Self Storage Blog

Welcome to our Wine Blog!

I’m Matt, the wine manager at ‘The Wine Cellars’ located in Big Yellow Self Storage’s Fulham branch. I’ve worked in the wine Industry for the past 8 years and have a passion for wines from all over the world, a passion that I hope to share with you! We’ll be publishing news, events and tasting notes from the world of wine here, with an extra special focus on premium fine wines and those that deserve to be treated with the upmost care and respect! We have some of the world’s finest wines stored in our cellars and we are dedicated to making sure that they are kept in perfect condition. Like you, we want your wine to taste the best it possibly can, no matter how long it is stored with us for. Wine lovers stay tuned! Matt

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  • 18th September 2009
  • News

Big Yellow Self Storage on MTV!

Big Yellow Self Storage boxes are not just great for storing things in, they are also make a fantastic prop for music videos as shown in the music video for Kyla’s brand new Funky House track, Daydreaming. We’re very excited about featuring in Kyla’s video, and love her new song that is out on the 21st of September. In the video, directed by Jak FrSH, Kyla is making a cup of tea and chilling out in her flat on a Sunday afternoon surrounded by Big Yellow Self Storage boxes. You may have seen the video on MTV Dance, and be familiar with some of Kyla’s previous singles, including the floor filler ‘Do You Mind’ which came out in January of this year. So thanks very much to The Digital Holdings & FrSH Entertainment video producers for choosing our boxes! If […]

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Tips and Tricks: Storing Clothes

…Cupboards are generally bulky and take up a lot of room, so organise your unit so that you can place linen and other clothes within them for extra self storage. Otherwise, clothing should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes. Keep out of season clothes accessible, as you may need to store your clothing for longer than anticipated. Finally, place some moth balls inside the boxes where you store your clothes to prevent any damage

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Did You Know: Storage Disks

Did You Know: Storage Disks

…that IBM introduced the great-great-great grandfather of today’s storage disks in 1956? It was the size of a refrigerator, and stored a total of 4.4 megabytes on 50 double-sided, two-foot-diameter disks. The disk had a density of 2,000 bits of data per square inch and cost around a whopping £7,000,000 per gigabyte. In comparison, today’s laptop drives are typically 2.5 inches thick, are a size of a deck of cards, and can store up to 160 gigabytes – the price of which is less than 50p per gigabyte. Our self-storage is equally as space efficient and cost effective, which you can secure for just a £10 deposit and use for a week, a month or as long as you need.

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Tips and Tricks: Avoid Rust

… If you are planning on storing metal objects like lawnmowers or filing cabinets, it is a good idea to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag. You can use the cheapest oil available; it makes no difference as you’re just using it for its lubricating qualities. You really don’t want to be paying to self store your items and end up with rusty objects when you move them out.

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Did You Know: Cassette Artwork

Did You Know: Cassette Artwork

…that the cassette, once confined to the realms of storing music, is now being used to make art? Erika Simmons is using the blackened tape of old cassettes to recreate the likeness of popular musicians. She specialises in using non traditional media, from old books to playing cards, magazines, and credit cards, or as she says ‘things that have a mind of their own’, to build something new. Her series, titled ‘Ghost in the Machine’ incorporates materials used to store film and video and includes Marilyn Monroe made from 8mm film reel, the aforementioned cassette piece that depicts Jimi Hendrix, as well as Audrey Hepburn built using old photography film. The reason people choose to use self-storage has gone through a similar rejuvenation of late. Once resigned to the fate of the hardy cassette, and thought upon as somewhere just […]

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Did You Know: Chicken Feathers

Did You Know: Chicken Feathers

…that as we move away from being a carbon based economy, new forms of storing hydrogen are being created? Gram for gram, hydrogen has an energy density three times that of petroleum, but litre for litre, the density is very poor. In fact, if you want to avoid having to store it in giant tanks, conventional technology requires that you put it into liquid form (which in itself is energy expensive). An alternative is storing hydrogen in solid materials, and researchers at the University of Delaware, have found that carbonising chicken feathers produces a high surface area, which can store a lot of hydrogen. Efficient as this is, there’s no need to resort to chicken feathers to store your everyday goods. There are plenty of space saving ways to pack things away – from boxes, to really useful trunk cases […]

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Tips and Tricks: Compact Discs

…Don’t place compact discs in plastic wrap because if the self storage facility heats up, these might destroy or compromise the disc. Always back up data in several different ways and store in several different locations. Take tapes out of VCRs, camcorders and data backup devices, and CDs and DVDs out of drives and players.

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Did You Know: Childhood Memories

…that many people use their self-storage units to recreate their youth? One particular Swiss gentleman moved as much of the contents of his home as he could when he moved to another area. However, the most treasured item to be stored was a box of dust. Why so, you ask? Well, its scent reminded him perfectly of the slightly musty smell that belonged to the home he’d grown up in. Just sniffing it brought back floods of memories, which he decided to put to good use and replicated his original house exactly in a scaled down model within his unit. We can’t promise you’ll find the exact smell of your childhood within one of our stores, but if you’d like to try and recreate it, we’ve got spaces that range from 10 sq ft to 500 sq ft or more, […]

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Tips and Tricks: Electronic Equipment

…Try to store all your electronic equipment in their original boxes. For the sake of saving space, buy similar sized boxes if you’ve lost the originals. Otherwise, wrap them as if you were wrapping glass or crystal (with extra layers of foam and then placed into a larger box). Never wrap computers or electronic devices in plastic for long term self storage as it traps moisture in and fosters mildew growth. Protect monitors, screens, scanner glass and other fragile parts with cardboard or pieces of bubble wrap or foam and tape. Mark glass parts as fragile to avoid leaning heavy objects against them.

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