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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Ryan Nicodemus: From Misery to Minimalism

By John Egan   May 22, 2015

Ryan Nicodemus

Not that long ago, Ryan Nicodemus thought he was living the life. He had a six-figure income and a fancy job title at a telecom company. He had a new car every couple of years. He had a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,000-square-foot condo with two living rooms. “I have no idea why a single guy would ever need two living rooms,” he said.

Even with two living rooms, though, Nicodemus wasn’t really living. He was in debt, stressed out, anxious and discontent.

“I may have looked happy, I may have looked successful, but I certainly didn’t feel successful,” he recalled at the recent annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. → Keep Reading

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‘Hoarders’ Coming Back to TV on May 28

By John Egan   May 21, 2015

Hoarders: Family Secrets

The “Hoarders” franchise is returning in a splashy way.

On May 28, “Hoarders: Family Secrets” will launch on the Lifetime cable TV network with a one-hour special featuring both live and taped segments. The premiere will focus on a Massachusetts family, complete with an intervention on live TV, and on a repeat hoarder who could end up in jail if his home doesn’t pass a city inspection. → Keep Reading

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‘Storage Wars’ Heating Up With South Florida Edition

By John Egan   May 18, 2015

Bob Nichols

The reality TV show “Storage Wars,” filmed in Southern California, has spawned editions in New York and Texas. Now, the cable TV franchise is rolling out a Florida spinoff. → Keep Reading

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NAPO President: Your Disorganized Home Doesn’t Mirror Who You Are

By John Egan   May 15, 2015

Ellen Faye

Look around your home. Is your bedroom closet a haven for clothing cast-offs? Does your kitchen look like Gordon Ramsay went on a rampage? Have bills piled up in stacks that seem taller than the Egyptian pyramids?

If you answered “yes,” don’t get down on yourself. Your disorganized home doesn’t embody who you are, professional organizer Ellen Faye says.

“Being disorganized or having a struggle with it is in no way, shape or form a reflection who you are as a human being,” Faye, the new president of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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On the A-List: SpareFoot Honored as One of Most Promising Startups in Austin

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Josh Lipton

We’ve made the A-list, but not quite on the level of stars like George Clooney and Beyoncé Knowles.

SpareFoot is one of 12 startups that were honored May 14 in the Austin A-List of Hottest Startups program, sponsored by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and South by Southwest Interactive. The program highlights the most promising startups in the Austin, TX, area as determined by a panel of independent judges. More than 275 startups were nominated.

Josh Lipton (pictured at top with microphone), who leads SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, accepted the award on our behalf. → Keep Reading

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Guess How Many U.S. Storage Facilities There Are Versus Subway, McDonald’s and Starbucks [Infographic]

By John Egan   May 11, 2015

Subway and McDonald's signs

While Americans often are painted with a very broad brush as hoarders, most of us actually aren’t. Experts estimate just 2 percent to 5 percent of the U.S. population officially falls into the hoarding category.

However, there’s no denying that we like to stash our stuff. More than 52,000 self-storage facilities operate through the U.S. In fact, the number of self-storage facilities almost equals the number of Subway, McDonald’s and Starbucks locations in U.S. — combined! → Keep Reading

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Check Out SpareFoot’s New Jobs Page!

By John Egan   May 7, 2015

SpareFoot jobs page
SpareFoot’s jobs page—where you can learn why we’re such a great place to work, and then find available positions and apply for them—has undergone a makeover. → Keep Reading

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Are You an Extreme Declutterer? If So, Reality TV Might Be in Your Future

By John Egan   May 5, 2015

keep calm and declutter

The production company behind the reality TV show “Hoarders” wants to shed light on a condition that’s the polar opposite of hoarding.

Screaming Flea Productions says it’s seeking stories about people with a condition known in some circles as extreme Spartanism. Others might refer to it as excessive decluttering. Whatever the name, it’s not an officially recognized medical condition or psychiatric disorder. → Keep Reading

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Joshua Fields Millburn: Maximizing His Life Through a Commitment to Minimalism

By John Egan   May 4, 2015

Joshua Fields Millburn

In 2009, Joshua Fields Millburn’s mother died and his marriage fell apart. In the same month.

“These two events forced me to look around and take an inventory of my life,” Millburn said, “and really question what had become my life’s focus.”

His life’s focus came into sharp focus after he flew from Ohio, where he lived at the time, to Florida, where his 65-year-old mother had lived until succumbing to lung cancer. Once there, Millburn sifted through the stuff crammed into his late mother’s one-bedroom apartment: antique furniture; old paintings; numerous doilies; mismatched plates, cups and bowls; towels, sheets, blankets and quilts; and even 14 winter coats. → Keep Reading

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8 Tips for Organizing Your Closets [Infographic]

By John Egan   April 29, 2015


Roughly 50 times a week, Angie’s List says, we visit America’s dumping ground for household clutter—our closets. And those visits can be more painful than a trip to the doctor: Many of us come across mounds of never-worn sandals, outdated jeans and long-forgotten prom dresses. In fact, Americans rank closets as the most disorganized spaces in their homes, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers.

While we at SpareFoot can’t perform the physical task of clearing out your closets, we can help you get started. In this infographic, we offer eight tips for organizing your closets. → Keep Reading

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