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The best way to avoid floor stains is to cover your whole house in sheets of plastic. If you'd prefer to avoid the serial killer look, you need to get to those stains quickly. This infographic explains how to completely remove stains from various floor surfaces.

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Nobody wants to live in a cramped living space. In addition to making you feel suffocated and boxed in, it can also reduce the perceived value of your house. While you might not have the money to renovate, it's still possible to make your abode look larger via clever decoration. Here are seven affordable enlargement hacks to try; from placing furniture away from windows to utilising mismatched cushions to break up repetition.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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If your house is anything like mine, it could probably pass for one of the sets to Animal House. (I blame the rug rats.) This can be problematic when you're expecting house guests at short notice -- there's only so much junk and mess you can sweep under the rug. This infographic from rental site Wimdu explains how to make your home fit for a queen when time is in short supply.

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This summer has been a mixed bag of humidity and drizzle: the perfect breeding ground for various types of mould. If you're currently battling surface fungus, this exhaustive infographic from NeoMam Studios explains how to eradicate the problem. Best of all, most of the solutions involve household items that you probably already own.

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Here's a fun wall mural project that will keep your kids entertained and artistically nourished for years to come. All you need is a single can of chalkboard paint and a willingness to drastically change the aesthetics in one of your rooms. (Plus a crap-tonne of chalk, obviously.)

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MagicPlan is a design app for Android and iOS that lets you create 3D floorplans with your phone. Whether you work in real estate, are in the process of renovating your house or just want to measure your bedroom, this app is a great time-saving solution with a slick interface to boot.

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Some folks opt for a home theatre, but in this case, a home entertainment geek opted to wire up his party space so that at the touch of the big red "Emergency Party Button", the lights are dimmed, the party lights come on, the dried ice machine kicks in, and the music starts. Awesome home automation job (we'll overlook the dodgy choice of music). :)

The creator kindly put up a website detailing the equipment used, how it was put together and the cost of materials ($US634).

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Having a washer and dryer in your home doesn't always translate to having an organised system for cleaning and storing clothes. When the piles start climbing out of their baskets, the Unclutterer blog recommends making a visit to your local laundromat—the one you probably wrote off as an artefact of the past. By doing all your laundry in one shot, and saving some serious time while you're at it:

Go once to the laundromat, get all of your clothes washed, and then get started on your new laundry routine at home with a clean slate. To complete the laundry bankruptcy plan you can do your laundry yourself, or you can use the Fluff-N-Fold service that most laundromats offer.

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Trying to cut back on your use of that energy sucking air conditioner (or maybe just don't have one)? A tipster at the Natural Living blog suggests this simple hack to get the most out of your standing fan instead:

"You need a fan, and a plastic bottle of water.Fill the 3/4 of the bottle with water and put it in the freezer.Once deep frozen, put the plastic bottle in front of the fan, and tadaa! Fresh air!"

Given that it's been a bit on the chilly side in Sydney for the past couple of days, I haven't tried this tip myself, but I reckon it's worth filing away for those upcoming hot summer days!

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