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By Trent Hamm

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 How I keep project clutter under controlI’m a project guy. It’s rare that I don’t have four or five small projects going on at once, and since I’m not a neat person by nature, it’s very easy for me to let clutter get out of control. About six months ago, I replaced the shelf that I was storing my printers on with Elfa drawers.

Scarcity and Abundance: Escaping the Scarcity Mentality

Recently, Barrie left a very interesting comment on The Simple Dollar Facebook page: I’d love to see something about scarcity vs abundance. I can’t seem to escape the scarcity thought bubble. The ideas of scarcity and abundance have bubbled under at The Simple Dollar for a very long time.

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20 Awesome Office Designs In lieu of asking “Are Traditional Offices Dead?“, we decided to round up some inspiring office spaces. The featured companies have decided to leave the cubicle farms behind in favor of creative and offices designs.

Reader Story: Even Better Than Enough

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. I feel deeply fortunate.

Are You Wasting Your Time Reading About Personal Development?

Walk into any bookstore, and you'll see shelves full of books about personal development. You'll know the titles of some classics, even if you've never read them: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Getting Things Done, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway ... and loads more.You've probably read some of these books, or at least come across major personal development ideas in magazines or online.

John Maeda: Looking for Superman

About this presentationRhode Island School of Design president John Maeda defines the key qualities of standout innovators - a willingness to struggle, to make mistakes, to live with ambiguity - and tackles the creative's biggest challenge: How to lead other creatives.

Why You Should Learn By Doing

Do you enjoy learning new things? I certainly do.In particular, I enjoy about learning new ways to better myself and my relationships with others. When I first started on this quest I couldn't get enough. I read about it all the time on blogs, online magazines and in books. There came a point where everything I read was just a slightly different version of the same thing.

"The Secret of Happiness Lies in Taking a Genuine Interest in All the Details of Daily Life."

“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” -- William Morris I'm thunderstruck by the truth of this observation. In other words, mindfulness. Always mindfulness! * Today, a reader commenting on the previous post mentioned TVTropes.org (and its addictive qualities). If you've never looked at it, check it out.

What Does “Financial Independence” Really Mean?

“Financial independence” is a phrase often bandied about by people without any sort of consistent meaning. Does “financial independence” mean complete freedom from debt? Does it mean the ability to switch jobs without creating a financial panic in your household? Does it mean having enough money to survive without further income? Does it mean having enough money to thrive a

3 Ways to Have More Money Left at the End of Your Month

In today’s economy, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollar.


Materials: Pax glass closet door AS IS dept. Description: Repurposed a slab of PAX wardrobe (glass closet door) from the AS-IS dept. into a 7 foot tall 54" wide water feature for my home based esthetics studio. Function: -acts as a natural hydrator for wood floors and dry winters! -soothing sound of streaming water -dulls conversation chatter white noise 1.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 9, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Happy 70th John – Stand By Me

Today would’ve been the 70th birthday of John Lennon.New Yorkers tend to have a special place in our hearts for Lennon, after he took up residence at the famed Dakota on the western edge of Central Park.

Succeeding as a Freelance Illustrator: FSw Interviews Oliver Weiss

I am always fascinated by a freelancer that dominates his or her field. For Oliver Weiss, it’s illustration.

Easily identify metric and SAE tools with red electrical tape

I was in a friend’s garage recently helping him with a home-improvement project when I noticed that many of the wrenches and sockets in his tool cabinet were wrapped in red electrical tape.