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By The Unclutterer Team

Quick Nightstand

Materials: IKEA Marius stool Description: The legs of the IKEA stool Marius are part of this really quick and easy DIY project. I simply screwed the legs to a little drawer similar to the IKEA fira drawers, which are unfortunately not available anymore. I got mine from a hardwarestore. The result is still a very fresh and quick new addition to our bedroom! See more of the Marius nighstand.

The Secret to Doing Your Best Work Effortlessly

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming or just not into your work? Do you feel like it’s a struggle sometimes to concentrate or to get anything done? And at other times, are you able to do your work effortlessly, getting everything done quickly and efficiently? What’s going on here? It might not be you. It might not be your work.

Cultivate Good Smells.

One of my latest, and favorite, happiness resolutions is to Cultivate good smells. I'd never thought much about the sense of smell, but after some research -- and just paying more attention -- I realize how critical this sense is to my feelings of vitality and enjoyment.

Follow-Up: Taking a 20% Pay Cut

I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’ve started a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly.

Was This Your Life?

There are a lot of elderly folks, many of them widows and widowers, who live in my building.Every winter, a parade of dumpsters end up alongside the building.Vessels that port away the contents of the homes of those who’ve passed.My apartment looks down on the spot where the dumpsters get dropped.The image you are looking at replaces itself on a regular basis.Precious items, keepsakes, valua

Dinner With My Family #13: Fajitas Bonitas

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. This is one of those dishes that’s surprisingly quick, but tends to be very impressive when it hits the table.

Frame-holder for kids drawings

Materials: Nyttja-frame, wooden square bar, saw, glue, paint, cardboard, cutter knife Description: A re-built Ikea Nyttja frame made a great drawing holder for our kitchen wall. The frame has the size for A4 papers, and fits most of the drawings produced by our kids. I saw and glued a thin square bar onto the backside of 3 of the sides, left one short end open.

Dignitet display

Materials: 3 dignitet curtain wire kits Description: As a frantic hoarder of tickets, postcards and other bits of general stuff, I was looking for a practical, attractive way to display (and rotate) treaured mementos. The Dignitet curtain wire system provided the perfect solution. Simple. ~ Shel, London

Ikea cardboard clock

Materials: Ikea clock Description: I had an old Ikea clock in my flat. I disassembled it and put the small mechanism into a card board box from the trash... Besides, I glued ice cream sticks on the needles for the ecological style!! See more of the cardboard clock. ~ Petitbill, France

Ask Unclutterer: Emptying a storage unit

Reader Allicia submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I recently moved to Minnesota from New Mexico. I didn’t have a job at first so I moved most (almost all) of my stuff into a storage unit. Now that I am settled, I have a plan to go to New Mexico to unload and organize my storage unit and get rid of stuff I no longer need, etc.

His Debts, Her Debts, or Our Debts?

You’re in a relationship. That relationship is starting to get serious. You’re contemplating marriage or some other form of long-term commitment. Now what? Quite often today, people are bringing significant debt into relationships with them. Credit card debt. Student loan debt. Auto loan debt. I often get emails from readers asking me how to deal with them.

Workspace of the Week: Sharing Star Wars

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Darth Cena’s shared home office: Sharing an office space with someone can be difficult, and keeping it uncluttered and organized even harder. This week’s selection of Darth Cena’s office is a wonderful example of how to make it work well.

Ask the Readers: I’ve Tracked My Expenses — Now What?

At the end of August, a very patient Stephanie sent me an interesting question. When I didn’t answer her e-mail, she sent it again in January. I replied, promising to post her question while I was in Africa — but I didn’t get to it. Now it’s April. I think it’s time to set things right.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Marketing and Style

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at low-cost marketing and developing a style. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Tertial lamp into microphone stand

Materials: TERTIAL + PROEL APM 225 (or other) Description: Remove the bulb Remove the power cord Insert your Proel APM 225 ~ Francesco Dosia