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By John Wesley

Ikea X-Mas Tree

Materials: Stranne table lamp and ornaments. Description: This is a really easy hack. You buy small ornaments and bend the arms of the lamp to hold them. It is very festive and best of all it saves energy! The lights are LED. Merry Christmas! See more of the easy Christmas tree. ~ Juliet Rizek, Chicago, IL!

An Announcement about the Future of The Simple Dollar

Over the past few days, I entered into an agreement to join forces with Cut Media to ensure the long-term future of The Simple Dollar. What Does This Mean For Readers? To me, this is the most important question to be asked about this arrangement. I have signed a long-term agreement with Cut Media with regards to this site.

Warning: Blatant Self-Promotion. (I'm Warning You!)

Have I suggested that The Happiness Project might make a good holiday gift? I have?

Dressing for the Occasion: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

This illustrated guide made possible by Life Khaki by Haggar – Talking Men’s style. What’s this? We’ve been talking a lot about hosting a holiday party lately, but what if you’re invited to one as a guest? It can be confusing trying to decipher the stated dress code. “Black tie” is easy: wear a tux. But what about those other categories?

Gigantic Expedit-Bookcase

Materials: 6 * 4x4-Expedits, 1 * 4x2-Expedits, 6 * Perfekt cover panels Description: We live in a 19th century Prussian residential house in the historic city center of Erfurt, a 1270 year old town in central Germany. Our apartment has a ceiling height of 3.5 meters (11.5 feet), and we decided that the library/home office would be perfect for a large bookcase.

10 Reasons Why Working at the Library is Better than the Coffee Shop

If you are a typical freelancer, your office may range from your home to your car to the local coffee shop. While I used to inhabit my local coffee shop—to the tune of having my drink waiting for me at the counter before I even got there—I am now a convert of working at my local library. Here’s Why Free high-speed WiFi.

2011 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: The Six O’Clock Scramble deal for Unclutterer readers

In our kitchen-themed post of our 2011 Gift Giving Guide, I alluded to the fact that we would be offering a special deal for The Six O’Clock Scramble in mid-December. The time has arrived, and I am eager to share the details with you. If you’re unfamiliar with The Six O’Clock Scramble, it is a service started eight years ago by the magnificent Aviva Goldfarb.

Living Room Rationell/Akurum bookshelves

Materials: Rationell/Akurum wall cabinet frame & coloured or glass doors Description: See the pictures... how I built up my 4m high bookshelf with Akurum wall cabinet frames. It was very funny and i get some questions from the IKEA staff when I first bought just 25 empty wall frames ;-) ~ Olaf, Germany

The Making of Tiny Buddha

A few years back, Lori Deschene started posting snippets of Buddhist thought on twitter under the name Tiny Buddha. And it didn’t take long for people to notice.

Reader Mailbag: Kickstarter

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Facebook alienation and human interaction 2. Save or pay debt? 3. Thoughts on inheritance 4. Privacy and blogging 5. Slow student loan repayment? 6. Parenting blogs 7. Loan or no loan? 8.

Timely Tax Deduction Tips for Freelancers

The year is winding down and once the holidays are over, tax season is upon us.

Consumers Bear the Risk with Gift Cards

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. The chaotic holiday shopping season is in full swing, but many of us are still scratching our heads about what to get for some of the loved ones on our “nice” list. Sometimes it’s hard to think of something heartfelt for the person who has everything or who has tastes completely opposite your own.

Chevron rug DIY

Materials: Ikea Erslev rug, acrylic paint, tape, paintbrush, pencil Description: After letting the rolled up rug relax for a few weeks to remove any kinks, I vacuumed and measured out my pattern. I cut a "V" template out of a cardboard scrap, then started marking off the stripes using the template as a guide.

Holiday Depression? 8 Steps To Be Happy

Holidays are coming! Some are having the times of their life during Winter holidays: parties, friends, celebrations, cheering, sharing, etc.. Some find this time of the year very demanding. Most of us experience something in-between these two extremes: fun in some situation, pressure in others.

How to Survive an Avalanche

Last year, 25 people were killed by avalanches in the United States. The number may not sound like much, but that’s 23 more than were killed by sharks last year, and 25 more than have ever been killed by a Yeti. The victims are typically backcountry recreationalists—skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and snowmobilers.