John Egan

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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9 Crafty Ways to Store Your Holiday Decorations

By John Egan   November 21, 2014


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


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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Abandoned Kitten Rescued From Illinois Storage Unit

By John Egan   November 13, 2014


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   

Democrat vs. Republican

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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SpareFoot Clutter Survey: Are Millennials the Messiest Age Group in the U.S.?

By John Egan   November 10, 2014

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Could it be that Millennials are the messiest generation in America?

In a recent survey commissioned by SpareFoot, American adults were asked whether they think their house or apartment is cluttered. In all, 27 percent classified their home as “very” or “somewhat” cluttered.

Among 18- to 29-year-olds, who make up the bulk of the Millennial generation, 30 percent hung the tag of “very” or “somewhat” cluttered on themselves. That’s the highest percentage for any of the age groups in the SpareFoot survey. It’s an interesting figure, given that digitally savvy Millennials aren’t inclined to keep newspapers, magazines and similar stuff around the house. → Keep Reading

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Yes We Can! SpareFoot Launches Food Drive

By John Egan   November 7, 2014

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At SpareFoot, we’re fortunate enough to have chefs prepare lunch for us every day. In addition, we’ve got an assortment of snacks to nibble on. We’re a well-fed bunch.

But we wouldn’t have to travel far outside our offices in downtown Austin, TX, to find people who are much less fortunate than we are when it comes to food—people who struggle every day to feed themselves and their families.

As Thanksgiving approaches, we at SpareFoot are expressing thanks for our good fortune by organizing a food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. We’re calling it the SpareFoot CANpaign. From Nov. 10 through Nov. 21, we’ll be collecting canned and nonperishable food, and then donating it to the food bank. Or if someone doesn’t want to lug cans of food to work, we’re enabling SpareFeet to make online monetary donations to the food bank. → Keep Reading

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Before and After: 4 Great Decluttering Success Stories

By John Egan   November 6, 2014

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America, we’ve got a clutter problem.

A survey commissioned by SpareFoot found that 27 percent of Americans think their homes are “very” or “somewhat” cluttered. In some cases, we simply let that clutter build up and eat us up. In other cases, we hire one of the thousands of professional organizers in the U.S. to help us overcome the clutter.

Why have we become a cluttered nation? → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Partnership With Uboxes Helps DIY Movers

By John Egan   November 5, 2014


When you’re in the midst of a DIY move, it’s easy to overlook some of the seemingly little yet important things: moving boxes, packing tape, furniture-hauling straps, disc locks and so forth.

SpareFoot has teamed up with a company called Uboxes to help DIY movers purchase those and other moving supplies with just a few clicks of a mouse or a few taps on a smartphone screen. → Keep Reading

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

By John Egan   October 28, 2014

SpareFoot Band

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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