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By Gretchen Rubin

Reader Mailbag: Pulling Up Friends

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. Buying a rental property 2. Building focus 3. Using a bad 401(k) 4. PMI or empty emergency fund? 5. NCAA tournament brackets in office 6. Employer 401(k) matching 7. Tiredness 8. Board games with kids 9.

Ways to Minimize the Your Chances of Regret in Life

I have a fear that is shared by many people. I fear waking up one day in the future and regretting how I've spent my life. Like you, I want to live my life to the fullest and avoid the "should-haves". Sounds like a good goal, right?As you may know, it's really easy to say, but harder to live in your day-to-day life. It's hind-sight that's 20/20.

Freelance Freedom #247: The More Things Change

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?

Home Insurance and Pipes that Go ‘Pop’ in the Night

This is a guest post by Suzanne Clemenz, who writes for Insure.com. Suzanne designed her passive solar home and remodeled two others.

Lack entry way table

Materials: Lack Shelves Description: Husband and I wanted a modern looking entry way table but were unable to find anything we both liked. So we decided to Hack a LACK! You will need: Drill Pencil Level 8 L-Brackets with screws 4 LACK Shelves Length: 74 3/4 " This is a pretty straight forward hack. We positioned shelves 7 inches from both top and bottom. Used L-Brackets to secure.

Registration is OPEN for The Simple Self-Confidence Course

You asked for it. And now it’s here. Back in the fall, I sent a few questions to all of my readers asking what personal development issues would most interest you for a course. The resounding response was self-confidence. Along with Barrie Davenport of the fabulous Live Bold and Bloom, I have created a 4-week interactive course on just that — how to improve your self-confidence, simply.

29 Life Lessons in 29 Years

Photo by Rosie Hardy By Cat Li Stevenson “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver This morning, as I scurried out of my mom-in-law’s home, I was carrying three bags: a Yoga bag, a purse on one shoulder and a leather bag on the other shoulder–tightly packed with iPad, laptop, chargers galore, client cards, and a journal. M

Collected Wisdom: 25 Bits of Advice on Making Ideas Happen

What's the best making-ideas-happen advice you've ever received? Check the top 25 tips and quotes from our army of 99% Twitter followers.  

3-Pointer! Recycled timber vs basketball vs Ikea Klubbo

Materials: Klubbo (Nest of 3) Tables Description: We'd bought an Ikea set of tables a few years ago. They served us well, even surviving our first daughter and her drawing / painting / play-doh / doll mash-ups. Over time the veneer cracked, and edging started to peel away. The tables' futures were sealed...

If You Overdraft for the First Time, Ask for the Fee to Be Waived (56/365)

Whenever I encounter a fee that I don’t feel I should have been charged, I will call and find out the details of that charge and whether or not it can be removed. The same is true for the first time I make an error and incur a charge due to my own mistake. I call up the company, apologize, discuss the situation, and ask for the fee to be waived. Why would they do that?

Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

Materials: One Lack Shelf, Four small casters, Approx. 24 inches of 1x3, One drawer pull & Liquid Nails Description: My husband and I sit face to face at a double sided workstation. We both use the same desktop iMac and needed a way to share it, without having to trade sides of the desk, or drag it across the table.

Manvotional: Discipline-The Means to an End

I thought this Manvotional went well with this week’s article on “Freedom From…Freedom To.” From Self-Knowledge and Self-Discipline, 1916 By Basil William Maturin We do not endure [self-discipline] merely for its own sake, but for what lies beyond it.

Home Lab Rack

Materials: BJÖRKUDDEN Table Table Description: I was looking for an elegant solution to hold my Cisco gear for my CCNA certification. I stumbled upon the BJÖRKUDDEN Table which I can stain to my tastes. However, it is about 4 times too large. After resizing it to 17.5", I added rails to slide in my Cisco gear. ~ Darren, United Kingdom

Transform your unused bathtub in a wardrobe - reuse it in the future

Materials: PAX wardrobe, wooden board and prop Description: Put into the bath eight wood prop to support the weight of your new wardrobe, a wood board (2 cm) to cover your bathtub. Mount the pax wardrobe on it. You don't need to take out the idric system, the depth of the wardrobe let you leave it without hydraulic work.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2011 Unitasker Wednesday: Mascara Protector The item, the Tweezerman Mascara Protector, is supposed to protect your face from getting mascara on it when you’re applying mascara. 2010 O Magazine focuses on uncluttering The March 2010 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine just hit newsstands and it is dedicated to the theme “De-Clutter Your Life!” The uncluttering articles begin on pag