies and materials necessary for the job ahead. Another very important part of storing with self-storage is find a location that suits you best, a location down the road is better than across town. Finally, select the right unit for your storage needs, if you don’t know ask! A storage professional will help you determine what type of unit would benefit you the most and if that unit will be enough or not enough for your storing needs.

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!!!!

Nashville’s New Outdoor Venue: Ascend Amphitheater

Ascend AmphitheaterRiverfront Park is located along the Cumberland River in the heart of Nashville. It has always been a favorite summer hangout spot to enjoy the Nashville skyline and the beautiful downtown lights reflecting from the water. In April of 2015, Ascend Federal Credit Union unveiled a new outdoor venue housed in Riverfront Park to give the area even more of a Music City feel. The Ascend Amphitheater is an outdoor entertainment venue housed within the 12-acre park where it plays host to various forms of entertainment including concerts and comedy shows. The amphitheater itself can accommodate up to 6,800 people (2300 seated and 4500 on the lawn), but on non-event days, the park is open for Nashvillians and visitors to enjoy the trails, dog park, and gardens.

The first concert that opened the venue took place on July 30, 2015 by Eric Church, followed by Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire. Live Nation operates the venue and has signed a 10-year contract with Ascend Federal Credit Union. During the summer, the amphitheater is also home to the Nashville Symphony’s summer concerts.

Future concerts for 2016, include Bryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, Styx with the Nashville Symphony, Jimmy Buffett, The Music of John Williams with the Nashville Symphony, Modest Mouse, Journey, and Ray Lamontagne. Tickets for events can be purchased through Live Nation or Ascend Amphitheater’s webpage.

The Ascend Amphitheater is not the only exciting place in and around Nashville. One local business that has been serving residents of Middle Tennessee for many years is StorPlace Self-Storage. We offer a wide variety of storage options and packing supplies for their customers. With locations all over Nashville, Hermitage, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, you can be sure to find a location convenient to where you live and work. Whether it’s parking for your boat, RV, work trailer, or heated and cooled storage for your antiques and household items, StorPlace Self Storage has what you need. Feel free to give us a call or stop by to check out what StorPlace Self-Storage has to offer!

 

Storage Unit Sizes For Every Storage Need

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageStorPlace Self Storage of Murfreesboro Road has a wide variety of storage units to choose from.  If you are in the process of selling your home and want to stage it so that it will sell faster; StorPlace Self Storage has the perfect heated and cooled unit for you to do so. If you are in between places, take advantage of our month-to-month rental agreement.  You can store your entire home or the things you will not be using right now.  One special benefit you will receive for storing with us is that you receive a 10% discount on all your moving supplies. Each store has a full line of moving and packing supplies for your convenience.

The most popular type of storage unit is our outside drive-up unit. This makes loading and unloading a breeze, with wide roll-up doors. They come in a wide range of sizes from 10×10 drive-up units to 10×30 drive-up units. They all have at least eight foot ceilings so you can stack and organize as high as you would like. These units are large enough to store extra vehicles, tractors, jet skis, etc. We also have smaller inside units if you just need a little space. Most StorPlace Self Storage locations will have units as small as 4×4.  This is perfect for college students who do not want to go through the hassle of taking everything home with them at the end of the semester.  We also have 5×5, 5×10 and 7×10 inside units. These smaller storage units are great for business needs as well as a place to store a small amount of personal things.

One thing you don’t want to forget is our outside parking. StorPlace Self Storage has covered and uncovered parking that will fit the largest camper, recreational vehicle, boat, truck or car.

Each StorPlace Self Storage property is completely gated and fenced with twenty-four hour camera surveillance so you can store your treasures without any worry.

So whatever you do, remember to call StorPlace Self Storage to reserve the perfect size storage unit for your storing  needs.  As always we are committed to making customer service our top priority.

Saint Valentine’s Day is Upon Us

Happy Valentine's Day from StorPlace Self StorageWhile storage may not be the first thing you think of for St. Valentine’s Day it can be a time when people start thinking about changes in their lives. Number one change is the combining of two hearts and households. Valentine’s Day is when people start thinking about spending the rest of their lives with another individual.  When you start to clean out the childhood mementos and start thinking about making new memories as a couple. That is where StorPlace Self-Storage comes in handy. Even though our lives change it is still nice to hold on to some of those past memories. Especially the ones that bring a smile on your face when you look at them.

Knowing that these memories are in a safe and secure place will give you some joy and peace of mind. StorPlace Self-Storage is that place. We have plenty of heated and cooled storage units to accommodate any storage and financial needs that you may have. With seventeen locations in the middle Tennessee/Kentucky area there is always one near to you.

Our storage managers and assistant managers can assist you with all your storage questions and concerns at any of the StorPlace Self Storage properties. If the property where you are does not have the storage unit size you need they will assist you in contacting one of the other StorPlace Self-Storage properties to see if they can find the perfect unit for your storage needs.

While we don’t recommend that you stack your boxes and totes to the ceilings, we do not want anybody getting injured trying to stack boxes, we do have 8 to 12 foot ceiling space at all our StorPlace Self-Storage locations. So there is plenty of room to stack, arrange and organize.

