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By The Unclutterer Team

Lisa Gansky, Ted Video: The future of business is the “mesh”

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The future of business is the “mesh” by Lisa Gansky.

Micke Printer Hutch

Materials: Micke Desk, Ekby Jarpen Shelves (x4) Description: I recently purchased a new printer (HP Officejet 7500A) and discovered that it is the largest electronic in my room. I had my old printer in my Billy bookcase, but my new one is far too large.

The GRS Garden Project: July 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for July 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) We had a strange July in our garden. First, the cool weather lingered longer than it ought to have. It wasn’t cold and wet, but the days were cool.

Make More Bad Stuff

I spent 90-minutes yesterday interviewing Bob Taylor, the legendary founder of Taylor Guitars, at his San Diego compound.What an amazing person, company and and experience.

Dinner With My Family #28: Personal Pita Pizzas

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. Pita bread has such a wide variety of uses that we always pick some up if there’s a sale on it.

Woodwork Lamp with Customized Lampshade

Materials: Hemma lamp (18"), Lobbo shade (12"), bench-top scroll saw, 1/4" plywood, 1" pine board Description: I designed this project for a day camp woodworking group. Customizing the lampshade was a challenge - it's made of polypropylene and polyethylene, and it's almost impossible to paint with fume-free, non-toxic materials!

Your Scariest Competition is YOU

We all have competition in life. This could be the competitors trying to steal business away from the company you work for or the guy who really irritates you at work who just happens to be going after the same senior promotions as you are.

Malma Mirror Nightstand Storage Thingy

Materials: 10 Malma Black-Brown mirrors, 8 straight joiners, 8 L brackets, box of 4x1/2 tiny screws, two hinges Description: I had a bunch of old Malma mirrors lying around and figured it was time to do something with them (read: I'm sick of making Swiss cheese out of the walls trying to line them all up grid-style; and I needed another nightstand, and I didn't want to buy wood).

How I Earned My Ph.D in Disaster Recovery over 7 Years

If you’ve ever been to a live show of a famous act, say U2, it seems like they do everything perfectly and effortlessly. It turns out that even bands like U2 make mistakes. They just know how to cover them really well so that you don’t know you’re seeing one. I sing and play guitar in a band for a few hundred people each week at our church.

Ask Unclutterer: Secure password managers

Reader Nutro submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Since my father passed away recently, I’ve had to take care of almost all kinds of family accounts (bills, insurance, car titles, house deeds, etc). Not only is this new to me (I’m really young), my mother never learned how to take care of these things since her English is bad.

Paper Towels and Frugality

For a long time, my wife and I have kept a big pile of rags in our kitchen as a cost-saving strategy. Instead of using paper towels for the endless small kitchen messes that come from having three children (wiping off faces, cleaning up spilled food and drinks, etc.), we strive to use rags from our “rag drawer” as a cost-cutting measure.

The Amazing Power of Being Present

‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ ~Thich Nhat Hahn Post written by Leo Babauta. How can you bring calm and peace to the middle of a stress-ful, chaotic day? The answer is simple, though not always so easy to put into practice: learn to be present. No matter how out-of-control your day is, no matter how stressful your job or life becomes, the act of being present ca

Workspace of the Week: Vertical venue

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JustS’ space to work and play: My favorite part of this office is its use of vertical space. This is a pretty narrow room, yet it has a full desk and bike storage in it. The file holders on the wall are also great for getting paperwork off the desktop when it’s not needed. The shelf behind the laptop and the task lighting is nice, too.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Weighing Freelance Benefits and Saying No

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at the pros and cons of freelancing and saying no to clients. 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 wish to start as a freelance Graphic Designer.

PELLO camera shoulder mount / rig

Materials: Pello Chair Description: For my new Canon 7D camera I was in desperate need of a rig: something to keep the camera steady. And, ideally be able to zoom and focus with the handle bars. The rig needed a bended / shaped piece of wood to fit around the shoulder. This is where the Pello chair came in handy.