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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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Life moments: Top tips for preparing for a gap year

Life moments: Top tips for preparing for a gap year

A gap year is one of life’s most exciting moments, as it usually means you have no responsibilities, no exams to think about, a great group of friends, and the world is your oyster. However, a gap year doesn’t have to be between school and university; you can take a year out at any point in your life. At whatever age, planning and preparation is vital, so check out our top tips on how to get travel ready. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter page, where we offer great tips for life’s key moments every day. Where, oh where to go Potentially the hardest decision of them all. Have a think about what you want to get out of your gap year, as this goal will help influence your decision on where to go. Is it sunny […]

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Unusual homes around the country

Unusual homes around the country

At Big Yellow, when we see space, we see potential; whether it’s how to create space around your home, coming up with ingenious ways to store belongings, or doing something amazing with the space you have. Check out these unusual homes around the UK to see how people have been really creative. The Lime Works, Faversham This contemporary home is a Grade II listed building, and has been converted from two water towers. The architect has taken something that is usually an eyesore, and created something beautiful. The space has been fully utilised; it’s a six-bedroom home, with features including a gym, library and swimming pool, as well as two roof terraces. The Pineapple, Dunmore So it’s not only SpongeBob SquarePants who lives in a pineapple – you could too. This elaborate summerhouse was built for the 4th Earl of […]

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Life moments: How to prepare for a baby and beyond

Life moments: How to prepare for a baby and beyond

Along with the excitement of having a child, comes the need for a lot of preparation. There’s so many things to think about, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed. As they start getting older, their needs change, and you’ll want to be prepared to keep up. However, we’re here to help, and these little tips and tricks will be a good start to guiding you through this life moment. Create the space Now comes the time when you need to be clever with your storage solutions, and make sure everything is stored safely. Hanging baskets from the ceiling is a great way to store toys without the risk of mess, and also saves space without the need for shelves. You’ll need to create extra space around the home to fit in the new member of the family. It could be […]

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The children have gone, but what to do with all their lingering stuff?

The children have gone, but what to do with all their lingering stuff?

Did you know that when leaving the family home for the first time, 17% of children leave a whole rooms worth of belongings or more? This begs the question of what to do with all this stuff when they’re gone, and what about if they come home? We recently conducted a survey looking into the so-called Boomerang Generation, and discovered a whole host of interesting insights into how parents feel about the stuff that children leave when they move out. When a child grows up and flies the nest, parents tend to repurpose the room to make the most out of the space. We found the top uses to be either a guest room or storage space. However, 43% of parents have negative feelings towards their child’s possessions left in the family home. They think it adds clutter, and it […]

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Transform your home for summer…

Transform your home for summer…

According to the HomeOwners Alliance, spring is the best time to sell your house, and the season is known to be the most active time for the market. Throughout spring, your home is looking its best and your garden is coming back to life. If you are thinking about selling in the near future, April is a great opportunity for you to spruce up your home with the intention of getting it ready to go on the market. Transforming your home for summer will help re-energise the space to entice potential buyers. Store away your winter blankets, dark cushions and fluffy rugs, and add splashes of colour to align with the seasons and the sun. Even if you’re not looking to sell, changing your interior to match the seasons is a great way to reignite your love for your home […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Whether you’re a jazz lover, a heavy metal rocker or a pop princess, you’ll agree that music is an integral part of everyone’s life. All over the world, it serves as a hugely popular form of entertainment, and as a result, the music industry is constantly undergoing rapid changes. At a time when we’re all thinking about ‘going digital’, making a comeback is the trusty vinyl record. A classic way to showcase and listen to music, the vinyl has hit an 18-year high as people are starting to remember, and discover, that listening to a track on a vinyl has a certain warmth and romance to it. However, with vinyl comes the need for space, and even though you might think of yourself as a superstar DJ with a living room fit to house your extensive collection, your roommate or […]

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Top tips for Home Improvement Month

Top tips for Home Improvement Month

The month of April is nationally recognised as ‘Home Improvement Month’, and a recent survey shows that two thirds of the UK are coming home to unfinished improvements every day. If you’re in that category of people with unfinished business, or if you want to begin a home improvement project, then never fear, Big Yellow is here to help. Every day our Twitter feed is updated with tips & tricks to inspire and assist. So to help kick off your home improvement project, here’s a selection of our favourite #HomeImprovement tweets. Converting up & down If you’re thinking big this April, think up or down. There is huge potential in loft and basement conversions to not only improve your home and quality of living, but also adding value to your home when you come to sell. Depending on the layout […]

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Little Yellow: Perfect for students and life’s smaller moments

Little Yellow: Perfect for students and life’s smaller moments

Did you know that Big Yellow doesn’t always have to be big? Amongst our garage size lock ups and warehouses sit smaller lockers and rooms of various sizes. We have large locker spaces, which hold on average 14 boxes, for all the stuff you don’t want to get rid of. This could be anything from Christmas decorations, to your precious CD collection, camping and skiing gear. They’re also perfect for a seasonal wardrobe change, and for students during their university holidays. When it comes to the end of term, instead of lugging all your things back with you to home, it’s a lot easier to keep them safe with us. Our lock ups are totally secure, and you will have your own padlock and a personal PIN number. We’re very flexible, meaning you can pop in anytime you need to […]

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Move It or Lose It: The Race For Space Leaves Kids’ Stuff Behind

Move It or Lose It: The Race For Space Leaves Kids’ Stuff Behind

In a recent study, we found that parents throw out possessions worth £285 when a child grows up and leaves the family home. The items children most commonly leave behind, and run the risk of losing, are: • Books (64 per cent) • Clothes (60 per cent) • Sentimental items and trinkets (60 per cent) • School memorabilia (56 per cent) Children also leave behind bulkier items, taking up more space, such as: • Sports equipment (27 per cent) • Furniture (27 per cent) • Bikes (21 per cent) The, some would say, callous clear out takes place as parents look to make the most of the extra space left behind, with parents waiting an average of six months before sorting out their child’s room. An eager 15 per cent of parents wait less than two weeks to start the […]

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