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Preparing for Winter!

Preparing for Winter!

It’s approaching that time of year again when the woolly hats and scarves come out, the central heating comes on and the beach gear goes to the very back of the wardrobe to become a mere distant memory. But apart from clothes, what else should we be putting on the back burner? We at Big Yellow have put together a list of the things to do to get ready for the next few months of icy weather. Unless you’re hoping to open a small ice skating rink in your back garden, the time has come for you to wave goodbye to the paddling pool as it goes to its home in storage or the garage to spend a long lonely winter. It brought hours of enjoyment in the summer time but now with winter approaching its far more enjoyable for […]

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Best box packing practice

Best box packing practice

At Big Yellow Self Storage we’re masters at dealing with boxes and indeed sell them! We not only take care of the outside of your boxes we can also offer helpful hints at how to pack the inside of your boxes. We’ve seen all sorts of box packing faux pas in our time so we’ve compiled one of our handy lists to stop you from making them. So read on and you’ll be a pro packer in no time. 1. Plan before you begin. Of course we know you want to get started as soon you can (mainly so you can finish as soon as you can!). If you plan it means you’ll know what items are in what box which also makes unpacking a lot easier. It means you can manage the weight of the boxes by balancing the […]

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Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Are you finding it hard during the downturn in the economy? Fancy going on holiday next year, but you can’t afford it? Well the answer could come from your spare room. Simply by letting it out during the world’s biggest sporting event next year, you could increase your income by up to £1,000! So how do you go about doing it? Michael Holmes, presenter of Channel 5’s Britain’s Best Home and editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Real Homes magazine and Period Living magazine, believes that by clearing out your spare room and renting a self storage unit for as little as £5 a day, 5.4 million homeowners, who have a additional space, in the UK could be cashing in on local events such as the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay, Oxford Literary Fair, the Grand National in Aintree or the PGA […]

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Top Tips: Recycling your old appliances & electronics

Top Tips: Recycling your old appliances & electronics

What do you do when you’ve got to get rid of your white goods when they need changing? Get the council round to take them away? Take them to a landfill site? Are old mobile phones cluttering up your drawers? It’s always a bit of a headache to get rid of electronics or potentially environmentally damaging appliances. So why not give them a second chance at life by reading Big Yellow Storage’s top tips and tricks for recycling unwanted appliances: 1. Freecycle. Freecycle.org is a website that allows people to give their unwanted appliances, electronics and furniture to others within their surrounding community. When you have something you want to get rid of why not post it up on Freecycle.org, it is a free service so you won’t get money for your old fridge, but you will receive a clear […]

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Tips and Tricks: Looking after works of art

Tips and Tricks: Looking after works of art

Do you have special pieces of artwork at home that you’re terrified to touch in case you damage them? If so, then this list is for you! We’ve put together some of our most useful Tips and Tricks to help keep those pieces future proofed and we really hope they help. 1. Always be very careful when cleaning a painting. The best option is to go to a professional, especially if the painting is old or valuable. 2. Keep sculptures indoors unless you’re sure they’ve been treated to be resistant to adverse weather and UV rays. (Granite and cement sculptures are, however, fine outdoors. As are bronze pieces if they’re waxed at least once a year). 3. When moving a painting around your house, plan out your route before hand and check for protruding objects that might damage the artwork […]

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Stay Motivated While De-Cluttering 


Stay Motivated While De-Cluttering 


Just like cleaning the bathroom – isn’t there always something else that’s more important to do rather than de-cluttering? As you squeeze another t-shirt into your already stuffed drawers, why not take the plunge and seriously deal with your personal storage? Keep yourself entertained – Turn on your favourite tracks, switch on the radio and get busy with clearing up. Tackle the floor and surfaces first, then open up some cupboards and do a proper review. Starting with clothes in the bedroom should be easy… Just remember the six-month rule! You can keep special items with real, sentimental value in self storage units, see www.bigyellow.co.uk/personal. Grab a regular cuppa – After the initial blitz, make yourself a cup of tea. Looking around with fresh eyes can often make all the difference. Personal storage at Big Yellow is ideal for all […]

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Tips and Tricks: Keeping Your Garage Clear of Clutter

Tips and Tricks: Keeping Your Garage Clear of Clutter

The garage is the go-to place for clutter in the average modern household. So much so that many people can hardly squeeze out of their cars due to the mountains of unwanted garden furniture and outgrown toys rest in the garage safe from the cold. The garage can be a great place to store items but it has become a regular dumping ground to the average household and it is essential that space is made to enable vehicles to be stored in their rightful spaces instead. With the help of Big Yellow Self Storage, you can sort through items in your garage and keep those that may not be needed at present, but will be used at some point, away from a space you are likely to access on a daily basis. Once you have cleared your garage of those […]

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Tips and Tricks : Storing Sports Equipment

Tips and Tricks : Storing Sports Equipment

Sports equipment is traditionally one of the most difficult things to store, as it tends to be rigid, and usually takes up a lot of space. For those with smaller sports equipment, just dumping balls, rackets, or a boxing kit into a bin or bucket is unsightly and not good for the equipment either. In order to make full use of the space and equipment you have available to you, create an area in your garage or basement that can be used as a sports centre. You may even think about investing in a well-built storage system which you can use to store your sports equipment, as well as other clutter. If you do not wish to splash out on a full storage system, there are alternative ways of storing different types of sports equipment. For example, ball claws are […]

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All hands on deck: cleaning with kids

All hands on deck: cleaning with kids

Every parent has the same problem with young children getting sick of their toys, or simply growing out of them. The problem is that the house ends covered in toys rendered useless, and simply gathering dust. If this sounds familiar, and you cannot bear to just throw these expensive toys away then Big Yellow Self Storage are here to help. We offer units in a range of sizes, starting from just ten square foot, so if you plan to have more children you can store these toys for them, instead of shelling out more money in the future. As well as saving you money, this can also help to reduce dust which clutter, such as toys, tends to gather. Cleaning your home can become quite a chore when you have to do it on your own. Working with other people […]

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Tips & Tricks: Staying motivated whilst cleaning

Tips & Tricks: Staying motivated whilst cleaning

Spring cleaning can be a bit of a chore especially when after spending thirty minutes of your time moving furniture, you then have to clean it. Staying motivated is a task in itself; here are just some tips to keep you cleaning. Before you even begin to pick up a mop and duster do two things. Plan what you’re going to clean and dedicate your time appropriately to different tasks, and then wash your face. It may sound silly but washing your face before you start cleaning will wake you up and ensure that you will maintain the motivation to finish the task you have set yourself. Other tips include promising yourself a reward for when you finish, whether this is a bar of chocolate, a decent meal or a relaxing bath knowing that you have something to look forward […]

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