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Transform your home for summer…

Transform your home for summer…

According to the HomeOwners Alliance, spring is the best time to sell your house, and the season is known to be the most active time for the market. Throughout spring, your home is looking its best and your garden is coming back to life. If you are thinking about selling in the near future, April is a great opportunity for you to spruce up your home with the intention of getting it ready to go on the market. Transforming your home for summer will help re-energise the space to entice potential buyers. Store away your winter blankets, dark cushions and fluffy rugs, and add splashes of colour to align with the seasons and the sun. Even if you’re not looking to sell, changing your interior to match the seasons is a great way to reignite your love for your home […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Whether you’re a jazz lover, a heavy metal rocker or a pop princess, you’ll agree that music is an integral part of everyone’s life. All over the world, it serves as a hugely popular form of entertainment, and as a result, the music industry is constantly undergoing rapid changes. At a time when we’re all thinking about ‘going digital’, making a comeback is the trusty vinyl record. A classic way to showcase and listen to music, the vinyl has hit an 18-year high as people are starting to remember, and discover, that listening to a track on a vinyl has a certain warmth and romance to it. However, with vinyl comes the need for space, and even though you might think of yourself as a superstar DJ with a living room fit to house your extensive collection, your roommate or […]

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Top tips for Home Improvement Month

Top tips for Home Improvement Month

The month of April is nationally recognised as ‘Home Improvement Month’, and a recent survey shows that two thirds of the UK are coming home to unfinished improvements every day. If you’re in that category of people with unfinished business, or if you want to begin a home improvement project, then never fear, Big Yellow is here to help. Every day our Twitter feed is updated with tips & tricks to inspire and assist. So to help kick off your home improvement project, here’s a selection of our favourite #HomeImprovement tweets. Converting up & down If you’re thinking big this April, think up or down. There is huge potential in loft and basement conversions to not only improve your home and quality of living, but also adding value to your home when you come to sell. Depending on the layout […]

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Little Yellow: Perfect for students and life’s smaller moments

Little Yellow: Perfect for students and life’s smaller moments

Did you know that Big Yellow doesn’t always have to be big? Amongst our garage size lock ups and warehouses sit smaller lockers and rooms of various sizes. We have large locker spaces, which hold on average 14 boxes, for all the stuff you don’t want to get rid of. This could be anything from Christmas decorations, to your precious CD collection, camping and skiing gear. They’re also perfect for a seasonal wardrobe change, and for students during their university holidays. When it comes to the end of term, instead of lugging all your things back with you to home, it’s a lot easier to keep them safe with us. Our lock ups are totally secure, and you will have your own padlock and a personal PIN number. We’re very flexible, meaning you can pop in anytime you need to […]

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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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