Storage Tips + Uses

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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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: Are Republicans or Democrats the Less Cluttered Bunch?

By John Egan   November 13, 2014

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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Company Takes Old Shipping Containers to New Level

By Crystal O’Gorman   November 12, 2014


From the moment you pass through the standard brick-front façade—the face of every building at Woodland Business Park in Charlotte, NC—and enter Boxman Studios, you step into the experience.

A shipping container frame used as a canvas for graffiti art by local artists hangs in the waiting area. Reception desks are outfitted with the ends of shipping container, and the walls in the office corridor pay homage to Malcolm McLean, a North Carolina native known as the “father” of the shipping container. Around the world, ship, rail and truck cargo such as food, furniture and electronics is stored and transported in these hulking metal boxes. → Keep Reading

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3 Ways to Make Money From Your Unused Items

By Jay MacDonald   November 11, 2014

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Let’s face it: We live in a packrat nation.

According to a study by market research firm NPD Group, the average American home contains $7,000 worth of unused items. Multiply that by a storage unit or two, and you could be sitting on a first car for your teenager, a year or two of college tuition for your high school grad or even a down payment on a house for the twentysomething in your basement.

To help turn your trash into cash, we’ve enlisted the help of specialists in your three most fruitful options: garage sales, online selling and auctions. → 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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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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How to Combine Households After Getting Married

By Chris Kissell   November 4, 2014

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When a couple ties the knot, the two partners pledge to join together in a lifelong union. But they also agree to combine all of their stuff. And in many cases, that’s a lot of accumulated furniture, collectibles, kitchen items and other gear.

The process of weeding through what to keep and what to let go creates stress for some newlyweds, professional organizer Monica Friel said.

“Sometimes there is tension around those things,” Friel said. “One of them will say, ‘Why do you need to save that?’” → 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


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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