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Tips & Tricks: Bring Spring Into Your Home

Tips & Tricks: Bring Spring Into Your Home

Spring is on its way and there are many ways you can enjoy it by getting your home ready for the season. It doesn’t even need to cost money as you can use items that you find in nature. Here are some top tips to help you add a touch of Spring to your home. Simply by opening your windows to allow fresh air back into your home or freshening up tired looking rooms can blow away the cobwebs and winter blues. One way to bring freshness into your home is through your windows. Not only should they be clean and sparkling but you may want to consider having curtains that don’t block your view outside. One way to do this is by having blinds that won’t completely cover the windows and can still let light in while maintaining privacy. […]

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Tips & Tricks: De-Cluttering Your Home

Tips & Tricks: De-Cluttering Your Home

Deciding how to store items in your home is a very important part of de-cluttering and getting organised. The following tips will help you make quick and valuable decisions which will help you organise all areas of your home. Hallway – Sort through your collection of scarves, hats, coats and other items of clothing that take up space. You can keep the items that are used daily or weekly as any of the excess items can be moved into a nearby cupboard, donated to charity or put in a self storage room. Living Room – Old books, DVDs and CDs are the usual culprits so lose the bits and pieces and only display your most prized possessions. Kitchen – The main source of frustration in a kitchen is overstuffed cabinets and drawers filled with duplicate kitchenware, dishes that are used […]

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Tips & Tricks: Storage In Small Apartments

Tips & Tricks: Storage In Small Apartments

There are many advantages of living in a small flat or an apartment but if you don’t maximise your storage space it can quickly become cluttered. Here are some top tips to help you reclaim your space and ensure the storage available is used effectively. The living room is often the most used area of an apartment which means it’s the area which can become cluttered the quickest. Having coffee tables with drawers offers additional storage space for smaller items and small decorative baskets are a good way to store remote controls in one place. Maximising the storage space in kitchens can be tricky as there a lot of small items within a confined area. Cereal and boxed items can be stored in smaller plastic storage containers to save space and stacking canned items takes up less room in cabinets. […]

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Tips & Tricks: Maximise The Space In Your Bathroom

Tips & Tricks: Maximise The Space In Your Bathroom

We tend to spend a lot of time decorating our bathrooms but more often than not toiletries begin to take over and outgrow their storage spaces with extra clutter. You can make great use of all the areas of your bathroom to help store items in the most efficient way regardless of the size. A great way to start clearing the clutter and maximising the space is by throwing away any items that have expired or products that you no longer use. Shelves are a versatile storage solution that match any décor and can be added to a blank wall space which will give you the opportunity to find a place for items in your bathroom. Corner shelves are very useful to maximise the space in the corner of your bathroom and be purchased ready-made from household retailers. Wicker baskets […]

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Tips & Tricks: Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for Longer

Tips & Tricks: Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for Longer

One resolution that is often made at the beginning of each year is to exercise more and get in shape, but this rarely lasts beyond January. Here are some top tips and tricks to keep your New Year’s Resolution going throughout the rest of the year. Before you purchase any fitness equipment, look around your home for possible areas where it can be stored. You may need to rearrange furniture or even get rid of some to make sure it will all fit. Don’t forget about the extra space you will need that isn’t obvious at first glance, as some equipment will fold out onto the floor. Once you have an idea of the space available you can make a selection of possible equipment to have in your home. You can still maintain your resolution of getting fit in the […]

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Tips & Tricks: Storing New Christmas Gifts

Tips & Tricks: Storing New Christmas Gifts

Christmas maybe over for another year but the gifts that you receive can often take a while to sort and find a place where they can be kept. Here are some top tips for you to find space in your home for new Christmas gifts. A simple idea that quickly cuts down clutter after Christmas is that for every gift you receive, you dispose or store two. For example: if you’re given an item of new clothing, you can take out two items that you no longer wear or are out of season before you place it in your wardrobe. You will be freeing up space in your home as you’re putting away gifts. Whether you decide to recycle, donate or store old items, each new gift will reduce clutter and keep you organised. Children’s rooms can often become cluttered […]

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Tips & Tricks: Clearing Post Christmas Clutter

Tips & Tricks: Clearing Post Christmas Clutter

The Christmas period is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you will want to be reminded of it all year round. Here are some tips to reduce the amount of Christmas clutter in your home for the New Year. When you remove your decorations after the 12 days of Christmas, make sure that they are stored in the same boxes. If any decorations have broken or you no longer want them, there is no need to keep them for next year. Only keep the decorations that you will want to use again. The time after Christmas is a great time to sort through your wardrobes and cabinets to make room for new items you have received as gifts. Sort through your clothing, shoes and any accessories and make a pile of items that no longer fit or you […]

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Tips & Tricks: Celebrate Christmas In Your Home Without The Clutter

Tips & Tricks: Celebrate Christmas In Your Home Without The Clutter

Christmas Day is drawing closer and by following these tips over the festive period you can celebrate without cluttering your home. If you’ve bought a real Christmas tree, many local councils offer free recycling and will pick it up for you like they would on a normal refuse collection. You can save storage space all year round by easily disposing of them when Christmas is over. Don’t use Christmas as an excuse to overload your home with a dancing snowman or a singing Santa. Adding decorations to every bit of free space in your home is a quick way to make it look crowded and cluttered. Try playing Christmas music instead to get in a festive mood. Rather than having large decorations you could just tie a ribbon around everyday items such as door handles, banisters and potted plants. This […]

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Tips & Ticks: Using Self Storage While Studying Abroad

Tips & Ticks: Using Self Storage While Studying Abroad

Having the chance to study abroad can be a once in a lifetime opportunity as you become immersed in learning about another culture but there is often the issue of what to do with your belongings. Many items you have you will want to keep but not necessarily take with you while travelling. Here are some tips for if you’re thinking of studying abroad and want to avoid the hassle of transporting all your goods with you. When you’re trying to pack the essential items to take abroad with you it may seem like an impossible task to fit everything into one or two suitcases. Firstly find out what your airline’s baggage limits are as you won’t want to pay an unexpected charge for going over the limit. Secondly, many halls of residence have limited storage facilities, meaning you could […]

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Tips & Tricks: What To Do If You’re Moving Abroad

Tips & Tricks: What To Do If You’re Moving Abroad

Moving to another country can be extremely exciting but can also be very stressful if you don’t have everything under control – follow these tips and tricks to ensure your move goes smoothly: To pack your things for shipping, use sturdy boxes and label each side so you know what is in every box, making it easier to unpack in your new home. For a full range of boxes and packing equipment visit our Boxes Etc page or visit your local Big Yellow store. Keep all the things you will need to access immediately separate such as passports, travel documents and tickets. Shipping can take a few weeks, so ensure you pack enough clothes and necessities in your suitcase so you can access your essentials from the minute you arrive in your new country. If you are downsizing your home, […]

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