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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Smart Strategies for Room-by-Room Decluttering [Infographic]

By John Egan   January 28, 2015

decluttering

Let’s be honest: Decluttering your home is almost on par with getting a tooth pulled. Both are a real pain.

But you can ease the pain of decluttering your home by taking a room-by-room approach, rather than tackling the task all at once. (Sorry, we can’t help you with that dental work.) → Keep Reading

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Three-peat! SpareFoot Captures Gold (Again) at Startup Games

By John Egan   January 26, 2015

RJ Gossett

Move over, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers. There’s a new three-peat team on the scene. On Jan. 24, SpareFoot captured the gold medal at the Austin Startup Games for the third year in a row.

SpareFoot achieved the three-peat feat by trouncing teams from 15 other Austin startups in the 11-game clash, featuring ping pong, foosball, beer pong, flip cup, Pop-A-Shot, darts, shuffleboard, Connect 4, trivia, liar’s dice and a mystery event. SpareFoot took home gold medals in five of the 11 “sports” and racked up 28 points overall. → Keep Reading

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Are You a Match? SpareFoot Hosting Speed-Dating Event for ACE Team Applicants

By John Egan   January 22, 2015

Jeremy Vandermause

Forget Match.com and eHarmony.com. We’ve got a better dating opportunity for you—and it could land you a job at SpareFoot.

On Feb. 11, SpareFoot will host a “speed dating” event in our quest to find 30 amazing new members of our Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team. Members of this team (like Jeremy Vandermause, pictured above) take calls from consumers around the country who are looking for self-storage.

The addition of 30 people will take the ACE Team from 75 to 105 members. SpareFoot plans to have all of the new ACE Team members on board by late April. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Hires Mel Tang as Chief Financial Officer

By John Egan   January 14, 2015

Mel Tang

Austin, TX-based SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced that Mel Tang has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer and will be relocating to Austin from Los Angeles, CA.

Most recently, Tang was CFO at Demand Media Inc. He brings more than 15 years of investment banking, consumer Internet and public-company experience to SpareFoot. → Keep Reading

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Under Where? SpareFooters Launch Boxer-Briefs Business

By John Egan   January 13, 2015

Zach Bird and Matt Ward

Briefly, here’s the big problem with guys and their underwear: They hate shopping for new pairs.

Count SpareFoot’s Zach Bird among those haters. One summer day in 2014, Bird was pondering his underwear drawer at home and realized he probably needed to toss some of the older pairs.

“Of course, I knew I’d have to replace my old ones, and I figured that that was one of the reasons I’d held onto them for so long—it’s so inconvenient for me to make a trip to Target or Macy’s or wherever to actually go buy underwear in person,” said Bird, a member of SpareFoot’s Sales Team. → Keep Reading

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Dishing Out Advice: How to Store Your China

By John Egan   January 8, 2015

fine china - cups

Whether it’s a set you received when you got married or a set you inherited from Grandma Lucy, china is precious and fragile. So, how do you store the dishes to ensure they don’t wind up in bits and pieces?

Before you stash even one piece of china, consider how often you’ll use it, professional organizer Amanda Scudder said. “While it is lovely to have a few pieces of a treasured china set on display, it is rarely practical to have it all out,” she said. → Keep Reading

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Try These 11 Products and Services to Help You Get Organized in 2015

By John Egan   January 7, 2015

Doorstep Digital van

Getting organized can be a bore and a chore, but various innovations are helping take some of the drudgery out of home organization. Looking for some inspiration to get your organizing act together in 2015? Check out these 11 products and services. → Keep Reading

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Cathy Guthrie: Carrying the Torch for SpareFoot’s Culture

By John Egan   January 5, 2015

Cathy Guthrie

When you think of a torchbearer, what comes to mind? The Statue of Liberty? Somebody carrying the Olympic torch? To be sure, those are valid answers. But here at SpareFoot, the word “torchbearer” applies primarily to one person: Cathy Guthrie.

As the leader of SpareFoot’s People Department, Guthrie carries the torch for our workplace culture—a workplace culture that’s been hailed as one of the best in Austin, TX. The torch’s flame was lit by SpareFoot co-founder and CEO Chuck Gordon.

“What this means is that I’m responsible for protecting this unique environment for the really special people here, even through times of rapid change and constant growth,” Guthrie said. → Keep Reading

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Are We Really a ‘Hoarder Nation’?

By John Egan   December 30, 2014

children with shopping bags

A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article about the growth of the self-storage industry referred to the U.S. as a “hoarder nation.” The term “hoarder” gets tossed around a lot, but do we really qualify as a “hoarder nation”?

Technically, we’re not. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anywhere from 2 percent to 5 percent of the population suffers from hoarding disorder, which is considered a mental illness. The association draws a clear distinction between hoarding and collecting. → Keep Reading

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Through Operation Swag Bag, SpareFoot Helps Austin Youths

By John Egan   December 29, 2014

Operation Swag Bag

When Vanessa West, a member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, read an online article about foster kids, it inspired her to take action. The article, “The Trash Bag Kids,” delves into the life of a typical foster child.

“It touched my heart, because I was once a homeless teen mother, and I know what it’s like to come from nothing and have nothing of your own,” West said. (West is pictured at top with fellow SpareFooter Amelia Oliver and Jake Millward’s dog, Freddie). → Keep Reading

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