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Big Yellow Self Storage Gloucester Helps Local Children’s Charity Grow

Big Yellow Self Storage Gloucester Helps Local Children’s Charity Grow

Big Yellow Self Storage in Gloucester is proud to be supporting their local children’s charity, Gloucester Little Bundles. Since March 2012 Gloucester Little Bundles has been helping pregnant women and families in difficulty. As part of the Gloucester and District branch of the NCT (National Children’s Trust), volunteers have been working tirelessly to source and provide much needed clothing, equipment and toiletries for those most in need. After recent growth and an increase in donations, the charity soon found they were struggling to store everything so Big Yellow Self Storage stepped in. Speaking at the official opening of the project’s new facility on the 12th October, project manager Laine Lewis said “Little Bundles started almost three years ago with about six people living in a room.” “I would like to thank all the referees and our team of helpers who […]

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Armadillo and J&B Recycling make a difference recycling cardboard

Armadillo and J&B Recycling make a difference recycling cardboard

Armadillo Self Storage are proud to announce a fantastic new partnership with J&B Recycling which will help raise money for two incredible charities The Butterwick Childrens Hospice & Cash for Kids. J&B Recycling have donated a 1,100 litre recycling bin to Armadillo Storage in Stockton-on-Tees which will be used to collect cardboard generated at the site by our domestic and business customers. The partnership with J&B is having an outstanding success by providing a welcome service to our customers whilst also doing our bit for the environment There are very few materials which can’t be recycled and J&B have guaranteed recycling outlets for paper, cardboard, cans, glass, plastic, wood and rubble. Their aim is to secure a greener future by diverting as much waste as possible away from landfill sites. For every tonne of cardboard collected, J&B Recycling will make […]

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Back to school- Tips for getting organised

Back to school- Tips for getting organised

Now the kids are back at school, you’ve probably noticed piles of work books stacking up almost as high as your pile of ironing. Let’s not mention the random pieces of stationery you’re finding down the back of the sofa or in the goldfish bowl. School mornings can easily resemble a crime scene from a movie. Wailing children, flying books, barking dogs, clothes being thrown everywhere round the house and finally you running around like a headless chicken trying restore some order. The morning school routine should never be a good cop, bad cop situation. Here at Big Yellow we’ve put together a list of tips to help get you prepared for “school day mania” as we like to call it. Hopefully these tips will help you maintain a smooth, stress-free, successful school year! 1. Get into a routine We […]

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Tips and Tricks: Our top ten fireplaces to keep you warm this winter

Tips and Tricks: Our top ten fireplaces to keep you warm this winter

Autumn is here and winter is slowly but surely creeping up on us. BBQs in the park have been replaced with less-than-palatable potato and leek soup, Mum’s itchy woolly jumpers have taken over our favourite T-shirt’s space in our wardrobes and we can’t help but long for those long, lazy summer weekends sunbathing in the park, while we’re locked indoors vegetating in front of the TV. But don’t let the winter blues gloom-up your days, we know exactly what you need to add a bit of warmth and cosiness to your house. How about snuggling in front of a beautiful fire place with the loved ones while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate? Winter just got a whole more exciting, right? We have compiled a list of top 10 fire places that will are bound to brighten up your day. […]

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Tracy Martin’s fashion collectibles tips

Did you know that your love of fashion could make you money? Recent research shows we think about our clothes as functional and disposable rather than something that could be worth more than ten times what you paid for it for in just 6 months. I know what you’re thinking as soon as you hear the term ‘investment’ you automatically think about designer items that cost the Earth. Thanks to recent designer collaborations partnerships with brands like H&M & Lanvin and Topshop & Kate Moss, the high street is bursting with reasonably priced items that are sure to become highly collectable in the future. Read on for my tips on spotting those items which you should always keep in your wardrobe. Seek items that are only available for a short length of time H&M collaborations with high end designers such […]

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How to take care of your tools

How to take care of your tools

Getting into the habit of looking after your tools, will only make them last longer. This may seem like common sense, however good tool care won’t just save you some pennies but it’s essential for your own safety too! So next time your chisel goes blunt, don’t just chuck it out and buy a new one. Give it a little bit of TLC (Tool Loving Care, of course), store it properly and make sure it’s ready for your next task. Here at Big Yellow we’ve put together a few tips that will help you take care of those tools, yourself and your bank account! 1. Keep that rust away. Remember, rust is the enemy of any DIY tool. Humidity and water are the primary causes of rust so if your tools get wet you could find that they become permanently […]

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Who lives in a house like this?

Who lives in a house like this?

We’ve all had dreams of winning the lottery and splashing out on a new car, a holiday or a new place to call home. But imagine what you could do if you had $1bn to your name? Would you blow it all on one extravagant property or buy ten? Here at Big Yellow we’ve had a look at some of the most valuable homes in the world to put into perspective just what kind of properties that much cash can buy (we’ve saved the best till last). First on our most impressive list is… The Rybolovlev Estate – $95 million (£59.6m) The most expensive home ever fought over in a divorce case is The Rybolovlev Estate. This 33,000 square foot oceanfront mansion has 18 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms and was originally up for sale for $125million. Previous owners include Donald Trump. […]

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How to prepare for a disaster-free home makeover

How to prepare for a disaster-free home makeover

Whether it’s improving the kitchen, fixing up the spare room, or simply cutting the grass, disaster in the home can strike when advice is ignored. Insurers Allianz say that DIY disasters cost Britons a staggering £4.4billion every year, so here are our top tips on how to avoid destroying your home or taking an unwanted trip to hospital. Take baby steps and know your limits. Don’t try to tackle all your redecoration projects at once. Jump right in without planning and you’ll end up with a house full of half-finished projects. You need to think about how much each project will cost, whether you have all the right tools and how long it will take to complete. With the baby steps approach why not focus on one room at a time, and choose small projects that are achievable. Maybe start […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage supports the One Can Trust

Big Yellow Self Storage supports the One Can Trust

The One Can Trust charity has been set up to facilitate community based projects, helping communities help themselves. Its first major project is the One Can Trust Foodbank, which provides a short-term free emergency food supply of non-perishable items such as soup, pasta, baked beans, cereals etc. to the thousands of families – including as many as12,000 children – who live in poverty in Buckinghamshire. Big Yellow is proud to be supporting this great cause by providing the Foodbank with free storage space, taking public donations and storing them before they are packaged into food parcels at the One Can Trust Foodbank. If you want to make a donation you can do so through Big Yellow by simply delivering your collection to our store on London Road, High Wycombe. Let us know that it’s for the One Can Trust and […]

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Top tips to prepare your spare room for guests

Top tips to prepare your spare room for guests

We’ve all experienced that feeling of sheer panic that sets in when you have guests staying with you. That moment when you realise that the spare room is currently occupied by your fishing gear, gym equipment that you never used and all the bric-a-brac that you tell yourself you really need but have been condemned to sitting in boxes since you moved into the house 10 years ago. What follows is usually panic and a frenzied tidying spree. To avoid this process and ensure that your guests don’t end up having to climb over all your stuff to get to their bed, Big Yellow have compiled a helpful checklist of things to do before your guests arrive to make their stay as pleasant as possible. 1) Clean! Yes, this might seem incredibly obvious – why wouldn’t you clean a room […]

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