Self Storage Blog

Tips and Tricks: Security

… Pack the best in the back. Even with a full-time security guard on patrol at your self-storage facility, you can protect your belongings even more just by loading your most valuable items into the back of your unit. Don’t skimp on your padlock, either. While no lock is completely invincible, a high-quality lock will make your unit far less vulnerable.

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  • 23rd November 2009
  • News

Did You Know: 12 Second Interview

… that Big Yellow ran the first ever ‘speed’ job interviews via micro video blogging site 12 Seconds? The campaign formed part of a search to find the next ‘Social Media Guru’, and asked undergraduates to prepare a succinct, straightforward pitch. This means that the right candidate would be able to sell themselves via an online interview that lasted no longer than 12 seconds. The search was open to those working within the PR, marketing and new media fields, but also encouraged submissions to anyone with a passion for this type of role. Big Yellow has helped students for many years by providing interim solutions for all their storage needs. As the employment market becomes increasingly competitive, the company is happy to be able to offer one lucky individual the chance to cut their razor sharp social media teeth within […]

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Tips and Tricks: Books

… Books can be surprisingly heavy if too many of them are stacked together so the best way to pack these is to use small boxes for efficient use of the self storage space. You may need more of them, but they’ll be easier to move about should you need to. Making these alphabetical will also make finding one specific book far quicker, as will organising by theme if you’d prefer. Stack smaller books over larger books and make sure that they’re arranged horizontally (never vertically) because it can damage the spine.

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Did You Know: Wine Tasting

Did You Know: Wine Tasting

… that Oz Clarke launched the Big Yellow wine storage facility in Fulham? The UK’s first purpose-built wine self storage facility, it contains 1,200 temperature and humidity controlled cellars spread across four floors. The facility, placed next to Chelsea’s Harbour Club, is aimed at both individual wine collectors and businesses that require constant access to their wine collections. All of the cellars are monitored by CCTV, with staff present round the clock. Each room is protected by its own alarm as well as a unique PIN entry access, well-lit corridors and fire detection systems. The cellars are available in different sizes, from 15, 30 & 45 case. Prices start at £6 per week for an 15 case cellar.

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Tips and Tricks: Baking Soda

… A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. You can put a box of baking soda in there to absorb any excess water if needs be as larger appliances make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans and those that aren’t being used can be simply stacked inside one another in the self storage unit.

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Did You Know: Environment Award 2009

… that the Bromley branch of Big Yellow won a prestigious accolade in the Borough of Bromley’s Environment Awards, 2009? The company’s energy efficient building design, renewable energy installations, energy management and landscape biodiversity measures were recognised in the ‘Business Environment’ category. On a beautiful summers evening, Bromley’s Mayor – Councillor Douglas Auld – hosted a celebration of sustainability in the Council Chamber. As the awards were given out, environmental champion Alistair McGowan presented our very own Scott Mackenzie and Aaron Bekir with the Business Environment trophy, asking; ‘can you build one of your stores near my house please?”

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  • 9th November 2009
  • News

Bag it up for Cancer Research UK!

Bag it up for Cancer Research UK!

Big Yellow Self Storage are raising money for Cancer Research UK. In each of our stores customers can get a nifty Donation Station bag for them to fill up with donations for Cancer Research Shops. There are around 285,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year in the UK. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Their groundbreaking work has saved millions of lives due to their hard work to improve understanding of cancer and develop better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. At Big Yellow Self Storage we are excited and proud to be raising funds to contribute to the great work that Cancer Research UK are doing. Pop into one of our stores and get involved! The Donation Station at the Cardiff store

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Tips and Tricks: glasses, bowls and cups

… Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in boxes. You can buy ones with supports built in from your self-storage facility, which are designed specifically for this purpose. All glass items should be individually wrapped and stacked, whereas cups and bowls should be nested on top of each others. Stand plates, saucers, and platters on their edges. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Fill all space pockets with packing material (like foam). Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware. Stack these boxes on top when planning the layout of your unit.

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Tips and Tricks: Self Storage Cover

… Don’t use printed newspaper to cover your belongings as the ink may smudge and damage them. The best paper to use for self storage cover is white packing tissue, as this has a smooth surface to it. You can pick this up from any of our stores, as well as a full selection of packaging supplies, including boxes and bubble wrap. Pop in to your nearest Big Yellow Self Storage or visit our box shop online to view our range.

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Did You Know: Space Storage

Did You Know: Space Storage

… that NASA is using energy storage technology to help power a lunar outpost on the moon? This will allow astronauts to spend long periods of time on the surface. The outpost will collect solar energy to power a ‘Lunar Lander’, which in turn will deliver hardware to the base, as well as help to ‘fuel’ extremely advanced spacesuits. In every case, safe, reliable operation and low mass are critical to ensure the viability of extended stays on the lunar surface while minimising the weight carried around. Here at Big Yellow, conserving energy is just as important. We continue to establish sustainable practices in order to meet Climate Change objectives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, employee travel and merchandise material selection. Secondary environmental objectives include waste and pollution reduction, water conservation and improved landscape biodiversity.

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