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Top tips for space in your kitchen

Top tips for space in your kitchen

Kitchens can be the busiest rooms in the house, and there’s a huge amount of items to squeeze into what is generally a small space. Here we’ve collated some tips and tricks that will help with making your kitchen look super slick. Try some of these ingenious storage solutions to help you love your kitchen space. Things aren’t always as they seem Metallic towel rails don’t always have to be for the bathroom. With this simple trick, you’ll be creating space in your cabinets and drawers to make way for other bulkier items. When in doubt, look high If cabinet space is tight, then think about what you could do higher up. If there’s unused space, for example above the fridge, or even about the door, then you can add in some extra shelving. We love this idea of installing […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

The concept of a time capsule is to capture a time, a moment, a memory, and pass it on to a new generation. There are capsules being discovered regularly all over the world, and the contents never cease to amaze the internet. The safety of your belongings is paramount to us, and we understand the need to keep items you can’t bear to part with, even though you might not need them. We love the fact that people part with precious belongings to help the future understand the past. Here we look into some time capsules that have been discovered and their contents, and also ones that are still waiting to be found. We wonder if there’s one waiting to be discovered in a Big Yellow store… The 220 year old Boston time capsule Earlier this year, a museum conservator […]

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Shed-mania

Shed-mania

Sheds have become somewhat of a trend, helped by the ever growing popularity of Shed of the Year; last year won by Joel Bird for his eco-shack. Sheds have gone way past just being extra storage; some have now been transformed into workshops, man caves, cinemas, and even pubs. We love the creative use of space, and here we’ll take you through some of the craziest sheds around. The Plum Tree Arms A creation by Geoff Clarke in East Yorkshire, this shed is designed in the style of a traditional English pub, with everything from beer pumps, to dart boards and a wood burning stove. The family uses it for meals, domino and darts tournaments, New Year’s Eve, and of course, casual drinks with friends. Shedservatory By day, its Ben Filmore’s garden office decorated with colourful rugs, but by night […]

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Nesting Niggles: The race for baby space (and a discount for NCT members)

Nesting Niggles: The race for baby space (and a discount for NCT members)

We recently conducted some research that shows babies are dominating the household before they are even born, with baby clutter taking over a third of the family home. Leading up to the arrival of a baby, an average of three rooms in the home are filled by baby items as parents prepare for the big day. With some of the smallest homes in Western Europe*, it appears that British parents are utilising every empty space with one in 10 parents having to resort to storing baby items in the hallway. A quarter of parents underestimated the amount of space needed for a baby and as a result, new parents have thrown away up to £2,000 of their possessions to make space for the additional belongings needed. It seems some new parents aren’t too happy about the clear out, as one […]

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Life moments: Top tips for preparing for a gap year

Life moments: Top tips for preparing for a gap year

A gap year is one of life’s most exciting moments, as it usually means you have no responsibilities, no exams to think about, a great group of friends, and the world is your oyster. However, a gap year doesn’t have to be between school and university; you can take a year out at any point in your life. At whatever age, planning and preparation is vital, so check out our top tips on how to get travel ready. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter page, where we offer great tips for life’s key moments every day. Where, oh where to go Potentially the hardest decision of them all. Have a think about what you want to get out of your gap year, as this goal will help influence your decision on where to go. Is it sunny […]

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Big Yellow supports Go Dad Run 2015

Big Yellow supports Go Dad Run 2015

For the second year in a row, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be supporting Go Dad Run. This great event is a series of 5k runs for men and boys, helping to raise funds and awareness of Prostate Cancer UK. This year, the 5k runs will take place in six cities across the UK, so it’s easy for anyone to get involved. First up, they’ll be in Worcester, Bristol, Warrington and Llangefni in the build up to Father’s Day, and then runs in London and Cardiff will both be on Sunday 21st June. Go Dad Run was founded in 2013 by former World Championship hurdler Colin Jackson. He had an ambition to create something that would help raise funds and awareness when two of his uncles were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and only one survived. Entry costs just £10 […]

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Unusual homes around the country

Unusual homes around the country

At Big Yellow, when we see space, we see potential; whether it’s how to create space around your home, coming up with ingenious ways to store belongings, or doing something amazing with the space you have. Check out these unusual homes around the UK to see how people have been really creative. The Lime Works, Faversham This contemporary home is a Grade II listed building, and has been converted from two water towers. The architect has taken something that is usually an eyesore, and created something beautiful. The space has been fully utilised; it’s a six-bedroom home, with features including a gym, library and swimming pool, as well as two roof terraces. The Pineapple, Dunmore So it’s not only SpongeBob SquarePants who lives in a pineapple – you could too. This elaborate summerhouse was built for the 4th Earl of […]

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Big Yellow Eltham supports Nepal Response Appeal

Big Yellow Eltham supports Nepal Response Appeal

Following the tragic news two weeks ago that Nepal had been hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, communities everywhere have come together to help support the emergency response appeal. Last week, Brindishe Schools called upon their local community to try and fill 50 large boxes to take to the British Red Cross charity shop in Eltham. The Big Yellow store in Eltham donated 50 boxes to help the cause, as well as rolls of packing tape. In just one day, almost every box was filled thanks to the generosity of families across the three Brindishe Schools. The Red Cross estimates that each box of donations could be worth up to £150, meaning thousands of pounds have been raised. The money will go directly to helping families and communities in Nepal to recover from the earthquake. Child and adult volunteers with […]

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Life moments: How to prepare for a baby and beyond

Life moments: How to prepare for a baby and beyond

Along with the excitement of having a child, comes the need for a lot of preparation. There’s so many things to think about, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed. As they start getting older, their needs change, and you’ll want to be prepared to keep up. However, we’re here to help, and these little tips and tricks will be a good start to guiding you through this life moment. Create the space Now comes the time when you need to be clever with your storage solutions, and make sure everything is stored safely. Hanging baskets from the ceiling is a great way to store toys without the risk of mess, and also saves space without the need for shelves. You’ll need to create extra space around the home to fit in the new member of the family. It could be […]

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The children have gone, but what to do with all their lingering stuff?

The children have gone, but what to do with all their lingering stuff?

Did you know that when leaving the family home for the first time, 17% of children leave a whole rooms worth of belongings or more? This begs the question of what to do with all this stuff when they’re gone, and what about if they come home? We recently conducted a survey looking into the so-called Boomerang Generation, and discovered a whole host of interesting insights into how parents feel about the stuff that children leave when they move out. When a child grows up and flies the nest, parents tend to repurpose the room to make the most out of the space. We found the top uses to be either a guest room or storage space. However, 43% of parents have negative feelings towards their child’s possessions left in the family home. They think it adds clutter, and it […]

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