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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

10 Holiday Gifts to Combat Consumerism Fatigue

Don’t give someone more junk. Try these thoughtful alternatives, like pulling an idle instrument out of the attic and getting it professionally restored.

Cat Draisienne – a hack of the IKEA FROSTA stool

I made this Draisienne. I used 2 FROSTA stools. Making this difficult for me. But I worked hard! Had to use different bolts as I couldn’t find the ones used in the original project. And I didn’t add the handle. I put a saddle instead of the handle. This is a cute version of this Draisienne. I added a tail and ears in this.

The MOTHER of Appliance Garages

Two GALANT Roll-front cabinets, white, mounted as wall cabinets atop standard base cabs. Removed bottom shelf/feet so that countertop runs continuous through bottom of garage. Added enough outlets to plug in 16 items.

Happy thanksgiving from IKEAhackers

While Thanksgiving is not a big celebration here in Malaysia, I do have much to be thankful for, even without a big feast awaiting. Let me take a moment to thank all of you for your friendship, support and kindness, especially through the rough spots this year.

8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holidays.

Back by popular demand: dealing with difficult relatives over the holidays. Holidays can be tough. Some people love them; some people dread them. I thought a lot about the holidays as I was writing Happier at Home, because the holiday season tends to be a time when we focus on home. Maybe you’re going “home” the way I go home to Kansas City for Christmas–which may be fun for you, or not.

“Built-in” bookcase from old IVAR shelf

After my divorce, it was time to turn my attic bedroom into a room that suited my personality, as well as a room that blended better with my 1911 Craftsman home. The room was originally finished in the 1980s or 90s when the attic was turned into living space, and it had been done in the cheapest, ugliest possible way.

Happy Thanksgiving from Unclutterer

Unclutterer is taking the day off to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones. We hope you’re having a great, restful day, too.

12 Strategies for Holiday Leftovers

Thanksgiving (and Christmas, for that matter) are holidays where my family tends to gather with grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews and share food, drink, and good cheer. These gatherings often tend to be large ones and thus large meals are often prepared with lots of different side dishes. The end result?

Travel play kitchen from TROFAST storage box

Materials: Bygel container, Kullar lunch box, Trofast lid, Trofast storage box * Draw the outlines of the Kullar lunch box on the lid. * Cut a hole in the lid which fits the lunch box. * Draw circles (with a glass for example) on 2 cork coasters. * Paste the coasters on the lid. * Fit the lunch box in the hole. * Put the lid on a Trofast storage box. * Hang the Bygel container on the edge

Thank You, Fate!

This article is by staff writer Robert Brokamp. Most of us think of Thanksgiving as an American tradition. But it was most likely brought over by English settlers, since such holidays existed in the Old World and elsewhere for centuries. It began as a harvest festival – a way to thank the heavens for the edible plants on earth.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Dear PickTheBrain Community, Everyday I am given dozens of reasons to be thankful that you are part of this wonderful, ever expanding self improvement community – a group of people that are intent on growing yourselves as well as making the world around you a better place.

DIY Flavored Toothpicks

Since literally the dawn of man, toothpicks have been used as a tooth-cleaning device. With the advent of tooth-brushing and flossing, however, toothpicks fell out of favor as a tooth cleaner, but were held onto (primarily by men) as simply a small wood stick to chew on.

Beware of These 10 Habit Loopholes as You Head to the Thanksgiving Feast.

When I was writing Better Than Before, I loved writing every chapter, because every strategy is so interesting. But I have to admit, I particularly loved writing the chapter on the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting, because the loopholes are so ingenious and funny. One of the toughest parts of the editing process was cutting down on the number the loophole examples I list.

The Four Hidden Habit Skills

By Leo Babauta When you learn a new skill, feedback is important: if you fall off a bike, you need to make an adjustment so you don’t keep falling. But when people learn the skill of creating new habits, they usually take the feedback of missing the habit as complete failure. A sign that they have no discipline. In actuality, it means no such thing.

Everything You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation

It isn’t just construction workers who get hurt on the job. Every business with employees needs workers’ comp coverage. Virtually every business with any employees in the United States has to address the issue of workers’ compensation coverage.