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Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

For animal lovers, getting a pet is probably one of life’s most exciting moments. While welcoming a four legged friend into the family is not to be taken lightly, it should be full of fun and transform your house into haven of love and laughter. Here’s a few tips on how to prepare your home and ensure that your new pet settles in nicely. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer useful tips every day. Animal chores Before the new addition arrives, create a chart that gets the whole family involved with looking after it. For example, allocate someone’s name to feeding it, training it and exercising it each day so the responsibility is split between everyone. A clean & safe house Clean your house inside out and evaluate what might need moving around or even putting […]

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Business blog: Smarter storage for your stock

Business blog: Smarter storage for your stock

Do you run your own business from home? Do you find that you have stock here, there and everywhere? If yes, then we may have the answer for you. As your company grows, it’s inevitable that your amount of merchandise will also grow. However, your home may not, meaning you’ll become swamped in stock with no storage left for anything else. There comes a time when you have to think about where to store everything, and start looking around for the best storage deals. Traditional warehouses may expect long leases with no scope for ending early, downsizing or even upsizing. They also increase your overheads, with additional charges such as utility costs, and may charge higher business rates as well as an initial deposit. The savvier solution is to use self storage. At Big Yellow, one of the biggest benefits […]

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How to make your household more green

How to make your household more green

At Big Yellow, we know the most important space of all is the environment that surrounds us. That’s why we continue to work hard to create an environmentally friendly business. It doesn’t take much to make your household more green. A few small changes here and there can really contribute to helping the environment in the long term. Lighting Probably the simplest way to help reduce your footprint is by changing your lightbulbs to energy saving alternatives. The Energy Saving Trust says that homeowners can knock £100 a year off their energy bills by switching to energy efficient bulbs. At Big Yellow, most of our stores use energy efficient lighting, which are also motion-sensored, so it’s only on when you need it. Our external signs also use LED lights, which are up to 60% more efficient than the previous lighting […]

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De-clutter your home for spring

De-clutter your home for spring

The winter weeks have now slowly passed us by, and it’s time to think about the start of spring. What better way to prepare than to think about de-cluttering your home space now. It’s amazing how much extra space you could make by storing the items you don’t use all year round, such as roof top boxes, Christmas decorations, and winter sports equipment. Extra space like spare rooms, under the stairs, and attics are often used for storage, but if you transfer the bulky furniture and seasonal equipment into Big Yellow, they can be transformed into something much more useful. So, what could you do with your new found space? Here’s some motivation to get you de-cluttering…. Entertaining You may find that once you’ve de-cluttered a room, it will feel bigger and you’ll have more space to use for entertaining. […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Think back to your childhood Christmases and birthdays and how excited you were when you opened your presents that you had been pining for. And then, without a moment’s thought your old toys were disregarded and began to gather dust on a shelf somewhere, only to be thrown out a few months later by your mum or dad and without you even noticing. Well, think back to those once-loved toys and imagine if you had kept them all these years, only to find out that they could now make you some serious money. This scenario seems to be cropping up quite regularly all around the world. It’s not just the Victorian dolls and the ancient train sets that have soared in value, plastic figurines and hand held electronic games can now be worth a mint. You may remember a recent […]

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Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep; it contributes to making you feel great in mind, body and soul. There’s lots of tips out there on how to ensure you get the best night’s sleep, ranging from what you eat throughout the day to evening routines to relax you before bedtime. The Chinese philosophy of feng shui can help harmonise you with your surrounding environment, and where else could this be more important than in the bedroom? Here’s some really simple tips on how to make your bedroom a haven of peace and positive energy. De-clutter Remove everything you do not love in your bedroom; lightening the load of stuff will create a therapeutic feeling. Remove the TV, computer or even exercise equipment that you might keep in there. All these things will bring energy of work and stress, and present […]

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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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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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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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