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  • 8th February 2016
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Alternative cleaning products around the home

Alternative cleaning products around the home

Cleaning: loved by some, hated by most, but a job that everyone has to do. Cleaning products bought from stores can be expensive, and also bulky to store around the home. Some are also harmful to the environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way; your home is a haven for cleaning products, but you just might not know where to look. Check out our tips below on things you probably have around the house that can do a great job of cleaning. Remember to head to our Twitter feed for more tips and tricks to help out around the home. Turn up the heat Did someone forget to use a coaster? Water stains are the bug bear of any coffee table lover. Hold a hairdryer up to the stain and gently buff with a cloth. The stain will […]

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  • 5th February 2016
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Transform your small outdoor spaces

Transform your small outdoor spaces

Small spaces, indoors or outdoors, can be difficult to know what to do with. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage, we’d like to help inspire you to think of all the ways you can make the most out of them. If you have a small balcony or garden, check out our tips below on how to spruce them up and make them great. Remember to check out our Big Yellow Twitter feed for more tips and inspiration, including upcycling, garden games and DIY. Merging inside with outside If your living room or kitchen looks out onto the garden, installing full-length bi-folding doors will create a seamless transition. Another clever trick is to use similar coloured flooring both inside and outside to add to this continuous effect; the merging colours create the illusion of space. Water features Water features can help […]

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Big Yellow Colchester supports The Soma Leo Foundation

Big Yellow Colchester supports The Soma Leo Foundation

Our Big Yellow store in Colchester are proud to be helping out The Soma Leo Foundation, providing space and packing materials to support its Christmas Appeal. As trustees of The Soma Leo Foundation, our friends at Pound Gates visited Kenya to learn about the good work the Foundation provides. Recently, The Soma Leo Foundation has established a partnership with the Kenyan based Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF), and thanks to this they have developed the logistics that make the shipping of worthwhile supplies economically viable. Feeling inspired by their experience and their new found partnership, The Soma Leo Foundation have launched a Christmas Appeal. They are collecting donations to ship to children who attend The Soma Leo Academy and Senator Barack Obama Primary School, a community school supported by the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation. They plan to ship a container […]

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  • 17th September 2015
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Splitting Brits Get Spitting Mad Over Possessions

Splitting Brits Get Spitting Mad Over Possessions

We recently conducted research that shows possessions are one of the biggest causes of arguments among divorcing couples, ahead of children and living arrangements, coming second only to money. As well as arguing for sentimental reasons and financial reasons, 13% of stubborn Brits admit to arguing over possessions just for the sake of it. Top ten items that cause the most arguments during a divorce: 1. Car (26%) 2. Photos (24%) 3. Keep sakes (22%) 4. Heirlooms (21%) 5. The TV (20%) 6. Laptop/computer/tablet (17%) 7. Bed (16%) 8. Sofas (16%) 9. White good e.g. washing machine, dryer (10%) 10. Records/CDs (9%) Nearly half of Brits admit to hiding possessions during the break-up just so they could keep them, with the top items hidden being photos, keep sakes and heirlooms, while a further 11% wish they had. The study also […]

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  • 8th September 2015
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We’re expanding in Hull

We’re excited to announce our Armadillo Self Storage branch in Hull is growing. We’re adding an extra 83 storage rooms of all different sizes for both commercial and personal use, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our local customers at the expanded store soon. 35 of the rooms will be open for extended hours, making it even easier for our customers to access their belongings or run their business, whatever the time. Security is paramount to us, so every room is individually alarmed, monitored from reception and can only be accessed by entering a personal PIN code. The Store Manager, Angela Lawtey, says: “We are excited to announce the latest development at our Hull branch. The new space has already generated local interest with the extended hours rooms opening up our services to people needing short term additional space, such […]

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  • 4th September 2015
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#HelpCalais at East Finchley

#HelpCalais at East Finchley

A team of volunteers, helped by Dawn O’Porter on Twitter, have been accepting donations at our Big Yellow store in East Finchley to help the refugees at Calais. To support the cause, we have offered free storage for the donations. For the past week, people have been coming to the store and donating supplies, which will be distributed to Calais on 17th September. If you aren’t able to donate to the East Finchley store, you can support the cause by donating to their crowdfunding page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kentforcalais

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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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Big Yellow supports Go Dad Run 2015

Big Yellow supports Go Dad Run 2015

For the second year in a row, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be supporting Go Dad Run. This great event is a series of 5k runs for men and boys, helping to raise funds and awareness of Prostate Cancer UK. This year, the 5k runs will take place in six cities across the UK, so it’s easy for anyone to get involved. First up, they’ll be in Worcester, Bristol, Warrington and Llangefni in the build up to Father’s Day, and then runs in London and Cardiff will both be on Sunday 21st June. Go Dad Run was founded in 2013 by former World Championship hurdler Colin Jackson. He had an ambition to create something that would help raise funds and awareness when two of his uncles were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and only one survived. Entry costs just £10 […]

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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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Big Yellow Eltham supports Nepal Response Appeal

Big Yellow Eltham supports Nepal Response Appeal

Following the tragic news two weeks ago that Nepal had been hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, communities everywhere have come together to help support the emergency response appeal. Last week, Brindishe Schools called upon their local community to try and fill 50 large boxes to take to the British Red Cross charity shop in Eltham. The Big Yellow store in Eltham donated 50 boxes to help the cause, as well as rolls of packing tape. In just one day, almost every box was filled thanks to the generosity of families across the three Brindishe Schools. The Red Cross estimates that each box of donations could be worth up to £150, meaning thousands of pounds have been raised. The money will go directly to helping families and communities in Nepal to recover from the earthquake. Child and adult volunteers with […]

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