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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

The shed can be one of those places you don’t go to unless you really have to. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. Why not ‘up-cycle’ the space to make it amazing? From a total transformation to some simple sprucing tips, we’re on hand to help you shake up your shed. Paint with the grain A lick of paint can go a long way in making the shed less of an eye sore in your garden. Make sure you use specialist weather proof paint that will last more than a few years. Sort your stuff A little organisation never hurt anyone. Hanging your tools from the walls and doors will make them a lot easier to find rather than being scattered around. Total overhaul Sheds don’t have to be a home for your garden tools and summer furniture. […]

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Making space for winter

Making space for winter

October feels like summer has gone, and it’s time to prepare yourself for the long winter ahead. Summer lovers may feel slightly dismayed, however there’s nothing better than a spruce up of your home to get you feeling energised. Blankets, winter duvets, fluffy cushions and heavy curtains will all contribute to making the season more comfortable. You can use Big Yellow to switch up your home; store away your lighter, brighter summer interiors and replace them with cosy ones. With small to large storage spaces for great prices and for as little as seven days, there’s no reason to be cold this winter. A great way to save your wardrobe from becoming like Narnia is using storage for your summer and winter clothing. Your warm jackets can come out now, making room in your storage space for the summer clothes […]

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Life moments: Leaving home for the first time and settling in at university

Life moments: Leaving home for the first time and settling in at university

Without a doubt, one of the biggest moments in someone’s life is leaving home for the first time. In many cases, this is when teens fly the nest and head to university for their first term. At Big Yellow, we’d like to help you on your way. Here’s a few helpful hints to ensure your first term away from home runs smoothly. Learn to cook A great way to make friends is with a food offering. A few skills in the kitchen will go a long way, and soon enough you’ll have friends come knocking for something other than beans on toast. Stir fries, chilli con carne and simple pasta sauces are a good place to start. Also think about making meals in batches, which you can store in the freezer until needed. Budget Sit down with your parents to […]

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  • 17th September 2015
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Splitting Brits Get Spitting Mad Over Possessions

Splitting Brits Get Spitting Mad Over Possessions

We recently conducted research that shows possessions are one of the biggest causes of arguments among divorcing couples, ahead of children and living arrangements, coming second only to money. As well as arguing for sentimental reasons and financial reasons, 13% of stubborn Brits admit to arguing over possessions just for the sake of it. Top ten items that cause the most arguments during a divorce: 1. Car (26%) 2. Photos (24%) 3. Keep sakes (22%) 4. Heirlooms (21%) 5. The TV (20%) 6. Laptop/computer/tablet (17%) 7. Bed (16%) 8. Sofas (16%) 9. White good e.g. washing machine, dryer (10%) 10. Records/CDs (9%) Nearly half of Brits admit to hiding possessions during the break-up just so they could keep them, with the top items hidden being photos, keep sakes and heirlooms, while a further 11% wish they had. The study also […]

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  • 8th September 2015
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We’re expanding in Hull

We’re excited to announce our Armadillo Self Storage branch in Hull is growing. We’re adding an extra 83 storage rooms of all different sizes for both commercial and personal use, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our local customers at the expanded store soon. 35 of the rooms will be open for extended hours, making it even easier for our customers to access their belongings or run their business, whatever the time. Security is paramount to us, so every room is individually alarmed, monitored from reception and can only be accessed by entering a personal PIN code. The Store Manager, Angela Lawtey, says: “We are excited to announce the latest development at our Hull branch. The new space has already generated local interest with the extended hours rooms opening up our services to people needing short term additional space, such […]

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  • 4th September 2015
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#HelpCalais at East Finchley

#HelpCalais at East Finchley

A team of volunteers, helped by Dawn O’Porter on Twitter, have been accepting donations at our Big Yellow store in East Finchley to help the refugees at Calais. To support the cause, we have offered free storage for the donations. For the past week, people have been coming to the store and donating supplies, which will be distributed to Calais on 17th September. If you aren’t able to donate to the East Finchley store, you can support the cause by donating to their crowdfunding page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kentforcalais

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Life moment: Top tips for travelling when you’re older

Life moment: Top tips for travelling when you’re older

It’s a big world out there, and there’s so many things to see, places to go and people to meet. It’s easy to think that travelling is something to do while you’re young and free. However, there is no time limit on travelling. There’s a hugely different experience to be had from when you’re on your gap year at 18, and when you’re retired and the kids have all moved on. Money is no longer as much of an issue, your outlook on life is completely different, and you can shoot off for as long as you like. It can be a massive life moment; one that is not to be taken lightly. So here’s a few tips to get you on your way. Don’t put it off Stop making excuses on why you shouldn’t go, and start thinking of […]

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Life Hacks

Life Hacks

At Big Yellow, we like to give you a helping hand through life, and offer you tips to make each day a little easier. From clever storage solutions to ingenious life hacks, here’s a selection of ideas that will help with everyday hitches. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter page where we offer tips like this every day. Creating wardrobe space There’s no need to get hung up on limited wardrobe space with this simple hack. Use a tag from a can to hang two hangers together, doubling the amount of clothes in your closet. Cable management Whether it’s in the living room, bedroom or office, there’s bound to be a range of wires leading to who-knows-where. Labelling each one with what it’s connected to will save you time and frustration when you need to move the […]

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Don’t be afraid to upcycle

Don’t be afraid to upcycle

Summer is the perfect time to get creative, and at Big Yellow, we love the idea of upcycling – taking possessions that you no longer need or want, and turning it into something beautiful. Here’s a few ideas to get you started, and remember to keep an eye on our Twitter page for more inspirational tips. Light up your garden You can create a stunning floral display in your garden, or even your conservatory, with recycled lights bulbs. All you need is an old light bulb, a piece of string, and some flowers These boots are made for…plants Children grow at the speed of light, so their clothes and shoes can be quickly outgrown. With this creative idea, there’s no need to get rid of their old wellies, and its great fun for the kids to get involved with. A […]

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Life moments: A basic guide to buying your first home

Life moments: A basic guide to buying your first home

Buying your first house is a hugely exciting time, however it can be incredibly daunting as well. There’s a lot of decisions you’ve never been faced with before, numbers you haven’t had to deal with, and most probably some language you won’t understand. Here at Big Yellow, we’re here to help you through life moments, big or small. Read on for some helpful tips that guide you on your way to purchasing your first home, and remember to check our Twitter page for more everyday tricks. Money & what you can borrow Recently, a comprehensive look at the mortgage market means a few changes have incurred. When you apply, the lender will cap the loan-to-income ratio at no more than four and a half times your income. They’ll also carry out an affordability assessment; this means they take into account […]

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