We can also help you with all your packing supplies that you may need to store your treasures. We have plenty of good sturdy boxes, newsprint for wrapping, tape, bubble wrap, foam peanuts and foam sheets for protection. We also have labels to put on your boxes and totes to keep your storage unit organized. If you want to pass some of your stored items on to your children or grandchildren, you can be sure that they will still be in good condition after being stored in a storage unit at StorPlace Self Storage.

So remember new lovers young and old,  the storage professionals at StorPlace Self Storage are here to help you to collate your lives together into one happy home.

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.

Welcome to StorPlace Self Storage of Stones River

StorPlace of Stones River in MurfreesboroStorPlace Self Storage of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, kindly referred to as: Your Neighborhood storage facility. Welcome to our neighborhood and Happy New Year everyone!

This year as the holidays rushed in and out and even now as we take down and box or re-box our decorations to store our precious ornaments and keepsakes for another year; we begin to greet the New Year with the eagerness of a child on Christmas morning.

Bringing in a New Year always gives great opportunity to reflect the simple lessons learned from years gone by. We say good-bye to the year passing and the many events that has brought us up to now, and today…

Kelly, the store manager of StorPlace Self Storage at Stones River, said New Years has always been her favorite holiday. “It is a rebirth and a fresh start,” she said. “The excitement of the unknown in what this new year will bring, what new road will life place us on, what challenge, what accomplishment, what heart ache or joy will life’s undetermined mystery bring to the road of life.”

It seems the one thing we can always count on in life, is that from day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and from year to New Year, our life is always about to change.

No matter who we are or what our individual circumstance and walk of life might be, we know something in our life is about to take a turn and change. Sometimes the change is great and good and exciting, and sometimes; well, the change might be a growing experience and one we’d actually rather not have to stretch our muscles and go through. But go through we will, and hopefully as we do, there will always be people on our life’s road to share with us the joys, tears, sorrows and smiles, lending a shoulder if need be while we stretch and grow and change.

“I love my job!” Kelly said.  It is in this self-storage management position that she can meet you, the public. People who every day, come in and share your story, of what your life’s road has changed for you. It may be as simple as needing to buy a box or two, it might be that job promotion you’d been waiting on and now you are making room for a home office and storing all the clutter from the junk room. She loves hearing your stories!

Kelly has heard many life changing stories during her time at StorPlace Self Storage. When times are tough and money is tight, several people have told her they are downsizing and storing their home furnishings while they sell their large home and move to a smaller one.Sometimes a storage need may be due to the delight of a new child on the way and a bedroom gets to change from guest room to nursery.  Other times, it is in the sadness of a loved one lost and their belongings need to be stored until they can be faced and gone through. A new job, a new home, or combining households with new love in the air. So many stories and people and circumstances. Yes, we can count on change being inevitable in our ever rotating lives!

Sometimes the world can be a cold place when transition hits, so whatever your story… and no matter the road life has put you on. Come in and see us at StorPlace of Stones River. Kelly has a shoulder to lend, an ear to listen, an idea to share and a smile to give. You’re welcome in the StorPlace Self Storage neighborhood anytime!

Its More than just Renting Storage Units

StorPlace Self Storage in Bowling Green KentuckyWhat makes working at StorPlace Self Storage meaningful? Well that is a great question! I’d have to answer: if someone would have told me 5 years ago, that I am going to be leaving Denver Colorado , retiring early from the state government,  move back home to Bowling Green, Kentucky and work at a storage facility,  I would have answered.. Dude?! Are you crazy?!

But here I am and there you have it! I love it. Working with StorPlace Self Storage has provided me insight on how efficient businesses are operated.  Running a storage facility is unique, as it has different stories and  dramas almost daily. The day-to-day operation is perfected to make all interactions streamlined.

Folks come into our store in Bowling Green as if we have a sign that says “no matter the question we have an answer”.  Mind blowing sometimes! I must admit before working at Store Place Self Storage, I never gave storage facilities a second thought. If they looked nice and were cheap enough I used them. I never realized the wealth of knowledge you could find at a self storage facility!

I had a lady come in a few days before Halloween, she started pulling bubble wrap off the shelf. I approached her and asked what was she wrapping? She said I’m not wrapping anything, but here is my dilemma. She showed me a picture on her phone of a centerpiece on a table, which was a “stuffed looking man” on the table, with his “guts” exposed. The guts were aluminum pans filled with sausage dogs and beans (looked like his intestines,) and beets in a pan, to look like his heart. It was very creative!  This lady however was trying to figure out how to stuff the arms of the shirt.  We decided on how to best approach this was bubble wrap and rolls of paper towel & toilet paper. She was so happy with the idea, that she gave me a hug before she left!

Yesterday, we had another lady come in and said, “I need to make 8 pairs of angel wings, how do I draw them and how many boxes do I need?” We didn’t bat an eye; we drew her out an angel wing pattern and told her how to cut them out! Sold her several small mirror boxes and suggested aluminum foil for flare!  She is sending us pictures once she has them all done!

It’s the little things that make this job fun, its making someone’s day with a simple suggestion! It’s caring enough to listen, and then doing your best to make life easier for them.

There is so much more to StorPlace Self Storage then renting out units! And that’s why I love what I do! Plus! It’s fun.