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Big Yellow Self Storage Finds A Cracking Social Media Intern

Big Yellow Self Storage Finds A Cracking Social Media Intern

We recently unveiled the Big Think, a search for students passionate about social networks, social media and web culture. Entrants had to prove their gusto on Facebook and Twitter to craft attention grabbing headlines, whilst promoting themselves on the social web. Designed for undergraduates and graduates alike and those interested in social media the internship is a fantastic opportunity for the winner to work and learn with our online communications team in London this summer. The internship scheme offers students a detailed program focusing on how to effectively enhance brand presence online and through social media sites such as Facebook. To secure this prize, students had to enter by submitting a catchy, funny or downright silly news headline which had to include the words “Big” and “Yellow” on our Big Yellow Self Storage page on Facebook. We saw many Big […]

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Added Inspiration for Redecorating Your Home

Added Inspiration for Redecorating Your Home

Following on from our Redecorating Your Home – The Best Online Resources blog post, we thought we would give you added inspiration while you’re redecorating your house. If you’ve had a clear out and decided to store some belongings while you refresh the house, or even re-do the place entirely, look to the design blogs below to tickle the right side of your brain. decor8 – Holly Becker, a freelance journalist and design consultant launched decor8 in January 2006 long before design blogs became a trusted and popular source of information on the web. An established site known as a reliable design resource to over 35,000 daily readers, decor8 (a creative play on the word decorate) is dedicated to sharing honest opinions, fresh decorating ideas, beautiful interior spaces, independent art and design, products and services, and articles meant to inspire […]

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Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes

Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes

There aren’t many things you can’t keep in a self storage room, but food is one of them. It’s unlikely that most home-cooked meals will last for long, but when you’re planning to make something in advance – what’s the best way to keep it fresh? Take cake for instance – you’ve spent a long time baking the perfect chocolate or carrot mix – and the house is filled with the lovely aroma of your hard work. Don’t let it go to waste by neglectful storage. Fruit cakes keep the best, particularly when soaked in an alcohol like brandy, which acts as a preservative. You can keep a Christmas or wedding cake (wrapped in a double layer of greaseproof paper and foil, and kept in a tin) for about three months, ‘feeding’ it with alcohol from time to time – […]

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Did You Know That There Are Others Ways to Store Your Books?

Did You Know That There Are Others Ways to Store Your Books?

Did you know that there are many more creative ways to store your books, other than on a standard shelving system? If you tend to stack them, you lose floor space to the growing number of books in the lounge or office. And nine times out of ten, most of them haven’t even been read yet – they’re just being saved for future use. There is brilliance in the madness of Console Book Shelves – a design concept of Stanislav Katz, which features a reclining seat within the shelves! The Salkim book hanger suspends your books in groups with metal wire to give the illusion of a lightweight mesh, with square frames hooking together to give the impression of light instead of one big block. Using the same concept, you can buy ‘The Invisible Book Shelf’ from Amazon, made by […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage Donations Raise over £1,000 for Cancer Research

Big Yellow Self Storage Donations Raise over £1,000 for Cancer Research

Earlier this year, 13 of our Big Yellow Self Storage stores across the country took part in a Donation Station Day for Cancer Research. We set up donation drop off points at our stores so friends, families and colleagues could donate bags of much needed items to help stock a Cancer Research shop. We managed to raise over £1,000 between the stores taking part which included Bristol Central, Liverpool Edge Lane, Poole, Reading, Sheffield Bramall Lane, Edinburgh, Finchley East, Balham, Peterborough, Norwich, Dundee, Stoke and Stockton. Some of the highlights of the day included 9 bags of donated items from Dundee totalling £243, 16 bags from Stockton totalling £460 and 30 bags from Finchley East totalling £180! Well done to everyone involved as it was a fantastic achievement to raise so much money on the day for such an amazing […]

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Feature: Redecorating Your Home – The Best Online Resources

Feature: Redecorating Your Home – The Best Online Resources

When it comes to redecorating your home, don’t forget about the dead space that could be used for storage. Look at corners of rooms, nooks and crannies in which shelving or units could be placed. Don’t be constrained by a box mentality though, you can find specially designed units to fit almost any space. The retailers below will provide you with a source of furniture to suit almost any need – in any colour, size and shape. Ikea – the Scandinavian company that is now synonymous with good quality basics at low prices. It is a hugely popular destination for model styled décor and accessories, but you can use its products as a base, then personalise them to fit into your home with a bit of creative thinking. Graham and Green – opened its first shop in Notting Hill in […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Handbags Correctly For Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Handbags Correctly For Self Storage

When your handbag costs as much as a holiday to a tropical island, you need to make sure you store it correctly. If you are the kind of person who throws everything in the bottom of your closet, including your precious Prada purse, then think again. Storing them carefully will prolong the lives of these accessories when using self storage; keeping them in pristine condition and making them last longer. One of the best ways to store handbags is to put them in plastic boxes which allow air to circulate. Just make sure the boxes are big enough so that you are not folding over the bag handles. The handbags you use regularly need to be easily accessible, so store them on the top or side shelf in your closet, standing upright in a line. You can organise them however […]

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Selling Unwanted Items Online

Selling Unwanted Items Online

As you prepare to move house, there’s inevitably going to be a lot of clothing, possessions and gadgets that you don’t need any more. While the most important things that you can’t quite part with – or simply don’t quite need to be a part of your new home immediately – can go into self storage, the sites below will help you get rid of the things you no longer want and make some money in the process! eBay – the original and biggest auction site, sell anything here from cars to computers on your own terms. Gumtree – started in March 2000 as a local London classified ads and community site, it is designed to connect people who are either planning to move, or had just arrived in the city, and needed help getting started with accommodation, employment and […]

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Tips & Tricks: Putting Electronic Goods Into Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: Putting Electronic Goods Into Self Storage

Whether it’s a plasma television, a computer or a stereo – are delicate, cost a lot of money and central to most people’s lives. If you’re placing any of these items in self storage, you need to make sure that they stay clean and protected until you need to use them again. The best way to prepare is to make sure they’re clean in the first place. Wipe them down to remove dust or grime, as this can cause premature scratching and degradation of the plastic. Next – detach all wires, as this reduces strain and wear on the sockets – but make sure that they’re grouped according to appliance and labeled. The last thing you want to do when unpacking is to have to search for a stray cable! Wrap your electronics with dust sheets, but not plastics, as […]

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Did You Know The Digital Storage Unit, The USB Drive, Had A Contested Past?

Did You Know The Digital Storage Unit, The USB Drive, Had A Contested Past?

Did you know that the digital storage unit of choice at the moment – the USB drive – has a hotly contested past? Software companies Trek Technology and IBM began selling the first USB flash drives commercially in 2000. Trek, from Singapore, sold a model under the brand name ThumbDrive and IBM marketed the first such drives in North America under the name DiskOnKey. IBM’s USB flash drive became available in December 2000, and had a storage capacity of 8MB – more than five times the capacity of the then-common floppy disks. In 2002, Netac Technology, a consumer electronics company, which claims to have invented the USB flash drive in the late 1990s, was granted a Chinese patent for the device. But while Netac Technology has since brought lawsuits against PNY Technologies, Lenovo, Sony and Acer, most companies that manufacture […]

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