With Food Drive, SpareFoot Displays Can-Do Attitude

By John Egan   November 25, 2014

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In the past couple of weeks, SpareFoot’s office in Austin, TX, has been overrun by cans of green beans, packages of spaghetti and cans of corn. No, it wasn’t a scene from some terrible science-fiction movie.

During the just-completed SpareFoot CANpaign, we collected about 12 tons of food for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, including the green beans, spaghetti and corn. To give you a sense of how much food that is, the average U.S. car weighs about 2 tons. → Keep Reading

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Introducing the Storage Industry Professionals Mixer Series, Hosted by SpareFoot!

By Barry Finder   November 21, 2014

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As a friend to many players in the industry, SpareFoot often gets asked by owners and operators about the best ways to improve their business. We hear everything from “When should I raise my rent?” to “Is there a good SEO provider I should consider?”

So we started asking some questions ourselves: Why not bring our clients and other industry professionals together to tackle those questions through productive, in-person conversations? Even better, why not make it fun? → Keep Reading

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9 Crafty Ways to Store Your Holiday Decorations

By John Egan   November 21, 2014

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Admit it: You love how your home looks when it’s decked out for the holidays, but you dread putting away the decorations. To make the job easier, we combed the Internet and found nine crafty ways to store your holiday decorations. → Keep Reading

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5 Holiday Organizing Products Worth Celebrating

By John Egan   November 20, 2014

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When you’re shopping for holiday gifts, you’re usually concentrating on your kids, spouse, parents, friends and other loved ones. But what about what you want? What could bring joy to you during the hectic holiday season?

Perhaps it’s something as simple as a product that’ll help you stay organized—and less frazzled—during the holidays. Here, five organization professionals offer recommendations for products that you might want to put on your wish list. → Keep Reading

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How CEO Chuck Gordon Pumps Up the Award-Winning Culture at SpareFoot

By John Egan   November 19, 2014

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For two years in a row, SpareFoot has been named among Austin’s best employers in the Austin American-Statesman’s Top Workplaces program. And for two years in a row, co-founder and CEO Chuck Gordon has been singled out by the program to receive a special award for leadership.

It’s no coincidence that SpareFoot and our CEO have been recognized in 2013 and 2014 by the Top Workplaces program. When it comes to fostering a top-quality workplace culture, SpareFoot and Chuck Gordon go hand-in-hand. → Keep Reading

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Living in a Storage Unit: How Common Is It?

By Elizabeth Whalen   November 17, 2014

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Some people enduring homelessness are easy to spot, but many—perhaps most—are not. They’re living with friends and families, in their cars or in shelters.

The Youngs, a Florida family of five, ended up homeless after being forced to sell their home. Unable to find space in shelters, they moved into their car and put their belongings in a storage unit. Eventually, they began spending nights in the unit. → Keep Reading

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Can You Do Your Holiday Shopping at Storage Auctions?

By Allie Johnson   November 17, 2014

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You could battle crowds at the mall or just shop online. But how about heading to a storage auction to find cool holiday gifts at bargain prices?

That shopping tactic really is practical only for regular buyers at storage auctions, said Rich Schur, chief operating officer at The Storage Auction Kings, which handles auctions at self-storage facilities in four states.

“As you’re going through units in your normal course of buying, you’ll find items that would make good gifts,” Schur said. Those items could include antiques, coins, collectibles, jewelry, tools and watches. → Keep Reading

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Abandoned Kitten Rescued From Illinois Storage Unit

By John Egan   November 13, 2014

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With the help of police, an Illinois woman has saved her kitten from a self-storage unit after her ex-boyfriend put the pet in a storage container, shut the lid and locked the unit, authorities said.

Police in St. Charles, IL, ticketed the ex-boyfriend, Perry Weingart of Chicago, for violating the city’s animal cruelty ordinance. Weingart, 58, must head to court over the matter, but a court date hasn’t been set. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Survey: Are Republicans or Democrats the Less Cluttered Bunch?

By John Egan   November 13, 2014

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In the November elections, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and won a slew of political offices across the country. They also were winners in SpareFoot’s recent survey about clutter in America.

In the survey, American adults were asked whether they think their house or apartment is cluttered. In all, 27 percent indicated their home is “very” or “somewhat” cluttered.

Digging deeper into the data, we found that just 22 percent of Americans who identified themselves as Republicans fell into the “very” or “somewhat” category for household clutter. Democrats came in at 27 percent, while independents were at the top of the heap (30 percent). → Keep Reading

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Company Takes Old Shipping Containers to New Level

By Crystal O’Gorman   November 12, 2014

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From the moment you pass through the standard brick-front façade—the face of every building at Woodland Business Park in Charlotte, NC—and enter Boxman Studios, you step into the experience.

A shipping container frame used as a canvas for graffiti art by local artists hangs in the waiting area. Reception desks are outfitted with the ends of shipping container, and the walls in the office corridor pay homage to Malcolm McLean, a North Carolina native known as the “father” of the shipping container. Around the world, ship, rail and truck cargo such as food, furniture and electronics is stored and transported in these hulking metal boxes. → Keep Reading

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