Bird’s-Eye View: Awesome Drone Videos Show Storage Facilities Under Construction

By John Egan   May 27, 2015

Get Space self-storage construction

Here at SpareFoot, we tend to geek out about all things self-storage. So when we came across some amazing drone-captured videos of two self-storage facilities under construction in Hillsboro, OR, we had to share them with you. → Keep Reading

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Here Come the Wedding Gifts: What Should You Do With All of Them?

By Rachel Hartman   May 26, 2015

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In 2014, the average U.S. wedding had 136 guests, according to wedding website The Knot. In some states, the guest list was longer. For instance, Nebraska newlyweds had an average of 208 guests in attendance.

Regardless of the exact number of guests who share your special day with you, when the wedding ends, gift opening begins.

If you receive doubles—or even triples or more—of certain items, it can be tough to figure out what to do with them. Is it worth keeping three toasters, two blenders or five sets of silverware?

Here, experts share six strategies to help you decide when to keep extra gifts and when to find a new place for them. → Keep Reading

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Matrimony and Moving: How to Live Happily Ever After

By Anne Wynter   May 22, 2015

Melinda Parrish and husband Jim Snare went through two marriage-related moves.

Committing to another person and planning a wedding are hard enough on their own. Add in the challenge of moving and combining households and you may start to question your love for your significant other. To make it through the moving process and get on the road to happily ever after, keep these five strategies in mind.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on relocating after getting married. → Keep Reading

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Ryan Nicodemus: From Misery to Minimalism

By John Egan   May 22, 2015

Ryan Nicodemus

Not that long ago, Ryan Nicodemus thought he was living the life. He had a six-figure income and a fancy job title at a telecom company. He had a new car every couple of years. He had a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,000-square-foot condo with two living rooms. “I have no idea why a single guy would ever need two living rooms,” he said.

Even with two living rooms, though, Nicodemus wasn’t really living. He was in debt, stressed out, anxious and discontent.

“I may have looked happy, I may have looked successful, but I certainly didn’t feel successful,” he recalled at the recent annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. → Keep Reading

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‘Hoarders’ Coming Back to TV on May 28

By John Egan   May 21, 2015

Hoarders: Family Secrets

The “Hoarders” franchise is returning in a splashy way.

On May 28, “Hoarders: Family Secrets” will launch on the Lifetime cable TV network with a one-hour special featuring both live and taped segments. The premiere will focus on a Massachusetts family, complete with an intervention on live TV, and on a repeat hoarder who could end up in jail if his home doesn’t pass a city inspection. → Keep Reading

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Breaking Up and Packing Up: Making a Move After a Divorce

By Deb Hipp   May 21, 2015

Helen Shultz

When Helen Shultz and Tony Kamalduski married, neither expected to split their belongings and move hundreds of miles away when they divorced 18 years later.

But two years ago, when the marriage dissolved, Helen and their teenage daughter, Emely, relocated 1,300 miles from Auburn, WA, to Lakewood, CO. Tony moved to nearby Denver, CO, to be close to Emely. Though the marriage was over, Shultz and Kamalduski were determined to make the move from Washington to Colorado a smooth one.

“We wanted there to not be a lot of conflict, so basically there wasn’t,” Shultz said. → Keep Reading

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Moving When You’re Mourning: Relocation After a Loved One’s Death 

By Anne Wynter   May 20, 2015

Carole Brody Fleet

When someone you share a home with dies, your grieving process can become even more complicated if you’re dealing with a potential move.

Motivational speaker Carole Brody Fleet, author of “Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood,” faced this decision after the death of her husband, Mike Fleet, in 2000. Mike had suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. → Keep Reading

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Emptying the Nest: Making a Move After the Kids Fly Away

By Allie Johnson   May 19, 2015

Steve and Laura Hazan

Mother of one Laura Hazan had just sent her son off to college when her husband got a job offer and the couple decided to make a major move.

The upside: They’d be going to Baltimore, MD, near family and an hour away from their son Paul’s university. The downside: They’d be leaving their home in an idyllic neighborhood in the St. Louis, MO, area.

“We lived in a fabulous suburb that’s like Main Street USA where kids could ride their bikes to the ice cream shop and the library,” Hazan said. “It was bittersweet to leave.”

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on moving away from an empty nest.

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‘Storage Wars’ Heating Up With South Florida Edition

By John Egan   May 18, 2015

Bob Nichols

The reality TV show “Storage Wars,” filmed in Southern California, has spawned editions in New York and Texas. Now, the cable TV franchise is rolling out a Florida spinoff. → Keep Reading

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Oh, Baby! How to Make a Move With a Family

By Cynthia J. Drake   May 18, 2015

Jessica Galindo McCrary

Your nerves are rattled enough when you’re moving. Imagine what it’s like with children in the mix.

I should know. In the summer of 2014, I moved to Austin, TX, with a 3-year-old—and a baby on the way. Suddenly, sizing up my new community had more to do with school quality and playground availability than a neighborhood’s “cool factor” and proximity to bars, as it used to in my pre-kiddo days.

And moving while pregnant? Definitely not a walk, or even a crawl, in the park.

Family-related issues are cited as the second most common reason for moving, according to a 2014 Census Bureau report. I talked to some people who fall into this category—and survived to tell the tale and share their tips.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on people who’ve relocated with their families. → Keep Reading

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