Turning Memorabilia Into Home Décor: Guess What You Can Do With Your Wedding Bouquet

By Anne Wynter   December 18, 2014

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Chances are, you’ve got at least a few of them. Old, dusty boxes and storage containers stuffed with baseball cards, yearbooks and childhood toys that you can’t bring yourself to toss out, but that you haven’t touched in years.

“I always tell
 clients that keeping memorabilia or collecting can be a lot of fun, but if
 you keep everything in a box in the attic that you never open, you are
 missing the whole point,” professional organizer Seana Turner said.

Instead of letting these items take up prime storage space, try the following ideas for displaying them around your home so you can enjoy them on a daily basis. → Keep Reading

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Smooth Sailing: How to Keep Your Startup Afloat [Infographic]

By Ivan Serrano   December 17, 2014

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If you work at a startup like SpareFoot, you might have heard people toss around the word “scalable.” But what does it actually mean?

In simple terms, “scalable” refers to the potential for a business to become a market leader and to bolster its revenue at a comparatively small cost. You might think you’ve got the next big idea, but unless you’ve planned for growth, you’ll wind up struggling to meet increased demand from customers. → Keep Reading

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Storage Auction Yields Potentially Valuable Painting—and a Modern Mystery

By Alexander Harris   December 17, 2014

Little Rose

In the spring of 2014, shop owner Tim Beavin bought the contents of a storage unit at an auction in Essex Junction, VT, and made a stunning discovery.

On its own, the unit already was a good buy at $660. It contained carefully packed moving boxes chock-full of artwork and antiques that easily could be sold on eBay or at his vintage shop, Old School Cool, in Montpelier, VT. One item in particular, however, set Beavin’s heart racing.

It was a framed oil painting of a young woman titled “Little Rose.” A plaque on the frame bore the name of James McNeill Whistler, the famed 19th century portrait painter. → Keep Reading

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8 Common Myths About Storage Auctions

By Rachel Hartman   December 15, 2014

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If you go to a storage auction in your area, will the bidding resemble the storage battles you see on TV?

Generally speaking, it won’t, Arizona auctioneer Casey Jones said. Like most things, the “reality” on the screen doesn’t match what takes place at real-life storage auctions. → Keep Reading

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How to Organize Your Home for a Short-Term Rental

By Anne Wynter   December 12, 2014

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Renting out a home on a short-term basis through Airbnb or Craigslist is a great way to earn extra cash, but too often people get stuck when trying to figure out what to do with all their stuff. If you don’t know which possessions should be moved out of sight, what should be locked away and which items definitely need to be available to your guests, keep reading for some professional tips on organizing your home before the renters arrive. → Keep Reading

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Un-Decking the Halls: Tips for Holiday Decluttering

By Allie Johnson   December 11, 2014

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Is your house overflowing with strands of lights, ugly Christmas sweaters and toys that bring no joy? Then consider a new holiday tradition: decluttering.

“The holiday season is a great time to develop a one-in, one-out mentality,” author and professional organizer Peter Walsh said. That’s because many seasonal celebrations center on receiving new gifts, but there’s no corresponding ritual for letting go of old possessions, he said. → Keep Reading

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7 Ideas for Donating Your Stuff to Charity

By John Egan   December 10, 2014

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Around this time of year, millions of Americans are clearing out space in their homes to make room for holiday gifts they’re giving and receiving. Don’t know what to do with the stuff you don’t want anymore? We’ve rounded up seven ideas for donating your belongings to charitable organizations. → Keep Reading

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From Cars to Cash: Every Once in a While, Storage Auction Bidders Strike Gold

By Nick DiUlio   December 9, 2014

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Since first entering the storage auction business in 2002, Arizona auctioneer Casey Jones has seen some remarkable things left inside abandoned storage units. But there’s one particular story that always rises to the top.

About five years ago, Jones was getting ready to preside over an auction when a homeless husband and wife drove into the parking lot in an old station wagon.

“They were looking for a couch to bring back to some camp they had set up in the desert,” Jones said. “I told them they were more than welcome to participate.” → Keep Reading

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Garage Doors: How They Can Make Your Space More Efficient and Attractive

By Kerrie Kelly   December 8, 2014

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When interior designers talk about garage doors, it’s usually related to taking over the garage to add living space to the house or to add a little “fabulous” to the home’s curb appeal. → Keep Reading

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What Would It Take to Store Santa’s Gifts? [Infographic]

By John Egan   December 4, 2014

Santa Claus

Before and during the holiday season, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves have their hands full. At Santa’s North Pole workshop, they (mostly the elves) rack up a lot of time cobbling together toys and other gifts for kids around the world.

But when they’ve got all those presents assembled, where do Santa and his crew put them? Since we’re all about storage here at SpareFoot, we decided to do some math and figure out what it would take for Old Saint Nick to stash that stuff at a self-storage facility in North Pole, AK. → Keep Reading

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