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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

A vintage suitcase laptop table

Materials: Dave laptop table Description: This is my second luggage project. I love to upcycle old luggage into tables, so it seems. This guy was given to me in his original pre-loved state by a wonderful man I work with during the holidays when he heard I was into 'the luggage'. He had used it and found it in the garage, unloved, and lovingly gave him to me to upcycle and make useful.

Workspace of the Week: Desk drawer cleanup

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Maureen’s uncluttered desk drawer: I am one of those odd people who could waste hours a day looking at pictures of well-organized desk drawers. They make me incredibly happy, and this one is spectacular. There is place for everything, and everything is in its place. It’s serene. Blissful.

How Quickly Wants Can Turn to Needs

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently featured a post on his own blog entitled, Are You Eating Yourself Into Debt? As some of you know, Courtney and I recently spent just under a year traveling abroad with our two-year-old daughter. A couple of months ago, we returned home to Indiana and decided that we’d take a six month break from our mobile lifestyle.

How to Really Begin Adding Value

Many of us have been brought up to think that there is only so much to go around and we must grab what we can before other people get our share. But there is another paradigm which insists on the importance of community, emphasizing our interconnectedness and interdependence.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Ask For Advice

When faced with a big decision, it is natural for you to seek advice from friends, colleagues, and experts. Sadly, it can also be natural to ignore that advice when you don’t hear what you want to… I was chatting with my friend Fred and he was lamenting the very high mortgage payments he had to make.

How to Build Your Wardrobe: Part III-Men’s Hats, Watches, and Other Accessories

In How to Build Your Wardrobe Part I we discussed why a man’s clothing is important, broke men up into groups, and listed the clothing they need.  In How to Build Your Wardrobe Part II we gave you 5 general wardrobe building guidelines and expanded on the clothing checklists.  Now in How to Build your Wardrobe Part III, we’ll discuss hats, watches, and other accessories that add to a man

Five Challenges of Buying Used – and How to Overcome Them

I revel in used stuff. I use PaperBackSwap almost religiously. I love shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops. I look forward to yard sales and make a day out of “community yard sale day.” Undeniably, though, there are drawbacks. Sure, you get a nice financial bargain, but no purchase is a perfect one.

Say hello to my little (speaker) stands!

Materials: Ikea Shoe Rack (Lustifik) Description: First and foremost I have to qualify/justify why I made these speaker stands (before the audiophiles out there cry blasphemy and take me for a fool not understanding the need for a $300 USD stand with zero resonance and spikes/cones for legs) 1) I needed to space out the speakers on my system to create a larger soundstage.

Freelance Radio, Episode 45: Recommendation Roundup

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) gives some of their favorite recommendations in four different categories.. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

Choosing to display, store, or get rid of an item

I am a firm believer that everything you choose to own should be display worthy, even if you choose not to display it. My hammer is stored in a toolbox along with screwdrivers, pliers, nails, and other tools because a portable box is the most efficient and uncluttered solution.

Crowd-sourcing our way to a better world

"I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing.

"Cycling, Writing, Walking -- and Living in the Right City."

Happiness interview: Richard Florida. I became interested in the work of economic development expert Richard Florida when I read his fascinating book, The Rise of the Creative Class.

The Net Worth of the U.S. Presidents: Washington to Obama

More proof that it's not all about money (comparatively, at least).

Minimalist Connoisseurs

"Minimalism is about becoming a high connoisseur of life." A pep-talk on how (and why) you should edit your life.

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for contructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Creativity is a nebulous, murky topic that fascinates me endlessly — how does it work?