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  • 22nd October 2010
  • News

Win an iPod Nano with Big Yellow Space Savers Round 2!

Win an iPod Nano with Big Yellow Space Savers Round 2!

We’ve launched the second round of our Facebook game ‘Big Yellow Space Savers’ after very successful first round. Kelly Bourton our first winner successfully won Round 1 and a brand new Apple iPad amassing 590 items with the help of her friends! In Round 2 of Space Savers, players will have the chance to win the latest iPod Nano when they store items in their virtual self storage room. To be in with a chance of winning the prize, players have to store as many items as possible and you’ll even gain points by inviting your friends to play the game when they store items. The aim of the game is to catch falling items from a van before they hit the ground. Once they’ve all been caught successfully you’ll be able to store and customise an item to go […]

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  • 22nd October 2010
  • News

Get Inspired To Clear Out Your Home During National Declutter Week!

Get Inspired To Clear Out Your Home During National Declutter Week!

National Declutter Week kicks off this Saturday 23 October until Sunday 31 October and is a great chance for the entire nation to get rid of some rubbish. With the kids off school for half term and Christmas just around the corner, there has never been a better time to make a start on decluttering. Set aside a day to clear out your home and realise the benefit of a clutter free home. Big Yellow Self Storage has taken inspiration from National Declutter Week and compiled five top tips for de-cluttering your home from our self storage blog archive: 1. Tackle the task section by section, otherwise it can seem too overwhelming. Ensure you finish each part before you move on to the next 2. Throw out all the bottles, toothbrushes and soaps etc which are old or empty and […]

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Did You Know The Most Money Made In A UK Auction Is £153 Million?

Did You Know The Most Money Made In A UK Auction Is £153 Million?

Did you know that in June this year an impressionist’s art sale fetched £152.6 million, beating the record for the most money ever made in a UK auction? The highlight of the sale at the London auction house, Christies was a 1903 painting by Pablo Picasso. The piece, named ‘Portrait of Angel Fernandez De Soto’, (also known as ‘The Absinthe Drinker’), sold for £34.7 million. Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Art Foundation, a charity set up by the British composer to promote art, culture and heritage in Britain, bought the artwork for £19 million in 1995. They attempted to sell the painting at Christies in New York in 2006 but the auction was called off due to controversy over the ownership. Julius Schoeps, who is Jewish, claimed his family had owned the painting, but had been forced to sell it by the Nazis. […]

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How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

You don’t necessarily have to be a wine expert to begin your own wine collection, there is plenty of help and advice available to get you started. We have compiled some of the best tips and tricks to get you on your way to developing a cellar, which will have your friends green with envy. There will always be something about wine you didn’t know, no matter how advanced your knowledge is. Education is paramount in becoming a successful wine collector. Read as many wine books, columns and websites as you can. Where possible, visit your nearest vineyard (or take the opportunity to go next time you are holidaying somewhere renowned for wine production). Look out for wine tasting events as these sessions will help you decide which wines to add to your collection. To really develop your knowledge on […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Stop Your Shoes From Becoming Cluttered

Tips & Tricks: How To Stop Your Shoes From Becoming Cluttered

Shoe clutter is a very common household problem and the more people there are in your house, the bigger the problem can become. A lack of storage space can cause mounds of shoes to appear in bedrooms, near an entrance or a hallway. Here are some top tips to organise shoes effectively and stop them from becoming cluttered. Storage boxes are useful as they can create easy storage solutions for shoes. They’re very useful for shoes that you don’t wear often or are off-season. Plastic see-through boxes that stack are recommended or you can use the original box and attach a photo on the outside for easy viewing. Shoe racks and shelves made from wood are useful for shoes that you wear frequently and can be stored in closets that have space beneath the clothes rod. Many racks and shelves […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage & The Gadget Show Team Up For Record Breaking Giant Game Of Tetris

Big Yellow Self Storage & The Gadget Show Team Up For Record Breaking Giant Game Of Tetris

The Gadget Show has created a gigantic Tetris game to beat a world record in a show which aired on Monday night. The Channel Five show set a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of Tetris ever played. The programme produced a spectacular instillation using boxes donated by Big Yellow Self Storage, with bright lights inside every box. The 1984 game, which involves moving and rotating shaped blocks to fit into lines, was recreated using 200 of Big Yellow’s extra large storage boxes making a grid of 105.7 metre squared. Presenters Ortis Deley, Suzi Perry, Pollyanna Woodward and Jon Bentley controlled the game on the ground by stamping on directional pressure pads, whilst Jason Bradbury oversaw the game from a cherry picker, shouting directions to his fellow team members. To beat the previous record, the technology show’s presenters […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Collectibles

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Collectibles

Collections can be exciting and fun and, in moderation, displays of collected items can provide a nice decor for your home. However, collections can easily get out of hand and could end up making your house look like a charity shop. If this is the case, it might be time to consider putting some of your stuff away. Storing your collectibles is an important part of organising your collection and keeping it safe. We have compiled some tips and tricks for the best way to store your memorabilia. Depending on what you collect, you may be able to incorporate collectibles with your decor by displaying items on walls or shelves. To avoid exhibiting the entire collection at once, put some items into storage and then rotate them every few months to ensure your walls don’t look too cluttered. For items […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Organise Your Garage

Tips & Tricks: How To Organise Your Garage

Garages can fast become an area of your home where items just get thrown into simply because there’s no other place for them or they haven’t been organised properly. Sifting through these can be a real time investment purely because you may find bits and pieces that you forgot you even had! Here are some top storage solutions to keep your garage organised and stop it from becoming cluttered. First of all you should divide your items into different sections depending on what you decide to keep, store or throw away which will help reduce the amount of items that you have to find a new home for and act as an incentive to clear out the junk. Adding open or closed shelving to your garage will clear away many items such as small paint tins that get cluttered on […]

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Charity Race Night For A Great Cause

Charity Race Night For A Great Cause

To aid The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign a charity race night was recently held at The Fairfield Halls in Croydon with our Big Yellow Bromley store sponsoring one of the races. The campaign supports the great work of the Royal Marsden which raises money to help the hospital stay at the leading edge of cancer treatment, research and care. The evening was compared by Channel 4’s own racing legend Derek Thompson and featured comedian Kevin Day to help Royal Marsden go that extra mile with the work that they provide for their patients. It was a great night of fun for our members of staff that attended and for everyone involved. Visit The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign for further information on fundraising, making a donation and organising your own events for this amazing cause!

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Did You Know Happy Meals Can Make You Rich?

Did You Know Happy Meals Can Make You Rich?

Did You Know that a collection of McDonald’s memorabilia was sold for a whopping £8,130 last year? The 5,000 items from the fast food chain consisted of toys, posters and Happy Meal boxes and made the owner Luke Underwood a small fortune. Luke was only 11 when the collection was sold in March 2009. The young entrepreneur from South Clifton, Nottinghamshire persuaded his dad to buy the memorabilia dating from 1990-2000 for him for just £250 in 2005. Luke sold it 4 years later after running out of space in his home to store the thousands of McDonald’s promotional items. The collection was thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK and included the only known complete set of the 101 Dalmatians promotional toys, in their original bags. The auction, held by Unique Auctions in March 2009, […]

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