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By Brett Kelly

TJUSIG Shoe rack turned small bench

Materials: TJUSIG Shoe rack, some pieces of lath, some oak, Description: Just wanted to share a small bench I made from a TJUSIG Shoe rack. I realise that IKEA also sell a bench like that (with the same name) but I didn't want it for 2 reasons; it's too big for me and with just a plain board to sit on, it's quite boring.

Eliminate One of Your Cars Entirely (41/365)

Over the last few days, I’ve talked about a lot of options that you can use to get to work and run errands without the use of your own car. Carpooling, riding public transportation, and riding a bicycle can all achieve this goal. There’s still a problem, though. If you use these tactics, you’re leaving that car sitting in your driveway.

Why Failure Must Be On The Table

There’s so much glory built around the potential for failure in the world of entrepreneurship. At least in VC-backed tech, you’re not really an entrepreneur (not my assessment) until you’ve lived through at least one big flame-out.

Picture becomes place for earrings

Materials: IKEA TYGLÖSA frame, IKEA fabric, tulle Description: This is a very simple hack, but one that I am very satisfied with. I wrapped the TYGLÖSA frame with fabric as supposed. I then wrapped it all in tulle and gathered the tulle on the back of the picture using safety pins. My ear rings goes through the holes of the tulle.

Place mat as boot saver

Materials: IKEA KLISTRIG place mat Description: My boots needed a savior as they were all standing knocked over in the closet. The solution was IKEA's KLISTRIG place mat. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Ditching Basecamp for Project Management With Google Docs – Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Ditching Basecamp for Project Management With Google Doc by Freelance Jam. In this video the Freelance Jam duo cover project management workflows as they relate to client projects and thier own projects.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #59

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. J. M. Barrie on work I don’t really think of work as being time spent earning money. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. – J. M. Barrie I sometimes earn money doing stuff I like to do.

Baked Lampshade

Materials: Ikea Orgel + baking paper Description: When I was baking the other day... ... looking at a piece of leftover baking paper in my hands I had an idea and an old lampshade (Ikea orgel) down the basement. Click to read the rest of the post >>

5 Things to Give Instead of Money

For many of us, money is tight at the moment. Perhaps you’ve got a friend in need of support, or you want to contribute to charity … but you just don’t have any cash to spare. Thankfully, money isn’t the only thing that you can give. In fact, it may not even be the most useful.

"Night fly" lampshade hack

Materials: IKEA lampshade in suitable size, fishingline, stiff fabrick and gluegun Description: I used a lampshade that I found good in size, removed all of the fabric and used the metal base of the shade. The flowers were cut out of the fabric in two different sizes.

Problem With Procrastination? Try This: Do Nothing.

Just about anyone who has ever put off a troublesome task is familiar with one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination. When there’s some chore you just don’t want to tackle, every other chore seems alluring.

Combined book shelves to create a 2x8 Expedit

Materials: Expedit Description: The Expedit shelving units are great: very simple in style, and great for books. However: - none of them really did fit the wall I wanted it to stand - I really don't like those ugly crevices where the boards meet - and the color needs to match my newly painted white walls So I took two IKEA Expedit (2x4) in the super-standard (and rather ugly) white.

Use a Bicycle (40/365)

The winter is easily my least favorite season. It is very difficult to be outside for a long period of time when the temperature is approaching 0 F, as it often is in Iowa during the winter.

Space-efficient IT-Workstation under 250,00 Euro

Materials: "Vika Amon" (white, table top - 17,00 Euro) "Vika Annefors" (white - 35,00 Euro) "Vika Alex" (white - 60,00 Euro) "Vika Byske" (table top - 79,00 Euro) "Ekby Alex" (white - 39,00 Euro) 2x "Signum" wireway (10 Euro - not required once another the table stands towards another table) 4x Torx-screws 6x60 (T30) 4x Tor

Workspace of the Week: Inspiring cord management

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Tomek’s cable containment solution: Good cable management is hard to master, but Tomek has done an impressive job with his home office. He has attached a pegboard to the back of his desk with nails, and then has plastic pegboard locks keeping the cables in place.