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Keeping Old Glory Glorious: How to Properly Store the American Flag

By Emmet Pierce   June 5, 2014

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Flag Day is celebrated each June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag in 1777 and to remember the sacrifices that have been made to preserve the nation.

Aging flags often become heirlooms and keepsakes that need to be stored carefully, said Richard R. Gideon, a flag historian in Pittsburgh, PA. “There is a pretty large body of flag collectors out there,” he said. → Keep Reading

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6 Tips for How to Store Emergency Food

By Rachel Hartman   April 28, 2014

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When a tornado, hurricane or other disaster strikes, there may be little—or no—time to visit a grocery store.

And while storing food to prepare for natural disasters is key, keeping a supply for other unexpected events, such as a job loss, also can help prevent a crisis in your home.

“Food is like money in the bank,” said Paul Purcell, terrorism and natural disaster preparedness specialist and author of “Disaster Prep 101.” Having an ample supply on hand can help maintain your family’s well-being during the days and weeks after a disaster.

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The Complete SpareFoot Guide to Storing Ties

By Brian Shreckengast   July 23, 2013


When it comes to dress wear, we men seem to be starved of options. While women have an ostensibly infinite variety of dresses and gowns available for formal occasions, men have the suit.

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It’s About Time: Our Guide to Storing Watches and Clocks

By Brian Shreckengast   June 24, 2013

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Our customers know that when it’s time to find storage, plugging into your address bar will let you compare facilities in your area in the blink of an eye and shave hours off of your storage search. In addition, we’ve written numerous times on this blog about how to know when it’s time to cut the clutter and rent a storage unit. What we seem to be missing, however, is how you would go about storing time—or at least your timepieces. It’s a topic whose coverage is long overdue: How do you store watches and clocks?

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How to Store a Mattress

By Tony Emerson   May 28, 2013


It’s a common saying (especially in mattress store advertisements) that your mattress is one of your most important assets because you spend about a third of your life there. A mattress may cost you upwards of $1,000, which makes sense–a quality mattress can last more than 10 years with proper care.

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The SpareFoot Guide to Storing Books

By Brian Shreckengast   April 17, 2013


Here at SpareFoot, there’s nothing we’re more concerned with than the experience of booking storage. When it concerns the art of storing books, on the other hand, we’re concernedly less experienced—which is something we’re determined to remedy, here and now. That’s why we’ve brought in Richard Davies from Abe Books, an online marketplace that specializes in trading rare and collectible books, so that we can close the book on this missing chapter of the SpareFoot guide to storing (almost) everything.

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The SpareFoot Guide to Storing Beer

By Brian Shreckengast   March 28, 2013


Over the past decade, American beer drinkers have been fortunate enough to witness a brewing revolution, as evolving tastes and beer-making processes have pushed beer to a level of sophistication rivaling that of fine wine. As the over 2,000 breweries now making beer in America—up from 89 in 1979—compete to produce the most unique and sophisticated batches, some brewmasters have gone as far as to adopt a vital step of the winemaking process into their own craft: ageing. That’s right: while a driving force of the local-beer movement has been the need for fresh, crisp-tasting beer, some craft breweries have reversed this trend, producing beers that are meant to be kept for months or years—or even decades.

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Wiping Off the Powder: How to Store Your Snowboard

By Matt Schexnayder   March 25, 2013


Spring is upon us, and although that means flowers blooming, birds chirping, and warmer weather, it also means we are nearing the end of snowboarding season (tear). When this time of the year comes, most riders will haphazardly toss their boards aside and not think about them again until that next snowfall comes. While most of you may think there is nothing wrong with that, this practice can eventually lead to some serious problems come next season: warping, delamination, and rusting, just to name a few. Thankfully, there are a few quick and simple steps you can take to prevent this from happening. It will be a good six months at least until most of us can enjoy the pleasures of fresh-fallen snow again, so when you store your board, you want to make sure you do it right.

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When You’re Done With Your Gun: Tips For Safe Gun Storage

By Zachary Chetchavat   January 21, 2013

The SpareFoot blog has covered a host of stored items including large boat storage, small boat storage, guitar storage and gun storage. In our first gun storage post, however, we glazed over the actual details of what happens before and after you choose a self-storage facility to store your beloved pistols, rifles and shotguns.

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Rock On, Rock God: A Solution For Long-Term Guitar Storage

By Zachary Chetchavat   December 6, 2012

Guitars are cool, no doubt about it. Whether you’re the guy in the quad strumming his beloved Breedlove or rocking out at a bar with your trusty Telecaster, the truth is clear and simple: you are cool. Unfortunately, there are moments when life intrudes and you find yourself having to be away from your beloved six string for a very long time. Who can you trust with it? What has to be done beforehand? Where do you put it? Never fear, the answer is simple: self-storage.

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