Allie Johnson

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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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Fashion Stylist Kirsten Angeli: How to ‘Re-Energize’ Your Closet and Your Wardrobe

By Allie Johnson   May 29, 2014

Kirsten Angeli

Tired of digging through ill-fitting clothes, broken jewelry and old shoes every time you want to put together an outfit? A messy closet can cause stress, make you late and keep you from looking your best.

To steer you toward shutting the door on closet chaos, SpareFoot chatted with New York fashion stylist Kirsten Angeli, who specializes in helping people “re-energize” their closets. Here, she tells you how you can give your closet—and your wardrobe—a fresh start. → Keep Reading

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A Room-by-Room Guide to What You Should Get Rid of

By Allie Johnson   May 13, 2014

trash bins

Do you have useless items—chipped mugs, rusty tools or old bubblegum lip gloss—cluttering your home?

Just about every house, apartment and condo in America contains some stuff that should be headed to the trash, donation bin or consignment shop. Here’s a room-by-room list of items that organizing experts say you should get rid of (and why).

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Want to Feng Shui Your Home? Here’s 9 Tips for How to Do It

By Allie Johnson   April 28, 2014

Chinese compass

Is your house a little out of whack but you’re not sure exactly why? Your space might need some help from the ancient Chinese art of feng shui.

“The bottom line is, feng shui is the oldest system of environmental psychology in the world,” said Cathleen McCandless, a feng shui consultant and author of the bestselling book “Feng Shui That Makes Sense.”

With just a little bit of effort and some tried-and-true feng shui principles, you can add harmony to your home. Here are nine feng shui tips.

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Professional Organizer Linda Rothschild: Keep an Inventory of Items You’ve Stored

By Allie Johnson   April 25, 2014

Linda Rothschild

Overwhelmed by stuff and just want to toss it in storage? First, you should sort, properly pack and label your things, according to professional organizer Linda Rothschild, founder and chief executive organizer at Cross It Off Your List. Rothschild is an organizer to the stars and is an organizing expert for TV personality Heidi Klum.

The SpareFoot Blog asked Rothschild for some tips and tricks on organizing items that are headed for storage.

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Is a Cluttered Garage Killing the Sale of Your Home?

By Allie Johnson   March 12, 2014

cluttered garage

Did you stage your home to sell but leave the garage full of old tools, dusty bikes and miscellaneous junk? If so, that mess could drive away buyers.

A recent survey of 500 real estate pros found that four out of five think a cluttered garage creates a bad first impression that might make a buyer less likely to put in an offer. The survey was conducted in January by Whirlpool’s Gladiator GarageWorks brand.

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Organizing Expert Julie Morgenstern: How to Shed Your Stuff and ‘Get Unstuck’

By Allie Johnson   March 6, 2014

Julie Morgenstern

Is your house clogged with old paperwork, clothes you never wear and gadgets you don’t use? Then you might have a problem that’s bigger than the clutter: You could be stuck.

Organizing and time management expert Julie Morgenstern, author of “SHED Your Stuff: Change Your Life,” helps clients get rid of things that are weighing them down so they can move forward. SpareFoot chatted with Morgenstern to find out how you can get unstuck.

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Here’s How to Ensure You Don’t Lose the Keepsakes You’ve Kept in Storage

By Allie Johnson   February 21, 2014


If you have to part with your old furniture because you didn’t pay your storage bill, some might say you’re simply out of luck. But what if you lose your family photos, high school yearbooks and love letters?

One of the ways you can try to track down those items is through a website called Founded in 2009 by Nicole Smith, the website seeks to reunite storage unit tenants with sentimental items they’ve lost. People looking for their stuff and auction buyers who have found personal possessions can post free ads on the site.

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