Self Storage Blog

We need some space

The first rule of an uncluttered home is to make sure there’s a place for everything. Yet city living means there’s often a limit on storage space – even if you don’t have a lot of stuff. Clever storage solutions are one thing. But once the space under-the-bed, under-the-stairs and on-top-of-the-wardrobe has been filled with your winter duvet, jumpers and scarves or perhaps empty suitcases from holidays past, what do you do? RIBA (The Royal Institution of British Architects) coined the term “rabbit hutch Britain” after it found that the size of a typical new terraced house has fallen from over 1,000 square feet in the 1920s to just 645 square feet today. The average UK home is lacking space the equivalent of a single bedroom but most of us have probably got enough stuff to fill one… maybe even […]

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De-clutter your home to bump up the sale price say estate agents

The UK is in the grip of a housing squeeze with the smallest homes in Western Europe, earning us the title ‘rabbit hutch Britain.’ It’s little wonder then that space is increasingly desirable for home buyers. Big Yellow research has discovered that almost a fifth of buyers (22%) wouldn’t make an offer on a property because it was too cluttered, so it’s important to maximise the space in your home to clinch that sale. We surveyed estate agents across the country to reveal how de-cluttering your home can help it sell for more. In some cases, de-cluttering by removing bulky items to maximise space pushed the sale price up by as much as 11%. In fact, each square foot of floor space freed up is estimated to be worth an average of £238. A huge 95% of estate agents say […]

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Big Yellow conquers the Three Peaks – by Neil Arnot

On Tuesday 30th July, Nathan Barnett, Marcus Hacker, Billy Robinson and Neil Arnot, all from Big Yellow, set off to start their Three Peaks Challenge. Their effort raised £3,500 for Cystic Fibrosis and is set to bring in more money. Here, Neil shares his account of the day and the challenges they faced. “We all shared the driving and had a good run up to Scotland, arriving at around 5pm at the foot of Ben Nevis. The weather was quite good and plenty of people were out and about, however we did seem to be the last ones going up. About a quarter of the way up we were thinking ‘this is quite nice’ but as we went further up the weather started to change. We thought we had more or less reached the top when we saw snow; this […]

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Top tips for packing your holiday suitcase

You haven’t slept because you’re too busy thinking about it, and you’ve spent all day dreaming of it. Soon, you’ll be on your way to sunnier shores with sun cream and sunglasses in hand. But before you go, read our top tips to make sure you depart without the kitchen sink and touchdown in style. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for takeoff. Try your shoes for size What they really meant to say about people with big feet is that they have more room in their suitcase. Stuff your socks and underwear in your shoes when you pack, it’s a great way to create more space and holds the shape of your shoes too. When in doubt, roll Rolling clothes and towels is not only a great way to avoid creases but it is far neater, meaning that you […]

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Big Yellow unveils the 100 Poppy Roof

Big Yellow unveils the 100 Poppy Roof

Yesterday we unveiled the 100 Poppy Roof in association with Wild About Roofs and the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce to mark the 100 year anniversary of World War One. After just four months, the 100 Poppy Roof began to bloom and was ready to be unveiled to the public. The event attracted 113 visitors from 45 different local businesses despite the rain! There were also some very special visitors including the Mayor of Hounslow, Karina Smart, Annabelle Miles the MP of Chiswick and Brentford and Lord Sardar Sigh, the President of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce. The night kicked off with a speech from Mayor Karina Smart before attendants were taken up to the roof to see the 100 Poppy Roof. We’ll continue to maintain the 100 Poppy Roof, which you can see below, in memory of those who fought in […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage helps inner city rugby team continue their success on the pitch

Big Yellow Self Storage helps inner city rugby team continue their success on the pitch

Big Yellow Self Storage proudly supports a number of its stores’ local organisations and charities. With 37 London-based stores, Big Yellow was keen to help support the Southwark Tigers – the first inner city rugby club established in London. Vernon Neve-Dunn, founder of the team, set it up in the early 2000’s in the hopes of bringing people from all walks of life together through the game of Rugby. The team started with limited equipment and used a pitch in the local park but it has quickly expanded into a fundamental part of the local community. There are now nine teams in total, with players aged from 5-17 years. Vernon and the team welcome both boys and girls to Burgess park where they play and training is completely free. Vernon says: “We hope to make rugby affordable and accessible to […]

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We’ve got space for you at Big Yellow

Are you looking for a career where you can grow and develop, one that sees you working with great people, driving sales and delivering the best customer service on a daily basis? Look no further. At Big Yellow, we have a variety of roles, none of which involve packing boxes. Self storage is used by people for a large number of reasons including; moving house, to declutter and create more space in their homes, to store possessions away safely when carrying out home improvements, by students moving away for the summer holidays and by a growing number of businesses who need space to store stock. With 78 stores nationwide, Big Yellow is the UK’s favourite self-storage company and the brand leader. The self storage industry in the UK is relatively young and has experienced phenomenal growth over the last ten […]

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Five easy fixes to help keep your things safe

Five easy fixes to help keep your things safe

Your bags are packed and you’ve triple checked that you’ve got your passport. The dog’s been taken care of and now all that’s left to do is leave. Before you do, read our five quick and easy tips to ensure you come home to the same house you left behind. The light’s on so someone is home A well lit home is far less likely to be broken into. Illuminate your exterior with motion sensor lighting and consider installing plug socket timers for your lamps in order to give the impression someone is in while you’re away. De-fence Unlike you, burglars won’t just let themselves in through the front door. Most of the time they will try the back. Use fencing to keep out unwanted visitors but don’t stop there, add some trellis to the top. It is more difficult […]

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Big Yellow boxes a-maze children

Big Yellow boxes a-maze children

We’re big supporters of local communities at Big Yellow, offering space, materials, advice and even boxes. Recently, our North Finchley team donated fifty boxes to the Akiva School’s summer fayre and was inspired by what they did with them. The school constructed a maze for the children to enjoy from the extra large Big Yellow boxes. The cardboard attraction managed to raise £477 for the school on the day so it was a great effort all round. Take a look at the maze below.

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Nine reasons to love boxes

Nine reasons to love boxes

In our opinion, boxes are underestimated. They help make space, they keep things safe and help you to stay organised. But there are other things a box can do. Boxes are also fun. Why not let your imagination run wild and create objects and games from those old boxes you’ve got lying around? Here are seven ideas to get you started. Headspace Cardboard Kingdom Thinking space Box car racer Space: the final frontier Space wars Tyrannosaurus Box Packbot 3000 Need we say more? Find out how Big Yellow can help put your boxes to use here whether you need them for fun or practical reasons.

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