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homify Top 5: What do people with clean homes secretly do?

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We know you all have a lot to do today (that turkey isn't going to baste itself!) so, rather than taking up your valuable family time, let's just get on with things, shall we?

Enjoy our last homify Top 5 of the year. We'll return, refreshed and revitalised in 2017.

Until then, have a wonderful festive break!

1. What people with clean homes secretly do every day

We all know that feeling of being in someone else’s home and thinking: “Wow, wish my house could look like this”. And no, we are not referring to their state-of-the-art kitchen appliances or elegant living room sofas, but rather the neat and tidy (and very clean) look of their living spaces and home furnishing.

What are they doing differently? Do they have an army of minions spring-cleaning their entire homes each and every night? Probably not; chances are well that they simply abide by a few rules and rituals to keep their houses in tip-top condition. 

Wish you knew what they were doing differently? How lucky for you, because we do

2. Easy projects that'll transform your home

The Quayside Shaker Kitchen Classic style kitchen by NAKED Kitchens Classic
NAKED Kitchens

The Quayside Shaker Kitchen

NAKED Kitchens

We all want to know those trade secrets that will give our homes the interior designer look for less, and we think we've come up trumps! 

We found 24 fantastic but simple home improvement projects that will make your home look a whole lot fancier without you needing to take out a second mortgage. In many cases, you can use things you already have and simply jazz them up a little, but even the more in-depth projects are super easy, quick and cheap to complete so you don't need to be a DIY guru to make any of these work.  

If you have a free weekend and a hankering to give your home some extra pizzazz, check out these great ideas!

3. Mistakes people made painting their house façade

Trial and error – that’s what it comes down to. And we’re not just talking about painting, as this applies to basically everything in life. Others must first attempt something, bump their heads, make some mistakes, and come up with new and improved ways to do the job better before it’s our turn.

That brings us to our piece on how to effectively paint the exterior surfaces of your house. Others before you have undoubtedly done the same and suffered a few home improvement mishaps, but guess what? Due to people coming up with better plans (and just more clever people in general), painting has become one of the easiest DIY tasks you can do – if you avoid these mistakes that others have caused in the past.

4. homify's Garden Ideas of The Year 2016

Ayrshire outdoor living Modern garden by Lithic Fire Modern Sandstone
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

It's our top picks of all the garden projects we saw in 2016!

We talked a lot about gardens during the last twelve months, including maintenance, creative ideas and protection for the colder months, but there were always a few wonderful projects that simply wouldn't leave our mind. This must be what it feels like to have the brain of a landscape architect.

5. Is this Britain's best garden addition?

If you have an abundance of free space in your garden and find yourself wishing for something different, then perhaps it's time to consider building your very own garden studio. Now, we know this may sound a little ambitious or costly but bare with us, perhaps we can convince you otherwise!

The garden studio featured in this Ideabook was designed with both leisure and work in mind. Inside this surprisingly large studio there are separate spaces where one can relax with company, or focus alone and complete any outstanding tasks. It makes for a brilliant retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We'd love to know which article was your favourite!
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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