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Sunshine in a Glass

Sunshine in a Glass

We all hope for plenty of sunshine come the summer months, but more often than not the English weather is lacklustre forcing us to pack our bags to fly thousands of miles in search of sunnier climes. Still, most of us have neither the time nor money to spend the whole summer sunning it up on a foreign beach. However, there is a simple solution! Pop a cork (or unscrew a cap) and you can be instantly transported to the Provence, Italy, California or anywhere else in the world there is sufficient sunshine to ripen grapes. Here are some wines that are perfect for when the sun does shine! BYSS BLOG: This summer all eyes are on the UK, are there any British wines you recommend we celebrate with? MATT: There is no better wine to celebrate with than one […]

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Top tips on packing a Caravan…

Top tips on packing a Caravan…

Now that the sun has finally decided to join us for the summer, it’s the perfect time to dust off the caravan and head for that road trip that you’ve been planning all year. However, deciding what makes the all important ‘what to pack’ list is no mean feat and much like most great accomplishments, it takes highly skilled planning before you can claim victory. The old age adage, “less is more” couldn’t be more fitting an expression for this process, so it is advisable to think light before you pack the essentials – but no need to worry if this all seems daunting because we’ve devised a few handy tips to get your summer road trip off to a sunny start. Planning Despite being semi Tardis-like, caravans aren’t the actual Tardis and won’t carry everything and the kitchen sink, […]

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De-stressing when moving home.

De-stressing when moving home.

The stress of moving house has been the bane of many of our lives, so it comes as no surprise that recent surveys have indicated that moving house is the most stressful experiences that we could ever go through – even knocking divorce from the number one top spot. As much as we’d all love an immediate quick fix where moving post codes is concerned, there’s no getting round the fact that there’s a great deal of planning, packing and bubble wrap popping to endure to help get the whole process off the ground, and that comes long before the crucial decision on whether to paint the kitchen Vanilla or Egg shell. Luckily, following Big Yellow’s 5 top tips on a stress free move will see you into you new house with the upmost ease. 1. Plan: We often experience […]

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Space-saving gadgets

The April showers have hit us hard and fast, which surely means summer is round the corner? Who knows, but it seems about the right time to oust out the winter stragglers and spring clean the clutter. Often when we try to de-clutter our homes, we find ourselves buying storage boxes and other compartments for a neater, more organised scene. However the result is much the same in that we still are as cluttered in terms of space, but with a tidy setting of organised mess. Here at Big Yellow, we’ve been spying around to find some cunning gadgets to store away the winter warmers, the rainy reminders and the things you simply want to keep to yourself, away from prying eyes! Great Space Savers First up, is something worthy for an old school James Bond, from Secret Storage Books. […]

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Under the stairs

You know that place that you walk past every day and stick coats or bags under. Maybe it’s the home of your vacuum cleaner, or maybe it’s just where you put your very own Harry Potter! In this blog, we’ll be looking at how to gain back space in your house and create your very own mini office under the stairs! First up, is your under stairs space sealed behind a panel or is it open? If it’s sealed, take the panels off and open the space up. By doing this you’ll create loads more space instantly as you’ll be widening the corridor area up. Most under stairs areas are usually covered in with boarding and wallpaper on top or paint. They’re relatively easy to take down but if you are unsure then ask a local handy man or builder. […]

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Sorting out your downstairs loo

Sorting out your downstairs loo

It may be the smallest room in the house, but leave your downstairs loo cluttered and your guests will be turning their noses up for all the wrong reasons! First off – the loo rolls Do you really need to store 12 rolls next to your toilet? In a room that’s already small you can’t afford to take the risk of taking up all the space with your bargain purchase of a mega-pack from your supermarket. Make sure you keep on top of how many rolls you have and try and keep it to a minimum of 2-3 rolls at a time. You can store the rest under the stairs or in the garage. The 2-3 that you keep can be easily stored on a combination toilet roll holder like this one. Smart and neat. Whilst we’re on the subject […]

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Securing your stock over the holiday period

Securing your stock over the holiday period

Did you know – 1.3 million people sell full time on eBay? That’s a lot of people with a lot of stock currently being stored in their personal property. If you’re one of them, then spare a thought for what you’re going to do over the festive season if you’re going away… It seems this year it’s not just Santa Claus who could be coming down your chimney. According to The Guardian Crime Figures, burglaries are already up 14% on last year. If you don’t want to let thieves fill their stocking with your stock, then why not consider putting it in temporary self storage over Christmas with Big Yellow Self Storage? One of the benefits of Big Yellow Self Storage is the flexibility. You can store from as little as seven days and you only pay for the space […]

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Big Yellow Bramall Lane win a Sheffield Telegraph Environment Award

Big Yellow Bramall Lane win a Sheffield Telegraph Environment Award

Big Yellow picked up the Business award for outstanding environmental and sustainable innovations and improvements at this year’s Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards last night. In its fifth year, the event was truly inspiring with guest speakers including Paul Hudson, the BBC Look North weather reporter, discussing issues relating to climate change and changing the public’s opinion. Big Yellow was up against some tough competition including Meadow Hall Shopping centre for their outstanding recycling system. Hannah Jones, Big Yellow employee said “The judges were really impressed with Big Yellow’s commitment to the environment and the fact that we have a green feature in a large number of our stores. They also commented on how passionate the staff were about the company’s corporate social responsibility and in particular Bramall Lane store which has encouraged local wildlife, flora and fauna by planting hundreds […]

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Preparing for Winter!

Preparing for Winter!

It’s approaching that time of year again when the woolly hats and scarves come out, the central heating comes on and the beach gear goes to the very back of the wardrobe to become a mere distant memory. But apart from clothes, what else should we be putting on the back burner? We at Big Yellow have put together a list of the things to do to get ready for the next few months of icy weather. Unless you’re hoping to open a small ice skating rink in your back garden, the time has come for you to wave goodbye to the paddling pool as it goes to its home in storage or the garage to spend a long lonely winter. It brought hours of enjoyment in the summer time but now with winter approaching its far more enjoyable for […]

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Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Are you finding it hard during the downturn in the economy? Fancy going on holiday next year, but you can’t afford it? Well the answer could come from your spare room. Simply by letting it out during the world’s biggest sporting event next year, you could increase your income by up to £1,000! So how do you go about doing it? Michael Holmes, presenter of Channel 5’s Britain’s Best Home and editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Real Homes magazine and Period Living magazine, believes that by clearing out your spare room and renting a self storage unit for as little as £5 a day, 5.4 million homeowners, who have a additional space, in the UK could be cashing in on local events such as the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay, Oxford Literary Fair, the Grand National in Aintree or the PGA […]

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