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Thinking outside the box – Storing books

Thinking outside the box – Storing books

The humble bookshelf can sometimes be filled then forgotten about, lost to dust and untouched books. However, they are a great piece of furniture to turn into a feature, so be imaginative and feel proud of them and all the memories they have given you over the years. Have a little look below for easy and fantastic ways to store your books so they become more of a feature in your home. Colour coded Make a bookshelf rainbow-inspired by organising your books in order of colour. It will prevent your library from looking cluttered, and makes it a real focal point of the room. If you have one or two that don’t conform, then cover them with wrapping paper and write the name of the book on the spine. Fill ‘em up Do you have an unused fire place? The […]

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Prepare your home for a party

Prepare your home for a party

Being the start of November, the festive party season is almost upon us. Life can get a bit hectic when the run up to Christmas starts, with buying presents, planning and attending parties and family visiting from all over the place. If you’re planning to host a party this year, check out our quick and easy tips to get your home party ready. Pretend you’re a guest Take a wander around your home and see it through a guest’s eyes. Have a look at the clutter you may not notice on a day to day basis such as obstacles in the walkway, products scattered around the bathroom, and dust on bookshelves. This will help you to make a list of all the areas that need special attention before your start your tasks. First impressions Take a little time to give […]

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How to care for garden furniture

How to care for garden furniture

With summer becoming a distant memory and winter well on the way, it’s time to turn your attention to the garden. It’s important to take care of any garden furniture that may not be used over the colder months, so it maintains its quality for next year. Some of our customers use self storage to protect it but there are also many other tips available. Have a look below for some advice on how to ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep it looking it’s best. Cleaning It’s a good idea to regularly clean your furniture, which you can do easily with some warm soapy water. If it’s wooden and unpainted and gets really dirty, then you can lightly sand it after you’ve washed it to remove the dirt that is harder to get off. Varnish protection Coating your […]

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Step by step: Halloween cardboard decoration

Step by step: Halloween cardboard decoration

It’s time to get spooky with our next cardboard creation that proves cardboard boxes are useful for more than just storage. Get the kids involved with making this Halloween decoration, which is sure to add an extra scare to any Halloween party. Follow our simple step-by-step guide below. Step 1 – what you will need: • A cardboard box • A black marker pen • White chalk or a pencil • Sheets of black card • Stanley knife or a pair of scissors • Blue-tack for assembling NB: Parental supervision required when using Stanley knife or scissors Step 2 Carefully cut your cardboard box into thin strips to resemble wood panels. You’ll need seven strips if you want it to be the same size as our image, but you can make more or less depending on how big the window […]

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Cambridge’s Big Yellow supports future stars with new sponsorship of Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club

Cambridge’s Big Yellow supports future stars with new sponsorship of Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club

Our newly opened Big Yellow Self Storage in Cambridge is proud to be joining forces with the acclaimed Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club (CURUFC) as it gears up for another successful season at Grange Road. The official partnership will help get the pitches ready for upcoming matches, maintain the grounds throughout the season, and support opportunities for both male and female students to be a part of the famous club’s six teams by helping to fund coaching. Established in 1871, CURUFC is one of the most renowned amateur sporting clubs in the world, producing over 320 international players, including the likes of Gerald Davis, Gavin Hastings, Simon Amor, Ben Woods and Jamie Roberts. Jeremy Macklin, member of the committee at CURUFC, says: “The Big Yellow Self Storage in Cambridge only opened in February this year, so we’re privileged to […]

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Doing Summit Good: Armadillo Team Conquer Mount Snowdon to Raise Money for a Good Cause

Doing Summit Good: Armadillo Team Conquer Mount Snowdon to Raise Money for a Good Cause

Last week, six of our colleagues from three Armadillo Self Storage stores completed a treacherous 7KM hike up the highest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon, to help raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Nina, Ken, Fran, Jenna, Dawn and Jonathon took to the notorious Llanberis path last week, making it to the summit and back after a tough five-hour climb. The climbers have already raised £230 so far for the charity, with more expected to come in the next few weeks. Jenna Rawley, Store Manager at Liverpool North says: “In an area team meeting we realised we all knew someone who was suffering from MS. So, there and then we decided to do something to raise money to help further the amazing work and research the Multiple Sclerosis Society does to help those living with the disease. […]

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Life moment interview: Taking time out to go travelling

Life moment interview: Taking time out to go travelling

Alex Clough is a Digital Director from London, and recently took some time out of work to go travelling. We asked him a few questions about how he prepared for his trip, and we’ll offer you some tips based on his experience. Where did you go travelling? I went to South East Asia, with visits to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietman and Indonesia. Why did you make the decision to go now? I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that allows three month sabbaticals, and sometimes you just have to grasp the moment and go for it. Travelling doesn’t have to be done in your gap year, or when you’ve retired. I had the opportunity to go and experience new things, so I thought ‘why not’? Time out of work can help refresh the mind. How did you prepare to […]

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Top tips for going back to university

Top tips for going back to university

September brings the end of the summer holidays, and the looming start of term for all university students. Whether it be year one, two or even five, there’s always new ways you can get prepared. Check out some of our tips below to get you feeling inspired. Remember to keep an eye on our Twitter feed, where you’ll find more useful tricks and hacks. Home comforts To make sure you bring the comforts from home with you to uni, create a recipe scrapbook of all your favourite meals that your mum or dad regularly cook at home. Cooking is also a great way to make new friends in halls or keep your housemates on side. Get organised When you get back to university it’s likely your brain will be frazzled from all that fun you had over the summer. To […]

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Life hacks for your living and work space

Life hacks for your living and work space

September has arrived all too fast, and with the summer holidays over, kids are back to school and you are either going back to work or sorting the house after the last 8 weeks. There is no better time to re-organise you living or work space, ready to take on the challenges ahead. Here are a few creative yet helpful hacks to get you on your way. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer simple solutions to help get the best out of all types of space. Sorted stationary Pens, pencils, scissors and rulers all contribute to the cluttered space on your desk. You can upcycle used tin cans to act as a stationary holder, or even empty toilet rolls. If you’re feeling creative, get a paintbrush to add a dash of colour. Lego helpers Lego doesn’t […]

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Cardboard creation: horse costume

Cardboard creation: horse costume

Next up in our series of cardboard creations is a simple yet effective horse costume. This is the perfect activity to keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays. You can help them make it, then watch them gallop round the garden for as many hours as they please. Step 1 – what you will need: • A cardboard box, big enough for the child who will wear it • A cardboard box for the head and tail • Thick ribbon • Decorative ribbon or string for the reins • Craft paint • Scissors • Both a red and a black marker pen • Glue NB: Parental supervision required when using scissors and glue Step 2 Carefully cut out a circle shaped hole in both sides of one box, which need to be large enough to fit the rider through. […]

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