Storage Tips + Uses

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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Breaking Up and Packing Up: Making a Move After a Divorce

By Deb Hipp   

Helen Shultz

When Helen Shultz and Tony Kamalduski married, neither expected to split their belongings and move hundreds of miles away when they divorced 18 years later.

But two years ago, when the marriage dissolved, Helen and their teenage daughter, Emely, relocated 1,300 miles from Auburn, WA, to Lakewood, CO. Tony moved to nearby Denver, CO, to be close to Emely. Though the marriage was over, Shultz and Kamalduski were determined to make the move from Washington to Colorado a smooth one.

“We wanted there to not be a lot of conflict, so basically there wasn’t,” Shultz said. → Keep Reading

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Moving When You’re Mourning: Relocation After a Loved One’s Death 

By Anne Wynter   May 20, 2015

Carole Brody Fleet

When someone you share a home with dies, your grieving process can become even more complicated if you’re dealing with a potential move.

Motivational speaker Carole Brody Fleet, author of “Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood,” faced this decision after the death of her husband, Mike Fleet, in 2000. Mike had suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. → Keep Reading

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Emptying the Nest: Making a Move After the Kids Fly Away

By Allie Johnson   May 19, 2015

Steve and Laura Hazan

Mother of one Laura Hazan had just sent her son off to college when her husband got a job offer and the couple decided to make a major move.

The upside: They’d be going to Baltimore, MD, near family and an hour away from their son Paul’s university. The downside: They’d be leaving their home in an idyllic neighborhood in the St. Louis, MO, area.

“We lived in a fabulous suburb that’s like Main Street USA where kids could ride their bikes to the ice cream shop and the library,” Hazan said. “It was bittersweet to leave.”

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on moving away from an empty nest.

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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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Oh, Baby! How to Make a Move With a Family

By Cynthia J. Drake   

Jessica Galindo McCrary

Your nerves are rattled enough when you’re moving. Imagine what it’s like with children in the mix.

I should know. In the summer of 2014, I moved to Austin, TX, with a 3-year-old—and a baby on the way. Suddenly, sizing up my new community had more to do with school quality and playground availability than a neighborhood’s “cool factor” and proximity to bars, as it used to in my pre-kiddo days.

And moving while pregnant? Definitely not a walk, or even a crawl, in the park.

Family-related issues are cited as the second most common reason for moving, according to a 2014 Census Bureau report. I talked to some people who fall into this category—and survived to tell the tale and share their tips.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on people who’ve relocated with their families. → 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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Job Relocation Advice From People Who’ve Been There, Done That

By Cynthia J. Drake   May 14, 2015

moving truckEvery year, thousands of people relocate to new homes across the U.S. and abroad, and moving for a job ranks as one of the top reasons. One survey found that employees who moved for a new job in 2013 rose by 35 percent compared with 2012.

Although a new job usually is cause for celebration, moving doesn’t come without its challenges. We talked to people who’ve successfully relocated (including two people who moved outside the U.S.) to get their tips on how to make the transition.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on people who’ve relocated for work. → Keep Reading

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How to Rock a Big Move: Insights From a Recent College Grad

By Lauren Everitt   May 13, 2015

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Ellen Kranz is living the post-college dream. On a whim, she and two high school buddies packed up their prized possessions and caravanned about 1,200 miles south from Minneapolis, MN, to Austin, TX.

“We’d lived in Minnesota all our lives, and we all went to the college there. We wanted to try something new,” said Kranz, 23.

In this blog post, you’ll learn some lessons from Kranz’s experience.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on a move by a college graduate. → Keep Reading

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