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.

 

 

The StorPlace Self Storage Difference

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYWhat does StorPlace Self Storage have to offer?  Why do people choose us over or competitors in the area?  This is the million dollar questions that directs our daily activity. In the short time I have been with StorPlace Self Storage, I have seen many people come into our lobby and ask the typical “storage” questions, “How much?”; “Do I have to sign a contract?”; and “How safe will my belongings be?”  All of which, can be easily answered.

So what is it the makes StorPlace Self Storage stand apart from all the other guys? I have a firm belief that when we put ourselves in the shoes of our renters, we are better equipped to not only show them why we are better, but can also make that connection and friendship that leads to continual business.  Each person I encounter, I imagine what I would need to know in-order to feel comfortable storing my belongings.

I had the opportunity the talk to a customer that was moving from out-of-state, to Bowling Green, Kentucky. She was nervous about the move itself. The moving company she hired was not able to give her a firm date of the move, due to being so far away from Bowling Green.  As she was telling me the story, I could tell that this was a move out of necessity, and that she wasn’t sure what to expect. I got some more information and found out that her daughter lived in the area. She was going to be staying with her, while looking for a house that she could settle in. I took upon myself to get a list of realtors and some information that she would find useful to the Bowling Green area. When she made it in to StorPlace Self Storage, I had a “welcome kit” already put together. After being with us for a few weeks, she came into the store to purchase some boxes. She told me that she saw some of the big box store fronts in town selling boxes, but she recalled me telling her about saving 10% on boxes at StorPlace Self Storage. This left no doubt in her mind that she was going to get her boxes from us. I now see the customer in our facility at least once every two weeks, and she is always updating me on how the home search is going.

This is just one example of how we are different from the other guys. Not only have we made a happy customer, I have made a friend that I look forward to getting updates on every few weeks. I know that she will move out at some point, but when she needs storage in the future, there is no question that she will look for a StorPlace Self-Storage!

Packing Kitchen Items for Moving or Storage

How to pack breakablesWe all know that moving is not a fun event.  That is why StorPlace Self Storage managers are dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible.  If you are in the market for storage then start by making a smart decision and take a look at one of the many StorPlace Self Storage locations near you.  You will be treated with respect.  Each manager will listen to your needs and accommodate you on a personal level.  It will be an easy and stress free environment.  Come see for yourself!

The following is a quick tutorial on how to pack your kitchen items which will make it easier for your moving day in the long-run.  Most people are in a hurry to get the moving done and there is not much planning involved.  Here are a few tips to get the ball moving forward.  Let’s start with the kitchen.  The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates.  It is very helpful to make sure your dishes and glasses are clean before you pack them.  StorPlace Self Storage offers a kitchen box kit that makes packing the kitchen a breeze.  The kit includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25’ of bubble wrap, tape, and a 10 pound bundle of news print.  This will get you moving in the right direction.  You may also want to pick up either a dish kit or a glass packing kit.  These two kits have inserts that will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so there is no need to buy any extra boxes.  The most cost-effective way to pack some of your larger items would be to buy large and X-large boxes.  These boxes are great for clothes, quilts, and lighter items because you can put a lot into them.

You will also notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts.  Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and then put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill up this box all the way to the top.  If you have small glasses or you do not have enough glasses to fill up the kit, then use the newsprint that came with the kitchen box kit to fill the empty space.  If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the move or during storage. Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way.   For more informational tips on packing and storing,see our packing and storage videos and information at our website. 

 

What Type of Box Do You Need?

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlaceSpring has sprung!  And folks are now springing into action and getting ready to move! Some people like to take the time to make sure their belongings make it safely to their new destination. Others just want to get everything moved and done as soon as possible. Whether you’re the former or the latter, it’s always a good idea to pack your things as neatly as possible.  From boxes to bubble wrap to tape to tie down rope; you’re sure to find everything you need for your move here at StorPlace Self Storage!

When packing your boxes, size and weight does matter.  You want to be sure to put all of your smaller, heavier items in small or medium size boxes.  This enables you to carry the heavier things more easily because there is not as much weight to carry at one time with the small and medium boxes.  Good items to pack in small and medium boxes are heavy figurines, books, CD’s or DVD’s, and dishes.  When packing those heavy items, you want to make sure you wrap them securely before boxing them up.  At StorPlace Self Storage, we have the right stuff for your wrapping needs. We have bubble wrap, newsprint, packing peanuts, and foam sheets. We also have dish and glass kits, which are cardboard grids with foam sleeves that will fit in our small boxes so that you can neatly wrap and pack your fragile dinnerware.

Next, StorPlace Self Storage has large and extra-large boxes for your bigger, bulkier items, such as bedding, pillows, computer equipment, clothing, and cookware.  All of the regular packing boxes at StorPlace Self Storage have hand holes on opposite sides of the box to make it easy for carrying from one place to another.  We do have boxes that are made for more specific needs, such as lamp boxes, mirror boxes, and wardrobe boxes.  The mirror boxes are great for mirrors, paintings, art, and flat screen TVs.  We have small and large mirror boxes depending on the size of your items.  Our wardrobe boxes are really good for storing nicer clothing. The wardrobe boxes come with a metal bar that hangs from the top of the box so you can use your hangers and still are able to hang your nicer clothing and keep them from getting wrinkled.

