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  • 20th January 2010
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Wii Fit Plus Giveaway – Get fit and organised this January!

Wii Fit Plus Giveaway – Get fit and organised this January!

Think New Year’s resolutions were made to be broken? Think again. What’s your resolution? Become a domestic overlord? De-stress? De-clutter? Get your butt in gear and shape up? If you haven’t guessed it already, we’re dedicating January to helping you get organised and sustaining your New Year’s resolutions. To celebrate we’re offering one lucky Big Yellow Self Storage fan a chance to win a brand new Wii Fit Plus Bundle which features a Wii Console with Wii Sports Resort, Wii Motion Plus, Wii Fit Plus and the Wii Fit balance board to help you get your blood pumping and ready to tackle the Christmas clutter that seems to have built up in everyone’s home. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, head over to the Big Yellow Self Storage Facebook Page and answer our skill testing […]

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Did You Know: Storage started in Texas

… that the first self-storage facilities originated in Texas in the late 1960s? In fact, it was nothing more than a decision to build a series of garages in an open space one day. After the owners realised that they had no real need for them, they rented them out, and then built more. The idea started to catch on, and others did the same. Back then, they were little more than tin garages, usually situated on the industrial periphery of cities and suburbs, and built on former infill sites or among drive-in theatres. The idea of keeping your possessions outside of the home suddenly blossomed into competitive commerce in the space of a few years. Some say it was because households, in step with the global economy of the early 1970s, lurched into a crisis of over-accumulation. Nowadays, we […]

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Did You Know: 3D Films

Did You Know: 3D Films

… that because DreamWorks is now releasing all of its films in 3D, the film company has to double the amount of data storage capacity required to store its movies? A new reference library was installed that was large enough to store around 36,000 DVDs as standard, and the volume was then increased four-fold to allow DreamWorks to keep everything they create. The reason for this is that 3D animation requires every film frame to be created using two images instead of one (one for the viewer’s left eye, and one for the right). Those special bi-coloured glasses handed out at the theatre polarise the images on the screen and combine them in order to give a perception of depth. The move to this type of animation also requires a move away from tape-based storage systems to disk in order […]

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Tips and Tricks: Photographs

… To store photographs properly, make sure you use the right type of albums. Do not place old photographs (or any photographs for that matter) in albums which are magnetic or of the ‘stick and peel’ variety in self storage. Over time, the plastic, cardboard, paper and glue found in such albums will only damage your photos. Instead, invest in albums which are guaranteed and labeled as free of acids. Use a permanent black marker on the back of the photographs to identify the time, occasion and the people or subjects in the photo. Make sure to write with a soft grip, so as to not leave any marks or indentations on the pictures. If you don’t want to put your photographs in albums or frames, then you can use plastic sleeves or bags which are PVC-free. Another option in […]

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Tips and Tricks: Photographs

… To store photographs properly, make sure you use the right type of albums. Do not place old photographs (or any photographs for that matter) in albums which are magnetic or of the ‘stick and peel’ variety in self storage. Over time, the plastic, cardboard, paper and glue found in such albums will only damage your photos. Instead, invest in albums which are guaranteed and labeled as free of acids. Use a permanent black marker on the back of the photographs to identify the time, occasion and the people or subjects in the photo. Make sure to write with a soft grip, so as to not leave any marks or indentations on the pictures. If you don’t want to put your photographs in albums or frames, then you can use plastic sleeves or bags which are PVC-free. Another option in […]

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Did You Know: Recycled Packing Materials

…that for over a year, Big Yellow has sourced information on the environmental credentials of packing materials for our customers? This includes the distances travelled from source, right through to the make up of the cardboard and plastics itself. All cardboard packing materials have a recycled content ranging from70% to 100%, and plastic storage containers are predominantly recyclable polypropylene (our collapsible ones are in fact made from 100% recycled polypropylene). Loose fill packing material is made of a minimum 90% recycled polystyrene and all of our packing tissue paper is 50% recycled content. We’re currently looking into additional suppliers for biodegradable loose fill packing material to try to make this figure higher. You can find out more about this and our other sustainable initiatives by looking at Big Yellow’s website, which will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

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Tips and Tricks: Store Wine Sideways

…Commercial wine self storage facilities charge a surprisingly minimal amount to let you sit back and relax at home while they take care of your wine bottles stored at the perfect temperature and humidity. The best thing that you can do to ensure that your bottles are kept safe is to store them lying on their sides so that the cork can be kept moist – this is what keeps air away from the liquid. Once the cork is dry, the wine will be oxidised and lose its quality.

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Did You Know: UK Storage Companies

… Did you know that there are around 1.6 billion square feet of rentable self-storage in the USA, in comparison to against 22 million in Australia and around 25 million in the United Kingdom? There are now well over 250 companies operating in the United Kingdom, varying from large multi-centre companies like Big Yellow (operating over 250 centres nationwide between them all), to single-centre independent enterprises. It is estimated that the industry in the UK now generates revenues of about £360m and has over 230,000 customers using the service. The average rentable square footage per head of population in the UK is 0.42 and the largest concentration of centres is in the London area as well as the South East.

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Tips and Tricks: Over Packing

… Don’t attempt to pack more items into a box in order to pack it tightly and save on boxes. Doing this will lead to a box full of broken glass and hurt feelings! Instead, fill all loose space with any available soft item, even clothing if there’s nothing else available. Packing delicate items for self storage around a handful of clothing would save money and help ensure the safety of all delicate items.

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Did You Know: Temporary Self Storage

…that most self-storage needs are in fact temporary instead of permanent? According to a recent poll on EasyStorageSearch.com (a directory of self storage facilities nationwide), the most common reason for people to seek out self-storage is a temporary need for more space. Of the 100 respondents, nearly half (43 percent) of those polled were looking for self storage for this reason and only fifteen people had a more permanent need for more space. Perhaps surprisingly, only 32 percent of storage seekers were moving: 16 respondents were making a local move, and 16 were moving cross-country. So during the recession, it would be easy to assume that people require storage due to a move, to take another job, or minimise living expenses. But this poll shows that this is far from the case. Big Yellow’s units can be used for just […]

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