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By Leo Babauta

How to Change Your Thinking by Using Self-Affirmations

Your mind is an interesting tool and lives in symbiosis with the sensations from your body.

Imitate a Spiritual Master. One Candidate: Steve Jobs.

One of my favorite resolutions is to Imitate a spiritual master. My spiritual master is St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and I've read her spiritual memoir, Story of a Soul, many times, as well as a whole shelf full of biographies. I think about St.

Dinner With My Family #34: Sandwich Pockets

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.

The Voice of Patience

Post written by Leo Babauta. There are moments when other people just set you off, and you lose your patience. It is the downfall of many of us — coworkers, children, spouses, other drivers, irritating people on the subway — they can grate, they can anger. And it can ruin your day. You clench your jaw, you replay imaginary arguments in your head, or worse, you snap.

The Glorious GORM Bathtub Front Panel

Materials: 5 GORM Shelves (Dimension W:31cm, H:50cm), 8 Jointing plates, 16 Screws, 4 Jack Pads, 4 Rubber Anti-Vibration Mounts, (2-4 small magnets), Glue, Wood Sealer, Paint Description: This is how I made a front panel for my bath tub out of GORM shelves. Before The GORM Bathtub Front Panel is made from 5 Gorm shelves (31cmx50cm), joined together with joining plates.

Dim & Dash: The Best Man’s Toast

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Ask Unclutterer: How should I store sweaters this winter?

Reader Mary Margaret submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do you store your sweaters, and how often do you clean them? Most of my clothes are nicely organized, but sweaters continue to be a problem, especially now that fall is upon us. Here’s the situation: My boyfriend and I share a reach-in closet, and all of our sweaters are stored on the shelf above the closet rod.

Expedit Glass Holder

Materials: Expedit, LANSA Handles, DIODER colour lightstrip, 5mm wood drill Description: My 5x5 Expedit hold my Belgium Beer glasses collection (upright, not hanging), thus getting a lot of dust in the glasses. So, I decided to go for some hacking and hang some of the glasses.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Vinegar

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.

7 Skill-Perfecting Tips for Non-Native English Writers

Credit: THP on Photodune Internet and the English language brought people with common interests together from all around the globe, and blogging earned its big slice in launching individuals’ careers as freelance writers.

Custom Pax + Computer Desk + Shoe Storage

Materials: Pax and Komplement Series, Cutter, Jigsaw Description: This hack pursued 3 objectives: * It should allow a computer desk * It should give room to more than 100 pairs of shoes * It should look "complete" :) Objective 1: Desktop For objective 1, I used 2 70cm wall PAX module doors, leaving 2 shelves open to lay the computer table.

Remember to Value Your Time

I can’t believe that Get Rich Slowly is going to link to two different xkcd comics within a single month, but it’s true.

Get Over Your Life – It Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable

Is life slapping you in the face every time you turn around? Don’t stand there and turn the other cheek. You don’t have to be miserable forever. You can change your life and have an awesome one. You can have a life in which you smile every morning and feel excitement to start the new day. You can have happiness and fun.

Simon Mottram: On Passion, Obsession & Why Your Brand Should Take Sides

With its high-design roadwear, Rapha has given the sport of cycling a sleek, new mystique. We talk to founder Simon Mottram about how to brand your obsession.

How to Parallel Park…Like a Man!

Picture this scenario. It’s Friday night and Mr. Suburbia is driving downtown to the big city with Judy on a first date to catch a 7PM off-Broadway performance of Guys and Dolls.