What Else Does StorPlace Self Storage Sell?

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlaceWhen customers walk in to a storage facility they expect the facility to only rent storage space. However StorPlace Self Storage also provides packing supplies from boxes to tape to packing peanuts.

We offer boxes from small boxes to extra-large boxes as well as odd-shaped boxes for specific items. Let’s start by saying that small boxes are best for heavier items such as books, cd’s, and dishes. These items don’t sound too heavy, but when you start filling up a box with them, it can get extremely heavy very quickly. The next size up,the medium boxes, are the most popular and versatile box that StorPlace Self Storage sells. This particular box is perfect for kid’s toys, collectables, and small appliances.  Also available for purchase are large boxes and Ex-Large boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing large or bulky items such as clothing, shoes and linens.

StorPlace Self Storage has different size boxes for purchase that can fit your specific need including lamp base boxes, mirror boxes, and wardrobe boxes. Mirror boxes are also great for framed pictures or framed artwork. Wardrobe boxes are wonderful because they are 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide with a metal bar across the top to hold hung-up clothing. This way you don’t even have to take you clothes off the hanger to move them. Just pull them out of your closet and hang them directly in the wardrobe box. Clothes can be moved or stored without getting wrinkled or dirty reducing the amount of laundry that you need to do right after your move.

StorPlace Self Storage also sells box kits to get you moving in the right direction. It is real easy to see what size boxes you need when you are at home looking at your belongings, but once you leave your home and make it to a store that sells boxes it gets a little harder to pick out what you need. The box kit contains the most popular size boxes, a roll of tape, and some bubble wrap. There is also a kitchen kit that contains the same items as the regular box kit with an additional 10lb box of wrapping paper.

As you can see StorPlace Self Storage is a one stop shop for all your moving and storage needs.

Tips on Storage

StorPlace has self storage for all the seasonsThere are just some basic tips that most people do not think about when putting their belongings in storage. First, have a game plan! Take a look at the items that you are going to store and determine the approximate size of storage unit you will need. Then, check out the storage facility you would like to use and make sure it has all the features and the storage unit size that you need. You also may want to consider a temperature controlled storage unit if any of your belongings could possibly be affected by extreme temperature changes.

Now let’s take a look at the items that you want to store and decide the smart way to store them. As you box up your belongings, remember to use same size boxes so they can be evenly spaced when stacking in storage, so that they don’t collapse over time. That brings us to how to pack the items in the boxes so that they don’t collapse. ALWAYS pack the boxes full. Boxes will collapse if they are not fully packed with items and filler material. Packing paper that is available at StorPlace Self Storage.

If you are storing any appliances there are extra prepping for storage steps that most of the time are over looked.First, if storing ANY type of food appliance make sure you clean it extremely well. Keep in mind that just because they look clean does not mean that there is not any small food particles left that can attract bugs to your storage. Just in case, you may even want to use a non-toxic bug spray on those appliances. When storing a refrigerator, make sure you unplug it a few hours before you move it. This allows time for the fridge to defrost and drain, because you don’t want you items in storage to get wet not to mention flooding of the unit next to yours. If you are storing a washing machine or dishwasher, make sure you run a drain cycle before you unplug and unhook them from the wall. Also, make sure all the hoses are free of any water. Once you get these larger appliances in the storage unit, prop the doors open so that mold and mildew does not grow inside. Wipe down tools and metal objects with some oil or WD-40 to prevent rusting.

The next item on the list is how to keep dust off of your furniture and mattresses. Most people will use a plastic mattress cover, couch cover or tarp to cover their items in storage. The only problem it that plastic will hold in moisture and heat, which can damage furniture. The plastic coverings are great for moving because you don’t want to get you furniture or mattresses dirty, but they are not so great for protecting items in storage. A good idea is to use mattress or furniture covers for moving, but once the item is in storage, slide the cover down to the floor but leave it under the item so that when you move the items again you can just slide the cover back up and go. This will also apply to any shrink-wrap that you or your movers may be using. Just make sure to remove it when you put it in the storage unit.

StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations in the Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky area to serve all of your storage needs. Stop in to one of our facilities to see how we can help you with our many storage solutions!

Boxes and Packing Supplies

Packing and Moving Supplies at StorPlaceWhen customers walk in to a storage facility they expect the facility to only rent storage space. However, StorPlace Self Storage also provides packing supplies ranging from boxes to tape to packing peanuts.

The boxes vary in size from small boxes, (1.5 cubic feet), to extra large boxes, (6.1 cubic feet), and there are also odd-shaped boxes for specific items. Small boxes are best for heavier items such as books, CD’s, and dishes which don’t sound to heavy but when you start filling up a box with these items, it can get extremely heavy very quickly. The next size up is the medium box, ( 3.0 cubic feet), they are the most popular and versatile box that StorPlace Self Storage sells. This particular box is perfect for kid’s toys, priceless collectables, and small appliances.  Also available for purchase are large boxes and extra large boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing large or bulky items such as computer equipment, clothing, and linens.

