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Ladies and gentlemen, come on! If you're 30 or over, you know the days of living like a student should be long behind you. If you walk into your home and see rubbish, clutter and camp beds, something has gone seriously wrong.

But please don't panic because we're here to help! Interior designers know exactly what every stylish, independent person over 30 needs in their home and so do we, which is great as we can't keep secrets! 

If you need a brush up on what's good for your bedroom, or some hand-holding while upgrading your kitchen, we are here to help. Take a look at our list of 30 things you shouldn't still have in your home and let's get your new home moving!

1. Graduation certificates anywhere except a home office

Nobody cares where you went to university!

2. Plastic garden chairs

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A big no-no, whether they're inside or outside. They look cheap and now you make more money to afford better furniture.

3. A messy kitchen

Do you want to live like a teenager? Keep it neat and tidy.

4. An empty patio

Make it look like you care and add some plants and furniture.

5. Bare walls

  by Auraprojekt

They look sad, not minimalist. Add some flair with your décor and make your house feel like a home.

6. Mismatched crockery

Sophie Allport Hare Tableware: country Dining room by Sophie Allport

It's time to buy a set that matches and isn't broken.

7. A total lack of furniture

What will your guests sit on? It's time to ditch the futon and invest in a sofa.

8. Bargain basement pillows and duvets

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Treat yourself, you're a grown up.

9. A bland entrance

How about a snazzy new front door, some plants and stylish outdoor lighting?

10. A lack of greenery

You've managed to survive this long, so surely you can manage some plants?

11. Dingy walls and cracks

 Walls & flooring by Creativespace

Unless they're a deliberate style choice for an industrial look, of course!

12. Clutter

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Why do you need it? Not only does it make the space feel unclean, it also looks smaller.

13. Bad lighting. LED bulbs make any space better, so invest!

Good lighting is key so, if your space is dark, invest in some good quality illumination to show off your home.

14. A cheap plastic kitchen

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If you're over 30, you deserve real wood and gorgeous countertops.

15. Laminate flooring

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By now you should be investing in better quality, so consider some real wood flooring.

16. Dead plants

If you really are the grim reaper of greenery, try some low-maintenance options, like cacti.

17. Student furniture

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Futons, floor cushions and all other 'bohemian' furniture needs to be replaced by something more grown up.

18. A messy office

colonial Study/office by acertus

You can't work properly in chaos so sort out your organisation and stop making excuses.

19. Too many floral patterns

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Hey, princess, remember you're not a teenager any more.

20. Loose wires

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Not only are they unsightly, they're also dangerous.

21. Mystery stains

Just one stain will make your whole home feel grubby.

22. Exposed light bulbs

Unless they're cool new filament bulbs, they make a room feel unfinished and uncared for.

23. Sliding doors

1985 called. It said it wants its doors back.

24. A boring kitchen splashback

Anyone can handle a little tiling so get creative.

25. Disorganised kitchen storage

Classic, yet Contemporary: classic Kitchen by Rencraft

Nowhere to store your condiments and spices? If you're over 30s, it's time for a spice rack!

26. No TV stand

Prevent neck strain (and looking like a temporary rental home) with a decent stand or wall-mount your TV!

27. Ugly curtains

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Get rid of bright fabrics and instead opt for a nice solid color or subtle pattern.

28. Bad quality cookware

We're not saying you have to have Le Crueset, but mismatched pots with burnt bottoms don't cut it any more.

29. A chaotic garage

Great customer testimonial from this happy Garageflex customer in Middlesex: classic Garage/shed by Garageflex

Your 30s is when you should be getting more organised! Aim for something like our example, above.

30. A lack of style

By now you'll know what you like, so express yourself through your home styling.

For home advice, take a look at this Ideabook: 13 things that should NEVER be in a woman's home.

How many of these were you guilty of?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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