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By Brett McKay

Ask Unclutterer: Conversation topics to discuss before moving in with someone

Reader Kristen submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My fiancee and I will marry on May 1, and although we both currently room with VERY messy and disorganized roomies, we both agree on keeping our future home clean and organized.

Some Thoughts on Balancing “Fun” Spending and Planning for the Future

One of my biggest splurges each year comes in August, when I travel to Indianapolis with a few friends and attend GenCon, a gaming convention. During a given year, my wife usually goes on some sort of trip by herself as well, often to visit family in the Pacific Northwest. I usually pick up a new game and a new book about once a month, on average.

Workspace of the Week: Inherited desk

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Agaetis’ home recording studio: I really enjoyed the description that went with Agetis’ office images: This is my little home studio. I do mostly audio but have dabbled a bit with video. The desk is actually my great uncles who was an author, even had a few movies made out of his books.

Freelancing On-the-go: Wi-Fi Wireless Woes

Credit: @Saigon on Flickr As I sit here in the Melbourne Airport, it’s starting to dawn on me that I’ve been looking at travel and freelancing with decidedly rose-colored glasses. Up to this point I have always thought that working while on the move was a relatively simple thing.

Pallbo fusion: double Pallbo storage box

Materials: Pallbo footstools, Fredrika fabric Description: Lisa and I had a couple of Pallbo footstools laying around the house. Pallbo is nice, but is a big waste of space. Surfing the Web I came across this page. I had some scrap wood in the basement, so I decided to merge the two to obtain a bigger upholstered chest to store some blankets.

Ask the Readers: How to Talk to Friends and Family About Money?

Last spring, Andy submitted a question he hoped readers could help him with. I promised I’d post it…and then went to Alaska for ten days and forgot. Well, Andy’s a patient man. And persistent.

Evolving Workplace Productivity: 5 Workstyle Tips From Start-Ups

It's time to get out with the old workplace, and in with the new. Tips on video streaming, flexible schedules, roving meetings, and condensing communications.

Making Homemade Yogurt

Yep, you read that right. Homemade yogurt, in our crock pot. Of course, before we get started, it’s worth noting that I’m sharing something we do routinely in our own home, and if you choose to do this in your own home, I assume no liability over the results.

Ring Display

Materials: Bolmen Description: Seen at a Store in Central Train Station Bremen/Germany. The Bolmen Ring Displays can be stacked and stored on less space. The Rings are protected against burglary with cables running through drilled holes. The holes are matching the pattern of the Bolmen step. ~ Tim, Germany

"Doing Things That Scare Me Can Make Me Both Happy and Unhappy, and the Line is Often Surprising."

Happiness interview: Janine DiTullio. Last week, I went to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

Getting your garage and sporting equipment ready for summer

Although the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has me wanting to spend time indoors, the sunny skies and 70 degree temperatures are tempting me to head outside.


Materials: KVART (wall spotlight), mixed media Description: Häxan is a composition of more or less used goods. Most of the things are found in various boxes and barns. The "KVART" wall spotlights were used for some months as they were meant to be used. Somehow me and my wife found them quite dull so I decided to refine them. ~ Marcus Gustafsson, Sweden

Hero Training: The Pulling to Safety Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

Open Thread: Does Education Matter for Freelancers?

photo credit: sansreproache/flickr Rockable Press recently shared some statistics from their up-coming freelancing book, Freelance Confidential, with their mailing list. The book includes results from the survey conducted here at FreelanceSwitch a few months ago that polled 3,200 freelancers on every aspect of their work.

Reader Mailbag: Absence

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. Banking troubles 2. Getting rid of a timeshare 3. Scholarships and taxes 4. Housing money for the future 5. Loan arrangement question 6. Where should we keep savings? 7. Wanting to be a parent 8.