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Move It or Lose It: The Race For Space Leaves Kids’ Stuff Behind

Move It or Lose It: The Race For Space Leaves Kids’ Stuff Behind

In a recent study, we found that parents throw out possessions worth £285 when a child grows up and leaves the family home. The items children most commonly leave behind, and run the risk of losing, are: • Books (64 per cent) • Clothes (60 per cent) • Sentimental items and trinkets (60 per cent) • School memorabilia (56 per cent) Children also leave behind bulkier items, taking up more space, such as: • Sports equipment (27 per cent) • Furniture (27 per cent) • Bikes (21 per cent) The, some would say, callous clear out takes place as parents look to make the most of the extra space left behind, with parents waiting an average of six months before sorting out their child’s room. An eager 15 per cent of parents wait less than two weeks to start the […]

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Top Tips: Spring Cleaning Week

Top Tips: Spring Cleaning Week

Hold on to your squeegees everybody, its National Spring Cleaning Week. That means there is no excuse not to get your hands dirty and clean up your home. Wash the windows, sparkle your chrome, dust your lightbulbs – a proper spring clean is a great way to feel as though you’ve accomplished something with your day. This month on our Big Yellow Twitter account, we’ve been sharing top tips on how to make the most out of your spring clean. Here’s a few of our favourites to get you inspired. Streak-free and squeaky clean windows An easy way to achieve sparkling windows is to use newspaper to buff after a wash. A splash of white wine vinegar in warm water with a sponge will do the trick in the first instance. Following this, the newspaper absorbs the remaining water and […]

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The Separated Child Foundation at Staples Corner

The Separated Child Foundation at Staples Corner

At Big Yellow, we offer free storage space for a range of charities. One of the charities we support at our Staples Corner store is The Separated Child Foundation, who use our space to store the goods and to assemble Arrival Packs. The charity provides the most basic life necessities to separated children and young people who arrive in Britain. It is usually the case that they arrive after a difficult, demanding and often dangerous journeys. The Separated Child Foundation supplies duffle bags filled with toiletries, a towel, socks, underwear, clothing, an umbrella, non-perishable snacks and other essentials. Gloves, a hat and a scarf are also included in winter for the most vulnerable children. On Sunday 1st March, an event hosted at our Staples Corner store saw volunteers reach a new milestone; completing the 5000th arrival pack to go to […]

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Top tips: A helping hand with DIY hacks

Top tips: A helping hand with DIY hacks

You don’t have to be completely alone while ‘doing it yourself’. At Big Yellow, we offer daily tips and tricks to help you with your projects on our Twitter feed. We’ve pulled out some of our favourites to give you a helping hand. Safety first Using a fine comb to hold the nail in place as you hammer away will prevent bruised fingers, and sandpapering the end of the hammer will help grip the nails. Only have a stripped screw? Put an elastic band over the top while you fasten it, making it useable. Organising your nuts & bolts Two hands is never enough when you’re handling tools and hardware. If you glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer, you’ll have a place to hold the nails without having to put them in your mouth. Keep fittings such […]

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A Love Letter from Your Stuff

A Love Letter from Your Stuff

To my older surfer dude, Remember that trip we had – it was me, you and the open seas. We picked up many a souvenir along the way – fabrics from India, those ostrich boots from Australia…all of which lie in hidden cupboards and boxes under the bed. Over the years it hasn’t just been me that family and friends have told you to get rid of. I’ve heard them say the same about all the posters and t-shirts from gigs back in the day, every birthday and Christmas card you’ve ever received, and the trophies from all the kids’ sports days – gold, silver and bronze. Right now, we know there is no place for us stuff in your home, but that doesn’t mean we have to go for good. One day, you might need us or want us […]

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Big Yellow kits out the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015

Big Yellow kits out the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015

Big Yellow Self Storage is proud to be the lead sponsor of the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015, in South Africa. The Brighton-based school will be sending 23 young rugby players to South Africa this April, and they have been tirelessly training and fundraising throughout the school year to ensure the trip is beyond a success. The school has hosted a number of fundraising events, including race nights, cake sales, dinners and music nights to help fund the trip, and Big Yellow has provided the team with a shiny new kit. The kit bought them off to a good start with a 10 – 5 win against The John Fisher School, and we hope it continues to bring them success throughout their experience in South Africa. We wish the boys the best of luck on their tour. The boys wearing […]

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Top Tips: Ingenious storage solutions for creating space around the home

Top Tips: Ingenious storage solutions for creating space around the home

Space is quickly becoming a luxury, and people are having to become more inventive with the way they create space around the home. Creative storage solutions allow you to keep tidy in a stylish way. Our Twitter feed offers daily tips on how to make the most out of space; here’s our top five favourite tips from our feed… A ‘crate’ way to make more space There’s a million ways you can use crates for storage, from stacking them to making shelves, or sticking them to the wall to act as a shoe rack. For a similar feel, pallets can also be put to good use around the house, for example, this ingenious wine rack. Stairway to space heaven Depending on the size and design of your staircase, there’s a huge amount you can do, from big transformations to simply […]

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Renovate to add value to your home

A spruce of your home here and there can go a long way in terms of adding value, or if you just fancy a change. We’ve come up with a selection of helpful tips to make renovating your home as pain free as booking your storage with Big Yellow… The power of planning Leave sufficient time for planning and building, setting a realistic budget. There’s a lot to consider – workmen’s time, painting, decorations, and don’t forget a place to store your belongings while the work is going on. Big Yellow can help you with storage without blowing your budget – you can store from as little as seven days, and with prices starting at £2.85 a week, you can’t go wrong. Peace of mind Sometimes you could do with a little help for the larger jobs, so outsourcing support […]

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Cohabiting couples ditch prized possessions in favour of a quiet life

Half of British cohabiting couples admit to regularly fighting over clutter in their home, bickering 32 times a year on average, our latest research reveals. Londoners are the most likely in the UK to argue about space, with one in 10 arguing at least once a week. These arguments lead to the typical couple throwing away £241.50 worth of possessions they would rather keep, with clothes (42%), furniture (36%) and books (33%) most likely to face the chop. Meanwhile, some go to extreme lengths to get rid of their partner’s clutter with one in eight (12%) admitting they’ve ‘accidentally’ broken one of their other half’s prized possessions so they can bin it. This rises to one in four (25%) for sneaky couples in Newcastle. In one in 10 cases, a lack of space has instigated a move into separate properties […]

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Make the most from your house sale by de-cluttering

If the recent overhaul of the stamp duty land tax has prompted you to think more about moving home in 2015, you will need to ensure your home is tip top to stand out from other properties on the market. One of the best ways to do this is by de-cluttering. Our recent research reveals that not only does clutter deter buyers from making an offer, but homes that appear more spacious are likely to clinch a higher sale price. Two thirds of sellers who de-cluttered before viewings received a higher offer than expected – an impressive £4,811 more, on average.43% of house buyers admit that in hindsight they’ve made a higher offer on a property because it had been de-cluttered and they thought it was bigger. As well as clutter, bug bears that put buyers off making an offer […]

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