Video Game Lets You Bid at Virtual Storage Auction

By Jay MacDonald   September 12, 2014

Auction Wars video game

Intrigued by the adrenaline rush of “Storage Wars” and other auction-themed reality TV shows but need a little practice before you put your own hard-earned cash on the line?

A new British video game called “Auction Wars: Storage King” can help you hone your storage auction skills at home or on the go. And it won’t cost you a dime, thanks to the free app available online at iTunes for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. → Keep Reading

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Storage Auctioneer Shannon Schur: How ‘Storage Wars’ Changed the Business

By Allie Johnson   September 11, 2014

Shannon Schur

The A&E show “Storage Wars” thrust storage auctions into the spotlight and brought out newbies hunting for deals. But what’s a storage auction really like, from the viewpoint of an insider who was in the business long before the show debuted? The SpareFoot Blog decided to find out by talking with professional auctioneer Shannon Schur, president and CEO of Monument, CO-based Storage Auction Kings. → Keep Reading

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Want a Better Blog? Follow These 4 SEO Tips for Startups

By John Egan   September 9, 2014

Search Engine Optimization

Last year, digital marketing expert Kevin Ekmark surveyed his peers to get their take on the digital marketing landscape. One highlight from Ekmark’s survey: SEO is not dead. In fact, he said, the quality of your entire Internet presence—blog posts, website design, social media and so on—matters more than ever. After all, Google is constantly watching.

“Don’t skip over the basics of optimizing your site,” Ekmark wrote. → Keep Reading

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

By Hank McKinsey   September 8, 2014

Autumn red oak leaves

As the summer moves toward fall, it’s a good time to begin getting your home ready for the cooler weather. Planning ahead will make the task a little less daunting as the school year gets under way and a million other projects pile up. If your aim is to be a little more organized this fall, here are a few tips that’ll make that a lot easier without breaking your budget. → Keep Reading

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Funny Business: Joan Rivers Maintained Well-Organized Stockpile of Her Jokes

By John Egan   September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers joke collection

As tributes continue to pour in for Joan Rivers, some are remembering the late comedian’s penchant for methodically filing away the thousands of jokes she’d delivered during a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rivers might very well have been the world’s funniest—and most steadfast—organizer and collector.

Rivers, known for her biting, no-holds-barred humor, died Sept. 4 at age 81. One of the legacies she’s leaving behind is her library-style treasure trove of jokes—a collection that helped Rivers stay on track in the whirlwind business of making people laugh. → Keep Reading

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6 Tips for Finding a Roommate in a New City

By Paula Pant   September 3, 2014

roommate needed

When Kim Eheart moved from Denver to Austin, TX, she found herself hit with a conundrum.

She needed to live with a roommate (or two). She didn’t have enough money to rent an apartment on her own. But she was new to town and didn’t know anyone. And living with a random stranger after only a brief meeting might be risky.

“I could check Craigslist,” she said, “but I don’t know what kind of person I’ll find.”

So she brainstormed a few tips that could help her find a roommate in a new city—and might help you, as well, if you’re in the same position. → Keep Reading

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Psychology Professor Randy Frost: Merely ‘Clearing Things Out’ Doesn’t Fix Hoarding

By Jay MacDonald   September 2, 2014

Randy Frost

Randy Frost may know more about the disorder of hoarding than anyone on earth.

A professor of psychology at Smith College in Northampton, MA, Frost is the co-author of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” scientific adviser to the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and co-editor of the foundation’s hoarding website.

In an interview with The SpareFoot Blog, Frost explores the often-misunderstood world of hoarding. → Keep Reading

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How Improv Can Improve Your Workplace

By John Egan   September 2, 2014

Amy Poehler

When you think of the word “improv,” your mind might flash back to hilarious performances by funny folks like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (pictured above). But while improv can tickle your funny bone, it also can improve the more serious business of getting work done.

Three SpareFoot employees—Jake Millward, Tevis Paxton and Nathan Sowell—have tapped into the power of improv. When they’re not at SpareFoot, you might find one or all three of these guys trying to elicit laughs from audiences at improv comedy shows in Austin, TX. In a nutshell, improv performers take the stage without a safety net; their unscripted dialogue is concocted on the fly. Improv is short for improvisation.

Off-stage, improv can boost communication, productivity and other facets of a workplace, SpareFoot’s improv pros say. → Keep Reading

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Murder Mystery: Hallmark Movie Features Self-Storage Owner as Key Character

By John Egan   August 29, 2014

Lori Loughlin

The owner of a self-storage facility plays a central—and deadly—role in a Hallmark made-for-TV movie coming out in October.

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SpareFoot Launches Blog on MilitaryStorage.com

By John Egan   August 29, 2014

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Through a new blog, SpareFoot is lending a hand to military families. → Keep Reading

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