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By Leo Babauta

Nostalgia for the Opposite

Jez Butterworth on writing a play about navigating the zero-sum world of opposing choices: He described it as a kind of psychological holding place as ‘nostalgia for the opposite.’ Holding two options in one’s mind simultaneously enables an emotional state—of freedom or evasiveness, depending on one’s view—in which Butterworth’s characters tend to reside.

4 Steps To A Meaningful Career While Raising A Family

Several times in my life I’ve walked away from well-paying jobs in order to pursue a more meaningful career, one that more deeply connected with the type of person that I wanted to be. Recently in my Facebook Group, I was asked how someone could walk away from large sums of money to pursue a meaningful career.

Make me a built in bookcase she said……

Materials: 3 Billy bookcases and a Gnedby shelving unit, bits of an Akurum kitchen unit My wife wanted a built in ‘library’ bookcase in our new living room, and trusted my woodworking skills to hack IKEA units to do the job.

Breakfast Bar with Dish and Silverware Storage

Materials: Bygel Utility Cart, Ekby Stilig Bracket. OPTIONAL: White Olov table legs, Franklin bar stool, Gerton Table Top, LÄMPLIG chopping board, small Pluggis containers I have a very awkward space between my kitchen and living room with no distinct area for a table, kitchen cart or shelving unit.

Are You Spending Too Much on Groceries?

How much does the average family spend on groceries? It all depends, but here’s how you can spend less regardless. Photo: Rain0975 If there is such a thing as an average family of four, there’s nothing average about how much that family spends on groceries. According to the U.S.

Nailhead Trim Hemnes Nightstand

Supplies: • Ikea’s Hemnes nightstand in White Stain • Drawer pulls • Medium weight fabric, such as linen • Mod Podge • Large paintbrush or the Mod Podge Brush Applicator • Nailhead trim • Hammer Directions: 1. Start building the Hemnes nightstand but stop after completing Step 10.

Unitasker Wednesday: Dancing Dog Speaker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Hey, Dog! What’s up? Anything new going on in your life right now? What’s that you say, Dog? You want to dance? Of course you do!

Fighting Holiday Food Temptation? Try These 13 Tips.

I think a lot about habits, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about habits related to holiday eating. The holidays are supposed to be a festive time, but many people feel anxiety and regret around food and drink—the holiday season is so full of temptation. I have to say, I enjoy the holidays much more, now that I’ve got a better grip on my habits, than I used to. Here are some ways to

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Inflatable meal In this holiday season, we wanted to invite all of you to join us for a (virtual) meal. Come on in, grab a seat, sit down, and let’s enjoy a meal together. 2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Fingertip oven mitts That’s right, fingertip-only oven mitts do not look safe in the least. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that they look unsafe.

How to Find the Best Thrift Stores in Your Area

I have had a lot of success buying things at thrift stores, secondhand stores, and consignment shops. Here are just a few examples of things I’ve found. Several years ago at a secondhand clothes store in the Ames, Iowa area, I found a new – meaning it still had the tags on it – replica Chicago Cubs jersey that would fit my oldest son.

2014 Annual Review: Lessons in Entrepreneurship & Unconventional Work

And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post builds on Monday’s, with some more specific lessons related to entrepreneurship, writing, and work. You’re welcome to share your lessons too, and—new bonus!—we’ll award a $100 Powell’s gift card to the person who leaves the best comment by the end of the week, as determined by our cats and biased judges.

The Only Habit You Need to Accomplish All Your Goals for 2015

We all know the disappointment of unachieved goals. With each new year, we set a number of goals to make this year the best, only to forget what goals we’ve set come December. For many of us, the story of passionate goal-setting followed by disappointing results is one we’re all too familiar with. But what if this cycle could end?

Easy Ways to Fulfill a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus

Meeting requirements for a card’s sign-up bonus shouldn’t become a game of “beat the clock.” Photo: Kalyan Most credit card rewards deals ask you to spend a specific amount of money on your card within a clearly defined time frame. If you complete the task and play by the rules, you can often earn a tidy sum of cash back, airline miles, or hotel loyalty points.

How to save for a down payment on a house fast

This article is by staff writer Robert Brokamp. My wife and I didn’t wait too long after our wedding to create a family. We were parents one week before our first anniversary. Our apartment was too small for a third human, so we endeavored to buy a house.

7 Ways Accepting Change Can Improve Your Success

Changes are an integral part of life. We can always find changes happening around us and inside of us. Some of these changes are acceptable to us while others are not. But why is it so tough to accept a change? How can you stop resisting the changes in your life and just accept them and move on?