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Did You Know You Could Be A Hoarder?

Did You Know You Could Be A Hoarder?

Did you know that there is such a thing as Disposophobia? Becoming a hoarder and being reluctant to dispose of your items is now a recognised disorder. After recent exposure to the public through television shows such as Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive, recognition of the condition and its symptoms has increased. Also known as Hoarding Disorder, Disposophobia affects 1-2% of people in the UK which accounts for 2 to 3 houses per urban street. Extreme cases such as that of Edmund Trebus; who featured on the BBC’s Documentary Series ‘A Life of Grime’, cause victims of the disorder to allow hoarding and clutter to dominate their lives. Mr Trebus lived in one corner of the kitchen only accessible by ladders in his North London home along with his Jack Russell, whilst his collections of vacuum cleaners, old cameras, children’s […]

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Did You Know You Can Spring Clean With Vinegar?

Did You Know You Can Spring Clean With Vinegar?

Did you know that you can use white vinegar for spring cleaning on just about any household item? You can buy many types of vinegar from your local supermarket but for cleaning purposes make sure you use white vinegar. It’s a safe, non-toxic and affordable alternative to clean your home rather than using commercial cleaning products that can be hazardous to the environment. Vinegar will cut through the greasy dirt that forms on your oven by simply dampening a paper towel and wiping. It can also be used as a deodoriser and clear the air in your home by simply placing a bowl of vinegar in the middle of the room. White vinegar is a great cleaning solution however it is a mild acid and shouldn’t be used on items such as crystal, marble or stone surfaces. To find out […]

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Did You Know Even Hollywood A-Lister’s Need To Cut the Clutter?

Did You Know Even Hollywood A-Lister’s Need To Cut the Clutter?

Did you know that we’re not the only ones that suffer from too much clutter around the home? Even former Friends star Jennifer Aniston is selling her Beverley Hills mansion because she is desperate to de-clutter. The house has been placed on the market for an incredible £26million as she looks to simplify and clear the clutter. However, there are many solutions to help solve clutter and get organised in your home without having to move. Your living space should only have items that are used on a regular basis as all the other items can be stored elsewhere. Ensure all of your items are sorted before you place them in the storage areas around your home as this will prevent clutter being moved from one area to another and for the items that you can’t find a space for […]

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Did You Know You Can Find Hidden Treasures in Your Attic?

Did You Know You Can Find Hidden Treasures in Your Attic?

Did you know you could find old and forgotten items in your attic that could be worth a tidy sum? Recently a Chinese vase was found in an attic and sold at auction. The vase was found while clearing in an attic and put aside after the owner decided it might be worth something and when put up for auction, the owner was proved right. The owners took it to their local auctioneer who estimated the vase between £800,000 and £1.2 million which was a nice sum. However, no one expected that the vase would be very popular with Chinese buyers who pushed the bidding up to a world record £43 million. It’s unlikely that any items you find will reach a figure close to the price of this porcelain goldmine, but you could turn unwanted items into a bit […]

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Did You Know That You Have Items Of Clothing That You Will Never Wear?

Did You Know That You Have Items Of Clothing That You Will Never Wear?

Did you know that the average woman has 22 garments in her wardrobe that she will never wear but refuses to throw out? The average cost of unworn items left to take up space is £285 while men are no better as they hoard 19 items that they will never wear. Despite these items taking up valuable storage space, they’re rarely sorted. It’s tough to decide what to throw out of your wardrobe but you need to be ruthless! Impulse buying is often the most common cause of wardrobe clutter as items seem like a good idea in the shop but when you get home they’re less appealing. Jeans are the most common item to be left unworn as well as tops that people would never be seen in. Many people refuse to throw out their clothes because they feel […]

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Did You Know You Can Burn Calories While Decluttering?

Did You Know You Can Burn Calories While Decluttering?

Did you know you could burn calories by doing housework and de-cluttering? In an hours cleaning you could burn 500 calories. Polishing, dusting, mopping and sweeping are all great workouts for your arms. Planning your housework so it involves running up and down the stairs can also give you a good aerobic workout. Instead of using spray polish try using a wax. This is because you will need to rub it much harder and requires more effort to create a shine. Bending and stretching when you make the bed, wash windows or do the laundry are all good for your flexibility. You can create an even better workout by doing more challenging chores around the home such as decorating and moving furniture. Doing your housework in one burst could produce the same results as going to a gym without the […]

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Did You Know There Are Millions Spent On Unwanted Christmas Gifts?

Did You Know There Are Millions Spent On Unwanted Christmas Gifts?

Did you know there is over £650 Million spent on wasted Christmas gifts each year? The huge amount spent each year is rising at a record rate in the UK. Many purchases are made because of last-minute panic buying especially this year as the poor weather conditions disrupted Christmas deliveries. A third of Brits end up keeping unwanted gifts, leaving them to take up free space and never be used. A rising number of people are selling their unwanted items online or reusing them as presents to give to others – while trying to avoid the embarrassing situation of giving it to the same person that bought the gift! If you’ve been given unwanted gifts over Christmas and have nowhere to keep them, visit www.bigyellow.co.uk/personal to see how you can benefit from self storage.

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Did You Know There Is A Storage Solution For Old Post Boxes?

Did You Know There Is A Storage Solution For Old Post Boxes?

Did you know there is a storage solution for post boxes which are no longer in use? A man from the Isle of Wight is storing so many old post boxes; he has had to build a new house to contain them all! Arthur Reeder is believed to own the biggest collection of post boxes and mail memorabilia in the UK (possibly even the world). He has almost 200 different post boxes from a variety of decades and countries. His collection also includes hundreds of pieces of old post equipment such as signs, stamps, scales etc. Arthur started the collection over 15 years ago when he discovered an old wall mounted post box in a rubbish skip whilst on holiday in Wales. He took it home and restored it to its former glory. He then developed a passion for Royal […]

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Did You Know That The First Billion Square Feet Of Storage Space Took 25 Years To Build?

Did You Know That The First Billion Square Feet Of Storage Space Took 25 Years To Build?

With 58,000 self storage facilities globally more and more people are benefitting from the extra space in their homes. Ever wondered how other countries self storage compares to ours? We’ve taken a look at the USA, France and Spain to bring you the juicy facts to help put your mind at ease. The self storage market in the US is a huge industry with about 45,000 facilities compared to 1,200 that are situated in the UK. The first billion square feet of storage space took 25 years to build and the next billion only took 8 years thanks to a boom within the industry. This is mainly because of the vast space available and their national Self Storage Association that was formed in 1975. Even most of the 50 states have their own self storage association! Also, many self storage […]

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Did You Know England Invented The Concept Of Self Storage?

Did You Know England Invented The Concept Of Self Storage?

Did you know the British banking industry came up with the idea of self storage? In the 1800’s business men about to go on long journeys asked bankers to protect their valuables for them until they returned. The bankers stored their clients possessions inside the vault, but this space quickly ran out resulting in the bankers finding an alternative storage solution, renting loft space from moving companies instead. However it wasn’t until the mid 1960’s in Texas that self storage facilities as we know them today were born. The concept was instantly successful and was quickly replicated across the rest of America and Canada. England was slow to react and didn’t adopt self storage for the general public until the late 1980’s. There were many risks involved for early entrepreneurs who developed the self storage industry in the UK. Land […]

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