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Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

For animal lovers, getting a pet is probably one of life’s most exciting moments. While welcoming a four legged friend into the family is not to be taken lightly, it should be full of fun and transform your house into haven of love and laughter. Here’s a few tips on how to prepare your home and ensure that your new pet settles in nicely. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer useful tips every day. Animal chores Before the new addition arrives, create a chart that gets the whole family involved with looking after it. For example, allocate someone’s name to feeding it, training it and exercising it each day so the responsibility is split between everyone. A clean & safe house Clean your house inside out and evaluate what might need moving around or even putting […]

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Business blog: Smarter storage for your stock

Business blog: Smarter storage for your stock

Do you run your own business from home? Do you find that you have stock here, there and everywhere? If yes, then we may have the answer for you. As your company grows, it’s inevitable that your amount of merchandise will also grow. However, your home may not, meaning you’ll become swamped in stock with no storage left for anything else. There comes a time when you have to think about where to store everything, and start looking around for the best storage deals. Traditional warehouses may expect long leases with no scope for ending early, downsizing or even upsizing. They also increase your overheads, with additional charges such as utility costs, and may charge higher business rates as well as an initial deposit. The savvier solution is to use self storage. At Big Yellow, one of the biggest benefits […]

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How to make your household more green

How to make your household more green

At Big Yellow, we know the most important space of all is the environment that surrounds us. That’s why we continue to work hard to create an environmentally friendly business. It doesn’t take much to make your household more green. A few small changes here and there can really contribute to helping the environment in the long term. Lighting Probably the simplest way to help reduce your footprint is by changing your lightbulbs to energy saving alternatives. The Energy Saving Trust says that homeowners can knock £100 a year off their energy bills by switching to energy efficient bulbs. At Big Yellow, most of our stores use energy efficient lighting, which are also motion-sensored, so it’s only on when you need it. Our external signs also use LED lights, which are up to 60% more efficient than the previous lighting […]

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De-clutter your home for spring

De-clutter your home for spring

The winter weeks have now slowly passed us by, and it’s time to think about the start of spring. What better way to prepare than to think about de-cluttering your home space now. It’s amazing how much extra space you could make by storing the items you don’t use all year round, such as roof top boxes, Christmas decorations, and winter sports equipment. Extra space like spare rooms, under the stairs, and attics are often used for storage, but if you transfer the bulky furniture and seasonal equipment into Big Yellow, they can be transformed into something much more useful. So, what could you do with your new found space? Here’s some motivation to get you de-cluttering…. Entertaining You may find that once you’ve de-cluttered a room, it will feel bigger and you’ll have more space to use for entertaining. […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Think back to your childhood Christmases and birthdays and how excited you were when you opened your presents that you had been pining for. And then, without a moment’s thought your old toys were disregarded and began to gather dust on a shelf somewhere, only to be thrown out a few months later by your mum or dad and without you even noticing. Well, think back to those once-loved toys and imagine if you had kept them all these years, only to find out that they could now make you some serious money. This scenario seems to be cropping up quite regularly all around the world. It’s not just the Victorian dolls and the ancient train sets that have soared in value, plastic figurines and hand held electronic games can now be worth a mint. You may remember a recent […]

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Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep; it contributes to making you feel great in mind, body and soul. There’s lots of tips out there on how to ensure you get the best night’s sleep, ranging from what you eat throughout the day to evening routines to relax you before bedtime. The Chinese philosophy of feng shui can help harmonise you with your surrounding environment, and where else could this be more important than in the bedroom? Here’s some really simple tips on how to make your bedroom a haven of peace and positive energy. De-clutter Remove everything you do not love in your bedroom; lightening the load of stuff will create a therapeutic feeling. Remove the TV, computer or even exercise equipment that you might keep in there. All these things will bring energy of work and stress, and present […]

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  • 8th February 2016
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Alternative cleaning products around the home

Alternative cleaning products around the home

Cleaning: loved by some, hated by most, but a job that everyone has to do. Cleaning products bought from stores can be expensive, and also bulky to store around the home. Some are also harmful to the environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way; your home is a haven for cleaning products, but you just might not know where to look. Check out our tips below on things you probably have around the house that can do a great job of cleaning. Remember to head to our Twitter feed for more tips and tricks to help out around the home. Turn up the heat Did someone forget to use a coaster? Water stains are the bug bear of any coffee table lover. Hold a hairdryer up to the stain and gently buff with a cloth. The stain will […]

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  • 5th February 2016
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Transform your small outdoor spaces

Transform your small outdoor spaces

Small spaces, indoors or outdoors, can be difficult to know what to do with. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage, we’d like to help inspire you to think of all the ways you can make the most out of them. If you have a small balcony or garden, check out our tips below on how to spruce them up and make them great. Remember to check out our Big Yellow Twitter feed for more tips and inspiration, including upcycling, garden games and DIY. Merging inside with outside If your living room or kitchen looks out onto the garden, installing full-length bi-folding doors will create a seamless transition. Another clever trick is to use similar coloured flooring both inside and outside to add to this continuous effect; the merging colours create the illusion of space. Water features Water features can help […]

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Life moment interview: Cohabiting for the first time

Life moment interview: Cohabiting for the first time

Josh Morris is a Digital Executive from London, who has just moved in with his girlfriend – the first time he has ‘co-habited’. We asked him a few questions about his recent move, and we’ll offer you some tips based on his experience. Tell us a little bit about your recent move I have been living with my parents in East London, and felt ready to move out of home and take on some responsibility. The perfect house became available in South East London, and although my girlfriend and I weren’t looking to move in together, the best way to afford the move was to share the room. How did you come across the house? The house is owned by a friend, who recently renovated the whole place. He was looking for someone to move into one of the rooms, […]

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Symbols around the DIY store explained

Symbols around the DIY store explained

We’ve all been in the position when you’re wandering around a DIY store, and you see various signs and symbols, and you’re expected to know what they mean. However, to the everyday DIY-er, these symbols might not be instantly obvious, and it’s always helpful to know how the products may harm you and what precautions you should take. Can you guess which symbols match the explanations below? Tweet us @bigyellowss to let us know how many you got right (refer to answers at the bottom of the post) Oxidising A chemical labelled ‘oxidising’ doesn’t burn itself, however they provide oxygen for flammable substances to burn. Alongside the usual precaution of wearing eye protection, you should take extra care to keep it away from flammable substances, which includes clothing. Harmful to the environment These chemicals may have an immediate or delayed […]

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