SpareFoot’s Ultimate Guide to Storage Auctions

By Nick DiUlio   October 30, 2014

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Thanks to shows like “Storage Wars” and “Storage Hunters,” millions of Americans have been introduced to self-storage auctions, yet very few truly know what they entail. So if you’re thinking of getting into the storage auction game, turn off the TV and follow this expert advice on what to expect. → Keep Reading

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Chaos and Clutter at Home Could Harm Your Kid’s Health

By Allie Johnson   October 29, 2014


Does chaos, including clutter, reign at your home? If so, it might be affecting your kid’s health, a study from Ohio State University suggests.

Researchers came to that conclusion by poring over data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national study of 3,288 mothers who were interviewed when their children were 3 years old, and again when their kids were 5. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Band Drums Up Enthusiastic Support at Battle of the Tech Bands

By John Egan   October 28, 2014

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With only half a dozen practice sessions under their belts, the seven members of the SpareFoot Band recently took the stage at The Mohawk, a music venue in Austin, TX. The bandmates had just 15 minutes to wow the crowd during the Austin Technology Council’s Battle of the Tech Bands. → Keep Reading

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6 Clever Installation Ideas for Your Living Room TV

By Kerrie Kelly   October 27, 2014

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A TV certainly can be an eyesore in home design. While the easiest thing to do is eliminate them completely in living areas, this simply won’t do when you need your reality TV or football fix.

There are many seamless ways to incorporate TVs into living rooms—it just takes a little extra planning and thoughtfulness. Some of the options seem intimidating, and some are surprisingly simple. Read on for a mix of designer-approved ideas that’ll have you watching TV in style. → Keep Reading

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9 Tips for Storing Kids’ Toys

By Stacey Feintuch   October 27, 2014


Most kids own a lot of toys—sometimes enough to practically fill a toy store. And all those stuffed animals, dolls, puzzles and more need to be stored somewhere.

Here are nine tips for stashing your kids’ playtime treasures. → Keep Reading

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Choosing the Right Dog for Your Home

By Paula Pant   October 24, 2014


Trying to find your next furry friend?

You’re already thinking about the obvious questions: Do you want a pampered pooch that fits in your handbag or a mountain dog that’ll camp with you in the wilderness?

But beyond just thinking about which type of dog fits your personality, you’ll also need to weigh your living space. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or a sprawling single-family home, ask yourself the following five questions. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot’s Account Management Team Zeroes In On Facility Profitability

By John Egan   October 23, 2014

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At SpareFoot, Amanda Ferguson’s and Cara Scott’s everyday mission is simple: Help our self-storage facility clients make more money. In other words, they’re our in-house consultants for facility profitability.

“There’s a lot of ways we do this—from focusing on performance-related metrics to ensuring our clients understand all of the products and partnerships we offer,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson and Scott make up SpareFoot’s Account Management Team, which aims to optimize listings for many of the facilities on SpareFoot’s self-storage network. Our facility clients might see Ferguson and Scott at various self-storage trade shows around the U.S., such as the upcoming Texas Self Storage Association conference in Fort Worth. → Keep Reading

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Inside the Disturbing World of Animal Hoarding

By Nick DiUlio   October 21, 2014

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When police officers arrived this summer at Milton Storage Systems in Milton, WV, they had no idea what they were about to discover.

Authorities got a call the morning of Aug. 7 from the owner of Milton Storage claiming a tenant, Tommy “Ninja” Lee, had been living inside his unit along with his wheelchair-bound wife. The real shock, however, came when cops opened an adjacent unit and discovered nine malnourished dogs Lee and his wife had been hoarding for some time.

Milton Police Cpl. Dean Bishop said the floor of the dogs’ storage unit was covered with blood and feces. “There’s no air conditioning in there,” Bishop said. “They had very little food.” → Keep Reading

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As U.S. Copes With Ebola, Are ‘Preppers’ Stocking Up on Food and Supplies?

By Nick DiUlio   October 20, 2014


With Ebola having arrived in the U.S. only recently, most Americans haven’t had much reason to fret about the potentially deadly virus until now. But for single mother Daisy Luther, publisher of the website The Organic Prepper, the virus has been on her radar for the better part of a year.

“I’ve been following this outbreak since it became a big deal in the media in March,” Luther said. “But this particular outbreak has defied all previous expectations and rules of an Ebola outbreak. So that has me concerned.”

Despite the rising tide of public concern, if not hysteria, preppers like Luther and Cat Ellis, who publishes the website, are confident that they’re prepared for even the worst-case scenario. → Keep Reading

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Architect Converts Stockholm Storage Space Into Functional, Fashionable Apartment

By Nathalie Rothschild   October 20, 2014

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Sweden may be the sixth largest country in Europe, but 85 percent of the population lives on less than 1.5 percent of the land. Housing prices have tripled since 1996 and apartment prices in Stockholm, the capital, have risen 20 percent over the past two years.

In other words, residential property is out of reach for many and, with new construction happening at a snail’s pace, Swedes on the hunt for homes sometimes have to get creative. → Keep Reading

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