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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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Best places to hide your Christmas presents

Best places to hide your Christmas presents

Children are curious creatures at the best of times, however around Christmas they get even more inquisitive – especially when they’re trying to find their Christmas presents. With this in mind, good hiding places are key. Big or small, here’s some genius tips on the best hiding places for pressies. Remember to check out our Twitter feed too, where we post lots of useful tricks every day. Plain sight It’s unlikely that a box in the corner of the kitchen is going to be of interest to kids, especially if it’s covered in something like crumpled newspaper and pretending to be recycling. This is the ultimate place for smaller gifts such as stocking fillers. Empty suitcases Unused suitcases are already an empty space just waiting to be filled. As it’s an item that usually stays in the same spot all […]

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Life moment: Making the most out of your holiday let

Life moment: Making the most out of your holiday let

The exciting thing about owning a second home is that it can be a great second source of income. Holiday lets are hugely popular. Websites such as Airbnb and Cottages4You.co.uk make it accessible to rent your holiday home while you’re not using it, and ensure you are in control of the process. Here’s some tips to help you make the most out of your holiday let. Do your research Research the other holiday lets for rent in the area – make a note of what they are charging at different times of the year, and offer a competitive price. You may want to be clear of the clientele you are marketing for on your listing to avoid any surprises – state if you are open to parties, including or excluding hen and stag dos, if you’re open to pets, babies […]

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Big Yellow Colchester supports The Soma Leo Foundation

Big Yellow Colchester supports The Soma Leo Foundation

Our Big Yellow store in Colchester are proud to be helping out The Soma Leo Foundation, providing space and packing materials to support its Christmas Appeal. As trustees of The Soma Leo Foundation, our friends at Pound Gates visited Kenya to learn about the good work the Foundation provides. Recently, The Soma Leo Foundation has established a partnership with the Kenyan based Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF), and thanks to this they have developed the logistics that make the shipping of worthwhile supplies economically viable. Feeling inspired by their experience and their new found partnership, The Soma Leo Foundation have launched a Christmas Appeal. They are collecting donations to ship to children who attend The Soma Leo Academy and Senator Barack Obama Primary School, a community school supported by the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation. They plan to ship a container […]

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Life moment: Co-habiting for the first time

Life moment: Co-habiting for the first time

We recently conducted some research that showed half of British cohabiting couples admit to regularly fighting over clutter in their home, bickering 32 times a year on average. These arguments lead to the typical couple throwing away £241.50 worth of possessions they would rather keep. Some even go to extreme lengths to get rid of their partner’s clutter with one in eight admitting they’ve ‘accidentally’ broken one of their other half’s prized possessions so they can bin it. This goes to prove that moving in with your partner for the first time isn’t easy. Discussions will arise and decisions will have to be made, so we’re here to help prepare you for what’s to come. First and foremost, don’t underestimate how much stuff you both have. Be prepared to compromise on what you believe is essential and the other sees […]

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Life moment interview: Moving out of home for the first time

Life moment interview: Moving out of home for the first time

Meg Robertson, a PR professional from London, recently moved out of home from the first time. We asked her a few questions so we can offer some helpful tips based on her experience. Tell us a little bit about your recent move Over the summer I moved out of my parents’ house in Notting Hill to a two bedroom apartment in Clapham. I was really excited because it’s the first time I’ve moved out of home (apart from uni). I moved in with just one other friend, which was great because we could transform our flat into a home. Did you find anything stressful about the move? The process of actually finding and securing our property was probably the most stressful part. The rental property market in London moves so fast, so when you find a good flat, you have […]

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Top tips for DIY

Top tips for DIY

Thinking about doing it yourself? We’re here to help. Here’s a couple of handy tips to get you on your way. Don’t forget to check our Twitter feed where we upload life-helping tricks every day. If you’re doing a big job – whether it’s painting, putting up wallpaper or sanding down a room – then consider putting your furniture into storage so it doesn’t get ruined. With a large range of different sized rooms available, we’re sure you’ll find the right space for you. Paint it yellow If you are painting over a garish or bright wall colour, apply one coat of yellow – preferably a faint shade, though any will do. This will neutralise existing primary colours and make it easier when you come to paint in your chosen colour. While you paint If you take a break between […]

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Top tips on utilising small spaces around the home

Top tips on utilising small spaces around the home

At Big Yellow, we’re firm believers that a little bit of space can go a long way. Creating zones for separate activities can make your space feel larger, as well as little eye tricks such as strategically placed mirrors and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Check out our top tips on how to transform the small, and maybe unused spaces into something great. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter feed where we upload useful tricks every day. Under the stairs There is so much more you can do with the space under the stairs than just a closet for your winter jackets. From book shelves, to cubby holes with seating or even a funky bike rack. Why not move your under-the-stairs stuff into a similar size space at Big Yellow, and make way for something more inventive? Small bathroom If […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

The shed can be one of those places you don’t go to unless you really have to. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. Why not ‘up-cycle’ the space to make it amazing? From a total transformation to some simple sprucing tips, we’re on hand to help you shake up your shed. Paint with the grain A lick of paint can go a long way in making the shed less of an eye sore in your garden. Make sure you use specialist weather proof paint that will last more than a few years. Sort your stuff A little organisation never hurt anyone. Hanging your tools from the walls and doors will make them a lot easier to find rather than being scattered around. Total overhaul Sheds don’t have to be a home for your garden tools and summer furniture. […]

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Making space for winter

Making space for winter

October feels like summer has gone, and it’s time to prepare yourself for the long winter ahead. Summer lovers may feel slightly dismayed, however there’s nothing better than a spruce up of your home to get you feeling energised. Blankets, winter duvets, fluffy cushions and heavy curtains will all contribute to making the season more comfortable. You can use Big Yellow to switch up your home; store away your lighter, brighter summer interiors and replace them with cosy ones. With small to large storage spaces for great prices and for as little as seven days, there’s no reason to be cold this winter. A great way to save your wardrobe from becoming like Narnia is using storage for your summer and winter clothing. Your warm jackets can come out now, making room in your storage space for the summer clothes […]

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