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Home Life Hacks

Tips, tricks and smart penny-saving snippets – cheat your way to a heavenly home for half the hassle

Squeaky clean images Debenhams. Magnet on fridge, Newsoda.com. Sink and taps, Dunelm. Hob, Cooke & Lewis. Cabinets, Very Oven, Ikea. Dishes, Sainsbury‘s. Pots and pans,

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Revamping your kitchen is a big deal. Not only can it cost an arm, a leg and more cash than you care to calculate, it‘s also one of the most used rooms in the home, and will wreak havoc if it‘s out of action for too long. Whether you‘ve relocated to a shiny new abode and, while the kitchen is alright, it‘s not to your taste, or you‘ve been living with the same dingy décor for donkey‘s years, but don‘t have the dollar to fund a full update, we‘ve gathered a few cheap cheats which could prove useful – and we‘ve broken it down into bite-sized chunks for you. Bon appétit!

You don‘t need to empty your pockets for a spruce-up. There are hundreds, nay, thousands of hacks at your fingertips. Start with a fresh coat of paint, handy hooks and a few new knobs, like the Dotcomgiftshop ones to the right, which start at £2.95 each. And if that sounds like hard labour, try pasting sheet music, book or newspaper pages to the walls, like in the Ikea kitchen )above(. Here‘s an idea – how about pages from your all- time fave, HomeStyle, huh?


Exotichooks, £13, Sweetpea and Willow


Individualhooks £2.99 each, Rigby & Mac


3D hook, £4.50, Oliver Bonas

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After several months of grumbling from under a blanket, spring is traditionally the time we roll up our sleeves and resolve to get organised (maybe after just one more cup of tea). If you’re not feeling fully fired up yet, our savvy storage solutions on page 92 will help you get the ball rolling, including three key looks to suit every style. And if that doesn’t do the trick, dive straight into our collection of the very best hacks for every room, starting on page 63. With ideas for saving money, time and effort, your life will never be the same again – and you won’t be looking back! For those yet to purchase your dream home, never fear. Hayley Gilbert is on hand to break down the headache-inducing process of finding a mortgage into bitesize chunks on page 82. Already settled with a few little ones to keep entertained? Ashlyn Gibson has stepped in with imaginative ideas to transform your spaces into magical (yet practical) playgrounds on page 98. And last but not least, don’t miss our special bonus magazine – free with this issue – which is just brimming with inspiration and simple ideas for showing your kitchen and bathroom some love. From key accessories to boost the space, to a mirror that morphs into a telly at the end of your bath, there’s something for all tastes and bank balances. Enjoy.