Storage Tips + Uses

Some of the Oddest Finds Ever Made by Junk Removers

By Jason Steward   September 18, 2014

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Junk removal is a dirty job. It requires the right tools and processes to complete a cleanout in an orderly, timely fashion. These jobs sometimes run into speed bumps—like a refrigerator that hasn’t been opened in years and now is home to harmful mold.

Read on to find out about some of the oddest finds ever made during junk removal projects. → Keep Reading

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Abby Vasek: Ditch ‘Unexpected Clutter’ When Staging a Home

By Allie Johnson   September 16, 2014

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Getting ready to sell your home and wondering how you can make it look like those beautifully staged homes you see on TV? In a word: declutter.

The SpareFoot Blog talked with Abby Vasek, an Austin, TX, interior designer and home stager, as well as a star of “HGTV Star,” to get some tips on clearing out your home for staging. → Keep Reading

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The Art of Storage, Lighting and Display 

By Kerrie Kelly   September 15, 2014

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The final details you add to a room are what set it apart. Some are obvious additions, such as pillows, throws, mirrors and artwork. More subtle items might be books, family photos, plants or personal collections. Others are beloved keepsakes, whether family treasures, mementos from special occasions or special people, or souvenirs from vacations. All lend a personal quality to the living space. → Keep Reading

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Video Game Lets You Bid at Virtual Storage Auction

By Jay MacDonald   September 12, 2014

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Intrigued by the adrenaline rush of “Storage Wars” and other auction-themed reality TV shows but need a little practice before you put your own hard-earned cash on the line?

A new British video game called “Auction Wars: Storage King” can help you hone your storage auction skills at home or on the go. And it won’t cost you a dime, thanks to the free app available online at iTunes for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. → Keep Reading

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Storage Auctioneer Shannon Schur: How ‘Storage Wars’ Changed the Business

By Allie Johnson   September 11, 2014

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The A&E show “Storage Wars” thrust storage auctions into the spotlight and brought out newbies hunting for deals. But what’s a storage auction really like, from the viewpoint of an insider who was in the business long before the show debuted? The SpareFoot Blog decided to find out by talking with professional auctioneer Shannon Schur, president and CEO of Monument, CO-based Storage Auction Kings. → Keep Reading

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

By Hank McKinsey   September 8, 2014

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As the summer moves toward fall, it’s a good time to begin getting your home ready for the cooler weather. Planning ahead will make the task a little less daunting as the school year gets under way and a million other projects pile up. If your aim is to be a little more organized this fall, here are a few tips that’ll make that a lot easier without breaking your budget. → Keep Reading

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Funny Business: Joan Rivers Maintained Well-Organized Stockpile of Her Jokes

By John Egan   September 5, 2014

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As tributes continue to pour in for Joan Rivers, some are remembering the late comedian’s penchant for methodically filing away the thousands of jokes she’d delivered during a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rivers might very well have been the world’s funniest—and most steadfast—organizer and collector.

Rivers, known for her biting, no-holds-barred humor, died Sept. 4 at age 81. One of the legacies she’s leaving behind is her library-style treasure trove of jokes—a collection that helped Rivers stay on track in the whirlwind business of making people laugh. → Keep Reading

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6 Tips for Finding a Roommate in a New City

By Paula Pant   September 3, 2014

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When Kim Eheart moved from Denver to Austin, TX, she found herself hit with a conundrum.

She needed to live with a roommate (or two). She didn’t have enough money to rent an apartment on her own. But she was new to town and didn’t know anyone. And living with a random stranger after only a brief meeting might be risky.

“I could check Craigslist,” she said, “but I don’t know what kind of person I’ll find.”

So she brainstormed a few tips that could help her find a roommate in a new city—and might help you, as well, if you’re in the same position. → Keep Reading

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Psychology Professor Randy Frost: Merely ‘Clearing Things Out’ Doesn’t Fix Hoarding

By Jay MacDonald   September 2, 2014

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Randy Frost may know more about the disorder of hoarding than anyone on earth.

A professor of psychology at Smith College in Northampton, MA, Frost is the co-author of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” scientific adviser to the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and co-editor of the foundation’s hoarding website.

In an interview with The SpareFoot Blog, Frost explores the often-misunderstood world of hoarding. → Keep Reading

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The 12 Hardest-Working Towns in America

By Elizabeth Whalen   August 26, 2014

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With everything Labor Day has come to symbolize—the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, a weekend of good deals at the mall—it can be easy to forget its purpose: to celebrate workers’ contributions to America.

Americans everywhere work hard, but in honor of the holiday, we wanted to crunch some numbers and find the metro areas where the hardest-working Americans live. Here is SpareFoot’s list of the 12 Hardest-Working Towns in America. → Keep Reading

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