Allie Johnson

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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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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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SpareFoot Survey: Over One-Fourth of U.S. Households Have a Clutter Problem

By Allie Johnson   November 3, 2014

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Got clutter? If so, you’re certainly not alone. A SpareFoot survey shows that more than one-fourth of Americans think their home is at least somewhat cluttered.

In a survey conducted in October 2014 for SpareFoot, 6 percent of American adults said their house or apartment is “very” cluttered, and 21 percent classified their space as “somewhat” cluttered. → Keep Reading

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

By Allie Johnson   October 29, 2014

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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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Remodeling Your Kitchen? Don’t Ignore These 5 Technology Trends

By Allie Johnson   October 8, 2014

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Planning a kitchen remodel? Make it high tech, and you’ll be able to turn on a faucet with a wave of your hand, boil water in 90 seconds and zap germs before you clean.

“Technology is cool in the kitchen,” said Sandra Brannock, owner and principal designer at Expert Kitchen Designs in Rappahannock County, VA. But, she said, don’t incorporate pricey new products just for the “wow factor.” → Keep Reading

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After Health Scare, Dan and Laura Dotson of ‘Storage Wars’ Tout Importance of CPR

By Allie Johnson   October 3, 2014

Dan and Laura Dotson

When “Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson collapsed at home from a double brain aneurysm on a Monday morning in June, cameras from the A&E reality show missed his brush with death.

But later, Dotson’s wife and co-star, Laura Dotson, invited a camera crew to the hospital to do some filming for an episode titled “The Daneurysm,” which premiered Sept. 8.

In that episode, Laura told a doctor she performed CPR on her husband after he fell. She learned the lifesaving skill as a Girl Scout in the sixth grade, she told The SpareFoot Blog. Now, the Dotsons have become CPR advocates.

“I owe her my life,” Dan Dotson told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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‘Storage Wars’ of Words: Dan Dotson Says Dave Hester ‘Is Definitely a Villain’

By Allie Johnson   September 29, 2014

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It’s not just fans of the A&E reality show “Storage Wars” who love to hate cast member Dave Hester. Another star of the show, Dan Dotson, can’t stand the belligerent buyer either.

“Dave is definitely a villain,” Dotson (at left in top photo) told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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Abby Vasek: Ditch ‘Unexpected Clutter’ When Staging a Home

By Allie Johnson   September 16, 2014

Abby Vasek

Getting ready to sell your home and wondering how you can make it look like those beautifully staged homes you see on TV? In a word: declutter.

The SpareFoot Blog talked with Abby Vasek, an Austin, TX, interior designer and home stager, as well as a star of “HGTV Star,” to get some tips on clearing out your home for staging. → 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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8 Tips for Saving Money on Your Move

By Allie Johnson   July 21, 2014

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Trying to stick to a tight budget for your move? You might be wondering how you’re going to transport all your stuff—from your apple corer to your zero-gravity chair—without breaking the bank.

The good news is that moving companies know all the secrets for keeping costs down. Here are eight tips from pro movers for saving money on your move. → Keep Reading

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