Self Storage Blog

  • 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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  • 3rd November 2009
  • News

Big Yellow Staff Tickle Themselves Pink!

Big Yellow Staff Tickle Themselves Pink!

Staff at Big Yellow Self Storage stores turned pink to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Every year in the UK nearly 46,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breakthrough not only raise money to aid research but also for campaigning and education. Their ‘Go Pink’ campaign encourages everyone to do just that. Our very own staff took up the challenge and transformed themselves into pink beauties! Staff imaginatively incorporated the pink theme into their day at work on the 30th of October. Despite wearing a pink fairy outfit, complete with pink tutu and pink wings, they were still able to drive the forklifts and help customers move their belongings into the Big Yellow Self Storage facilities. Meanwhile our Store Support staff ate pink fairy cakes whilst dressed head to toe in pink. They even went all out by changing […]

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Did You Know: Underground Storage

… that precious items and documents are often buried underground for safekeeping? Thousands of artefacts were shielded from Luftwaffe bombs in England’s underground caves during World War 2 and stolen treasures from all over war-torn Europe were liberated from Hitler’s salt mines in pristine condition. Chruchill also relied on underground storage to protect the artwork of the National Portrait Gallery back in 1939, as possibility that London might suffer saturation bombing meant that a new, safer home was needed. Quarries were blasted, roads were rebuilt and secret convoys of vans set off for Britain’s most remote and secure outposts. There’s no need to take quite such drastic actions today, as our temperature controlled self-storage units are perfectly designed to store accommodate your artwork, valuable prints or paintings.

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Tips and Tricks: Insurance

… Purchase comprehensive insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring. Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit, if you see a potential problem or anything suspicious, alert the manager. Do not give out your password, gate code or any information on your self storage solution to anyone that is not listed as having ‘access’.

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Tips and Tricks: Write on all Sides

… of each storage item (whether it’s a box, cabinet or file), write down what it contains and to what kind of room it belongs. Don’t just write it on one side, as sometimes it may be stacked in such a way that your label will be hidden from view. This saves time when trying to remove one item from your unit. If you don’t want to write directly onto something, buy some masking tape and a marker pen. The tape won’t leave any residue or damage the item you need to label for effective self storage.

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  • 26th October 2009
  • News

EduSport Inspires Us!

EduSport Inspires Us!

Big Yellow Self Storage’s Swindon store has provided free storage to EduSport – the charity that sponsors talented but poor, handicapped or orphaned African children. It has been campaigning to collect hundreds of books so they can build libraries in Zambia. The charity was established in 1999 and uses sport, recreation and other forms of physical activities as a means to achieve empowerment, education and health in poor communities in Zambia. Programs are currently being implemented in 6 of 9 provinces of Zambia and it is easily the largest Sport NGO / charity in Zambia. With so many books to send over, the charity needed somewhere safe to keep the fruits of all their hard work. We felt that all their efforts and determination to succeed should not go unnoticed. We decided to help out EduSport with their storage requirements […]

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Did You Know: Carbon Footprint

…that one of the methods being used to try and make coal-powered fuel a ‘cleaner’ option is carbon capture and storage? This involves capturing the CO2 from coal-fired power plants, compressing it into a liquid and injecting it deep beneath the earth. There the CO2 is sealed in to prevent it from seeping back to the surface and into the air. Though this is relatively inexpensive to carry out, the difficulty is capturing it at the power plant without sapping too much energy or pushing electric costs up too high. For example, one 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant produces three million tons of CO2 annually. Adding carbon capture technology to that plant sucks up 40 percent of the power it can produce and adds an additional cost onto the retail price of that electricity. Balancing environmental and commercial objectives is also […]

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