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How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

You don’t necessarily have to be a wine expert to begin your own wine collection, there is plenty of help and advice available to get you started. We have compiled some of the best tips and tricks to get you on your way to developing a cellar, which will have your friends green with envy. There will always be something about wine you didn’t know, no matter how advanced your knowledge is. Education is paramount in becoming a successful wine collector. Read as many wine books, columns and websites as you can. Where possible, visit your nearest vineyard (or take the opportunity to go next time you are holidaying somewhere renowned for wine production). Look out for wine tasting events as these sessions will help you decide which wines to add to your collection. To really develop your knowledge on […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Stop Your Shoes From Becoming Cluttered

Tips & Tricks: How To Stop Your Shoes From Becoming Cluttered

Shoe clutter is a very common household problem and the more people there are in your house, the bigger the problem can become. A lack of storage space can cause mounds of shoes to appear in bedrooms, near an entrance or a hallway. Here are some top tips to organise shoes effectively and stop them from becoming cluttered. Storage boxes are useful as they can create easy storage solutions for shoes. They’re very useful for shoes that you don’t wear often or are off-season. Plastic see-through boxes that stack are recommended or you can use the original box and attach a photo on the outside for easy viewing. Shoe racks and shelves made from wood are useful for shoes that you wear frequently and can be stored in closets that have space beneath the clothes rod. Many racks and shelves […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage & The Gadget Show Team Up For Record Breaking Giant Game Of Tetris

Big Yellow Self Storage & The Gadget Show Team Up For Record Breaking Giant Game Of Tetris

The Gadget Show has created a gigantic Tetris game to beat a world record in a show which aired on Monday night. The Channel Five show set a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of Tetris ever played. The programme produced a spectacular instillation using boxes donated by Big Yellow Self Storage, with bright lights inside every box. The 1984 game, which involves moving and rotating shaped blocks to fit into lines, was recreated using 200 of Big Yellow’s extra large storage boxes making a grid of 105.7 metre squared. Presenters Ortis Deley, Suzi Perry, Pollyanna Woodward and Jon Bentley controlled the game on the ground by stamping on directional pressure pads, whilst Jason Bradbury oversaw the game from a cherry picker, shouting directions to his fellow team members. To beat the previous record, the technology show’s presenters […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Collectibles

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Collectibles

Collections can be exciting and fun and, in moderation, displays of collected items can provide a nice decor for your home. However, collections can easily get out of hand and could end up making your house look like a charity shop. If this is the case, it might be time to consider putting some of your stuff away. Storing your collectibles is an important part of organising your collection and keeping it safe. We have compiled some tips and tricks for the best way to store your memorabilia. Depending on what you collect, you may be able to incorporate collectibles with your decor by displaying items on walls or shelves. To avoid exhibiting the entire collection at once, put some items into storage and then rotate them every few months to ensure your walls don’t look too cluttered. For items […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Organise Your Garage

Tips & Tricks: How To Organise Your Garage

Garages can fast become an area of your home where items just get thrown into simply because there’s no other place for them or they haven’t been organised properly. Sifting through these can be a real time investment purely because you may find bits and pieces that you forgot you even had! Here are some top storage solutions to keep your garage organised and stop it from becoming cluttered. First of all you should divide your items into different sections depending on what you decide to keep, store or throw away which will help reduce the amount of items that you have to find a new home for and act as an incentive to clear out the junk. Adding open or closed shelving to your garage will clear away many items such as small paint tins that get cluttered on […]

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Charity Race Night For A Great Cause

Charity Race Night For A Great Cause

To aid The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign a charity race night was recently held at The Fairfield Halls in Croydon with our Big Yellow Bromley store sponsoring one of the races. The campaign supports the great work of the Royal Marsden which raises money to help the hospital stay at the leading edge of cancer treatment, research and care. The evening was compared by Channel 4’s own racing legend Derek Thompson and featured comedian Kevin Day to help Royal Marsden go that extra mile with the work that they provide for their patients. It was a great night of fun for our members of staff that attended and for everyone involved. Visit The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign for further information on fundraising, making a donation and organising your own events for this amazing cause!

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Did You Know Happy Meals Can Make You Rich?

Did You Know Happy Meals Can Make You Rich?

Did You Know that a collection of McDonald’s memorabilia was sold for a whopping £8,130 last year? The 5,000 items from the fast food chain consisted of toys, posters and Happy Meal boxes and made the owner Luke Underwood a small fortune. Luke was only 11 when the collection was sold in March 2009. The young entrepreneur from South Clifton, Nottinghamshire persuaded his dad to buy the memorabilia dating from 1990-2000 for him for just £250 in 2005. Luke sold it 4 years later after running out of space in his home to store the thousands of McDonald’s promotional items. The collection was thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK and included the only known complete set of the 101 Dalmatians promotional toys, in their original bags. The auction, held by Unique Auctions in March 2009, […]

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At Home’s ‘Save Space’ Series: The Best Zones To Save Space Around The Home

At Home’s ‘Save Space’ Series: The Best Zones To Save Space Around The Home

Welcome to the sixth and final installment of at home’s ‘Get Some Space in Your Life’ series with some great advice from leading personal storage experts Big Yellow Self Storage. This week, we show you how to declutter and ease tensions in the home. We’ve already looked at space saving tips for your home in the living room, space saving solutions to plan the perfect space in the kitchen and the at home team will be bringing you solutions to clear the clutter in relationships by relieving tension in your family dynamic through self storage. A third of Britons claim that clutter is the main source of tension around the home with arguments occurring at least once per week and 2.4 million of us are arguing about it more than once a day. Clutter around the home could be depriving […]

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Win An iPad With Big Yellow Space Savers

Win An iPad With Big Yellow Space Savers

We’ve launched our brand new Facebook game ‘Big Yellow Space Savers’ and every two weeks we’ll be giving away some amazing prizes including an iPad and an Xbox console. To win one of our prizes you’ll have to store as many items as possible in your virtual Big Yellow Self Storage room and by inviting your friends to take part in the game, you’ll be earning points when they store items too! All you have to do is catch falling items from a van before they hit the ground. Once you’ve caught them successfully you’ll be able to store an item from the gallery in your room, with each item giving you points on the leader board. You can personally add one item a day and you can see your friend’s recently added items in your virtual self storage room. […]

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Tips & Tricks: Under Bed Storage

Tips & Tricks: Under Bed Storage

Making use of the space under your bed is a great storage solution, it’s also an area which is often forgotten about. The area can be used for items that aren’t used regularly such as out of season clothes, shoes and bedding. Whether you have drawers or a raised bed, a little creativity and a few simple storage solutions can transform an empty area into an indispensible storage space. One of the best storage solutions for underneath the bed is vacuum storage bags as they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be filled with sweaters, clothes and any other soft items, then by using a vacuum cleaner you can easily suck the air from the bags which reduces them to a compact storable size. The deflated bags can then stored underneath the bed and even stacked […]

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