The pre-holiday clean you’ll be so glad you did

After a long time away, it’s a relief to come back to a tidy home. Try this checklist of quick jobs to do before you go on holiday and reap the benefits later.

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Learn to paint and wallpaper like a pro

Homes expert Lynnette Peck shares the tricks of the trade so you can add DIY decorating to your repertoire

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Home & Garden

Funny at fifty something

Daniela Soave celebrates the rise of female comedians and explores why what they’re talking about makes us laugh

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Lifestyle & Culture

Keep your laundry fragrant for longer

With these tips, your clothes will not only smell lovely, but you’ll shrink your laundry pile, too

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Make your garden grandchild-friendly

Little adventurers love to get to know the natural world, but it can be a full-time job to keep them away from hidden dangers. Here’s how to create a safer space they can explore.

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How to keep cool and stay covered

Just because you don’t want to swelter on hot, sticky days, it doesn’t mean you have to whip everything off. Here are our top five ways to dress for sunny weather without revealing all.

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48 hours in… York

When you’d love to get away but don’t have a lot of time, a mini-break to York offers everything you need to relax, says Daniela Soave

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Lifestyle & Culture

Why May’s bank holidays should equal more ‘me time’

Our celebrity editor, Carol Vorderman, says long weekends should remind us to put work on the back burner and be a little selfish. Hear, hear.

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Presenter, author, superwoman

Loving your age when you’re over 50

Zelda West-Meades, agony aunt for You magazine in the Mail on Sunday, looks at the positives as we get older.

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Lavender love seven ways to bring this sweet scent into your home

For thousands of years people have prized it for its perfume, healing properties and even its flavour. Here are some ideas on how you can use this flowering herb to enjoy a little touch of the south of France

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How not to fall into the senior style trap

Gone are the days when being older means obligatory membership to the “beige brigade” and getting a blue rinse. Here’s how to work it when you’re 50 plus.

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Foods you didn’t know you could barbecue

No need to limit your al-fresco meals to the old faithfuls – these surprising foods make for great eating straight from the grill.

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Five steps to a successful sleepover with the grandkids

Got the grandchildren coming over to stay the night? Here’s how to make sure it goes without a hitch…

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Five things you should pass down to your children

You can pass on more than just good genes to your kids with these five sentimental suggestions.

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Where the wild things are…

Transform your garden into a wildlife wonderland with our green-fingered suggestions

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Seven beautiful UK walks for the Easter weekend

Daniela Soave celebrates the season with our pick of UK walks with charming highlights along each route.

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