7 Ways to Corral Electronic Clutter in Your Home

By John Egan   April 27, 2015

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Is your attic, basement, closet or junk drawer an e-graveyard? For many of us, the answer is “yes.” Gadget ghosts are haunting our homes.

Millions of Americans now own cellphones, smartphones, laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and other electronic devices. In many cases, we own several, if not all, of these gadgets. But what happens to your old iPhone, for instance, when you upgrade to the latest and greatest version?

In many of our homes, these electronic remnants simply pile up, contributing to the ever-escalating problem of e-clutter. A survey taken this year for SpareFoot found that among American couples who quarrel over clutter, 28 percent argue about electronics. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot-Sponsored Store Offers Clothing — and Dignity — to Austin’s Homeless

By John Egan   April 24, 2015

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SpareFoot’s Dee Dee Dial with one of the store’s happy shoppers.

On April 22 just outside Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, TX, a homeless man arrived at The Street Store in search of a special pair of pants. The man wanted just the right attire to wear to his mother’s funeral.

SpareFoot employee Kacy Jones helped the man, who’s in his 50s or 60s, pick out a freshly laundered pair of dress pants from Banana Republic. Knowing that he’d be dressed appropriately to honor his mother, the grateful man broke down into tears. He became even more emotional after being able to select another pair of pants, along with a button-down shirt, a polo shirt and an undershirt.

For this grieving man, the sentiment seemed to matter more than the clothes, according to Jones. “I feel that the human connection we provided by being there for him in his time of need is what resonated with him,” Jones said. → Keep Reading

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How to Store Your Personal Watercraft

By Emmet Pierce   April 23, 2015

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Personal recreational watercraft like Jet Skis can be fun, but if you want to enjoy yours for years to come, you’ll need to store it properly when you’re not riding the waves.

Jet-powered personal watercraft often are known by their brand names, such as Jet Ski or Sea-Doo, said Chris Manthos, director of the American Watercraft Association. Some people call them water scooters.

When preparing your personal watercraft for storage, remember that no two models are exactly alike. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual. It’ll tell you how to properly drain water from the engine. → Keep Reading

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7 Organizing Tips for Small Bedrooms

By Rachel Hartman   April 21, 2015

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It doesn’t take much for a small space like a bedroom to feel cramped.

To avoid the tendency of clutter buildup, “keep items to a minimum,” suggested Debra McCann, CEO of Delaware-based Organizing Outside the Box.

Here, experts weigh in with strategies to clear out items you don’t need, and maximize the space in a small bedroom to make it feel comfortable, clean and orderly. → Keep Reading

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Too Much Junk in Your Storage Unit? Here Are 6 Outdated Items to Clear Out

By Jay MacDonald   April 20, 2015

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Is your storage unit cluttered with Mom’s polyester pantsuits from the ’70s or Dad’s cassette collection of greatest hair-band hits from the ’80s?

If so, you might be needlessly holding onto mementos of someone else’s past.

Storage units often are laden with a merry mix of outdated junk, whether it’s technological relics like “Seinfield”-era shoebox cellphones, VCR and eight-track players, Beanie Baby collections, period clothing or hopelessly homely furniture straight from Walton’s Mountain. → Keep Reading

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Are You a Shopaholic? 8 Tips for Bagging the Habit

By Allie Johnson   April 15, 2015

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If your closet is crammed full of clothes still bearing the original tags, your house is strewn with unopened boxes or you’ve rented a storage unit to hold all your unused purchases, you might be a shopaholic.

“A lot of people are embarrassed to admit they have a problem and are out of control,” said Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding. → Keep Reading

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A Zone-by-Zone Guide to Storage and Organization in Your Kitchen Cabinets

By Kerrie Kelly   April 13, 2015

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Organizing your kitchen cabinets is like organizing your closet. You put it off and put it off and then, when it’s done, you wonder why you waited so long. You’ve seen all the tools and hardware available these days to get your kitchen ship-shape, so it’s time to make it happen. This is absolutely a simple one-day affair, but if you take the weekend and include a little time for experimenting, you’ll end up with a kitchen that really works like you do. → Keep Reading

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Don’t Give It a Break: 7 Tips for Storing Glassware

By Tamara E. Holmes   April 8, 2015

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When it comes to storage, some things are more fragile than others. One of the most delicate—and sometimes valuable—objects you can store is glassware, which can easily crack, become scratched or even lose its color.

Finding a safe place to store glassware that’s not used every day can be challenging if you don’t know how to protect it. Here are seven tips for keeping your glassware safe, whether you’re storing it close at hand or out of sight. → Keep Reading

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Which Type of Storage Tenant Are You?

By Jay MacDonald   April 7, 2015

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Speed Racer is a master of the drop-off-and-go. The Hoardinator hauls more out than he hefts in. Space Case always leaves her unit unlocked. The OCDiva’s got hers all mapped out. And Captain Chaos? Trust me, you don’t wanna know!

Which type of storage tenant are you? → Keep Reading

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Storage 101: SpareFoot’s Most Frequently Asked Questions [Infographic]

By Matthew Stites   April 6, 2015

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We aren’t ashamed to say it— when it comes to storage, we wrote the book. When we released our Ultimate Guide to Everything Self-Storage last month, we wanted to answer all of your burning storage questions and provide a few neat tips to help you move in and move on.

Now, we’re jump starting your storage experience with the top 10 most frequently-asked storage questions, all in a beautiful, SpareFoot-yellow infographic! Check it out below. → Keep Reading

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