Finally, to complete your box packing, you should secure your boxes with tape of course!  Why buy your packing tape elsewhere when you can get it at StorPlace Self Storage when you pick up your boxes?  We have clear packing tape and paper tape.  The paper tape is great for using on the bottom of the boxes and gives your boxes added strength and security underneath. We also have tape guns and dispensers to make taping everything a little easier and faster for you.

We have tie down rope, box labels, shrink-wrap, moving blankets, etc.  There is a plethora of different moving, storing, and packing supplies in our stores that you may not realize you need until the last minute.  So whether you’re looking for items to make your move go more smoothly or you’re looking for an odd size box to ship that odd-shaped item, you can be sure that when you step into StorPlace Self Storage, you will leave with what you need and have no worries.

 

Spring is Coming

Spring Cleaning IdeasThe weather is heating up, as we open our windows and air out our homes for the first time in months we begin to see the tale-tell signs of bunnies.  Not those adorable rabbits hopping around outside… no, we find the dust bunnies that have accumulated throughout the colder months. As you begin you take in the full extent of the surfaces in your home, which have been covered in the grey sheen, you may also stumble over the various pieces of junk that have crawled into your house sneakily disguised as useful items to be used one day. Then just as you begin to panic, wondering what you were thinking letting all these useless items pile up, you notice it, you thought it couldn’t happen to you, but the delusions of winter had deceived you! Your house is covered in drab. That’s right. It’s ok it happens to the best of us.

Those curtains, rugs, throws, bed spreads and even decorations that looked so perfect all winter long under the deceptions of poor lighting and the hallucinations brought on by the cold, suddenly catch the first rays of warm bright sunshine and now you see them for their true worth. You suddenly realize there is no way you are letting this go on a moment longer! It is time for an overhaul, a make-over, a reclaiming! It’s time to shed the delusions of winter and prepare for a bright and colorful spring!

It’s time for spring cleaning! While you’re deep cleaning every surface those winter dust bunnies dared to visit, why not pull out some boxes. Pack up that useless junk, the present your neighbor totally re-gifted to you, that work-out bench you swore to your family was a good idea, and that table that sits in the corner and is only used for storing junk mail. Pack up those drab accessories, the bright festive holiday, but oh so warm, throw blanket. You know, the one with the random scenery on it? Those dark and thick curtains that keep all the cold out but also block all hopes of sun rays, and let us not forget that dreary painting that has been hanging in your hall for years that you are tired of looking at. While you are at it, pack up those winter clothes, it’s time to show the weather it’s not your boss anymore. It’s spring and now and it’s time for you to wear those shorts and tank tops that you love so much. As you are taping that last box and the panic begins to set in that winter will return again in 6 months or so, remind yourself its ok. You can take those boxes down to StorPlace Self Storage and let us keep them safe from the dust bunnies while you enjoy the beauty of spring and summer.

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!

Storage Solutions

StorPlace Self StorageYour local StorPlace Self-Storage has the options you’re looking for when it comes to storage units. With 16 locations in and around Middle Tennessee, you can be sure to find a storage facility near you. Did you know StorPlace Self Storage has moving and packing supplies?  We have everything from boxes to tape to mattress covers. We have just about everything you can imagine to pack up a household or send a package in the mail. If we don’t have it in stock, our suppliers can have it within just a couple of days. So for those large projects you have planned for this coming winter, stop by the store, and we will be sure to set you up with everything you will need.

We are the newly built, self storage place in town.  We call ourselves StorPlace of Lebanon Pike.  We are the most recent addition to beautiful Middle Tennessee and we are still growing! This fall, we broke ground on our newest addition: a 4-floor heated and cooled storage building with top security and the most convenience on the market. This new site is conveniently located on the corner of Lebanon Pike (Highway 70) and Central Pike in the heart of Hermitage, TN. We are excited to be serving those in the Hermitage/Donelson area outside. Check out our innovative showroom where we have anything and everything one could possibly need when planning a move. The products we have for sale in our offices are of the highest quality.  Our goods come only from reputable vendors with histories of recommendations from other properties.

Besides the new renovations that StorPlace of Lebanon Pike is implementing, our customers can experience the convenience of online bill pay, after hours payment dropbox, automatic credit card billing, after hours call center, and emailed invoices. StorPlace Self Storage strives to make the storage experience easy and convenient for our customers, which is why we recently added even more moving carts and dollies to our building entrances to make your move easier! The StorPlace Self Storage mission is to provide an excellent storage solution to our customers in need by incorporating Christian values of integrity, honesty, respect for each other, hard work, innovativeness, conscientiousness, cheerfulness, and friendliness. Every day we strive to show these values in our stores to each and every customer who walks in. Perhaps this is why the majority of our business comes from our repeat customers and referrals! Take a look at our reviews, and you will see that our customers have been pleased with the results.

