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From TheJournal.ie Torches, matches and... glue? 11 surprisingly useful items to have on hand for home emergencies Task Master

Torches, matches and... glue? 11 surprisingly useful items to have on hand for home emergencies

Laura de Barra shares her essentials for those unexpected disasters.

From TheJournal.ie Help! What's the best way to clean cat or dog hair off my furniture? Task Master

Help! What's the best way to clean cat or dog hair off my furniture?

Laura de Barra sheds her expertise on a very hairy problem.

From TheJournal.ie Help! How do I get rid of that musty smell in my drawers and cupboards? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What's the best way to clean dull and dust-covered curtains? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What's the right way to clean really dusty rugs and carpets? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How can I declutter my home once and for all - without going full Marie Kondo? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I pack up Christmas decorations so they're not in a heap next year? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What last-minute items can I pick up now to avoid Christmas Day disasters? Task Master

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Help! How do I host a crowd for dinner if I'm short on space? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie Help! How do I set up outdoor Christmas lights without disaster? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What are the basics I should have in my toolbox? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie I'm moving house - how can I make unpacking less stressful? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie Help! How do I get rid of damp in an older house? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What are the basic cleaning products every grown-up should own? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I know if my plant needs a bigger pot? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How can I clean up my grimy-looking taps so they shine? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie My floors always look streaky after mopping - what am I doing wrong? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I bring a tired and stain-covered carpet back to life? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What's the secret to keeping my towels soft and fluffy? Task Master

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

Bye-bye, scratchy towels.

From TheJournal.ie What's the best way to clean laptop and TV screens without damaging them? Task Master

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Help! My plants keep dying - what am I doing wrong? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie My kitchen cabinets are really dated - how can I spruce them up without replacing them? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I make my bed like a grown-up - hospital corners and all? Task Master

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

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

From TheJournal.ie I'm hosting a dinner party - how can I make the table look properly fancy? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What bulbs work best in each room - and how do I tell the difference? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I stop my kitchen bin getting stinky? Here's some advice from a home pro Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie If it's too warm for a duvet in summer, what can I put on the bed instead? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie Is cleaning my toilet brush really a *thing* - and what's the best way to do it? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I get the most out of my utility room? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How can I get my home spotless... without the nasty chemicals? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What's the handiest way to store bulky cleaning products? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I keep my bed fresh and clean (aside from just changing the sheets)? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I hang up art and photos without putting holes in the walls? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie What's the secret to putting flatpack furniture together like a pro? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie Where should I put house plants so they look great and don't die? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I banish that weird musty smell from my washing machine? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie I'm out of wardrobe space - where do I put the rest of the clothes? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie How do I keep the hallway free of shoes? Task Master

How do I keep the hallway free of shoes?

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

From TheJournal.ie How do I get my kitchen cupboards organised - and keep them that way? Task Master

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Dissolve the problems away': How to get your shower properly clean, according to a pro Task Master

'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.

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