Housing policy needs to prioritise housing's function as a home, rather than an asset.
To make a success of moving home, to the country for example, it helps to be open to the ways a place will change you.
Think moving won't change you? You might want to rethink that. To feel 'at home' you need to accept the new place where you live as part of your changing identity.
It’s not all smiles and cups of tea.
Young people can make big savings living with their parents, but it throws up some thorny issues.
George Henry Durrie’s ‘Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning’ (1861).
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Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.
Recognisable to all.
The company has made the world flat (packed).
Slow but steady decline in home ownership continues as 23.6% of all Australian households now rent privately.
The latest 2016 Census data assesses what the national home ownership and rental rates are and how these vary location. It also gives us a picture of mortgage and rental costs.
It never ends.
A host of spaces that were once immune to commercial intrusion – from parks to our friendships – are now being infiltrated by advertisers. Are we being enslaved by a 'merciless master'?
Crime is declining, but people are getting more and more defensive about their homes.
Moving home might seem like a good option for better schooling - but it can have an adverse effect.
Changing home causes more than just social upheavel for youngsters.
Time to ditch those bad habits?
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It's the best time to make a fresh start.
Unfortunately, there’s no ‘one size fits all.’
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There's no 'one size fits all' approach. But a lot of little things – from colors to appliance noise – can make a big difference.
The social huntsman,
Delena cancerides, can be found in families of up to 150.
Linda S. Rayor
Huntsman spiders deserve a place alongside koalas and kangaroos as iconic Australian wildlife.
Latrodectus hasseltii, the redback spider.
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Be thankful you aren't a male redback spider.
Fungus gnats are one the many arthropods that find their way into our homes.
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Our homes harbour hundreds of species of insects and their relatives.
The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) female full of eggs.
Fleas have lived with people for as long as people have lived with pets.
Your home is full of fungi.
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Moulds and fungi have been living with us for thousands of years - you just might not think about them until they become a problem.
To lawn or not to lawn, that is the question.
As summer rolls on once again you're despairing at a brown lawn. Perhaps you should embrace a shabbier backyard.
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Sweating it out through hot summer nights? Here are some tips when you're looking for something to cool you down.
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Decluttering, spearheaded by Marie Kondo and Japanese minimalist consumerism, has taken on quasi-spiritual connotations. What are we actually trying to get rid of when we throw out all our stuff?
How much is that cluttered spare room really costing you?
How much would you give up to have a home that didn’t cost you a cent in energy bills? Would you sacrifice that spare bedroom that’s full of junk and hardly gets used? Or the additional bathroom? What…