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Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

When thinking about doing a renovation, it’s vital to do your homework and know what you’re getting into before you start. If it’s not you doing the work for yourself, you’ll need to know what to look out for and what your contractor is doing. There’s some commonly seen, easily avoidable mistakes that can make a big difference in a successful renovation. Here’s a few watch outs if you’re planning to do some work to your home. Doing it on the cheap It’s important to realise that when it comes to home renovation, you need to wait until you can afford the decent materials. Many people make the mistake of trying to do it cheaply, but the bottom line is that you will get what you pay for. Also, it’s wrong to think that going green with your home project […]

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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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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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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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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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