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Home Improvement Month: Quick & Easy Tips

Home Improvement Month: Quick & Easy Tips

Research shows us that Brits spend big when it comes to home improvement, with one in three households spending £2,000 a year on it. However, 43% of jobs are left unfinished when DIY-ers loose interest and give up, according to Saga Home Insurance. April is widely known as Home Improvement Month, with many people starting jobs to update their house. To make a difference to your home, remember you don’t have to take on big jobs with big budgets. A few little spruces here and there can really help make your home look fresh. Here’s some tips to get you feeling inspired. Create an illusion Narrow hallways can sometimes feel like you’re in a tunnel. An easy way to avoid this is to paint the end wall a darker shade than the sides, which will help it feel more open. […]

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National Gardening Week: Tips & Tricks

National Gardening Week: Tips & Tricks

This week is National Gardening Week, and to celebrate we’ve got some great tips to get you in the mood to head out into the garden. Remember, you don’t need to have a garden to do gardening. There’s lots of types of indoor plants, and small potted ones that you could have on your balcony. If you’re just starting out, growing herbs or chillies on your windowsill is fun and rewarding too. Remember to check out our Twitter feed for daily life hacks. Protect yourself Muddy and sore knees are a sign of a keen gardener, however it’s not ideal. Reuse a wall from a cardboard box and wrap it with bubble wrap for a comfy knee protector. Double up A wire basket, which is easy to make if you’re into a bit of DIY, is a great way to […]

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Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

When thinking about doing a renovation, it’s vital to do your homework and know what you’re getting into before you start. If it’s not you doing the work for yourself, you’ll need to know what to look out for and what your contractor is doing. There’s some commonly seen, easily avoidable mistakes that can make a big difference in a successful renovation. Here’s a few watch outs if you’re planning to do some work to your home. Doing it on the cheap It’s important to realise that when it comes to home renovation, you need to wait until you can afford the decent materials. Many people make the mistake of trying to do it cheaply, but the bottom line is that you will get what you pay for. Also, it’s wrong to think that going green with your home project […]

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Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

For animal lovers, getting a pet is probably one of life’s most exciting moments. While welcoming a four legged friend into the family is not to be taken lightly, it should be full of fun and transform your house into haven of love and laughter. Here’s a few tips on how to prepare your home and ensure that your new pet settles in nicely. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer useful tips every day. Animal chores Before the new addition arrives, create a chart that gets the whole family involved with looking after it. For example, allocate someone’s name to feeding it, training it and exercising it each day so the responsibility is split between everyone. A clean & safe house Clean your house inside out and evaluate what might need moving around or even putting […]

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How to make your household more green

How to make your household more green

At Big Yellow, we know the most important space of all is the environment that surrounds us. That’s why we continue to work hard to create an environmentally friendly business. It doesn’t take much to make your household more green. A few small changes here and there can really contribute to helping the environment in the long term. Lighting Probably the simplest way to help reduce your footprint is by changing your lightbulbs to energy saving alternatives. The Energy Saving Trust says that homeowners can knock £100 a year off their energy bills by switching to energy efficient bulbs. At Big Yellow, most of our stores use energy efficient lighting, which are also motion-sensored, so it’s only on when you need it. Our external signs also use LED lights, which are up to 60% more efficient than the previous lighting […]

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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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Life moment interview: Cohabiting for the first time

Life moment interview: Cohabiting for the first time

Josh Morris is a Digital Executive from London, who has just moved in with his girlfriend – the first time he has ‘co-habited’. We asked him a few questions about his recent move, and we’ll offer you some tips based on his experience. Tell us a little bit about your recent move I have been living with my parents in East London, and felt ready to move out of home and take on some responsibility. The perfect house became available in South East London, and although my girlfriend and I weren’t looking to move in together, the best way to afford the move was to share the room. How did you come across the house? The house is owned by a friend, who recently renovated the whole place. He was looking for someone to move into one of the rooms, […]

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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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