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Tidy Students Need not be an Oxymoron

It’s that time of year when students start their new careers, or flock back to their digs. There are nearly 2 million students in the UK, the majority of which study away from their parents homes. Now imagine how much combined clutter they leave behind!? To avoid stress, a self storage facility may provide the answer. By storing their belongings while they’re away studying means you can live in a clutter free house. When they return, they can then access it. At Big Yellow Self Storage we offer a flexible approach to storage that means that you are able to access your storage room whenever you need to. Visit our quote and reserve online area of our website for solutions to clear the clutter and save the tears.

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  • 14th October 2009
  • News

Soaring With The Crystal Palace FC Eagles

Soaring With The Crystal Palace FC Eagles

We’re big Crystal Palace FC fans here at Big Yellow Self Storage. So, when the opportunity to advertise with the Eagles at their Selhurst Park pitch came up, we were absolutely delighted to get involved. The club has a clear place in football history as one of the most loved football clubs in the country. Originally, it was situated at the top of Sydenham Hill, which is where the current National Sports Centre stands. As many of our customers at local branches in Balham, Beckenham, Bromley, Croydon & Merton will attest to, Crystal Palace has devoted fans with several generations of family members making regular trips to their grounds. Way back in 1905, the club joined the Southern League Division Two when they played their first match against Southampton Reserves at Crystal Palace on 2nd September 1905. Today’s heroes such […]

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Wine Is Like Men, Some Turn To Vinegar

…But The Best Improve With Age When on holiday, we all like to make the most of bargains we can get while away. Wine, one of life’s true pleasures, is one of our most favourite items to bring back. Quite right too! The cost of a bottle of wine in England has soared by 44p in the last 12 months. Tax hikes have led to the average price of a bottle of wine to leap up to £4.26. In any case, if you’re in Bordeaux, it would just be bad manners not to bring back a bottle or two! Once you get home, however, your new found love needs a good home. Unless, of course, you plan to drink it all at once! At Big Yellow Self Storage, we know that there are key factors that contribute to good storage […]

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Tips and Tricks: Storing Sofas

Tips and Tricks: Storing Sofas

… It’s worth taking into consideration which type of material your sofa is made from before storing. Generally, it’s better to store vertically on a flat sided arm. Leather handles the pressure very well, as does micro-fibre. Silky high end fabrics are better to kept on their feet as they don’t have the structural integrity to withstand the additional pressure. For transportation itself, a professional mover knows how to use furniture pads to keep the pressure off the arms. If you are doing this yourself, you’ll need to stand the sofa on end with several double folded blankets to provide a soft surface for the arm. All in all, an average sofa should be fine when stored on its end in your self storage unit for a couple of months. Be sure that there are no wrinkles on the floor […]

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Did You Know: Lego Storage

Did You Know: Lego Storage

…that Larry Page and Sergey Brin used Lego building blocks to construct portions of the outer case for Google’s first storage assembly? A collection of the classic childhood toys held twin cooling fans in place and provided a perch for twin Lego ‘people’ to watch over the device. The storage assembly required far more capacity than any conventional student project—or commercial product—could procure in 1996. To get the then-staggering 40 gigabytes of necessary capacity, Page and Brin had to tie together 10 separate 4-GB hard drives together, and they built the Lego housing to hold their Frankenstein storage system, which stayed in place till 1999. From small acorns grow big trees, so why not see how inventive you can get when left to build your own storage solutions?

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Tips and Tricks: Keep Clean and Dry

…Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before self storage. Try not to use heavy detergents as the residue from these may damage delicate woods or plastics. A light mixture of soap and water will do the trick. After drying fully, leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew from forming.

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Did You Know: USA self-storage

…that the US uses more self-storage per household than any other country in the world? The country now possesses some 1,875 billion square feet of personal storage, which is contained in nearly 40,000 facilities. What this translates into is an industry that now exceeds the revenues of Hollywood. One in 11 American households own self-storage space according to a recent survey, an increase of some 75 percent from 1995. Most operators of self-storage facilities report 90 percent occupancy, with average stints among its renters of 15 months.

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Tips and Tricks: label cables

…When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos or anything that has numerous cords, place small coloured stickers on the cable and the same coloured sticker on the socket it plugs into on the device. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to moving out of self storage and reassembling.

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  • 29th September 2009
  • News

Self Storage Guru Does NYC Marathon

Self Storage Guru Does NYC Marathon

Our very own Sharon McCarthy will be tackling the New York City Marathon! The grueling 26 mile marathon that runs through all five boroughs of New York City and sets the scene for our brave runner from our Marketing department. It finishes in Central Park where she will be cheered on by huge inspiring crowds and close family. Sharon, no stranger to long distance running, will be taking part in her very first full marathon and will be raising much needed funds for Cancer Research. If you fancy sponsoring Sharon and this amazing cause please visit runningsponsorme.org/sharonmccarthy1 any donation, however small would be warmly received. Good Luck Sharon, we hope your training is going well, and we will be thinking of you on the 1st of November!

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Did You Know: Camel humps

Did You Know: Camel humps

…that most people believe that a camel’s hump stores water, but instead holds fat? The camel uses it as nourishment when food is scarce. If a camel uses the fat inside the hump, the hump will become limp and droop down. With proper food and rest the hump will return to normal. The hump is not used for water storage, but camels can go for long periods of time without water. They drink large amounts of water – up to 20 gallons at a time. This water is stored in the animal’s bloodstream. You might think that self-storage is all about moving house, but that’s far from the case. Looks can be deceiving as what’s often considered to be fact is sometimes not the case at all – from specialist wine cellars to flexible office space, there’s a world of […]

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