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Spruce up your house for spring with these top cleaning tips

Spruce up your house for spring with these top cleaning tips

Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to dust off your cloths, shake out your rugs and get in that cleaning spirit. Pick a sunny day, open your windows and turn up the music to get yourself in the right mood. Our Twitter feed is full of great tips to help you clean those awkward spaces, and here are a couple of extra hints to make your home sparkle this season. Steam out those stains Often tough stains can get stuck if they have been left too long on the inside of the microwave. To wipe these away quickly and efficiently, pour a cup of water into a large microwavable bowl and add a chopped-up lemon or a few glugs of vinegar. Set it on high for a couple of minutes or until the liquid is bubbling and the […]

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Transform that awkward space under the stairs

Transform that awkward space under the stairs

The space under the stairs is always a bit of a tricky one – it’s usually quite a small area and an awkward shape, making it difficult to visualise what it could be used for. However, with a little bit of imagination, you can get some real use out of it, making it a great feature in your home and saving space elsewhere. Have a look below for some inspiration to get you started. In over your head If you’ve always wanted a home office, but never had the spare room to make it work, then have a look under your stairs. With a relatively small amount of space, you can easily fit in a desk and chair to tuck underneath when it’s not being used. It may be cosy but it’s the perfect place to get your head down […]

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Spruce up your space with inspiring shelves

Spruce up your space with inspiring shelves

Whether you’re short on space, your storage system is a bit of a nightmare, or you simply want a better way to display your favourite stuff, shelving can often be the best way to go. After all, it doesn’t have to take up any floor space, it doesn’t break the bank and it can help eliminate clutter. To help get you inspired, here are some of our favourite finds of innovative shelving in the home. Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest life hacks and home inspiration. Improve an awkward space One huge advantage of shelves is that they’re so versatile. Long gone are the days of simple, dull shelves on a large, blank wall. Now there are more options available to help you get more from your space. This example makes great use of […]

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Simplify life with these great hacks

Simplify life with these great hacks

At Big Yellow, there’s more to us than just storage; we’re passionate about helping to lighten the load of your daily life. Have a look below for some clever hacks that will help make life that little bit simpler. Stop the slip To prevent your clothes from slipping and falling off into the bottom of your wardrobe, add a zigzag of glue to the hangers. Remember to wait for it to dry first! This is a really nifty hack to keep your clothes storage nice and tidy. Hang out in the back Got a long car journey planned? Keep the kids entertained by hanging a shoe organiser on the back of the seat to store toys. Fill it with all types of books and games to help to keep little ones occupied for hours. Luscious linen Keeping the bed linen […]

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Step-by-step: Create your own paper flowers

Step-by-step: Create your own paper flowers

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, and we’ve taken lasting love to new levels with this clever craft. Follow our step-by-step guide below to create your very own Big Yellow flowers. If you recreate them, be sure to tag us in your photos on Twitter. You will need: • Coloured card of your (or your Valentine’s) choice • Straws • A glue gun/a liquid glue • A pencil • A ruler • Scissors NB: Parental supervision needed when using scissors Step 1 Firstly, cut two rectangles out of card. To make your flowers the same size as ours, they will need to be 10cm x 7.5cm, though if you’d like smaller or bigger ones, adjust accordingly. Step 2 Next, cut slits into each rectangle, being careful to leave a good amount of space at the far side. Step […]

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Top tips: Great ways to store your shoes

Top tips: Great ways to store your shoes

Shoes – the ultimate clutter culprits. Whether you live with your family, friends or partner, between you, you’ll gather a whole bunch of shoes, making the entrance to your home look a mess. With these nifty tips, you won’t be tripping over your shoes anymore. Picture perfect Sorting your shoes in boxes neatly stacked on shelves will make sure they are kept in pristine condition, and it will look super organised in any home. To make your everyday easier, stick a photograph of the shoes on the front of the box so you can see what’s in where. Box them in For cost effective and eco-friendly shoe storage, you can upcycle old wine boxes for smaller shoes such as flip flops and trainers. Stack a few boxes in your hallway and you can slip pairs in and out, saving floor […]

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Renting out a small space

Renting out a small space

Whether it be an annex, a loft conversion, an extension or even just a spare bedroom, there is money to be made in the additional, unused space around your home. With a little bit of imagination and preparation, you can start renting it out for an extra monthly income. However, don’t rush into it – there are a few things you need to do before getting the legal documentation in place and getting someone to move in. Here are a few pointers to help get you on your way. Start by optimising the appearance of your property, which will help entice potential tenants. This doesn’t just apply to the space you’re planning to rent; also have a look at the exterior of your property. Make sure the gardens are looking beautiful, your windows are clean (and add a lick of […]

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Freshen up as we move into spring

Freshen up as we move into spring

Tidy house, clear mind, or so the saying goes. Decluttering, sorting and cleaning can give you a sense of achievement, and there’s no better time do to this than at the start of spring, ready for the warmer months ahead. Don’t be fooled though, sorting your house out doesn’t need to be a big chore. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you break it down, focus on the task and get it done. A space a day makes the clutter go away Don’t panic yourself by looking around a room and seeing all the belongings you need to sift through. Divide your spaces into smaller chunks, such as the wardrobe, the box under the TV, the kitchen cabinet, and aim for a space a day. It’s a guaranteed way to feel like you achieve something each day, […]

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Step by step: paper tray cardboard creation

Step by step: paper tray cardboard creation

January: the month for new year’s resolutions, sorting out your home after the festivities, and generally preparing yourself for the year ahead. Whether it be your home office or your work desk, this nifty, easy-to-create paper tray provides the perfect solution to organise all those loose bits and bobs on your desk. You could even get your kids to help you decorate it, bringing a little bit of your family into your work space. Step 1 – What you will need: • A cardboard box (medium size) • A pencil • A ruler • A scalpel/Stanley knife (these are preferable over scissors as precision is needed with cutting) • Glue if necessary NB: Parental supervision required when using cutting tools Step 2 To begin with, you’re making the two sides of the tray, which hold the structure together. See the […]

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How to safely pack up Christmas decorations

How to safely pack up Christmas decorations

It’s always frustrating when Christmas comes around again and you pull out last year’s decorations from storage to find there are some broken, or their dusty or knotted. Here are some simple packing tips to help you avoid this situation next year. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer helpful tricks each day. Keep it original If possible, try and keep the original packaging that delicate and fragile decorations are purchased in. You can then use this to package them back up each year to ensure they are safe and protected. Egg-cellent alternative If you have got rid of the original packaging, eggs cartons make a great alternative. Use tissue paper from opened gifts to stuff into each of the pockets and store the smaller ornaments in here. You can then pack the cartons in a large […]

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