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Goodbye winter, hello summer!

Goodbye winter, hello summer!

Now that summer’s on its way we can say adios to one of the coldest and wettest winters on record. So what better time to plan ahead and prepare your living space for the warmer months ahead? First things first, why not pack up those wintery bits and bobs that saw you through those long dark months? Gather up those bulky coats, scarves, knitwear and that heavy duvet and consider storing them in one of Big Yellow Self Storage’s clean, safe and secure storage spaces. That way, not only can you make way for your summer clothes but you also free up valuable space in your home to do whatever you please. It works both ways too. When summer fades and autumn rolls by, you can swap items no longer needed for summer such as those holiday suitcases, cooling fans […]

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Big Yellow is supporting this year’s Go Dad Run

Big Yellow is supporting this year’s Go Dad Run

We’re proud to announce that this year, Big Yellow Self Storage will be supporting Go Dad Run. The run helps raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK in their continuing fight against the disease. The brainchild of former World Champion hurdler Colin Jackson, Go Dad Run is the only fundraising charity event in the UK just for men. It aims to encourage the male population to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for the disease. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK with over 40,000 men being diagnosed every year, with over 250,000 currently living with the disease. Three 5K runs will take place in Cardiff on Saturday 14th Jun and in London and Birmingham on Sunday 15th June. Runners will be invited to wear the distinctive Y-fronts on top of their shorts, which just happen […]

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Top tips for how to best store your wine at home

Here at Big Yellow we’re known for storing your belongings – but did you know that we also offer 500 climate-controlled rooms to store your treasured wine collection? Whether you have 15 or 500 bottles we have the space to keep your whites chilled, reds full of flavour and your fizz… sparkling! Whether you’ve been given a case for posterity, a bottle to mark a milestone or you’re preparing for a special event – make sure you’re wine is looked after at home. We’ve put together some top tips from our wine expert Matthew Wicksteed to help you store your wine at home. 1. Stay cool Wine doesn’t like heat and temperatures higher than 21° C will age it more quickly than necessary. If it gets much hotter your wine might get “cooked,” resulting in flat aromas and flavours. The […]

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Key to a happy home? Clear out some space for a Man Cave

Enjoyed by the likes of Hollywood heartthrobs, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, the trend of the ‘Man Cave’ is also taking off in the homes of Brits. In a recent survey we commissioned, 61% of British men say they have created their own ‘Man Cave’ in their home. Any why are they creating this space? Over a third (36%) of men say that they are at the end of their tether from arguing with their partner at least once or twice a week about the space their possessions take up. But it’s not all doom and gloom. 79% of men believe that having a place where they can store their possessions and indulge in their pastimes is actually beneficial to their relationship – this sentiment was mirrored by 60% of women, despite 40% worrying that a ‘Man Cave’ is merely […]

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Upcycling objects from the home or workplace by Richard Bloomfield at The Workplace Depot

Upcycling objects from the home or workplace by Richard Bloomfield at The Workplace Depot

Upcycling is the process of using something that is worn out or broken and making something better and more useful from it. Whereas ‘recycling’ is about taking waste and producing new raw materials, upcycling is about creating a new and useful product. Both are important in reducing waste and landfill as well as making better use of the dwindling resources of the planet. Before throwing anything substantial away from your home or place of work, always have a quick think about whether it can be recycled, or better still upcycled into something new and useful. In this article I have found a few examples of some imaginative and creative ways that people have used objects to make something interesting rather than throwing them away. In the world of art and design many people are looking towards ‘upcycling’ for inspiration – […]

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Dr Aric Sigman’s Top Tips for Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time. Buying presents, preparing the festive dinner…and now BYSS research has shown that one fifth of women are dreading the Christmas gatherings as they worry about the size, look and comfort of their home when entertaining and accommodating friends and family. To help get through the festive period, Dr Aric Sigman gives us his top tips: • Remind Yourself of what Christmas is actually celebrating. Then ask yourself: what would the original ‘birthday boy’ think of today’s stressed-out version of Christmas? It might be something like: ‘What have you done to my birthday?’ • Set Christmas priorities. Uninterrupted time together can be the very best present for families – especially children. Bonding time, catching up time and casual fun should take precedence over Christmas trappings and present-buying frenzy. Everything we do at Christmas should help […]

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Back to school- Tips for getting organised

Back to school- Tips for getting organised

Now the kids are back at school, you’ve probably noticed piles of work books stacking up almost as high as your pile of ironing. Let’s not mention the random pieces of stationery you’re finding down the back of the sofa or in the goldfish bowl. School mornings can easily resemble a crime scene from a movie. Wailing children, flying books, barking dogs, clothes being thrown everywhere round the house and finally you running around like a headless chicken trying restore some order. The morning school routine should never be a good cop, bad cop situation. Here at Big Yellow we’ve put together a list of tips to help get you prepared for “school day mania” as we like to call it. Hopefully these tips will help you maintain a smooth, stress-free, successful school year! 1. Get into a routine We […]

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Tracy Martin’s fashion collectibles tips

Did you know that your love of fashion could make you money? Recent research shows we think about our clothes as functional and disposable rather than something that could be worth more than ten times what you paid for it for in just 6 months. I know what you’re thinking as soon as you hear the term ‘investment’ you automatically think about designer items that cost the Earth. Thanks to recent designer collaborations partnerships with brands like H&M & Lanvin and Topshop & Kate Moss, the high street is bursting with reasonably priced items that are sure to become highly collectable in the future. Read on for my tips on spotting those items which you should always keep in your wardrobe. Seek items that are only available for a short length of time H&M collaborations with high end designers such […]

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How to take care of your tools

How to take care of your tools

Getting into the habit of looking after your tools, will only make them last longer. This may seem like common sense, however good tool care won’t just save you some pennies but it’s essential for your own safety too! So next time your chisel goes blunt, don’t just chuck it out and buy a new one. Give it a little bit of TLC (Tool Loving Care, of course), store it properly and make sure it’s ready for your next task. Here at Big Yellow we’ve put together a few tips that will help you take care of those tools, yourself and your bank account! 1. Keep that rust away. Remember, rust is the enemy of any DIY tool. Humidity and water are the primary causes of rust so if your tools get wet you could find that they become permanently […]

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Who lives in a house like this?

Who lives in a house like this?

We’ve all had dreams of winning the lottery and splashing out on a new car, a holiday or a new place to call home. But imagine what you could do if you had $1bn to your name? Would you blow it all on one extravagant property or buy ten? Here at Big Yellow we’ve had a look at some of the most valuable homes in the world to put into perspective just what kind of properties that much cash can buy (we’ve saved the best till last). First on our most impressive list is… The Rybolovlev Estate – $95 million (£59.6m) The most expensive home ever fought over in a divorce case is The Rybolovlev Estate. This 33,000 square foot oceanfront mansion has 18 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms and was originally up for sale for $125million. Previous owners include Donald Trump. […]

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