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By Leo Babauta

How To Make Friends And Keep Them

Do you find it difficult to make new friends? Or keep friendships alive? Do you find yourself in a situation where you would love to have close friends but find no way to make that a reality?While it is easy to make friends in childhood, more and more people find that once they leave college, new friends become a rarity.

Secrets of Adulthood: Lose Yourself To Find Yourself.

A new Secret of Adulthood: * Join the happiness discussion on Facebook and Twitter (@gretchenrubin).

Ping-pong table lamp

Materials: HEMMA Table lamp base, black Description: All you need are: ping pong balls and one of the base table lamp from IKEA. The balls put together by glue then paint in your favorite color and all done! ;) ~ Konrad, Poland

Pretty Nordmyra Chair Camouflage

Materials: Nordmyra chair, wallpaper, spray adhesive, knife Description: I found a Nordmyra chair in the clearance section that had been scratched on the seat. Nothing a little camouflage can't fix! I cut pieces of leftover wallpaper to size for the seat and back, and used spray adhesive and then covered in a glaze just to make sure the edges don't fray. Love it!

Ask Unclutterer: How do I convince my spouse to get rid of unnecessary papers?

Reader Kat submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do I get my husband and stepson to follow the systems I set up? How do I work with other people to attain organization? How can I convince my husband that we don’t need to keep every piece of paper that crosses our threshold?? Full disclosure: Kat’s email was significantly longer than the paragraph of questions quoted here.

An Autodidact’s Schedule

Post written by Leo Babauta. While I’m not as big on goals as I used to be, I do get excited about learning new things. A single blog post I read about making bread is enough to set me off into hours of research about bread-making techniques, a week of experiments in baking and kneading, a couple weeks trying to make my own wild yeast starter, and some fun moments with my family eating some

Unsung Manly Movie Quotes for Every Occasion

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jon Finkel. “I’ll be back.” “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?” These are just a few common manly movie lines that you won’t be seeing on this list.

A professional looking Faktum/Rubrik/Nexus kitchen

Materials: Faktum cabinets, Rubrik/Nexus sides and doors Description: My idea was to create a professional looking kitchen using stainless steel and wood. I hacked the angular corner base cabinet in order to fit to a double sink. No carousel inside, empty space for a dustbin and cleaning products. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Hacker Help: How do I hack a table like this (part 3)?

Description: Does anybody have an idea how to make this table from IKEA parts? I like the table and would love to have a similar, so if somebody have an idea, please send it to me. Many thanks in advance. ~ Charlie, Sweden

The Benefits of Using a Digital Flipbook

For the past four years, I have created a digital flipbook for every publication I have worked on—from the once-a-year publications for nonprofit organizations to the monthly publications. Digital flipbooks are exactly what they sound like—a digital magazine that you can flip through on your computer screen. As a freelancer, creating a digital flipbook for your clients is an easy way to o

11 Underrated Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Get You Focused, Happy and Massively Productive

Most of us think we’re getting enough sleep when really, we aren’t. A recent poll revealed that almost two thirds of us just don’t feel we’re meeting our sleep needs. And, “we” includes those teaching our kids, driving on our roads and running our world!Are you one of those statistics?

Learn How to Use Online Banking (54/365)

When I wrote 365 Ways to Live Cheap in 2007, online banking was a feature that was far from standard, yet well on its way to becoming a standard.

A World without Sarah

Anyone who has read this blog for very long knows that my wife, Sarah, is not only my best friend, but the rock upon which our family relies in countless ways.

7 Tips to Help Make Your Content Go Viral

‘Content is King’ is a cliche in social media nowadays. Having great content doesn’t guarantee your work will appear in front of billions web users. It requires additional work to get this content in front of an audience. With high quality content at hand, the next step is make your content recognized, shared, emailed, and talked about in various social platforms.

A Forså of Nature

Materials: IKEA Forså lamp, Branches, Wood Sealer+Paint, c:a 5cm slotted rod (of c:a 4mm diameter), Lamp Lead+bulb, Rope, Something heavy, Drill, Hand saw Description: The main idea of this IKEA Forså work lamp hack is to detach the bendy Lamp Arm from the heavy Lamp Base, and to make use of these bits together with branches to make 2 new hacked lamps (using only 1 IKEA Forså Lamp)...