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Donation Drive for Parcels4Troops!

Donation Drive for Parcels4Troops!

Parcels4Troops organise small ‘home comfort’ parcels for soldiers to be sent out to them in the field. The scheme was set up a few years ago by ex-RCT (Royal Corps of Transport) Corporal Alasdair Sutherland to help a couple of his work colleagues who were in the Territorial Army and deployed in Iraq. The parcels were received extremely well and the word spread, resulting in many more parcels being sent out to the unit. We’ve offered Parcels4Troops unlimited use of 100 square feet of self storage at our Edinburgh branch to help the donation drive. If you’re in the area, then donations from the following categories would be greatly appreciated: Small packets of sweets (no chocolate or toffee – not very good in the heat) Glucose sweets Anti-bacterial hand gel Packets of dried noodles Cup-a-soups Sachets of drinking chocolate Chewing […]

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Win an Eco HD TV!

Win an Eco HD TV!

We cherish the three Rs here at Big Yellow Self Storage. Yes, that’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle! We’ve built this ethos into the way we operate our facilities. In fact, we’re investing over £1 million in renewable energy technologies at Barking, Balham, Fulham and Kennington, as well as working with a full time environmental manager to increase the pace of change within the company. This investment forms a key part of a detailed study into the actual buildings themselves, to quantify the energy, waste usage and benefits of these new technologies. We’re also looking at which improvements can be introduced to existing and new stores alike. One of the most innovative steps we’ve taken is to use products that are more sustainable. As well as selecting materials responsibly with low embodied energy, easy reuse and from sustainable sources. We’re trying […]

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Travelling to work with Big Yellow

Travelling to work with Big Yellow

As part of Big Yellow Self Storage’s ongoing CSR efforts, we’ve been working with the HR and Operations team to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of our business. After our company policy was distributed to all stores in 2008 and presented during the annual 2009 Spring Conference, all employee inductions now include an introduction to our CSR objectives. One of the interactive aspects of this policy is the recent Employee Work Travel project, which took the shape of an Intranet-based survey in Autumn 2008. It covered a variety of questions to help build a profile of the distance people travelled to and from work, how much business travel was carried out during working hours and the different modes of transport use. Employee response came back at a very impressive 85%, indicating that prior education had been successful, […]

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Did You Know: Shipping Storage Containers Could Be Recycled?

Did You Know: Shipping Storage Containers Could Be Recycled?

Steel shipping storage containers outlive their usefulness after 5 years, and they used to sit abandoned at shipyards gathering rust. Now, because they’re so durable, light weight and easy to stack, a new recycling trend has emerged. Everything from shipping container sculpture, homes, hotels and museums have started to appear. The possibilities are seemingly endless. The simple, boxy shape of shipping containers makes them perfect for housing, whether creating a small recycled dwelling out of just one container or stacking multiple containers for a larger home or complex of small living spaces. Just as they can be transformed into housing complexes, shipping containers are perfectly suited for use as hotels. The world’s first shipping container hotel was built in Uxbridge, West London in 2008. The 8-story Travelodge was built from 86 modified shipping containers, and the whole process was said […]

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Haiti Earthquake Appeal

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

United Haitians in the United Kingdom (UHUK) is seeking out donations of shoes, candles, tents, electrical lanterns, sleeping bags, tablets for clean drinking water, school and medical supplies to send to the many affected Haitian areas. We’ve set up donation drop off points at several Big Yellow Self Storage locations to support the donation drive. All donations from the above categories will be gratefully received at the locations below: Big Yellow Self Storage Donation Drop Off Points: North London: Big Yellow Self Storage Finchley East South West London: Big Yellow Self Storage Hounslow South East London: Big Yellow Self Storage Kennington Reading: Big Yellow Self Storage Reading Birmingham: Big Yellow Self Storage Birmingham If you’d like to make a monetary contribution you can do so through the UHUK website. All donations received will go directly to UHUK’s Earthquake Relief fund. […]

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Tips & Tricks: Clothes

Tips & Tricks: Clothes

Whether you’re a hoarder, just a collector of gorgeous and vintage clothes or buy more than you should, keeping your clothes and collectables in tip top condition is key to having an extensive wardrobe. General wear and tear and poor storage can damage clothing and shorten the lifespan of your favourite frock. Here’s some top tips on storing your clothes and keeping them in mint condition: – Before you pack anything away, make sure it’s dust free and clean – Don’t cram too much into a box as fabrics need to breathe. Make sure the boxes aren’t packed too tightly – Refold items regularly to prevent dust settling – Self storage facilities offer the perfect temperature and darkness – Don’t store fabrics against wood and bear in mind that certain fabrics need specific care i.e. use muslin or acid free […]

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Did You Know: That storage has become an art form?

Did You Know: That storage has become an art form?

……yes that’s right, cardboard boxes are being turned into art by creative individuals all over the world. Check out these genius examples and then why not give it a try yourself next time you’re moving some stuff around. Instead of just chucking away your old boxes, why not recycle them in different ways, by making something for your kids or to scare your neighbours on Halloween!

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2010: The Year Clutter Died!

2010: The Year Clutter Died!

The New Year inspires many of us, with resolutions ranging from losing weight to cutting down on liquid merriment. Your home could also benefit from some of this post-Hogmanay energy, so why not actually sort out the mess that is your spare room, or finally put away those dusty vinyls that haven’t been played in years? To help you out, there are plenty of online resources where you can find great advice on creative storage solutions for every facet of your home. See our cream of the crop below. Unclutterer is blog about getting organised. It offers impartial advice on removing clutter and streamlining your home. There’s even a forum where you can discuss your storage needs with other members who will be only too happy to answer your queries – no topic too strange! Swiss-Miss is a design blog […]

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Tips & Tricks: DVDs

Tips & Tricks: DVDs

DVDs have a habit of accumulating around the TV and before you know it, they’re all mixed up and in the wrong cases so when you want to find The Dark Knight, you end up with Legally Blond. Not ideal. Investing in a DVD rack is a smart way to avoid this potential catastrophe and will also minimise clutter. Another solution is to do away with DVD cases altogether and store your discs in a CD wallet which you can arrange by genre.

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Did You Know: The largest self storage facility is in Utah?

Did You Know: The largest self storage facility is in Utah?

….that self storage facilities first appeared in the US in the 1960’s? There are now a total of 58,000 self storage facilities worldwide and the largest self storage facility is in Salt Lake City, Utah, which contains a massive 2,200 storage units in total! In Europe, the self storage market is the biggest in the UK. The first self storage facility arrived to the UK in the early 1980’s and there are now 750 facilities in total with the numbers growing by the day!

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