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By The Unclutterer Team

A Frugal Man’s Thought Process when Considering a Tempting New Purchase

I don’t play video games that much at this point in my life because, frankly, I don’t have very much time for them. I perhaps play for four or five hours a week. Usually, it’s when the children are about to nap or drifting off to sleep, and I play so I can be within earshot of them.

12+ Top Resources for Beginner Web Developers

Welcome to development 101. If you’ve been eyeing Ruby on Rails or HTML/CSS freelance positions popping up across the web, but don’t have the full skills yet, here are the best resources to help you gain trust, experience and know-how. Front-End Web Development Front-end development seems like the early tie in for freelancers transiting into web development.

Prepare to Get Sick

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman.

When The Project Is Over – Getting Rockin’ Referrals

For freelancers who provide professional services, testimonials are an important tool. So are their first cousin – referrals.

Our Little Secret: How to Unravel the Truth Within

We are all hiding something deep within ourselves. And we know that we are hiding it, and we also have a feeling that everyone else is hiding it – although we’ve never talked about it with them. It’s what Rumi called “the open secret.” The essence of this secret is the inner feeling that we have no idea what we’re doing. It’s the part of us that feels like a fraud – a fake.

The Walt Kowalski Toolbox

“Take these three items right here. You can have this. WD-40, vise grips, and some duct tape. Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things.” -Walt Kowalski The other day I sat down to watch Gran Torino for the first time, and boy was it awesome.

Encourage Art Skills with an End Roll of Newspaper (71/365)

Two or three times a week, our dining room table turns into a giant art project. We cover the table with paper, crayons, markers, safety scissors, glue, watercolor paints, and other items and our children get down to the important business of creating something. One time, it might be paper snowflakes.

Stuffed Animal Storage IKEA PAX Wardrobe Hack

Materials: PAX Wardrobe, bungee cord, PVC tubing, screws, 2x4 Description: I hacked a PAX wardrobe and turned it into an 8-foot tall stuffed animal zoo for my daughter's nursery. Here's the step-by-step: (1) Assemble the wardrobe and add in any shelves or drawers that you wanted to add. (2) If you added shelves, reinforce the two that you'll be attaching the bungee cord to.

"Sometimes Material Desires Have a Spiritual Aspect."

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Lack kitchen shelving unit/Island

Materials: 2 Lack Coffee tables (31x45); 4 metal brackets Description: 1. Completely assemble one of the Lack tables. 2. Put the respective table legs on the second table, but not the lower shelf or shelf brackets. (You could put the shelf on the second table as well, I just chose not to because of the shelf height I wanted). Click to read the rest of the post >>

How Kids Fit Into Your Freelance Life: Part 1

Rabia Mughal and her son, Mikail. Many work from home freelancers (especially moms) have to juggle caring for their families as well as their clients. It’s not easy!

Safety: The most important uncluttering and organizing standard

Safety is a far cry from being the most interesting subject in the uncluttering and organizing realm. However, it is at the heart of every uncluttering and organizing project (or, at least it should be). Even if it isn’t named outright, safety concerns are the first and most important issue to consider when taking on your next project. Clutter, in many forms, can be a safety hazard.

Reader Mailbag: Basic Manners

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. Bills in collection 2. First steps toward reading 3. Freelance work and being assertive 4. Network marketing thoughts 5. Bedtime reading 6. Finances, style, and a relationship 7. Premarital money to-dos 8.

Should I Continue Freelancing or Find a Full Time Job?

Who am I? I’m Allan, a designer who went from freelancer who was grinding out a meager living to co-founding a highly profitable web shop, now we build our own apps, we host conferences and workshops. Running a business is crazy hard. Freelancers fail for so many reasons. We often get so busy working that we don’t pause to think about if our current path is the right path for us.

Kitchen with a twist

Materials: Abstrakt cabinets with high gloss gray/white door fronts and drawers, Abstrakt refrigerator/fan cabinets, Nutid oven / microwave (30 inch) Besta Burs media storage unit, Numerar counter top (black with steel look edging) Numerar birch conuter top, quarter inch iron brackets (made at local foundry), Medium Foto pendant lamp over table, Description: Our inherited kitchen was old, badly