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Life moment: Co-habiting for the first time

Life moment: Co-habiting for the first time

We recently conducted some research that showed half of British cohabiting couples admit to regularly fighting over clutter in their home, bickering 32 times a year on average. These arguments lead to the typical couple throwing away £241.50 worth of possessions they would rather keep. Some even go to extreme lengths to get rid of their partner’s clutter with one in eight admitting they’ve ‘accidentally’ broken one of their other half’s prized possessions so they can bin it. This goes to prove that moving in with your partner for the first time isn’t easy. Discussions will arise and decisions will have to be made, so we’re here to help prepare you for what’s to come. First and foremost, don’t underestimate how much stuff you both have. Be prepared to compromise on what you believe is essential and the other sees […]

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Life moment interview: Moving out of home for the first time

Life moment interview: Moving out of home for the first time

Meg Robertson, a PR professional from London, recently moved out of home from the first time. We asked her a few questions so we can offer some helpful tips based on her experience. Tell us a little bit about your recent move Over the summer I moved out of my parents’ house in Notting Hill to a two bedroom apartment in Clapham. I was really excited because it’s the first time I’ve moved out of home (apart from uni). I moved in with just one other friend, which was great because we could transform our flat into a home. Did you find anything stressful about the move? The process of actually finding and securing our property was probably the most stressful part. The rental property market in London moves so fast, so when you find a good flat, you have […]

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Top tips for DIY

Top tips for DIY

Thinking about doing it yourself? We’re here to help. Here’s a couple of handy tips to get you on your way. Don’t forget to check our Twitter feed where we upload life-helping tricks every day. If you’re doing a big job – whether it’s painting, putting up wallpaper or sanding down a room – then consider putting your furniture into storage so it doesn’t get ruined. With a large range of different sized rooms available, we’re sure you’ll find the right space for you. Paint it yellow If you are painting over a garish or bright wall colour, apply one coat of yellow – preferably a faint shade, though any will do. This will neutralise existing primary colours and make it easier when you come to paint in your chosen colour. While you paint If you take a break between […]

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Top tips on utilising small spaces around the home

Top tips on utilising small spaces around the home

At Big Yellow, we’re firm believers that a little bit of space can go a long way. Creating zones for separate activities can make your space feel larger, as well as little eye tricks such as strategically placed mirrors and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Check out our top tips on how to transform the small, and maybe unused spaces into something great. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter feed where we upload useful tricks every day. Under the stairs There is so much more you can do with the space under the stairs than just a closet for your winter jackets. From book shelves, to cubby holes with seating or even a funky bike rack. Why not move your under-the-stairs stuff into a similar size space at Big Yellow, and make way for something more inventive? Small bathroom If […]

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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
  • News

#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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