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On Edge

Materials: 9-Ply & HEMMA Cord set Description: This finished plywood lamp, held together by the tension of its own electric cable (the IKEA HEMMA Cord), attempts to add visual and functional purpose to the necessity of being bound to a cable. The combination of form and cord allow the object to be used in a variety of positions, as seen in the installation-photos.

Freelance Freedom #237: Inter Office Revelation

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

Reader Mailbag: Hand in Glove

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. Investing in a taxable account 2. Pushy mother of child’s friend 3. Buying furniture 4. Going back to school 5. The burden of care 6. Idle computer energy drain 7. Consaidering a job change 8.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Ask Unclutterer: Regrets and legacy itemsAndrew wants to know: “Have you ever regretted getting rid of something?” and “What do you do about ‘legacy’ items?” Pack rats in fiction: Through the Looking GlassIn chapter eight of the tale “It’s My Own Invention,” Alice encounters the White Knight, a man with a nasty manifestation of Just-in Ca

Tiny MALM Shelf

Materials: MALM Nightstand Description: Like many other IKEA enthusiasts, I have the MALM bed setup. I originally had 2 nightstands connected to my bed. Over time I felt like my bedroom was too cramped so I removed one nightstand. The leftover nightstand serves no utility without its bed attachment so I figured I'd try to make some use of it.

Protecting Yourself Against Sexually-Transmitted Debt

This is a guest post from Claire Brown. Previously at GRS, Claire shared a reader story about how she learned about frugality from de-cluttering. As we hit the season of Christmas parties and New Year bashes, many GRS readers are probably thinking about 2012 financial resolutions, budget gifts and how to whip up a frugal feast for 25th of December.

Why You Should Take More Time for Yourself

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to put everyone else first. With the demands of work and family, it might feel that there’s not much time left over for you. Perhaps you even feel guilty about taking time for yourself – after all, shouldn’t you be spending that time with your kids, or your spouse, or your in-laws? We all need time to rest and recharge.

Artful Expedit

Materials: Ikea Expedit Bookcase, 4 mm screw eyes, 1/2" cup hooks, 12x12 canvases Description: I love my Ikea Expedit bookcase but I wanted to hide some of my unsightly clutter (like ratty library books and student papers waiting to be graded).

Mission Style Bedside Nightstands

Photo courtesy of IKEA Materials: Bekvam Kitchen Cart, Stain, Paint Description: Cut the legs short, and equal length to be the height of the bed mattress. Threw out the wheels. Stained all horizontal wood with a teak color stain. Painted all vertical wood with a seagull grey paint. The mission style bed frame matches the Bekvam cart shelf style perfectly! ~ Joe Black

Review: The Power of Full Engagement

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. As many long-time readers of The Simple Dollar know, I’m quite focused on time management practices.

Inverted SEPTIM

Materials: SEPTIM pendant light, lamp shade of your choice, pliers, small saw, 3-prong plug Description: When you move so much, you tend to acquire a lot of IKEA stuff. Although most if it can easily be integrated into the new space due to the adaptive nature of their design, some have no place to go.

Ombre Expedit

Materials: Expedit TV Storage Unit and 5 Lekman Boxes Description: In addition to the IKEA items, I used the following: -5 pieces of plywood cut to 13" x 13" squares -5 inexpensive wooden drawer knobs (purchased on ebay for about $0.50 each) -5 small cans of wood stain in varying shades -1 can of varnish to seal the stain - several tubes of heavy duty expoxy Required tools (bey

Savings Account as Investment

Quite often, I’ll get emails from readers saying that they’re looking to invest their money and that the money they want to invest is currently sitting in a savings account.

Linkswitch #93, Productivity Apps, Simplifying, Content Cycles

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics.

"We Are Never So Much Disposed To Quarrel With Others..."

“We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.” -- William Hazlitt, "Characteristics" This is one of the reasons I started my Happiness Project in the first place. I figured that if I felt happier, I'd behave myself better. * I enjoy visiting Orangette. It's a very peaceful site. * Do you love happiness quotes as much as I do?