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De-clutter your home for spring

De-clutter your home for spring

The winter weeks have now slowly passed us by, and it’s time to think about the start of spring. What better way to prepare than to think about de-cluttering your home space now. It’s amazing how much extra space you could make by storing the items you don’t use all year round, such as roof top boxes, Christmas decorations, and winter sports equipment. Extra space like spare rooms, under the stairs, and attics are often used for storage, but if you transfer the bulky furniture and seasonal equipment into Big Yellow, they can be transformed into something much more useful. So, what could you do with your new found space? Here’s some motivation to get you de-cluttering…. Entertaining You may find that once you’ve de-cluttered a room, it will feel bigger and you’ll have more space to use for entertaining. […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Think back to your childhood Christmases and birthdays and how excited you were when you opened your presents that you had been pining for. And then, without a moment’s thought your old toys were disregarded and began to gather dust on a shelf somewhere, only to be thrown out a few months later by your mum or dad and without you even noticing. Well, think back to those once-loved toys and imagine if you had kept them all these years, only to find out that they could now make you some serious money. This scenario seems to be cropping up quite regularly all around the world. It’s not just the Victorian dolls and the ancient train sets that have soared in value, plastic figurines and hand held electronic games can now be worth a mint. You may remember a recent […]

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Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep; it contributes to making you feel great in mind, body and soul. There’s lots of tips out there on how to ensure you get the best night’s sleep, ranging from what you eat throughout the day to evening routines to relax you before bedtime. The Chinese philosophy of feng shui can help harmonise you with your surrounding environment, and where else could this be more important than in the bedroom? Here’s some really simple tips on how to make your bedroom a haven of peace and positive energy. De-clutter Remove everything you do not love in your bedroom; lightening the load of stuff will create a therapeutic feeling. Remove the TV, computer or even exercise equipment that you might keep in there. All these things will bring energy of work and stress, and present […]

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Symbols around the DIY store explained

Symbols around the DIY store explained

We’ve all been in the position when you’re wandering around a DIY store, and you see various signs and symbols, and you’re expected to know what they mean. However, to the everyday DIY-er, these symbols might not be instantly obvious, and it’s always helpful to know how the products may harm you and what precautions you should take. Can you guess which symbols match the explanations below? Tweet us @bigyellowss to let us know how many you got right (refer to answers at the bottom of the post) Oxidising A chemical labelled ‘oxidising’ doesn’t burn itself, however they provide oxygen for flammable substances to burn. Alongside the usual precaution of wearing eye protection, you should take extra care to keep it away from flammable substances, which includes clothing. Harmful to the environment These chemicals may have an immediate or delayed […]

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Wine Q&A with David Bowman

Wine Q&A with David Bowman

There’s always so much choice when it comes to wine, and if you’re hosting on Christmas day, it can add to the pressure if you’re not sure what to serve with your food. To help out, we’ve spoken to David Bowman, our Wine Manager at our Big Yellow Wine Cellars in Fulham. Here’s some great tips on what to choose, where to store it, and how to make it last. Around Christmas time, the fridge is always fully stocked with food, and there may not be enough space for chilling wine. What are the alternatives – can you store wine outside? Generally, I wouldn’t recommend it in the winter months; although this winter the weather is mild so it might be an exception. If your whites need a good chill and temperatures outside are well above freezing and space indoors […]

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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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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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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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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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