We also have different size boxes for your specific needs. There are lamp base boxes and mirror boxes and wardrobe boxes, just to name a few. Mirror boxes are also great for framed pictures or framed art work. Wardrobe boxes are wonderful because they are 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide with a metal bar across the top to hold clothes on a hanger. This way you don’t even have to take you clothes off the hanger to move them. Just pull them out of your closet and hang the directly in the wardrobe box. Clothes can be moved or stored without getting wrinkled or dirty so you don’t have to wash them again after your move.  StorPlace Self Storage also sells box kits to get you moving in the right direction. It is real easy to see what size boxes you need when you are at home looking at your belongings, but once you leave your home and make it to a store that sells boxes, it gets a little harder to pick out what you need. The box kit contains the most popular size boxes, a roll of tape, and some bubble wrap. There is also a kitchen kit that contains the same items as the regular box kit with an additional 10 pounds box of wrapping paper.

The 10 pounds of wrapping paper goes a long way in the kitchen when it comes to wrapping your dishes and glasses. It is very tempting to use newspaper for this particular job, but if you ask around you will find out that using regular newspaper is a good way to ruin your dishes as it leaves a permanent black ink on your nice dishes. It is best to use the 10 pound box of wrapping paper for this job as it is very similar to news paper, but WITHOUT the black ink. It The newsprint is also available in a 20 pound box if you think that the 10 pound box is just not enough.  It is also great to wrap the knickknacks and collectibles that are all around your house.

StorPlace Self Storage also sells many other packing items as well, including but are not limited to: bubble wrap, tape, rope, ratchet tie-downs, packing peanuts, measuring tape, box knives, and even a rain poncho in case it starts raining on you in the middle of your move.  As you can see this is a one stop shop for all your moving and storage needs.

As the gas prices continue to climb even higher, you do not want to be wasting time and gas driving from store to store looking for the packing and moving supplies that you just ran out of! Keep StorPlace Self Storage in mind for the next time you move so it will be a smooth transition.

How to Properly Pack for a Move

 

StorPlace packing supplies

Pick up your packing supplies at any StorPlace facility

 

Moving can be a very time consuming process.  Whether you choose to hire professional movers or pack and move yourself, there is always a lot to do. It is important to have a plan set for your moving day. Start planning at least 6-8 weeks before you move by hiring moving companies or renting your own moving truck, start sorting and packing items and shutting off and turning on utilities. Packing your own items and moving yourself is my preferred way of moving.  Packing your own boxes does have its own benefits.  For me, the most beneficial part of packing myself is that I could go through my things and separate what I really wanted to keep and what could be donated or thrown away.  This was also a good way for me to save money with my moving expense since most movers charge by the quantity of items and the weight.

Be sure to purchase a few different size boxes to help make the move easier and save you money.  I was able to get all of my moving supplies from StorPlace Self Storage.  StorPlace Self Storage has boxes that are small which are great for those heavy items such as dishes, glasses, and books.  Their boxes also have handles which make it a lot easier to move them around.  They have medium boxes that can hold a variety of belongings such as toys, collectibles, or small appliances.  The large box is great for pots and pans and mixing bowls, and larger appliances.  They also have an extra large box which is perfect for packing blankets, pillows, and all of the other lighter weight items you have to pack.  They have a sturdy wardrobe box which I used for packing all of my hanging clothes.  The mirror boxes worked fabulously for my flat screen television and my wall art.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are packing boxes for your move:

1. Make sure that you have plenty of filler material such as plain newsprint, bubble wrap or clothes to put in boxes to fill them up.

2. When you are packing breakables, make sure to tightly wrap the item in newsprint or bubble wrap. Place these items in layers in the box. (A small box is prefered for breakable items such as glassware, plates and collectibles). Put the heaviest item at the bottom, add a layer of filler, then another item layer, then more filler and the lightest item on top with filler to the top of the box.

3. Make sure to label the contents of the box on the outside of each box. Also, put the room where the items belongs on the outside of the box, so it can be placed in the correct place in your new home.

4. Keep an inventory list of the boxes that are being moved and keep track of them as they go into the moving truck and are being removed from the moving truck.

5. When you are moving keep a few boxes aside that can be the last on the truck and the first into the new home. Label these boxes as “last in truck” and let your movers know that you need these boxes unloaded first.

WIth a little bit of planning, a collection of good moving and packing supplies and the proper packing of boxes, the moving process can be made a bit easier. Stop by any one of the 16 Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY StorPlace locations to pick up your moving and packing supplies.