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Transform your small outdoor spaces

Transform your small outdoor spaces

Small spaces, indoors or outdoors, can be difficult to know what to do with. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage, we’d like to help inspire you to think of all the ways you can make the most out of them. If you have a small balcony or garden, check out our tips below on how to spruce them up and make them great. Remember to check out our Big Yellow Twitter feed for more tips and inspiration, including upcycling, garden games and DIY. Merging inside with outside If your living room or kitchen looks out onto the garden, installing full-length bi-folding doors will create a seamless transition. Another clever trick is to use similar coloured flooring both inside and outside to add to this continuous effect; the merging colours create the illusion of space. Water features Water features can help […]

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Life moment interview: Cohabiting for the first time

Life moment interview: Cohabiting for the first time

Josh Morris is a Digital Executive from London, who has just moved in with his girlfriend – the first time he has ‘co-habited’. We asked him a few questions about his recent move, and we’ll offer you some tips based on his experience. Tell us a little bit about your recent move I have been living with my parents in East London, and felt ready to move out of home and take on some responsibility. The perfect house became available in South East London, and although my girlfriend and I weren’t looking to move in together, the best way to afford the move was to share the room. How did you come across the house? The house is owned by a friend, who recently renovated the whole place. He was looking for someone to move into one of the rooms, […]

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Symbols around the DIY store explained

Symbols around the DIY store explained

We’ve all been in the position when you’re wandering around a DIY store, and you see various signs and symbols, and you’re expected to know what they mean. However, to the everyday DIY-er, these symbols might not be instantly obvious, and it’s always helpful to know how the products may harm you and what precautions you should take. Can you guess which symbols match the explanations below? Tweet us @bigyellowss to let us know how many you got right (refer to answers at the bottom of the post) Oxidising A chemical labelled ‘oxidising’ doesn’t burn itself, however they provide oxygen for flammable substances to burn. Alongside the usual precaution of wearing eye protection, you should take extra care to keep it away from flammable substances, which includes clothing. Harmful to the environment These chemicals may have an immediate or delayed […]

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Life moment: Preparing for grandkids

Life moment: Preparing for grandkids

Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s most exciting key moments, however it can also be one of the most challenging. There’s a balance you have to strike between being there for your children while they go through this immensely demanding but happy time, and overdoing the whole ‘grandparent role’. They’ll need support and help, however they may also need space and time to relax and digest everything that is going on around them. Here’s some tips on how you might be able to prepare for the experience ahead. Time to get nostalgic This is the perfect time to dig out baby pictures of your children and put them into a scrapbook. You can share this with the parents-to-be, helping to inspire them and get them thinking about the experiences they want their children to have. Hidden in the attic […]

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Wine Q&A with David Bowman

Wine Q&A with David Bowman

There’s always so much choice when it comes to wine, and if you’re hosting on Christmas day, it can add to the pressure if you’re not sure what to serve with your food. To help out, we’ve spoken to David Bowman, our Wine Manager at our Big Yellow Wine Cellars in Fulham. Here’s some great tips on what to choose, where to store it, and how to make it last. Around Christmas time, the fridge is always fully stocked with food, and there may not be enough space for chilling wine. What are the alternatives – can you store wine outside? Generally, I wouldn’t recommend it in the winter months; although this winter the weather is mild so it might be an exception. If your whites need a good chill and temperatures outside are well above freezing and space indoors […]

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Tips on how to wrap difficult shaped presents

Tips on how to wrap difficult shaped presents

Buying presents is one thing, but when you get around to wrapping them, it can be another difficult task all together. With standard and odd shapes, big and small, gift wrapping is somewhat an art. Practice and patience is what it takes, however, if you are lacking in these, here’s some cracking tips to get you on your way to being a gift wrapping extraordinaire. Homemade boxes Handing over a personal gift – such as a piece of jewellery – can be even more personal when it’s not in a box bought from a shop. We’ve created these simple templates to guide you to create something unique to fit the present in. You can pick your own coloured cardboard with or without a design, and maybe draw all over them to add your own touch. Bubble wrap Some gifts have […]

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Best places to hide your Christmas presents

Best places to hide your Christmas presents

Children are curious creatures at the best of times, however around Christmas they get even more inquisitive – especially when they’re trying to find their Christmas presents. With this in mind, good hiding places are key. Big or small, here’s some genius tips on the best hiding places for pressies. Remember to check out our Twitter feed too, where we post lots of useful tricks every day. Plain sight It’s unlikely that a box in the corner of the kitchen is going to be of interest to kids, especially if it’s covered in something like crumpled newspaper and pretending to be recycling. This is the ultimate place for smaller gifts such as stocking fillers. Empty suitcases Unused suitcases are already an empty space just waiting to be filled. As it’s an item that usually stays in the same spot all […]

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Life moment: Making the most out of your holiday let

Life moment: Making the most out of your holiday let

The exciting thing about owning a second home is that it can be a great second source of income. Holiday lets are hugely popular. Websites such as Airbnb and Cottages4You.co.uk make it accessible to rent your holiday home while you’re not using it, and ensure you are in control of the process. Here’s some tips to help you make the most out of your holiday let. Do your research Research the other holiday lets for rent in the area – make a note of what they are charging at different times of the year, and offer a competitive price. You may want to be clear of the clientele you are marketing for on your listing to avoid any surprises – state if you are open to parties, including or excluding hen and stag dos, if you’re open to pets, babies […]

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Big Yellow Colchester supports The Soma Leo Foundation

Big Yellow Colchester supports The Soma Leo Foundation

Our Big Yellow store in Colchester are proud to be helping out The Soma Leo Foundation, providing space and packing materials to support its Christmas Appeal. As trustees of The Soma Leo Foundation, our friends at Pound Gates visited Kenya to learn about the good work the Foundation provides. Recently, The Soma Leo Foundation has established a partnership with the Kenyan based Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF), and thanks to this they have developed the logistics that make the shipping of worthwhile supplies economically viable. Feeling inspired by their experience and their new found partnership, The Soma Leo Foundation have launched a Christmas Appeal. They are collecting donations to ship to children who attend The Soma Leo Academy and Senator Barack Obama Primary School, a community school supported by the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation. They plan to ship a container […]

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Life moment: Co-habiting for the first time

Life moment: Co-habiting for the first time

We recently conducted some research that showed half of British cohabiting couples admit to regularly fighting over clutter in their home, bickering 32 times a year on average. These arguments lead to the typical couple throwing away £241.50 worth of possessions they would rather keep. Some even go to extreme lengths to get rid of their partner’s clutter with one in eight admitting they’ve ‘accidentally’ broken one of their other half’s prized possessions so they can bin it. This goes to prove that moving in with your partner for the first time isn’t easy. Discussions will arise and decisions will have to be made, so we’re here to help prepare you for what’s to come. First and foremost, don’t underestimate how much stuff you both have. Be prepared to compromise on what you believe is essential and the other sees […]

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