Self Storage Blog

  • 2nd November 2011
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Q & A with wine expert Matt

Q & A with wine expert Matt

Did you know that Big Yellow Self Storage in Fulham has a temperature controlled wine storage facility? We thought we’d go behind the scenes and talk to Matt, the manager of the Wine Cellars, to ask him about how he came to be involved with wine, what wines are good as an investment and any tips on what’s good in the supermarkets right now! BYSS BLOG: Matt, where did your passion for wine start? MATT: I got into wine while at University, I had a part time job at a beautiful little wine shop that had been selling bottles for over a hundred years and through in-store tastings I was able to try some great wines. The wine that really got me hooked was a bottle of Margaux, I forget the chateau but remember it being like nothing else I’d […]

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  • 31st October 2011
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READ International first National Donation Day

READ International first National Donation Day

On the weekend, Saturday 29th October Big Yellow Self Storage opened their doors to support READ International first National Donation Day. It was organised in a hope to motivate hundreds of UK schools and individuals to donate their old books, helping READ International in their mission: to improve access to education and empower school children in East Africa to fulfil their own potential. READ International student volunteers are now sorting all the books generously donated to ensure only the best quality and most relevant ones are sent out to East Africa. Those that don’t fit the bill will be sold to raise funds for shipping the good books and as a last resort what is left will be recycled – nothing goes to landfill. Since 2006 READ International has sent over 1 million books to Tanzania and Uganda – vital […]

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  • 26th October 2011
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Clear your place to clear your mind – A guide to Feng Shui

Clear your place to clear your mind – A guide to Feng Shui

The ancient art of Feng Shui is said to bring about good fortune, health, and happiness as well as reducing negative and harmful energy. All this can be achieved by re-arranging your living space! The Chinese have been taking heed of Feng Shui for over 3,000 years and slowly but surely its spread to Western cultures. Have you embraced the art of Feng Shui yet? Well, we at Big Yellow Self Storage have put together a guide for you to make you a Feng Shui master in no time! 1. Get rid of the clutter. Ever feel like you’ve got so many thoughts cluttering your mind you just can’t seem to think straight? It’s the same in your home. An essential step of Feng Shui to clear the clutter from your home and banish the low and confusing energy that […]

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  • 20th October 2011
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Tips and Tricks: Preparing a property for renting

Tips and Tricks: Preparing a property for renting

If you live in an area that plays host to exciting annual events (Like the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh) renting out your home for the duration of the event can be a great way to avoid the crowds and make some extra money. Or maybe you rent long term? Either way we hope any potential or seasoned renters will find our these Tip and Tricks useful: 1. Before showing perspective tenants around make sure to do some really thorough spring cleaning. It’s amazing the difference that cleaning the carpets and windows can make. 2. Be prepared! When renting you’re still responsible for the internal upkeep of the house. That means anything structural, electrical or plumbing related. Make sure you have experts in all those areas ready to go (If you’re renting during holidays be extra careful to check if they’re […]

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Big Yellow Bramall Lane win a Sheffield Telegraph Environment Award

Big Yellow Bramall Lane win a Sheffield Telegraph Environment Award

Big Yellow picked up the Business award for outstanding environmental and sustainable innovations and improvements at this year’s Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards last night. In its fifth year, the event was truly inspiring with guest speakers including Paul Hudson, the BBC Look North weather reporter, discussing issues relating to climate change and changing the public’s opinion. Big Yellow was up against some tough competition including Meadow Hall Shopping centre for their outstanding recycling system. Hannah Jones, Big Yellow employee said “The judges were really impressed with Big Yellow’s commitment to the environment and the fact that we have a green feature in a large number of our stores. They also commented on how passionate the staff were about the company’s corporate social responsibility and in particular Bramall Lane store which has encouraged local wildlife, flora and fauna by planting hundreds […]

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Preparing for Winter!

Preparing for Winter!

It’s approaching that time of year again when the woolly hats and scarves come out, the central heating comes on and the beach gear goes to the very back of the wardrobe to become a mere distant memory. But apart from clothes, what else should we be putting on the back burner? We at Big Yellow have put together a list of the things to do to get ready for the next few months of icy weather. Unless you’re hoping to open a small ice skating rink in your back garden, the time has come for you to wave goodbye to the paddling pool as it goes to its home in storage or the garage to spend a long lonely winter. It brought hours of enjoyment in the summer time but now with winter approaching its far more enjoyable for […]

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Best box packing practice

Best box packing practice

At Big Yellow Self Storage we’re masters at dealing with boxes and indeed sell them! We not only take care of the outside of your boxes we can also offer helpful hints at how to pack the inside of your boxes. We’ve seen all sorts of box packing faux pas in our time so we’ve compiled one of our handy lists to stop you from making them. So read on and you’ll be a pro packer in no time. 1. Plan before you begin. Of course we know you want to get started as soon you can (mainly so you can finish as soon as you can!). If you plan it means you’ll know what items are in what box which also makes unpacking a lot easier. It means you can manage the weight of the boxes by balancing the […]

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  • 6th October 2011
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Moving Abroad – How to plan for your big move

Moving Abroad – How to plan for your big move

So you’ve got your new job in a new country, now the only things you need to worry about are your houses (old and new) and the fate of your belongings. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage, we know what a stressful time moving house can be, particularly when that move is to a different country, so we’ve been kind and decided to help relieve a small portion of that stress by putting together a guide on how to prepare for your big move. 1: Renting your house/flat out Consider whether you’ll be using an agency to handle the rental or doing it all yourself. There’s always the concern that you may be one of the unlucky (but not unusual) landlords that have difficult tenants which creates a lot more stress for you to deal with. However if you leave […]

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Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Are you finding it hard during the downturn in the economy? Fancy going on holiday next year, but you can’t afford it? Well the answer could come from your spare room. Simply by letting it out during the world’s biggest sporting event next year, you could increase your income by up to £1,000! So how do you go about doing it? Michael Holmes, presenter of Channel 5’s Britain’s Best Home and editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Real Homes magazine and Period Living magazine, believes that by clearing out your spare room and renting a self storage unit for as little as £5 a day, 5.4 million homeowners, who have a additional space, in the UK could be cashing in on local events such as the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay, Oxford Literary Fair, the Grand National in Aintree or the PGA […]

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  • 30th September 2011
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National Home Improvement Show at Earls Court 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

National Home Improvement Show at Earls Court 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

Need some inspiration, new ideas, and expert advice for your home? Why not take a look at the National Home Improvement Show this weekend. It’s the UK’s leading event for home improvers, bringing together high quality suppliers, designers and experts all in one place, making it the perfect opportunity for anyone planning a project to find out all they need to know. There’ll be over 300 specialist companies exhibiting and showcasing the very latest home improvement products as well as guest speakers talking about everything from loft and basement conversions to making money from renewable energy. Some of the highlights of this year’s National Home Improvement Show include: • Interior expert Julia Kendell (Daybreak & DIY SOS) giving you handy hints, top tips and incredible inspiration to get your home looking great and your own personal touch. • Real Homes […]

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