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By Brett Kelly

Hate Your Job? 3 Ways to Find a Better Job

What to do when you hate your job? You definitely can’t talk about it. Your spouse may commiserate with you but will ultimately tell you that you have to keep earning a living. Your friends will tell you to suck it up and to be happy you even have a job. And, of course, they are right.

Share Your Desk Organization Tip

I’m collecting short desk organization suggestions.  Just visit this form and fill it out with your 200 character or less suggestion for keeping your desk organized. If you have multiple tips, feel free to add more than one. I’ll edit them and publish a big list of desk organization tips.

IDEO: Big Innovation Lives Right on the Edge of Ridiculous Ideas

When it comes to unlocking our creativity, goofing off isn't just kid stuff. The design gurus at IDEO explain how play drives innovation and learning.

Spare Change: Game of Thrones Edition

Years ago, a friend of mine tried to convince me to read A Game of Thrones, a fantasy novel by George R. R. Martin. I gave it a go, but it never really grabbed me. I’m no prude (far from it!), but there was just too much sex and violence.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Failed Batches

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.

8 Tips to Feel Better About Yourself.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for feeling better about yourself. First came the self-esteem movement -- then came the backlash to the self-esteem movement. What's pretty clear is we don’t get healthy self-esteem from constantly telling ourselves how great we are, or even from other people telling us how great we are.

Lose with Dignity. Celebrate with Grace. (Part II)

On December 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys met on Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship. Later dubbed the “Ice Bowl,” temperatures hovered at 13 degrees below zero, the turf was as hard as rock, whistles stuck in referees’ mouths, and members of the halftime band were sent to the hospital for hypothermia.

Ikea doors turned into unique pieces for the home!

Materials: A cupboard door from the "as-is" section at Ikea, acrylic paints, drill, various knobs, sandpaper and stain or glaze Description: We took this plain old cupboard door from the "as-is" section at Ikea ($3!) and sanded it down to remove the varnish. After wiping the dust off, we painted with a cream spray paint until it was all covered (about 2 coats).

Lack on wheels

Materials: Ikea Lack table and Ikea textile, 4 litle wheels, Powertex, paint, varnish Description: Put textile on table with Powertex (4 layers). Let dry for a few days. Then put a finishing coat of varnish. Paint the table legs first with primer, then choose colors and let dry. Put a finishing coat of varnish. Assemble little wheels on table legs. Put table legs on table....

Unitasker Wednesday: The Vacu Vin Egg Pillow

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This is a first: Today’s unitasker is so outrageously mind-boggling I don’t even know what it does. As a result, I’m at a complete loss for what to write about it.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Getting your child out the door in the morning, on time If you have school-age children, you’re well aware that some mornings can be difficult. Even highly organized children have a few mornings each month where there is a melt down and things fall apart.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Friends Edition

In everyone’s life, friendships blossom and then other friendships fade into the background. You move. Your interests change. Your time availability changes.

Importance of Community – Part II

Welcome to part two of our discussion on the importance of being civic minded. In researching people to interview on the topic, I virtually stumbled upon a website called Good Things Going Around.

3 Perils for Professional Freelance Writers to Avoid

Credit: Iofoto on Photodune You’re an awesome writer. So why aren’t your clients in awe? Most of us become freelance writers because… well, we’re talented writers. We love finding the perfect words and putting them together with skill and finesse.

Expedit bookcase turned shoe rack

Materials: Bookcase expedit, door MDF, hardboard plate, enamel paint, hinges and handle Description: My hack is to turn an Ikea Expedit bookshelf in a locked cupboard for my dozens of shoes. I had the Expedit in black-brown, but I wanted a white cabinet, so I sanded and then painted it with white enamel paint.