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# task-master - Monday 20 January, 2020

What's the best way to clean dull and dust-covered curtains?

It’s not just about the windows – your curtains need some TLC too. Laura de Barra shares some tips.

# task-master - Monday 13 January, 2020

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.

# task-master - Monday 6 January, 2020

How can I declutter my home once and for all - without going full Marie Kondo?

Five tips for streamlining your space from home expert Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Friday 20 December, 2019

How do I pack up Christmas decorations so they're not in a heap next year?

Sick of the annual Fairy Light Detangling Panic? Laura de Barra has you covered.

# task-master - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

What last-minute items can I pick up now to avoid Christmas Day disasters?

Don’t forget the batteries, says Grainne O’Reilly.

# task-master - Friday 13 December, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 9 December, 2019

Help! How do I set up outdoor Christmas lights without disaster?

Here’s how to avoid a neighbourhood-wide power cut, according to Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Monday 2 December, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 25 November, 2019

I'm moving house - how can I make unpacking less stressful?

Pack a three-day kit to keep you comfortable in your new place, writes Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Monday 18 November, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 11 November, 2019

What are the basic cleaning products every grown-up should own?

You only need a few, but make sure they’re the right ones, says Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Monday 4 November, 2019

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.

# task-master - Friday 25 October, 2019

How can I clean up my grimy-looking taps so they shine?

Are you wiping down your taps and still seeing water marks after? Here’s what to do.

# task-master - Monday 21 October, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 14 October, 2019

How do I bring a tired and stain-covered carpet back to life?

Just moved into a new place with a less-than-desirable carpet? Laura de Barra has some rug revival tips.

# task-master - Monday 7 October, 2019

What's the secret to keeping my towels soft and fluffy?

Bye-bye, scratchy towels.

# task-master - Monday 30 September, 2019

What's the best way to clean laptop and TV screens without damaging them?

First, put that furniture polish away, says Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Monday 23 September, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 16 September, 2019

My kitchen cabinets are really dated - how can I spruce them up without replacing them?

Laura de Barra has a few solutions, from swapping handles to painting doors.

# task-master - Monday 9 September, 2019

How do I make my bed like a grown-up - hospital corners and all?

Gráinne O’Reilly suggests six steps to a cosy bed.

# task-master - Monday 2 September, 2019

I'm hosting a dinner party - how can I make the table look properly fancy?

From forks to glasses, Laura de Barra schools us in table settings.

# task-master - Monday 26 August, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 19 August, 2019

How do I stop my kitchen bin getting stinky? Here's some advice from a home pro

Laura de Barra shares her essential tips for keeping those pesky bin odours in check.

# task-master - Monday 12 August, 2019

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.

# task-master - Friday 2 August, 2019

Is cleaning my toilet brush really a *thing* - and what's the best way to do it?

Yes, it’s a thing. It’s time to learn how to deep clean your loo brush (and not just buy a new one), says Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Monday 29 July, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 22 July, 2019

How can I get my home spotless... without the nasty chemicals?

With a few store-cupboard staples, you can ditch the harsh cleaners AND save money. Laura de Barra shares her favourites.

# task-master - Monday 15 July, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 8 July, 2019

How do I keep my bed fresh and clean (aside from just changing the sheets)?

Tackle this task from the mattress up, with some pro tips from Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Monday 1 July, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 24 June, 2019

What's the secret to putting flatpack furniture together like a pro?

Step-by-step advice from Laura de Barra, to ensure you never have a meltdown over a bag of missing dowels again.

# task-master - Monday 17 June, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 10 June, 2019

How do I banish that weird musty smell from my washing machine?

Stinky clothes? Don’t call the plumber. Just read this first, says cleaning guru Laura de Barra.

# task-master - Thursday 30 May, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 27 May, 2019

How do I keep the hallway free of shoes?

If your house is an obstacle course of discarded shoes, here’s what to do.

# task-master - Monday 20 May, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 13 May, 2019

'Dissolve the problems away': How to get your shower properly clean, according to a pro

Professional property fixer Laura de Barra on how to give your shower the cleaning of a lifetime.

# task-master - Friday 3 May, 2019

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.

# task-master - Monday 29 April, 2019

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.

# task-master - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Where's the best place to keep the towels (if I don't have a hot press)?

A stack of freshly laundered towels is a delight, but it takes up a *lot* of space. Here’s what to do.

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