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Decorating your home Mad Men style!

Decorating your home Mad Men style!

For many the 1960’s are well and truly long gone, however for a growing few the 60’s are coming back. From the start of time (well fashion) people have done the ‘in-thing’ and followed what’s trending and it appears with the hit US TV show, ‘Mad Men’ starting its 5th series the next biggest trend is to kit your house out ‘Mad Men Style’. You may be thinking this is just ‘hearsay’ but the TV show is starting to influence the interior market in a big way due to the high demand and popularity for the new trend. This means that the ‘new’ look is now easy to achieve. This is not just hitting our homes; it is starting to change the office space too! Combine brass, teak and leather to create an understated yet powerful vibe. American walnut is […]

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Liverpool South Armadillo support Frontline Trust’s Food bank

Liverpool South Armadillo support Frontline Trust’s Food bank

Armadillo Liverpool South staff are doing their bit to help feed UK people who’ve experienced a crisis in their lives. The store has donated 275sq. feet of storage to the charity to help with donations and collections, and to go that bit further, staff have helped with collection days at local supermarkets such as ASDA Smithdown Road, donating their own time. Sue Martin, Armadillo’s Assistant Manager (pictured in the middle of the photo) was busy collecting last Friday with Kevin (pictured on the right) who came to Central Liverpool Foodbank in October 2011 after having problems with his benefits. He was so impressed with the welcome and acceptance of the team that he wanted to give something back. He asked if he could volunteer and is now a regular member of the team sorting through donations in the stock cupboard […]

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Space-saving gadgets

The April showers have hit us hard and fast, which surely means summer is round the corner? Who knows, but it seems about the right time to oust out the winter stragglers and spring clean the clutter. Often when we try to de-clutter our homes, we find ourselves buying storage boxes and other compartments for a neater, more organised scene. However the result is much the same in that we still are as cluttered in terms of space, but with a tidy setting of organised mess. Here at Big Yellow, we’ve been spying around to find some cunning gadgets to store away the winter warmers, the rainy reminders and the things you simply want to keep to yourself, away from prying eyes! Great Space Savers First up, is something worthy for an old school James Bond, from Secret Storage Books. […]

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  • 23rd April 2012
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Big Yellow Wins Queen’s Award

Big Yellow Wins Queen’s Award

Big Yellow has been awarded the very special Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for our focus on social and environmental responsibility. The award recognises Big Yellow’s energy-efficient technologies, our low carbon foot-prints and the work we do with staff, customers and investors to minimise waste, water-usage and carbon dioxide emissions. Our energy efficient technologies include using Energy efficient LED lighting in our stores, and motion sensor lighting so the lights only turn on when someone is present in the storage areas. Additionally we’ve introduced energy producing initiatives such as solar panels on many store roofs , generating significant energy for us, ground source heat pumps and wind turbines. The Queen’s Award is one of Britain’s most prestigious awards for businesses recognising outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development and celebrates the very best of British Enterprise. It is […]

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Under the stairs

You know that place that you walk past every day and stick coats or bags under. Maybe it’s the home of your vacuum cleaner, or maybe it’s just where you put your very own Harry Potter! In this blog, we’ll be looking at how to gain back space in your house and create your very own mini office under the stairs! First up, is your under stairs space sealed behind a panel or is it open? If it’s sealed, take the panels off and open the space up. By doing this you’ll create loads more space instantly as you’ll be widening the corridor area up. Most under stairs areas are usually covered in with boarding and wallpaper on top or paint. They’re relatively easy to take down but if you are unsure then ask a local handy man or builder. […]

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Sorting out your downstairs loo

Sorting out your downstairs loo

It may be the smallest room in the house, but leave your downstairs loo cluttered and your guests will be turning their noses up for all the wrong reasons! First off – the loo rolls Do you really need to store 12 rolls next to your toilet? In a room that’s already small you can’t afford to take the risk of taking up all the space with your bargain purchase of a mega-pack from your supermarket. Make sure you keep on top of how many rolls you have and try and keep it to a minimum of 2-3 rolls at a time. You can store the rest under the stairs or in the garage. The 2-3 that you keep can be easily stored on a combination toilet roll holder like this one. Smart and neat. Whilst we’re on the subject […]

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  • 13th April 2012
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Tidying up your laundry

Do you feel like your washing basket is never empty? Do you feel like you’re always in the laundry? We have some top tips on getting your laundry super organised to make washing that little bit easier. Get the household into a routine. Make sure the whole family sorts their own washing into darks, lights and empty their pockets. This way it’s easy to chuck straight into the machine. Decide which days you are going to wash darks, lights, towels and sheets and get the family to bring their dirty washing down on these allotted days. Storage in the laundry is important. Don’t let the ironing pile up high so that it takes up the middle of the room. Take a look at storage solution ideas from shops such as Ikea. Take a look at your space and look at […]

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  • 11th April 2012
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Summer getting closer? Store your winter sports safely.

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer. Outside the trees are green and the sun, for once, can be seen. However cupboards and spare hallways now holds a strong resemblance to an Igloo, with thermals, snow boots and Christmas goods still scattered. Yes, it’s that time to make the switch from heaters to fans, snowboards to surfboards and Long Johns to Speedos, or whatever floats your boat. But what do you do with your winter gear? Big Yellow is here to help, so take a look at some handy ways to prevent an avalanche of winter clutter in your home. With the exception of winter sports enthusiasts, penguins and the Ice Man, I’m sure everyone is glad to see the back of the snow and cold weather. But for those whose homes currently look like shrines dedicated to the […]

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  • 6th April 2012
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De-stressing Easter!

De-stressing Easter!

Easter should be a great time for all the family; kids coming over, family together at last! But often what starts out as a celebration we’re all excited about turns out to deliver exactly the opposite – a hugely stressful weekend. From too many kids with not enough things to do, to overly fussy relatives, Easter can often be somewhat overwhelming for the host family. Don’t let this happen to your weekend by following Big Yellow’s top tips on how to avoid a family bust-up by de-stressing this weekend! 1. De-cluttering: Right, you’ve got loads of people coming over, and loads of people means less space in your household, so anticipate this and free up as much room as you possibly can. • Clear your spaces of potentially breakable items. If you have storage in the attic or cellar, make […]

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Big Yellow staff race around the Olympic Stadium for charity!

Big Yellow staff race around the Olympic Stadium for charity!

Four members of Big Yellow’s staff did their bit for the charity Get Kids Going last weekend by competing in a 4x100m relay against teams from round the country at the all new stadium in Stratford. The team consisting of Big Yellow staff Sharon McCarthy, Luke McLaughlin, Paul Holmes and Mike FitzGerald were hot on the heels of the other competitors finishing a very respectable 2nd out of 8 teams. The event, part of the Gold Challenge, sees the total amount raised so far by the team hit well over the £3,000 mark! Team member Sharon McCarthy who works for Big Yellow’s Head Office said: “What a great day! To be one of the first people to run around such a famous landmark is an absolute privilege. It was enhanced further by the fact that we came second and increased […]

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