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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Do You Have The "Quality Of Keeping People Together"?

Assay: Recently, when I was rereading Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, I was very struck by this observation about the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire: The death of Guillaume Apollinaire at this time made a very serious difference to all his friends apart from their sorrow at his death.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2011 January resolution wrap up, and introduction of February resolution In 2011, I’m trying out small, monthly resolutions instead of large, annual New Year’s resolutions. My public resolution for January was to be more organized in the kitchen, and create and use more nutritious meal plans for my family.

Dress to impress - walk in closet

Materials: Expedit book case Description: After staring at a blank white wall for over two years and paging through loads and loads of advertisements about way too expensive walk in closets, the idea simply hit me to step right out of the box and go IKEA.

Grow Your Community by Asking Questions

Reporters at The Washington Post are now actively engaging their readers by posting comments in streams on the paper’s news stories online, something they’ve never done in the past. The paper switched to a new website platform called Echo, which has helped them grow their online community.

Reader Mailbag: Saint Bernards

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. Vacuum sealed bags 2. Boardgame with new couple friends 3. Investing for house down payment 4. Roth IRA versus Roth 401(k) 5. Hedging bets for retirement 6. Multiple savings “funds” 7.

Freelance Freedom #244: Bad Trip

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?

Hide-Away Printer Hack

Materials: Hemnes Dresser, computer printer, hinges Description: My {sort of} How To Turn a Drawer into a Hide-Away Printer I started with the Hemnes dresser from Ikea, if you're familiar with it you know that the drawer fronts are attached with wooden dowels and two metal screws. I removed all the pieces allowing the front panel piece to be free-standing.

Can Money Buy Freedom?

On Saturday, my friend Tyler hosted a blog meetup. I first met Tyler several years ago. He was a GRS reader who dropped me a line to see if I’d meet him for dinner. I said “yes” — as I almost always do. Now, several years later, Tyler runs a successful blog of his own.

It’s Never Too Late To Learn Anything

I have a group of ladies who are beginner to intermediate level snow skiers that I teach each week for eight weeks during the winter. When we were sitting on the chairlift, we saw some of the little kids below who were fearlessly zipping down the slopes.

Look ‘Em in the Eye: Part I -The Importance of Eye Contact

How often have you talked with another guy who never looked you in the eye during the entire length of the conversation?

Maskros Bling

Materials: Maskros light, liquid nails & mirrored disk Description: I wanted to cover the little center of the "flowers" on the maskros light in my daughters room. The plastic is a little off white and doesn't match the white of the paper. So, I bought mirrored disk at a craft store and used liquid nails to glue them on to the plastic disk.

Use the Manufacturer’s Maintenance Schedule (35/365)

Of all the useful specific pieces of information in your car’s manual, the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule is perhaps the most useful.

Mid century leather karlstad sofa & ottoman

Materials: Leather Karlstad sofa & ottoman, round full taper furniture legs Description: Really simple hack. I love the mid century modern style sofas, but I wanted to buy new. There are a few good options out there but they are really expensive! Click to read the rest of the post >>

Billy-Benno bookcase & DVD Block

Materials: 2 Billy Bookcase, 2 Benno CD Towers, power drill, screws Description: I have three of the old 60cm Billy Bookcases, and I've moved that many times that they've become a bit rickety, even went tightened up.

Gulliver Crib to Montessori Style Floor (Toddler) Bed Transformation

Materials: Gulliver Crib, 8" wide boards, screws Description: 1. Disassemble the crib, saving the bottom board. 2. Cut 8" wide board to length for the sides of the former crib base. 3. Screw the boards to the crib base. Click to read the rest of the post >>