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By Leo Babauta

Pimp my IKEA table

Materials: LEKSVIK Description: A Leksvik on the cheap gets a makeover with painted on "placemats" and "chalkboard" setting. The flower motif is set with a layer of clear coat with glitter sprayed on a template.  See more of the Leksvik table. ~ Heidi, Norway

Not Enough Time? How to Stop The Illusion

Photo by Vadim Pacev By Anastasiya Goers “It is not enough if you are busy. The question is, ‘what are you busy about?’” ~Henry David Thoreau Do you find that there is just not enough time to get everything done? How many times a day do you usually use the word busy?

Personal Finance and the Idea of Freedom

“Financial freedom” is a concept that’s constantly bandied about among personal finance writers and presenters. I think it’s mostly used because it sounds good: freedom implies some sort of escape from oppression, and applying that sentiment to personal finance creates a picture of a future where you’re not beholden to creditors or lenders or your boss.

Quiz: Are you a Moderator or an Abstainer, When Trying to Give Something Up?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday, back by popular demand: Quiz -- are you a moderator or abstainer? One of the great mysteries of happiness is: why don't we do the things that we know will make us happy? Why do we skip exercising? Why do we eat two doughnuts for breakfast? Why do we buy that thing we don't really need?

Personalization Matters: Lessons Building a Strong Network

A personal letter to Luke Creating the LifeRemix network with my friend Brett is easily the most important thing I’ve done professionally. Starting the little network of friends has allowed me to get advice and feedback from some of the smartest minds on the Net in a vast array of niches. I mean, these people are sharp.

A Grono mosaic lamp

Materials: GRONO Lamp Description: Four different mosaics created on the sides of the lamp Gromo. - preparation stained glass - glass paste - grouting ~ Davide Scimeca

Unitasker Wednesday: The Pajamas Warming Pouch

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Reader Kaity has sent us a unitasker that may be one of my all-time favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Introducing The Pajamas Warming Pouch: I have to be honest, I had no idea room temperature pajamas were a problem needing a solution.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Christoph Niemann’s My Life With CablesArtist Christoph Niemann reflected on his relationship with cables and wires on the New York Times blog Abstract City. Like this site? Buy Erin Rooney Doland's Unclutter Your Life in One Week from Amazon.com today.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Netflix Edition

Earlier this week, I made an offhand reference to the fact that my wife and I have watched several entire sci-fi series on Netflix streaming at a roughly three-episodes-a-week pace. Several readers wrote in and asked for what series we had watched, so I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of the series we’ve watched while being Netflix streaming subscribers.

The uncluttered influence of Ikea?

Inside Story, a current affairs and cultural studies newsletter from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, has published an interesting article exploring the uncluttered influence of Ikea.

10 Tips for Staying Productive During Vacation Time

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune Working from home, everyday is a vacation. Wrong! It’s equally important for freelancers working from home to take a vacation. You need a break as much as if you where working full-time on a factory floor, building houses, managing the cash register at your local mini-mart or working in an office.

All About Asset Location: How to Make the Most of Your Accounts

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks.

Gorm window sill

Materials: Gorm, Behandla Description: My wife and I always wanted a window sill that doubles as a bench. The only problem is that the required wood was to expensive. Then I thought of Gorm, the cheapest shelving unit from Ikea. I used 8 Gorm 50 cm shelves and 8 height extension posts. First I painted them white using Behandla. I sawed them to a breadth of 35 cm.

You Know, You Can Change Who You Are

Have you ever been labeled?Maybe your parents always said you were the “naughty one” or the “quiet one” or the “clever one”. Maybe your classmates called you a “geek”. Maybe your friends expected you to live up to a particular reputation (even when you thought you’d outgrown it).You almost certainly have labels that you give yourself – whether you realize it or not.

How To Tap Into Your Personal Greatness

‘Greatness…consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life.’ - Dr Russell H.