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How to remove stains and smudges from your walls - without repainting the whole room
Grainne O’Reilly offers a masterclass in spot-cleaning stubborn marks.
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The winter weather did a number on my back garden. How do I revive it?
Rainfall, ice and wind can all wreak havoc on outdoor areas. Here’s how to bring them back to life.
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Help! How do I get rid of that musty smell in my drawers and cupboards?
Start by looking for the source, says home expert Grainne O’Reilly.
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What's the right way to clean really dusty rugs and carpets?
Grainne O’Reilly on how to get floor coverings clean once and for all.
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What last-minute items can I pick up now to avoid Christmas Day disasters?
Don’t forget the batteries, says Grainne O’Reilly.
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Help! How do I host a crowd for dinner if I'm short on space?
Make elbow room for all your guests with these tips from Grainne O’Reilly.
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What are the basics I should have in my toolbox?
These are the essentials you should have on hand, from a hammer to an interchangeable screwdriver.
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Help! How do I get rid of damp in an older house?
Foggy windows again? Grainne O’Reilly offers tips for tackling damp and condensation.
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How do I know if my plant needs a bigger pot?
And what’s the simplest way to do the swap? Grainne O’Reilly shares some tips.
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My floors always look streaky after mopping - what am I doing wrong?
Here’s how to fix your mopping woes, plus the one Instagram tip you should ignore.
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What's the secret to keeping my towels soft and fluffy?
Bye-bye, scratchy towels.
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Help! My plants keep dying - what am I doing wrong?
Watering too much, or watering too little? It’s time to listen to what your plants are telling you, says Grainne O’Reilly.
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How do I make my bed like a grown-up - hospital corners and all?
Gráinne O’Reilly suggests six steps to a cosy bed.
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What bulbs work best in each room - and how do I tell the difference?
For starters, how bright do you want the room to be? Grainne O’Reilly sheds some light.
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If it's too warm for a duvet in summer, what can I put on the bed instead?
There are better solutions than ‘one leg in, one leg out’ – honest. Gráinne O’Reilly has the details.
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How do I get the most out of my utility room?
Laundry, storage, bits and bobs – the utility room can be a tricky one to get right. Gráinne O’Reilly shares some straight-talking advice.
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What's the handiest way to store bulky cleaning products?
Toilet cleaner and detergent are essentials – but they’re not exactly easy on the eye. Grainne O’Reilly shares some storage tips.
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How do I hang up art and photos without putting holes in the walls?
Not keen to start hammering nails into the plasterboard? Here’s what to do instead.
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Where should I put house plants so they look great and don't die?
Different rooms are good for different plants, writes Grainne O’Reilly.
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I'm out of wardrobe space - where do I put the rest of the clothes?
Is your wardrobe is bulging at the seams and about to blow? We’re here to help.
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How do I keep the hallway free of shoes?
If your house is an obstacle course of discarded shoes, here’s what to do.
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How do I get my kitchen cupboards organised - and keep them that way?
If you’re faced with avalanche of spice jars every time you open a cupboard door, here’s how to fix things.
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I don't have a spare bedroom - so where do I put the guests?
How to make visitors feel welcome and comfortable even when space is limited.
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Where do I keep the hoover and the mops (if I don't have a utility room)?
Smart storage solutions for a home that’s tight on space.