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Top tips: Great ways to store your shoes

Top tips: Great ways to store your shoes

Shoes: the ultimate clutter culprits. Whether you live with your family, friends or partner, between you, you’ll gather a whole bunch of shoes, making the entrance to your home look a mess. With these nifty solutions, you won’t be tripping over your shoes anymore. Picture perfect Sorting your shoes in boxes neatly stacked on shelves will make sure they are kept in pristine condition, and it will look super organised in any home. To make your everyday easier, stick a photograph of the shoes on the front of the box so you can see what’s in where. Box them in For cost effective and eco-friendly shoe storage, you can upcycle old wine boxes for smaller shoes such as flip flops and trainers. Stack a few boxes in your hallway and you can slip pairs in and out, saving floor space […]

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Renting out a small space

Renting out a small space

Whether it be an annex, a loft conversion, an extension or even just a spare bedroom, there is money to be made in the additional, unused space around your home. With a little bit of imagination and preparation, you can start renting it out for an extra monthly income. However, don’t rush into it – there are a few things you need to do before getting the legal documentation in place and getting someone to move in. Here are a few pointers to help get you on your way. Start by optimising the appearance of your property, which will help entice potential tenants. This doesn’t just apply to the space you’re planning to rent; also have a look at the exterior of your property. Make sure the gardens are looking beautiful, your windows are clean (and add a lick of […]

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New year, new you, no clutter

New year, new you, no clutter

Tidy house, clear mind, or so the saying (kind of) goes. Decluttering, sorting and cleaning can give you a sense of achievement, and there’s no better time do to this than at the start of the year, ready for the upcoming months. Don’t be fooled though, sorting your house out doesn’t need to be a big chore. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you break it down, focus on the task and get it done. A space a day makes the clutter go away Don’t panic yourself by looking around a room and seeing all the belongings you need to sift through. Divide your spaces into smaller chunks, such as the wardrobe, the box under the TV, the kitchen cabinet, and aim for a space a day. It’s a guaranteed way to feel like you achieve something […]

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How to safely pack up Christmas decorations

How to safely pack up Christmas decorations

It’s always frustrating when Christmas comes around again and you pull out last year’s decorations from storage to find there are some broken, or their dusty or knotted. Here are some simple packing tips to help you avoid this situation next year. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer helpful tricks each day. Keep it original If possible, try and keep the original packaging that delicate and fragile decorations are purchased in. You can then use this to package them back up each year to ensure they are safe and protected. Egg-cellent alternative If you have got rid of the original packaging, eggs cartons make a great alternative. Use tissue paper from opened gifts to stuff into each of the pockets and store the smaller ornaments in here. You can then pack the cartons in a large […]

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Step by step: Photo booth cardboard creation

Step by step: Photo booth cardboard creation

It’s party season! Photo booths have recently boomed in popularity and are now a must-have for any party. Have a look below for our step-by-step tips on how to create your very own booth with a cardboard box. It’s sure to provide endless fun at Christmas parties. Step 1 – What you will need: • An extra-large cardboard box • Additional large piece of cardboard (roughly the same size as one side of your large box) • Scissors or Stanley knife • A black marker • Double sided tape • Paint in a colour of your choice NB: Parental supervision required when using Stanley knife or scissors Step 2 Firstly, cut off the loose flaps from the top of the box, as shown in the image below, as well as one side of the box, which will be where you […]

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Pros and cons of different types of fire places

Pros and cons of different types of fire places

The nights are getting colder, and right now summer feels like a long time away. Our thoughts are turning to ideas on how to feel cosy and warm, and one of the best ways to do this is to curl up in front of a fire with a hot mug of cocoa and a good film. Fireplaces do so much more than just provide heat; they can make a room feel homely and snuggly. If you’re thinking about transforming your home with a fireplace, then here’s an outline of what you can expect from what type. Simply, fireplaces fall into four categories: wood burning, gas burning, ethanol burning or electric – here are some pros and cons on those. Burn baby burn The traditional option, a wood burning fire place is loved for its authentic smell and sound of a […]

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Creative storage solutions for around the home

Creative storage solutions for around the home

At Big Yellow, we’re all about helping you get the most out of the space you have. Our Twitter feed is full of creative tips to help inspire you to think creatively with the belongings you have, so be sure to check it out. In the meantime, have a look below for some simple and great ways to create more space in your home, including some innovative storage ideas. Get yourself hooked These cheap and easy-to-acquire hooks are useful for way more than just hanging up your shower curtain. Use them in your wardrobe to hook on the rail and hang up bags, belts and accessories, clearing the floor in the bottom of the closet. Or even use them in the bathroom to hang towels off the towel rails, which helps keep them apart and drying more easily. Sneaky shelves […]

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Simple ways to keep your home secure

Simple ways to keep your home secure

Safety is paramount for us here at Big Yellow, and when your items are stored with us you can have peace of mind they will be secure with our PIN code access, 24-hour CCTV, and individually alarmed rooms. However, we also care about your belongings when you’re not with us, so we’ve pulled together some simple ways to help keep your home secure. Fill the driveway Stats show that most burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm on weekdays, when the majority of people are out at work. If you have a second car, keep it visible in the driveway to make it look like someone is home. Alternatively, if you don’t have one spare, think about renting out your driveway for people looking for a parking spot in your area. A great way to make a few extra bob, too. […]

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Top tips to organise your garage

Top tips to organise your garage

Garages tend to be a space full of clutter and often people are scared to tackle the mess they’re in. Well, have no fear as Big Yellow is here to help with a bunch of ideas that will have you inspired to get out there and take on the challenge. Use the wall space Utilising the wall space in a garage is vital to ensuring you’re getting the most out of it. By installing a slate wall, or even a peg board, you can constantly add or remove hooks to hold your stuff, whether it be gardening equipment, the hose, or baskets full of bits and bobs. Look up high You might have delicate items like fishing rods, so you’ll need a storage solution for preventing damage. Installing some rod racks on the ceiling is an ingenious way to keep […]

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Thinking outside the box – Storing books

Thinking outside the box – Storing books

The humble bookshelf can sometimes be filled then forgotten about, lost to dust and untouched books. However, they are a great piece of furniture to turn into a feature, so be imaginative and feel proud of them and all the memories they have given you over the years. Have a little look below for easy and fantastic ways to store your books so they become more of a feature in your home. Colour coded Make a bookshelf rainbow-inspired by organising your books in order of colour. It will prevent your library from looking cluttered, and makes it a real focal point of the room. If you have one or two that don’t conform, then cover them with wrapping paper and write the name of the book on the spine. Fill ‘em up Do you have an unused fire place? The […]

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