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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Hacker Help: Problems with holes

Description: We have three homes with a lot of Ikea furniture. But, how can you be proud of your kitchen or about your Billy when they're showing off plenty of small holes, correctly made for you to choose where to put your shelves? How can I solve this real big issue when Ikea is having hole plugs, or hole covers, or hole caps, only in black?

How to Start Your Morning: 5 Tips to Create More Energy and Confidence

Does your morning routine feel more like a “mourning” routine? The first 30 minutes of your day has a powerful grip over the rest of your day — your morning behaviors and attitudes can influence how you feel and what you do for the rest of the day.

How to Ski Powder – 15 Tips for Learning in 24 Hours

(Photo: RunningClouds) Last-minute packing is an art form, and most of my trips allow me to pack less than 10 pounds for a world tour. This time, 10 pounds was just the starting point.

How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines

‘What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.’ ~C. S.

Dinner With My Family #35: Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. This week’s goal was simple.

Be Happier: Wake Up Earlier.

My happiness project has turned me into a sleep zealot.

Trade Show Booth? Ikea Saves the Day

Materials: Stolmen System, Lack Table and Expedit Shelves Description: We were in a bind, had a trade show to set up for with limited budget and time. We attached the Stolmen poles to the booth with clamps that were included in our truss system. This was a Family Pet Expo and we knew the displays had to hold up to kids playing with all the products.

Dresser to Bedframe? Yes.

Materials: 10-year old IKEA dresser, screwdriver, saw, screws and glue. Description: In the spirit of repurposing an IKEA resource and not letting solid wood go to waste, I was determined to transform a 10-year old IKEA dresser into something extraordinary.

Ask Unclutterer: Hesitant to get rid of old computers because may need files off old machines

Reader K submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: We have a few computers that should be donated, but I’m deathly afraid of losing files that either weren’t migrated to the new machine or were created after the new machine was up and running (and therefore, not on the new machine). Is there some sort of computer utility program that can compare the directories (and nested subdirecto

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Riding a Bicycle

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Once, twice, maybe thrice

Materials: Grundtal leg (as is-pair) $5.00; Vika Byske 1-leg (new) $20.00; Vika Byske 3-legs (as -is) $3.00; Lesvik top 23" x 46" (as-is) $10.00; Unknown Ikea shelf 1/4" x 35" 17-1/2" (as-is) $1.90 . Non-Ikea items; concrete screws & wood screws $5:00; fluorescent lamp (free). Description: If I had known about this site earlier, I would have properly documented my build.

Workspace of the Week: Stand up, sit down, work, work, work!

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Mushroom Princess’ dual function workspace: There are so many things to love about this week’s workspace feature. The most obvious is the way that it combines a standing height desk on the left with a sit-down space on the right.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Freelancing as a Programmer

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at freelancing as a programmer. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question 1 I have some knowledge in HTML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS.

Ask the Readers: Which Financial Products Do You Actually Use?

The financial blogging conference last week was great. My colleagues and I had a lot of thought-provoking discussions, not only in the planned sessions but also late at night in the hotel lobby. One of these impromptu chats focused on the financial products we actually use. Financial bloggers do a lot of product reviews. (I do them too, but I think they’re tedious.

The Power of Effortless Living

When I tell people I think life should be effortless, they usually laugh. They think I’m joking. Everyone knows life isn’t effortless, that getting things done and achieving anything worthwhile requires hard work, time and a lot of effort.