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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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The Separated Child Foundation at Staples Corner

The Separated Child Foundation at Staples Corner

At Big Yellow, we offer free storage space for a range of charities. One of the charities we support at our Staples Corner store is The Separated Child Foundation, who use our space to store the goods and to assemble Arrival Packs. The charity provides the most basic life necessities to separated children and young people who arrive in Britain. It is usually the case that they arrive after a difficult, demanding and often dangerous journeys. The Separated Child Foundation supplies duffle bags filled with toiletries, a towel, socks, underwear, clothing, an umbrella, non-perishable snacks and other essentials. Gloves, a hat and a scarf are also included in winter for the most vulnerable children. On Sunday 1st March, an event hosted at our Staples Corner store saw volunteers reach a new milestone; completing the 5000th arrival pack to go to […]

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Big Yellow kits out the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015

Big Yellow kits out the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015

Big Yellow Self Storage is proud to be the lead sponsor of the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015, in South Africa. The Brighton-based school will be sending 23 young rugby players to South Africa this April, and they have been tirelessly training and fundraising throughout the school year to ensure the trip is beyond a success. The school has hosted a number of fundraising events, including race nights, cake sales, dinners and music nights to help fund the trip, and Big Yellow has provided the team with a shiny new kit. The kit bought them off to a good start with a 10 – 5 win against The John Fisher School, and we hope it continues to bring them success throughout their experience in South Africa. We wish the boys the best of luck on their tour. The boys wearing […]

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Cohabiting couples ditch prized possessions in favour of a quiet life

Half of British cohabiting couples admit to regularly fighting over clutter in their home, bickering 32 times a year on average, our latest research reveals. Londoners are the most likely in the UK to argue about space, with one in 10 arguing at least once a week. These arguments lead to the typical couple throwing away £241.50 worth of possessions they would rather keep, with clothes (42%), furniture (36%) and books (33%) most likely to face the chop. Meanwhile, some go to extreme lengths to get rid of their partner’s clutter with one in eight (12%) admitting they’ve ‘accidentally’ broken one of their other half’s prized possessions so they can bin it. This rises to one in four (25%) for sneaky couples in Newcastle. In one in 10 cases, a lack of space has instigated a move into separate properties […]

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Big Yellow is supporting this year’s Go Dad Run

Big Yellow is supporting this year’s Go Dad Run

We’re proud to announce that this year, Big Yellow Self Storage will be supporting Go Dad Run. The run helps raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK in their continuing fight against the disease. The brainchild of former World Champion hurdler Colin Jackson, Go Dad Run is the only fundraising charity event in the UK just for men. It aims to encourage the male population to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for the disease. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK with over 40,000 men being diagnosed every year, with over 250,000 currently living with the disease. Three 5K runs will take place in Cardiff on Saturday 14th Jun and in London and Birmingham on Sunday 15th June. Runners will be invited to wear the distinctive Y-fronts on top of their shorts, which just happen […]

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Upcycling objects from the home or workplace by Richard Bloomfield at The Workplace Depot

Upcycling objects from the home or workplace by Richard Bloomfield at The Workplace Depot

Upcycling is the process of using something that is worn out or broken and making something better and more useful from it. Whereas ‘recycling’ is about taking waste and producing new raw materials, upcycling is about creating a new and useful product. Both are important in reducing waste and landfill as well as making better use of the dwindling resources of the planet. Before throwing anything substantial away from your home or place of work, always have a quick think about whether it can be recycled, or better still upcycled into something new and useful. In this article I have found a few examples of some imaginative and creative ways that people have used objects to make something interesting rather than throwing them away. In the world of art and design many people are looking towards ‘upcycling’ for inspiration – […]

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  • 14th December 2012
  • News

Big Yellow Self Storage’s Guide to Going Green

Environmental responsibility and rising energy costs have dominated the headlines in recent years with an increased movement towards ‘going green’ and ‘tightening our belts’. Reducing our energy consumption increases our contribution to greener living while also helping us save pounds. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage we have compiled a simple guide so that each and every one of us can have a greener existence at home, at work and even on the commute. Going Green at Home We’re all reasonably good at recycling our glass bottles, old newspapers and ink cartridges but have you ever thought about recycling for example, your old trainers? You might also be surprised to know that batteries, mobile phones, engine oil and even paint are all recyclable items. Beyond recycling we can also actively reduce our carbon footprint by switching to energy saving light […]

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A Whatever-the-Weather Guide to Festival Packing

A Whatever-the-Weather Guide to Festival Packing

With weather warnings continuing to interefere with this year’s festival optimism, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to ensure you’re prepared to tackle the music without dampened spirits. We’ll start with the pre-festival essentials: Getting to the festival requires more planning than just making sure there’s room for you in the car. Quick access to your belongings will save you stress and time at the motorway services. Side loading rucksacks are a great way to pack practically, without having to unload your things when you’ve left your wallet or tickets in the bottom of the bag. Admit it. You’re not looking forward to carrying your bag from the car to the campsite. Well guess what, we’ve found a solution! Pick up a trolley for as little as £15 – make it collapsable for added ease. The big […]

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  • 3rd July 2012
  • News

City is abuzz after rare orchid is found!

City is abuzz after rare orchid is found!

Three years ago Big Yellow store manager Rob Harley was surprised to find Bee Orchids growing in the shadows of our Norwich store. They were first noticed by former RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) officer, Chris Durdin, who persuaded the gardeners to let the flowers grow, explaining that the Bee Orchid is in decline. This is the case, not only in Norfolk, but right across England. In the case of the bee orchid, the single flower is the culmination of up to 8 years growth and, if picked, the plant is unlikely to flower again. Last week, after two years of no reported sightings, the same Bee Orchid was spotted again. Rob Harley said about their appearance: “We’re pleased the orchids feel as comfortable and safe in our land as our storage customers do. There’s a local […]

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Big Yellow help create storage for Farleigh Hospice

Big Yellow help create storage for Farleigh Hospice

Big Yellow’s Store Managers Rob Harley, Matt Trevillion, Gary Boast, Andy Polson and Mike FitzGerald have spent the day at Farleigh Hospice this week, helping the maintenance team prepare for some new and much needed storage space. Arriving in the morning the volunteers split into two teams to make the most out of the day, with one team painting fence posts while the other prepared the ground for a new shed base they were building in the afternoon. After a quick break they carried on the hard work by putting a frame in place for the shed and filling it with concrete, ready for further volunteers to build on in the next few weeks. Farleigh Hospice cares for people with life limiting illnesses. They provide personal support for every individual who needs it whether they are living at home or […]

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