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  • 29th July 2016
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Top tips: Prepare your home for summer

Top tips: Prepare your home for summer

When the season starts to change, and the sun begins to shine, it’s nice to be able to make your home feel like summer inside and out. There are a few little spruces you can do to your house to help lighten the mood so it fits in with the glorious outside weather. This blog post gives you some ideas, but remember to check out our Twitter feed where we upload useful tips and tricks all the time. Lighter & brighter Curtains can make a huge impact on the feel of a room. Thick, dark curtains are great for winter, as they keep in the heat and make your home feel cosy. However, curtains are so easy to switch around, so think about changing them to something lighter and more colorful for summer to help let the light in. Colour […]

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  • 27th July 2016
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Big Yellow Norwich protects rare bee orchids

Big Yellow Norwich protects rare bee orchids

Each year at our Big Yellow Self Storage site in Norwich, a rare flower blossoms and is on show for just a couple of weeks. Rare bee orchids, which look as though they have a bee resting on the flower, were first spotted by Chris Durdin, a local wildlife enthusiast, back in 2009. He requested the area to be left to grow wild so the rare orchids could continue to flourish year on year. Every spring, the team at Norwich nurture the ground and leave it uncultivated to encourage the flowers to bloom. Despite the downturn in weather at the start of this summer, which makes it unusual to bee orchids to be spotted, the team are proud to say that this year the tally of flowers doubled, with 30 spikes appearing. Gavin Thomas, Store Manager at Big Yellow Self […]

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Life hacks to organise your wardrobe

Life hacks to organise your wardrobe

Our Twitter feed is full of helpful tricks to organise all areas of your home. One place that you can easily lose control of is the wardrobe, so we’ve outlined some cheap, simple tips on how you can sort it once and for all. Remember, once you’ve done it once, it will take just minutes to tidy up when it starts to get out of control again. Hook ‘em up Scarves have a tendency to make a space look really untidy. With a few shower curtain hooks on a hanger, you can display them in a practical, space saving way. Summer vs winter The amount of clothes you own can have a big effect on how tidy you can be. We understand that space (especially in your wardrobe!) is somewhat a luxury, so why not think about splitting your summer […]

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Exploring an unusual living space

Exploring an unusual living space

Did you know that just one in six properties are affordable across Britain*? And with that, 33,000 people in the UK live on a houseboat. It might come as a surprise that sales and renting of house boats is on the up, but with housing costs (especially in central London) becoming further out of reach, and the recent advances in technology such as solar panels, LED lights and internet connections, it might not actually look like a bad idea. Living on water could look like a dream, however along with its charms of being unique and also potentially cheaper, you do have to be prepared for the downsize and start to think how to be creative with the space. Remember these ideas aren’t just for house boats. If you find yourself living in a smaller home, then check out these […]

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Create your own garden games

Create your own garden games

So the summer holidays have arrived, and this year they bring with them the excitement of the Olympic Games. Whether you’re entertaining children or entertaining guests, there’s always time (and hopefully good weather!) to get outside and play your own garden games. Here’s some easy-to-create ideas that will keep the whole family amused. Giant noughts & crosses With a cardboard box, some scissors and a dash of black paint (or tape), it’s easy to create an oversized garden version of the traditional noughts & crosses. Garden bowling You don’t need to head to the bowling lanes to get in a game of this firm family favourite. If you have some spare cardboard, you can help the children make their very own version. It’s easy to do once you have created a stencil of the pins. A couple of tennis balls […]

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Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Lucinda is a Social Media Account Director from London, and has recently brought a new furry four-legged friend into her home – a rescue terrier called Crumble. We asked her a few questions about getting her first pet in her flat, and we’ll offer you some tips based on her experience. What made you decide on the breed of dog? We always knew we wanted a small dog because we have a flat, and needed to bring him into work. It would have been more difficult to convince my boss to have an office dog if he wasn’t so little! We also needed to be able carry him on the underground. My boyfriend and I have busy lives, so we also knew we couldn’t have a dog that needed a 2 – 3 hour walk a day. How did you […]

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  • 8th July 2016
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Storage by day, stand up by night

Storage by day, stand up by night

At our Big Yellow store in Kingston, we have our very own stand-up comedian – Ryan Dalton. This weekend, Ryan will be performing his first 45-minute comedy show at the Kingston International Youth Arts Festival, with the aim to perfect it for next year’s Fringe Festivals. Ryan has devised his original sketch, Into The Wild, taking the audience on a journey through his past of working with animals and his love for the natural world. The arts festival, which gives young people a platform to showcase their creativity, takes place from 8th – 17th July across 20 venues in Kingston upon Thames. Ryan will be performing at The Library on Saturday 9th July (12pm), Sunday 10th July (2.30pm) and Friday 15th July (7pm). Since first getting up on stage at the age of 19 in Australia, Ryan has performed in […]

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Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Next in our series of cardboard creation inspirations is a home for man’s best friend: a dog kennel. This could be a great activity to keep kids occupied – you can let them decorate it however they choose and then use it as a play toy for the rest of the afternoon. Or you could use it as an actual indoor dog house… Step 1 – what you will need: • Large cardboard box • Ruler • Stanley knife • Marker pen • Postal tape • Double sided sticky tape • A safe place to cut with the knife NB: Parental supervision required when using a Stanley knife Step 2 Carefully cut off the four flaps from the bottom of the box followed by two of the flaps on the top, ensuring you leave two opposite each other. Step 3 […]

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Big Yellow Sponsors The Tringe Festival

Big Yellow Sponsors The Tringe Festival

For the 6th year running, Big Yellow Self Storage is supporting Tring’s comedy festival, The Tringe. Running from 26th June to 16th July, The Tringe will see a line-up of stellar comedians grace the stage at The Court Theatre in Tring. Local comedy lovers will be given the chance to hear top comedians trial their new shows before they hit the stage at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some of the best names in comedy will be performing over the course of the festival, including Shappi Khorsandi, Zoe Lyons, Jason Byrne, Nish Kumar and The Boy With Tape On His Face. Tickets range from £5 – £22.50, and can be purchased from the website: http://www.get-stuffed.biz/tringe/ Be quick though, as shows are selling out fast.

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How to make marbled mugs

How to make marbled mugs

We love being creative at Big Yellow – our Twitter feed is full of imaginative ways to use your space, fun arts and crafts to do on the weekend, and artistic ways to store your stuff. If you’re feeling creative, and looking for an easy DIY makeover, here’s a fun trick for taking plain mugs and making them into colourful marble designs. Check out our short video on Twitter for a simple demonstration, or follow our easy steps below. Step 1 Get your hands on some nail varnish and pick what colour you want to use. Don’t limit yourself to one colour – the more the merrier! Step 2 You need a bowl of warm water. The bowl needs to be at least five inches deep. Drizzle your choice of coloured nail varnish into the water so it creates a […]

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