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August 2012

How to prepare for a disaster-free home makeover

How to prepare for a disaster-free home makeover

Whether it’s improving the kitchen, fixing up the spare room, or simply cutting the grass, disaster in the home can strike when advice is ignored. Insurers Allianz say that DIY disasters cost Britons a staggering £4.4billion every year, so here are our top tips on how to avoid destroying your home or taking an unwanted trip to hospital. Take baby steps and know your limits. Don’t try to tackle all your redecoration projects at once. Jump right in without planning and you’ll end up with a house full of half-finished projects. You need to think about how much each project will cost, whether you have all the right tools and how long it will take to complete. With the baby steps approach why not focus on one room at a time, and choose small projects that are achievable. Maybe start […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage supports the One Can Trust

Big Yellow Self Storage supports the One Can Trust

The One Can Trust charity has been set up to facilitate community based projects, helping communities help themselves. Its first major project is the One Can Trust Foodbank, which provides a short-term free emergency food supply of non-perishable items such as soup, pasta, baked beans, cereals etc. to the thousands of families – including as many as12,000 children – who live in poverty in Buckinghamshire. Big Yellow is proud to be supporting this great cause by providing the Foodbank with free storage space, taking public donations and storing them before they are packaged into food parcels at the One Can Trust Foodbank. If you want to make a donation you can do so through Big Yellow by simply delivering your collection to our store on London Road, High Wycombe. Let us know that it’s for the One Can Trust and […]

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Top tips to prepare your spare room for guests

Top tips to prepare your spare room for guests

We’ve all experienced that feeling of sheer panic that sets in when you have guests staying with you. That moment when you realise that the spare room is currently occupied by your fishing gear, gym equipment that you never used and all the bric-a-brac that you tell yourself you really need but have been condemned to sitting in boxes since you moved into the house 10 years ago. What follows is usually panic and a frenzied tidying spree. To avoid this process and ensure that your guests don’t end up having to climb over all your stuff to get to their bed, Big Yellow have compiled a helpful checklist of things to do before your guests arrive to make their stay as pleasant as possible. 1) Clean! Yes, this might seem incredibly obvious – why wouldn’t you clean a room […]

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How to maintain value of all-weather furniture

How to maintain value of all-weather furniture

Out of all the items in your home, outdoor furniture is the most weather-beaten. Exposed to snowy winters and British ‘summers’, outdoor items need the most tender love and care to make sure they don’t lose their quality and value. Here are a few ways to ensure they’ll last you for many seasons to come. 1) Treat them with a protective varnish. Coating wooden furniture in a protective sealant at the start of the summer season will help reduce the amount of water absorbed into the grain, as well as protecting it from the sun. After a while furniture will start to fade so coloured varnishes can be a great way to bring some much needed life back to your furniture. You can buy them in a range of natural colours here. For metal furniture these protective paints are the […]

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Clear your time to clean your home

Clear your time to clean your home

We don’t have time for it and (most of us) don’t enjoy it, but cleaning is a job that just won’t go away. Despite our best efforts to ignore them, chores will build until eventually your list of things to do tomorrow will be flowing across three pages. Here at Big Yellow we would much rather spend our days relaxing and enjoying what is left of the summer. Here are a few simple changes to your routine which will leave your house cleaner and your days freer. 1) Plan cleaning into your daily routine. Whether it is a quick wipe down before you head to work, or sorting out the washing while you wait for dinner to cook, completing little jobs every day won’t feel as time consuming as sacrificing whole day at the weekend. There’s no need for a […]

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Did you know that some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their shoes?

Did you know that some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their shoes?

While most of us are content to store our shoes in cupboards and on racks, that is just not an option for some people. When your selection grows to thousands even these small items of clothing become a challenge. Here are a few collections that put the average joe’s shoe cupboard to shame. The Northampton Museum is home to the world’s largest shoe collection. The town famous for its shoe and boot industry houses over 50,000 pairs at the museum. The collection includes famous pairs such as Queen Victoria’s wedding shoes and the Vivienne Westwood shoes supermodel Naomi Campbell famously took a tumble in. Fashion icon Anna dello Russo has admitted to having a collection of over 4000 pairs of shoes! The editor at large for Vogue Japan is no messy shopaholic however, making sure that every item is catalogued, […]

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