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  • 29th September 2011
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Moving your child to University

Moving your child to University

So it’s time for your young one to fly the nest (well kind of) and leave for university! They’ll be leaving behind a lot of memories…but also a lot of junk. So you’ve dropped them off and they’re having the time of their life, but what about the contents of their bedroom that they’ve left behind? Is it necessary to keep all those childhood reminders or is it time for your child to let go of them in order to embark on a new, independent adult life? Before you perform this monster clear out you should probably consult with your child…just in case, you may not think things to be items of treasure but to your youngster that is exactly what they might be. So how could you get your son or daughter involved and make sure you don’t clear […]

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Antiques of tomorrow: old computers and phones

Antiques of tomorrow: old computers and phones

So you’ve discovered your old coat from many, many winters ago in the back of the cupboard. You try it on, just to see if it still fits; you put your hand in the pocket and pull out a large, brick shaped object. On closer inspection, you discover it is your old mobile phone, the one from long before the days of touch screen and cameras. Well did you know that you could potentially get a rather large amount of money for that old ‘brick’? When we think of antiques, we usually think of precious pieces of china or family heirlooms passed down from generations. We don’t often associate the word with phones and computers. However, an expert at the BBC show ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ believes that future generations will be bringing their old mobiles on to the show, particularly […]

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Big Yellow Fellows get their legs waxed for charity!

Big Yellow Fellows get their legs waxed for charity!

Having cycled more than 191 miles around London over two days to raise money for charity, the four man team made up of Big Yellow staff, decided to get their legs waxed one by one in celebration at raising so much money for the Get Kids Going! charity. The team, made up of leader, Mike FitzGerald, store manager at Big Yellow Romford, Luke McLaughlin from Birmingham Big Yellow, Richard Shubrook and Paul Holmes from Big Yellow Head office, decided that if the team raised over £1,500 Luke and Mike would get their legs waxed, at £2,000 Richard is up with Paul following behind at £3,000. Team leader Mike told us “We were so amazed at how much everyone got behind us and supported the challenge. As the money grew higher and higher, we started talking about what else we could […]

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  • 15th September 2011
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Did you know: Unusual collections

Did you know: Unusual collections

Collecting has always been close to our hearts here at Big Yellow Self Storage, but we all know it can be a bit addictive. Rare is the person who can say with complete honesty that they’ve never collected anything. Be it Pokémon cards or vegetables resembling the rich and famous, pretty much anything is viable for collectable status, and some of them are downright hilarious. Here are some of our favourite wacky collections: 1. In Germany, Jens Veerbeck owns a collection of over 600 toasters. Scoff if you will but a few of these appliances are worth over £1,500. His most valued is a vintage model from the 1920s which costs £3,500. 2. The world’s largest collection of traffic signs is owned by American Steve Salcedo. His stockpile of over 350 warning, parking and street name signs have all been […]

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  • 14th September 2011
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Tips and Tricks: Going green in your home

Tips  and Tricks: Going green in your home

While we’d all like to do our bit for the environment, busy schedules and just not knowing how can make that difficult. So we’ve put together Big Yellow Self Storage’s top Tips and Tricks for going green in your own home: 1. Recycling. Sometimes the most obvious techniques are the best. Just taking the time to recycle old magazines, cardboard and cans makes a real dent into how much goes into landfills, especially if everyone takes part. Most of our boxes and packaging is made from recycled paper! If you’re a bit confused about what you can and can’t recycle, check out recyclenow.com’s easy to use list. 2. Energy Saving Light Bulbs. With the old non-efficient light bulbs on the way out, why not get ahead of the curve? These Bulbs can be up to 80% more efficient which not […]

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Top Tips: Recycling your old appliances & electronics

Top Tips: Recycling your old appliances & electronics

What do you do when you’ve got to get rid of your white goods when they need changing? Get the council round to take them away? Take them to a landfill site? Are old mobile phones cluttering up your drawers? It’s always a bit of a headache to get rid of electronics or potentially environmentally damaging appliances. So why not give them a second chance at life by reading Big Yellow Storage’s top tips and tricks for recycling unwanted appliances: 1. Freecycle. Freecycle.org is a website that allows people to give their unwanted appliances, electronics and furniture to others within their surrounding community. When you have something you want to get rid of why not post it up on Freecycle.org, it is a free service so you won’t get money for your old fridge, but you will receive a clear […]

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  • 7th September 2011
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Did You Know : DIY Costs

Did You Know : DIY Costs

So how much does DIY Cost? And is it really advisable to do something like a loft conversion all by yourself? Here are some of the real facts of DIY: 1) Try some thrifty alternatives to more traditional interior (and exterior design) by using DIY. For example ceramic flowers pots in the garden can be overpriced. Why not turn something else into a flower pot? Not only does it save you money, it’s also recycling and it looks cool and arty. Old food cans (especially treacle tins), leaky watering cans and wellington boots and even (if you’re a bit more daring) your old car can all be used to house flowers. Go here to see how you can make a plant pot out of a tea pot. 2) You can actually calculate how much an extension will cost on helpful […]

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  • 2nd September 2011
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Tips and Tricks: Laying out a room

Tips and Tricks: Laying out a room

Working out how to set up a room can be something of a challenge, but it can also be a lot of fun. So, Big Yellow Storage have put together yet another array of our Tips and Tricks to see you through and let you enjoy the experience… 1. The first thing you’ll need is some graph paper, pencils and a measuring tape. Measure out the parameters of the room and draw them up to scale. Then photocopy the drawing (or just copy it out again) and draw in your furniture (also to scale). Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy, you can always scrap inefficient ideas at this point. 2. Another good tip is to remember that, while a floor plan is very important, an elevation plan is just as critical. An elevation plan deals with the different […]

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Tips and Tricks: Looking after works of art

Tips and Tricks: Looking after works of art

Do you have special pieces of artwork at home that you’re terrified to touch in case you damage them? If so, then this list is for you! We’ve put together some of our most useful Tips and Tricks to help keep those pieces future proofed and we really hope they help. 1. Always be very careful when cleaning a painting. The best option is to go to a professional, especially if the painting is old or valuable. 2. Keep sculptures indoors unless you’re sure they’ve been treated to be resistant to adverse weather and UV rays. (Granite and cement sculptures are, however, fine outdoors. As are bronze pieces if they’re waxed at least once a year). 3. When moving a painting around your house, plan out your route before hand and check for protruding objects that might damage the artwork […]

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  • 25th August 2011
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Big Yellow boxes up some help!

Big Yellow boxes up some help!

Big Yellow Self Storage Ilford uses their space to help people in need again. On August 3rd a fire ripped through a flat in Ilford. One of the occupants was hospitalized with spinal injuries following a dramatic leap from the window to safety. The fire was finally put out with the help of 30 fire fighters. Having seen the dramatic pictures in last week’s Recorder, Assistant manager Charlotte Mier felt compelled to offer as much help as possible and despite having already used up the store’s charity budget arranged a free storage room and boxes. After the blaze, the partner of the woman, understood to still be in hospital this week recovering from spinal injuries, said: “Fortunately, we are both alive, which is most important, but I would like to give out my personal thank you to the community for […]

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