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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Glass Fence from Glass Table Tops

Materials: IKEA hardened glass table top We wanted a glass fence for our balcony, without paying a fortune. So I got a few IKEA hardened glass table tops. These are the same type of glass used in expensive fences. To get a rough, industry look I got cheap iron L-beams to make the posts. Two pieces are welded together to make an L-shaped post that is bolted to the floor.

Don’t let your emotions drive your car-buying decisions

This article is by staff writer Sam, the Financial Samurai. I was in the 6th grade when I first laid eyes on her. She was a 1989 BMW 635i Coupe that did donuts in the school’s parking lot after class thanks to an obnoxious, rich 11th-grader who got the car as a birthday present. I was immediately smitten and promised myself one day I’d be able to buy such a car too.

4 Ideas About Food You Need To Change

We’ve definitely heard it all before: the world is getting fatter; we need to exercise more and eat more vegetables. But, unfortunately, none of us seem to be listening. In the UK, 64% of adults are considered overweight or obese, whilst the amount of teens and children admitted to hospital for obesity-related conditions has increased by four-fold in the last decade across England and Wales.

4 Ways to Say What You Want

Do you ever fear that voicing your needs and desires —saying what you want — makes you selfish and will cause people to dislike you? I used to be terrified of taking a stand for myself — saying “no” or “I don’t want to” or “I disagree.” I was so desperate to fit in and please others that I’d completely forgo my own wishes and innermost needs. This denial of my truest self

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s spent the last two years refining his methods and putting them on steroids.

15 Constellations Every Man Should Know

“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie I was recently on a camping trip in the mountains of Colorado, and one of the highlights was definitely being able to lay on a picnic table and try to find constellations without the intrusive lights of my home

Do You Love Manifestos as Much as I Do? Here’s My Habits Manifesto.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My Manifesto for Habits, plus an assortment of other manifestos. Writing a personal manifesto is a great exercise for clarifying your thinking — and it’s also a creative, absorbing process.

Upcycled rattan chair using retired climbing rope

I don’t remember the product name but it was from about 10 years ago. The rattan was deteriorating to the point of unusability.   I had recently gotten a climbing gym to give me a bunch of rope that they were required to retire after a certain number of hours of use. I wove a very comfortable seat and back using my knotting skills.

Hackers Help: Taller MULIG Valet Stand?

I have a MULIG valet stand that I am basically using as a (semi) privacy screen in my somewhat non-private cubicle. The problem is it needs at about 4″ more to be effective. I thought that it would be a good idea to elevate it by putting on casters so that I could easily roll the valet stand.

Charge up with a Ljusa hand-powered USB charger

Materials: IKEA Ljusa hand powered flashlight How many times have you been without a battery? I often!

Unitasker Wednesday: Vessyl

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we aren’t trying to encourage you to buy these items, we are trying to get you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker selection is the Vessyl.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Four desks for a minimalist work space Have a small workspace? Check out these four minimalist desks that will help you get stuff done and reclaim more space. 2011 The Simple Meal Over the years, my husband and I have come to rely on The Simple Meal when we’re stressed and don’t want to make a production out of dinner.

How to Build a Successful “Shopping Hierarchy”

Last month, I wrote a popular article for U.S. News and World Report about “shopping hierarchies.” Here’s how I defined “shopping hierarchy” in that article: However, there’s stronger strategy you can apply that affects the price of almost everything you buy. I call it the “shopping hierarchy” strategy.

How to Find a Career That Fits Your Working Style

Finding the right career isn't just about your skills and capabilities: it's also about getting a fit between your personal working style and the role that you're in.

Breaking the stress spending cycle

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Lately, life has been a little hectic. I have a full schedule of work. I’m trying to plan a surprise party. I’m working on three different passion projects. My laundry needs to be washed. Hell, I need to be washed. It’s noon and I haven’t even showered.