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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Expedit into Entertainment Unit

Materials: Expedit 5x1, Capita Legs *8 Description: A relatively simple hack, basically we were looking around for a long entertainment unit but on a budget. Everything we found was either too gaudy or just really expensive. The idea was to get an Expedit shelving unit and turn it sideways and put some feet on it to raise it off the carpet.

Best of Tuts+ in September

Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network.

The Half Step That Will Change Your Life

Post written by Leo Babauta. You’d be surprised to know how many emails I get where people are stuck in their lives. They’re broke, or unmotivated, or in a job they hate, or they can’t find their passion, or they can’t get motivated to get healthy. And they don’t know where to start. It hurts to read these emails.

Bastis Krona Hack - it's an ottoman!

Materials: Bastis Krona Pet Bed, 1 yd of material, heavy duty stapler, and that's it! Description: I found BK pet bed in the As Is section at Ikea for $5.00. I've wanted an ottoman for the longest time and thought the dimensions looked good. There is a piece that comes with the Bastis Krona which you won't use so just put it aside.

Ask Unclutterer: Difficulty parting with sentimental objects

Reader S. submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I really want to unclutter my house, but every time I go to do this I get emotional and start reminiscing in my mind. So, back in the pile/box it goes. I can’t seem to move forward. I know if you haven’t used it in 2 years you should get rid of it.

Some Thoughts on Bank of America’s Debit Card Fee Plan

I woke up to several emails this morning about Bank of America’s new plan to charge a $5 monthly fee to debit card users if they use those cards for purchases: Bank of America will begin charging a $5 monthly fee at the beginning of next year for customers who make debit card purchases. Whether you use your card for one purchase a month or 20, you will pay $5 per month starting in 2012.

Want to Join a Happiness Project Group? Make Friends, Have Fun, Stick to Your Resolutions!

One happiness-project resolution that has added enormously to my happiness is my resolution to Join or start a group. For many people, making and keeping friends is one of the most important (and challenging) elements of their happiness project, and being part of a group is a terrific way to make new friends, deepen existing friendships, have fun, create a sense of belonging, and spend time t

Soap dish from kitchen skimmer

Materials: Ikea (name?) kitchen skimmer Description: We have 2 round vessel sinks in our master bath. Small Ikea bowls mimicking the shape of the vessels held our soaps next to the sinks. Every time we reached with wet hands for the soap or return it to the dish, soapy water splashed on the counter, very messy. What we needed was an in-sink soap dish!

Build a Killer Online Portfolio in 9 Easy Steps

Note: A few times a month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of FreelanceSwitch. This article by Skellie was first published December 13th, 2007, yet is just as relevant and full of useful information today. Every freelancer should have an online portfolio. You’ve got one, right? If not, skip to the last paragraph of this post.

Overcoming Uncertainty

I met an old friend for lunch the other day. Andrew and I have known each other since the first day of first grade — way back in 1975. “You know,” he said as we slurped down Asian noodles, “when I first reconnected with you fifteen years ago, you were pretty much the same guy you were in high school. Even five years ago, you were still that same J.D.

The Awesome Power of Two Words

“Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.” – Senator Robert F. Kennedy The working of the human mind naturally lends itself to metaphor as in: the playground of the mind, the battlefield of the mind, the mind as a prison.

I have been living in the future

I never realized that I was living in the future until the future became the present and the present became the past. People like you and me are living in the present and our thoughts and ideas are based on the present and at best based on visions on the future. I'm not any different, but I suddenly realized that in the past I've been working on stuff that actually hyped years later.

A Budget Is Only What You Make of It

Jenny writes in with an interesting question that was originally in this morning’s mailbag, but my answer became long enough that I decided to make it into its own post: I went through all of the budget exercises in the financial guidebook and created a budget for myself. The only problem is that when I was done and I tried to follow it, it felt really restrictive.

Lessons in Manliness from Charles Atlas

“Let Me Prove in 7 Days That I Can Make You a New Man!” “The Insult That Made a Man Out of Mac” “Hey, Skinny! Yer Ribs Are Showing!” It’s an ad the majority of readers out there can easily conjure up in their heads.

8 Steps to Getting What You Want… Without Formal Credentials

(Photo: ElMarto) Michael Ellsberg has been a good friend since 2000.  In the last few years, he has made a study of self-study. How do the best in business do what they do?