most popular blog postsIf our most-read stories of 2013 are any indication, Americans are storing a lot of refrigerators and mattresses.

“Storing a Refrigerator: 4 Steps to Minimize Potential Damage” was last year’s most popular story on The SpareFoot Blog. Here are four potential reasons why this story resonated with our readers:

  • An estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers are being used in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • 44 percent of refrigerators in the U.S. that could be scrapped are kept as second refrigerators, sold or given away, according to a Department of Energy report from 2009.
  • 26 percent of U.S. households have a second refrigerator, according to the Department of Energy.
  • More than 8 million refrigerators are sold each year in the U.S., according to a guide published by Aclara Technologies LLC.

By the way, our fridge post dates back to 2011, proving that refrigerator storage never goes out of style.

Switching gears, last year’s second most popular story on our blog was “Cover Letters Dos and Don’ts: Startup Edition.” Perhaps more than a few applicants for jobs at SpareFoot were trying to figure out what which cover letters get a second look and which ones get trashed.

Back on the storage front, our No. 3 most-read story of 2013 was the simply titled “How to Store a Mattress.”

Here are rest of stories that grabbed your attention in 2013:

4. “How to Throw a Memorable Housewarming Party,” which actually was posted in 2012.

5. “What Are the Fastest-Growing College Towns in the U.S.?” This post ranked the college towns with the most population growth from 2000 to 2010. Raleigh, NC, led the pack.

6. “Bust a Move-In: Our 2013 Self-Storage Calendar.” This article chronicled our first-ever calendar, starring some of our wackiest SpareFeet. (Stay tuned for the 2014 edition.)

7. “We Did It! SpareFoot Named Best Place to Work in Austin.” This blog post gave us a chance to brag about SpareFoot being named the Best Place to Work in Central Texas among midsize employers. Watch out: We’re gunning for a repeat win in this year’s Best Places to Work program, sponsored by the Austin Business Journal.

8. “All About Self-Storage Locks.” This is another oldie but goodie from 2011.

9. “10 Tidiest Towns in America.” On this list, we determined the tidiest towns based on household spending on cleaning supplies; number of maids and housekeepers working in a region; and square footage of available per-capita storage space. Albuquerque, NM, came out on top.

10. “America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns.” For this list, we looked at population growth among Baby Boomers as well as per-capita growth in gross domestic product (GDP), per-capita personal income growth, housing affordability and number of health care workers per capita. San Antonio ranked No. 1.

  • selfstoragefinders

    Im a sucker for the posts boasting best towns – tidiest towns, baby boomer boom towns, fastest growing college towns etc – but hands down the best post of 2013 was #6, “Bust a Move”. The calendar is a true inspiration ;). SI better take notice.

  • Robert Madsen

    Heck yah the calendar was awesome! The tidiest town was second. So what does 2014 bring … The countries 10 dirtiest mattresses or maybe a spicy new magazine Hot Lockers!?!

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