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Cohabiting couples ditch prized possessions in favour of a quiet life

Half of British cohabiting couples admit to regularly fighting over clutter in their home, bickering 32 times a year on average, our latest research reveals. Londoners are the most likely in the UK to argue about space, with one in 10 arguing at least once a week. These arguments lead to the typical couple throwing away £241.50 worth of possessions they would rather keep, with clothes (42%), furniture (36%) and books (33%) most likely to face the chop. Meanwhile, some go to extreme lengths to get rid of their partner’s clutter with one in eight (12%) admitting they’ve ‘accidentally’ broken one of their other half’s prized possessions so they can bin it. This rises to one in four (25%) for sneaky couples in Newcastle. In one in 10 cases, a lack of space has instigated a move into separate properties […]

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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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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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  • 14th December 2012
  • News

Big Yellow Self Storage’s Guide to Going Green

Environmental responsibility and rising energy costs have dominated the headlines in recent years with an increased movement towards ‘going green’ and ‘tightening our belts’. Reducing our energy consumption increases our contribution to greener living while also helping us save pounds. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage we have compiled a simple guide so that each and every one of us can have a greener existence at home, at work and even on the commute. Going Green at Home We’re all reasonably good at recycling our glass bottles, old newspapers and ink cartridges but have you ever thought about recycling for example, your old trainers? You might also be surprised to know that batteries, mobile phones, engine oil and even paint are all recyclable items. Beyond recycling we can also actively reduce our carbon footprint by switching to energy saving light […]

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A Whatever-the-Weather Guide to Festival Packing

A Whatever-the-Weather Guide to Festival Packing

With weather warnings continuing to interefere with this year’s festival optimism, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to ensure you’re prepared to tackle the music without dampened spirits. We’ll start with the pre-festival essentials: Getting to the festival requires more planning than just making sure there’s room for you in the car. Quick access to your belongings will save you stress and time at the motorway services. Side loading rucksacks are a great way to pack practically, without having to unload your things when you’ve left your wallet or tickets in the bottom of the bag. Admit it. You’re not looking forward to carrying your bag from the car to the campsite. Well guess what, we’ve found a solution! Pick up a trolley for as little as £15 – make it collapsable for added ease. The big […]

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  • 3rd July 2012
  • News

City is abuzz after rare orchid is found!

City is abuzz after rare orchid is found!

Three years ago Big Yellow store manager Rob Harley was surprised to find Bee Orchids growing in the shadows of our Norwich store. They were first noticed by former RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) officer, Chris Durdin, who persuaded the gardeners to let the flowers grow, explaining that the Bee Orchid is in decline. This is the case, not only in Norfolk, but right across England. In the case of the bee orchid, the single flower is the culmination of up to 8 years growth and, if picked, the plant is unlikely to flower again. Last week, after two years of no reported sightings, the same Bee Orchid was spotted again. Rob Harley said about their appearance: “We’re pleased the orchids feel as comfortable and safe in our land as our storage customers do. There’s a local […]

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Big Yellow help create storage for Farleigh Hospice

Big Yellow help create storage for Farleigh Hospice

Big Yellow’s Store Managers Rob Harley, Matt Trevillion, Gary Boast, Andy Polson and Mike FitzGerald have spent the day at Farleigh Hospice this week, helping the maintenance team prepare for some new and much needed storage space. Arriving in the morning the volunteers split into two teams to make the most out of the day, with one team painting fence posts while the other prepared the ground for a new shed base they were building in the afternoon. After a quick break they carried on the hard work by putting a frame in place for the shed and filling it with concrete, ready for further volunteers to build on in the next few weeks. Farleigh Hospice cares for people with life limiting illnesses. They provide personal support for every individual who needs it whether they are living at home or […]

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Student Finishing Term? Get Summer Ready With These Handy Storage Tips.

Student Finishing Term? Get Summer Ready With These Handy Storage Tips.

Your exams are over and another year of your schooling life has flown past like it was yesterday with the focus now firmly on the summer of fun ahead! Thinking about all of your university furniture and belongings and what to do with them at the end of term is probably at the bottom of your list of things to do, but nonetheless it’s a reality, unless you want to come back to your room next term and find your Xbox isn’t there anymore! So why not check out our top tips on packing for the summer now so you can get the boring stuff sorted and really start to enjoy the festival season. OK, so you need to move out of your student accommodation but you have no idea what you are going to do with your things or […]

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Euro 2012 – Opportunity for a Shopping Spree?

Euro 2012 –  Opportunity for a Shopping Spree?

It’s the start of the Euros! We’re right behind our lads and will be cheering them on. However, if you don’t fancy a month of football use it as an excuse to go shopping and find out what to buy in our summer trends blog! With the Euro’s in full swing, for most it’s a time for male bonding, good quality beer and an unprecedented amount of football chanting. However, for the fairer sex, this can often feel like a time of neglect, so why not use this time as an opportunity for some much needed retail therapy and bag yourself the latest fashion trends. The top Spring/Summer 2012 trends are a mixture of bright neons, audacious lip colors, statement necklaces, dip dye hair looks, sheer pieces and much more. These fashion trends are chic, bold and most importantly, extremely […]

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Big Yellow Twickenham supports Charity Dallaglio & Flintoff Cycle Ride

Big Yellow Twickenham supports Charity Dallaglio & Flintoff Cycle Ride

Big Yellow in Twickenham have played a big part for the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam supported by Virgin Media by providing a free storage room for the storage of bicycles, kit and equipment before, during and after the ride. Laurence Dallaglio and Freddie Flintoff had set the challenge to cycle from Olympia in Greece all the way to the Olympic Village, London in just 22 days starting on the 23rd April and riding a staggering 2,872km. The event was raising money for the “Dallaglio Foundation” which helps support Cancer Research UK funded ICGC project on Prostate Cancer genetics and the other charity is the “AF Foundation” which raises funds to build, develop and improve Child Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy units in the UK Warwick Sleigh store manager of the Big Yellow in Wandsworth was invited to take part on the final […]

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