 

Proper Packing

Packing Dishes for Storage

Many people do not think about the proper way to pack their belongings when they are moving. Most people are just in a hurry to get it done and don’t do much planning. Today we are going to share a few tips on moving and packing. For this blog post, we will focus on packing the kitchen.

 

Kitchen Packing Tips

The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates. It is a good idea to clean your dishes before you pack them especially if you storing for more than a year. First, go to StorPlace Self Storage and pick up a kitchen box kit that includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25 feet of bubble wrap, and a 10 pound bundle of news print. This will get you started in the right direction. You may also want to pick up a dish packing kit and a glass packing kit. These two kits will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so no need to buy any extra boxes unless you want to pick up a few large boxes for large kitchen appliances. Starting with the glasses, you will notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts. Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and the put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill the box all the way to the top with the glasses and then newsprint or other filler material. If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the moving process.

Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way as the glass packing kit. If you have any of the foam inserts left after you finish the kitchen, make sure you hold onto them because they may become very useful for smaller items.

Once you have finished you glasses and dishes it is time to tackle start the pots and pans. Again, make sure that the pots and pans are extremely clean before you pack them. Start with the medium size box and put your biggest pots first and then put a layer of newsprint on top of the pot and then put the next size smaller pot inside of the bigger pot. You will have lots of extra space in this box so try putting some smaller odd-ball items that are in your kitchen in this box to fill in the empty space. After you get this box full, then fill up any small gaps with the newsprint and then tape up the box.

We hope that these extra tips help you get the most out of storage. We look forward to seeing you at one of StorPlace Self Storage’s locations.

El Clima de Invierno Ayes

Winter Weather Woes

 

 

Con el clima tan frío y sombrío, a veces tenemos lo que yo llamo “el invierno tiempo males”. Cuando esto sucede, la mejor cosa de hacer es mantener ocupado. Ahora es un buen momento para empezar  arreglar todas las cosas que desea almacenar. De alguna manera he acumulado mucho este invierno mi garaje y ático está lleno, así que mi única opción es ponerlo todo en almacenamiento para su custodia. Mi primer paso será hacer un inventario de todo lo que quiero para almacenar. No soy bueno con notas mentales así lo puse todo en el papel. A continuación, haré una lista de todos los suministros de embalaje y cajas que voy a necesitar. FYI: StorPlace de Murfreesboro Rd. en el Sur de Nashville tiene todo lo que puedas imaginar cuando se trata de movimiento y suministros de embalaje. Lo que más me gusta es el hecho de que tienen un tamaño de la caja para adaptarse a casi todo. Tienen cajas para lámparas, electrónica, ropa y platos, sólo nombrar unos pocos. También puede obtener cualquier tipo de suministros de embalaje allí. Si llamas adelante el Gerente de la tienda será más feliz que prepare su pedido para que todo lo que tienes que hacer es venir a recogerlo. Puedes incluso pagar sus cajas por teléfono con su tarjeta de crédito o débito. Si sientes que necesitas una unidad que es calentada y enfriado por StorPlace de Murfreesboro Rd. Seguramente puede acomodar. StorPlace cuenta con unidades que van desde el tamaño de una caminata en armario a unidades del tamaño de un almacén. Todo lo que queda por hacer ahora es hacer la llamada o tomar el corto trayecto en coche a tu vecindario StorPlace. Tienen dieciséis lugares convenientes. Personalmente me gusta visitar su página web. Puedes ver el inventario de almacenamiento de información en línea y compruebe hacia fuera el dinero ahorrando especiales. Así que no dejes que los Winter Weather Woes bajarte, levántate y date prisa hasta tu barrio StorPlace de Murfreesboro Rd. en el Sur de Nashville.

 

Seasonal Storage

Seasonal Storage at StorPlace Self Storage

 

If you have last minute gifts to hide before you wrap them or put them under the tree come to StorPlace Self Storage. Some of our stores will give you a great deal on the smaller unit to hide your stuff. We prorate you in and prorate you out.

Need a place to park the RV, jet skis, boat or trailer? Stop in to StorPlace Self Storage and get a well-lit and secured parking space. All you need to bring is a valid ID, proof of insurance, the registration and or title/bill of sale.We also have large storage units where you can also store jet skis, RVs or boats. Just stop in and visit us at any of our 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations.

Don’t forget that New Year is just right around the corner!  StorPlace Self Storage can help you with un-cluttering your home after the holiday. We offer a great selection of boxes and other packing supplies to assist in your New Year’s organization projects.  If you are in need of more space for a vehicle that you may have gotten for a loved one, then we do have parking spaces that can help make room for that special gift. StorPlace Coverage Protection is an important part of self-storage, no one wants something to happen to those valuables that were just purchased or that you have had for a long time. StorPlace Self Storage does provide protection on those items while they are being stored, just ask the manager about that when you come in and see them.

StorPlace Self Storage wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!