The Ten Commandments of IKEA Furniture: Part 1

By Tony Emerson   August 8, 2013

10 IKEA Commandments

This is part one of a two-part series about how to build IKEA and other ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture. Click here for Part 2.

When it comes to budget furniture, nobody does it better than IKEA. But part of that cost-saving is labor–the labor that you put in to turn that flat-pack box into a piece of furniture. As with any DIY project, ready-to-assemble furniture is an adventure; a composite of tribulations and accomplishment.

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5 Home Organizing Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now

By Jenny Zhang   May 23, 2013


You’d think that being in the self-storage industry means we’re good at organizing and decluttering, but even SpareFoot needs a little help every now and again. If you’re anything like us, you have difficulty figuring out what to do with the random boxes, wires and keyboards on your desk while also trying to juggle a monkey beanie wearing a Santa Claus hat adorned with wrapping ribbons. (I’m looking at my desk neighbor as I write this.) Spring cleaning season might be over, but that doesn’t mean decluttering has to end. Here are five of our favorite home organization blogs, in no particular order.

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The Costs—and Cost Savings—for Home Improvement Projects

By John Egan   April 24, 2013

Courtesy of IC

From 1991 to 1999, Tim Allen–familiar to moviegoers as the voice of Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story”–starred in a TV sitcom called “Home Improvement.” Allen’s amusing and self-assured character, Tim Taylor, hosted a fictional TV show called “Tool Time.”

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Love Where You Work: Top Ten Workspace Organization Blogs

By Jenny Zhang   January 2, 2013

It’s officially the new year, which means that you need to start following through on your resolutions. Why not start by finally organizing and optimizing your workspace? The condition of your workstation can have a huge impact on quality and productivity. The SpareFoot office, for example, got rid of cubicles and opted instead for a more open workspace, allowing for more communication between departments and a collaborative atmosphere. If you’re completely inundated with loose-leaf papers, rogue office supplies, and bouquets of cords, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of our top ten workspace organization blogs for your decluttering pleasure.

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5 Home Staging Tips to Win Buyers’ Votes

By Guest Contributor   September 19, 2012

[ by Deanna Lawley, Homefinder ] 

If you’re preparing to put your house on the market, follow these DIY home staging tips to capture the vote of your home’s next owner this season.

1.  Boost curb appeal.  If a potential buyer drives by and is turned off by the exterior of your house, you can be sure they won’t be interested in seeing the interior. Before you list your home, make sure you install easy-to-read house numbers, power wash your siding, walkways and driveway, and repaint the exterior as needed. On a weekly basis, be sure the front windows are washed, the lawn is raked and foliage is well-tended.

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DIY Home Staging With A Little Help From Self-Storage

By John Donegan   August 14, 2012

Home staging is a fascinating sub-industry within real estate, all based on evidence that a home “staged” with certain decor and design techniques is likely to sell faster and for a 10-15% higher price than un-staged homes. Before showing your home to potential buyers, it’s important to make it appear as spacious and inviting as possible. You can hire a professional accredited home stager to do this for you, or do it yourself by following the best practices outlined here.

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DIY Self-Storage vs. Moving Company Storage

By Rachel Greenfield   May 14, 2012

by Tim Patrick

During the process of moving, it’s not uncommon to require short-term or long-term storage for some or all of your furniture and possessions. There are two main types of storage services available to you, depending on whether you’re hiring a professional moving company or opting for a DIY move.

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